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October 6, 2012

Little House Paper Dolls

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Written by: Shari

If I had it to do over, I would have purchased more of these types of toys instead of the cheap plastic stuff in the toy aisle at Wal-mart!

My Book of Little House Paper Dolls is not only a fun activity, providing hours of pretend play time, but it has some very real value in the form of developing fine motor skills, creativity, and patience! And little did I know that one of my daughters would one day love to sew historical costumes. I wonder how much of her playtime with the Little House Paper Doll dresses sparked her creativity for real historical fashion?

Some benefits of old-fashion paper dolls:

  • Develops fine motor skills required to dress the dolls.
  • Playing with the two dimensional pieces help develop patience.
  • The detail of the pieces capture and hold a child’s attention long enough to practice important skills like punching out or cutting out some of the pieces
  • Creativity is enhanced as stories are made up and rehearsed in the pretend worlds they create, or the stories they retell from listening to the Little House books, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • The time period becomes more real as the child examines the clothing, toys, props, and setting of historically accurate paper dolls.

We purchased My Book of Little House Paper Dolls one time when we visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum.

It’s a great keepsake to pick up if you ever take this fun field trip!



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About the Author

Shari Popejoy, wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, founder of a local co-op for hundreds of homeschool children, author of seven books, and creator of Won Without Words (a blog of encouragement for wives) lives in the quiet country of the Ozarks where she enjoys writing surrounded by nature (and her children, of course). She is currently completing Volume V of the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for 'smart' kids, which features characters with character, and underlying allegorical spiritual truths. She enjoys high places and the road less traveled, and moments when all is well, and peace permeates like a fragrance. . .oh, and chocolate, fresh fruit and veggies, and early morning sunrises. Read her blog at

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