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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

In my round-up of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day educational ideas for very young children, I mentioned paper doll chains.

My kids enjoyed making them while my four year old and I spoke about embracing diversity and valuing people for what’s on the inside.

1. “Accordion fold” a piece of white paper and draw the outline of half of a child. Make sure hands connect all the way to the edge of the paper.

2. Cut on the lines and you should have a connected chain of paper dolls.

3. Paint as desired!  My daughter really got into the idea of a “rainbow of colors” while my son seemed to be in a black and blue mood today.  Older children might like the idea of making multi-racial dolls or blending rainbow colors across the spectrum.

4. Draw-on facial features, if desired.

Go out and play with some friends, read a book about Martin Luther King, Jr.–together we can make the world a better place and honor the memory of Dr. King and all others who fought for equal rights!

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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2 Responses to "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft"

  1. [...] similar idea would be to cut a paper chain of dolls and then use watercolor paints to give it a rainbow of color.  That’s what we did this year. [...]

  2. Anna says:

    what a great idea for celebrating the day and teaching about diversity and tolerance!

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