Few young children will have the patience with piecing together the craft, so if you want to do it with your child have them do the coloring and expect to do most of the rest. We have a busy day tomorrow so I am making this after my son’s bedtime, I am glad because he probably wouldn’t have had the patience for this craft. I will be using this doll to help me teach him about pilgrims, we’ll talk about how they came over on a boat, met with the Native Americans, and they dressed funny because it was a long long time ago. That’s about all I’m going to get into at my son’s age, but we have to start somewhere !
- Gather your materials. You will need a cereal box, something to color with , I am using pencil crayons but if you are doing this with a young child , I suggest paint. Glue ( I cheated and used double stick tape though- I think you should too! ) , googly eyes, scissors and a fine tip marker.
- Start by drawing out the pilgrim, you will need to cut open your cereal box and on one large side draw 2 shoes, 1 shirt, 1 pair of jaunty shorts, and a hat. All of that will be painted black so keep them together to make it easy. Do not cut out.
- On the next side of the box draw his collar and 3 long rectangles, these will be the legs and the white band around his hat. Color white.
- On the next piece draw his face and hair and a neck and 2 arms with hands, I forgot that step with hilarious results. Color peach and brown.
- On the last draw 2 small circles and 3 squares, one larger then the other two with a small square in the middle of each. These will be the buckles on his shoes and hat. Color gold , orange or yellow.
- Cut everything out. Here is where you will probably take over for your child, that’s ok.
- Start piecing together, I started with the shirt, adding the collar, then head.
- Next add the, hat , band on the hat and buckle.
- Next the legs, then shoes.
- I forgot the arms initially and when I tried to eyeball how big the hand should be I missed, I have to share my oops with you ! I think that hand is a bit too small….
- Add shoe buckles, shirt buttons , draw and face with the marker and add the eyes.
- If you want you can reinforce the paper doll with extra pieces of cardboard. I like doing this to make sure it lasts a minute or two in my toddlers hands!