African American dolls have been used by young African American children in the historical past. In honor of these dolls and the children that may have played with them, I made these two, paper dolls. Although only historical girl dolls have been found (to my knowledge) in Underground Railroad homes, I went ahead and made a boy doll as well to make my boy students happy.
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Have your students cut out the doll (they can choose a girl doll or a boy doll). Then use yarn to tie each doll around your students’ waists. Simply tie yarn around your waist and make a bow. Then slide the doll under the yarn and hook her or his arms over the yarn. I like to use neutral colors for my yarn (brown, tan, or gray). We tie them around our waists, so that our hands are free to work (write, color, cut, build, etc.) throughout the day and our dolls can stay close by us.
Surprisingly, my boys enjoy this activity as much as my girls. They are all very proud of their dolls, and they like to have them with them throughout the day.
Please view the mini windows as the two dolls are seen there. There is one girl doll, and one boy doll. You can choose to print them in color, or there are directions on the best way I have found to print them on a black and white printer..
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