Free "Trick or Treat Book & Paperdoll" Craft & Lesson Plan! September 19 2009
These paper dolls/puppets & books are so much fun! This lesson incorporates literature & art and it's a Halloween Craft.
Your children will illustrate and create the characters for their own books. The free, printable template is provided. The paper dolls & accessories are perfect for encouraging dramatic play while reading. This reading, art and writing lesson is perfect for kinesthetic, visual & auditory learners.
- Free printable book
- Free paper doll with accessories
- envelope (1 per student)
- colored pencils or crayons
- tape (about 1/2 inch per student for nose and whiskers.)
Teacher or Parent
- Print and staple together the book. Keep the cover & back page as one sheet. Cut the rest of the pages in half, sort in number order and staple together. Kids can use any blank pages for illustrations.)
- Print the paper doll. (It would be best to print on card stock.)
- Read aloud a book & act out the story with the paper doll. Come on, it's fun & the kids will love it. :)
- Talk about why the girl dressing up like a cat and the cat dressing up like a princess is a "trick".
- Write your name on the back of the paper doll sheet.
- Color the paper dolls/puppets, pets & accessories.
- Choose a name for the main characters (The kids can use their own names or make up different names.)
- Draw illustrations for the story on the blank pages in the book.
Teacher or Parent
This is not required, but it would be a good idea to laminate the paper dolls & accessories after the kids color them. Especially, if you wanted to keep your own set to use as a center activity.
- Cut out the paper dolls/puppets, pets & accessories. (Glue popsicle sticks to the back of the dolls & pets to make puppets.)
- Act out the story with the paper dolls/puppets, and you will see your doll dress up in his/her Halloween costume! (See the books for details.)
- Show your friends each character in costume!
- Bring the books & dolls/puppets home to share with your family & friends.
Teacher - Extension Activities
- Take a photo of all the paper dolls (in costume) with their pets (in costume). Post it on the classroom website/blog.
- Have the students bring their completed books to the computer lab. Using Kid Pix, the kids can create a slide show presentation of the story. (Might want to leave the envelope on the desk in class, so the kids don't loose paper doll stuff in the computer lab.)