I will be going to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party this weekend. She will be eight years old and is having a Frozen theme. I wanted to make something for her since I’m not sure what she needs or wants. I decided to see if there were any free printables of Frozen on the internet. I found many including coloring pages and doll cutouts.
I wanted to do something a little different than just giving her doll cutouts. I used magnets instead. I decided to print out the doll cutouts on our color printer and then laminate them with my daughter’s laminator. I was originally going to use card stock to make them sturdier but I tried it first with just printer paper and they worked fine. They seemed sturdy enough after I laminated them.
After I laminated them, I proceded to cut them out including cutting off the tabs for the paper dolls. It has been suggested to get magnetic sheets and attach dolls before cutting out. I couldn’t find magnetic sheets at the one store I was at and I didn’t have enough time to look elsewhere. So I purchased a roll of magnetic tape and cut strips to fit on the dolls and clothes. You don’t need much just at the top and bottom.
To have something to play the magnetic dolls on I purchased a cookie sheet at Dollar Tree. I also had some light blue printer paper that I added some magnets so that it could be the background for the dolls. When attaching the magnets I also arranged them so that the dolls could be dressed separately without the use of the cookie sheet to hold their clothes on.
I had fun making it and I hope she enjoys it. Doing this gave me other ideas of things that I can make for my grandchildren. I am currently looking to make a Lego magnetic set for my grandson. This idea can also be expanded to use in homeschooling. You could have pictures of things, people, etc. laminated and type the words for the pictures and put magnets on the back so your child can match the word to the picture.
Let us know if you have any ideas for magnetic play!