A plastic milk bottle with four sides makes a four “paper doll” chain. Paint a doll in a skin colour and the chain makes a lovely display of diversity, acceptance and social understanding.
Step 1: Trace a body outline of a simple paper doll onto one side each of your rinsed plastic milk bottle. I used this body outline from About.com. The hands should join because we are replicating a paper doll chain (in runs of four plastic milk bottle cut outs).
Step 2: Cut the dolls out, cutting through one set of joined hands only so that you have a row of four dolls, holding hands. The quadruplets lay flat once cut out.
Step 3 (Optional): Paint the dolls in skin colours. We used acrylic, black, yellow, white and brown.
Step 4: Make a long chain to decorate a wall or across a room. Below is the boarder I have started for across the wall of my counselling room.
Dress these plastic milk bottle paper dolls with all manner of discards: materials, plastic, paper, etc. Individual dolls (just cut through the joined hands) can be used to dress up for a fashion parade, as a reward for children who have finished their work early and are looking for an activity while waiting for other children, or for any number of educational reasons like counting, colour recognition, body part naming, emotional release...the list goes on. I used them in a class of adults (Certificate III in Children's Services) and had each student decorate a doll as a right from the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Do not throw your plastic milk bottles away. Recycle plastic milk bottles. The plastic makes a wonderful canvas on which to create. If you do not want to clean and cut the bottles up yourself, please give them to me as I recycle them to early childhood centers and to artists.
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