You all have seen my "Dizzy Lizzy" paper doll before but my senior citizens had not so I decided I should introduce her to them. She is a 12" paper doll, of sorts, made out of corrugated cardboard and popsicle sticks. I pre-cut the cardboard body and head and the fabric strips for covering her legs and arms but the gals did all the rest.
They had to trace and cut out her dress from scrapbook paper using her body as a template. Then they had to glue the fabric around her popsicle stick legs and paper arms. I helped them with her frizzy hair as it needed to be attached with a hot glue gun. (Even I got burned on the darn thing!)
Next we folded some paper to make little pocketbooks for the gals to carry.
They had a lot of fun choosing the colors for the outfits and the pink/orange and blue/green hair. They kept asking me, "What kind of doll is this?" I said maybe it was Phyllis Diller, or possibly a Las Vegas showgirl. I said one thing is certain, she had no fashion sense and wears too much makeup! One lady thought maybe Minnie Pearl, but I can't remember Minnie ever looking this wild. I had made up some little pipe cleaner Yorkshire Terrier dogs for the dolls to carry in their other arm.
I even had a visitor sit in on my class today. This woman said she was from another nursing home and had heard about me and the fun projects that I do and she was interested in seeing if these were some thing she could offer to her seniors. Maybe I'll get to be famous one day!
I think everyone was happy with their finished dolls. When we were done they made them dance around the table and giggled. I told them that now they had a new best friend.