The Paper Dolls

  • Activity sheet
  • Age 4+
Illustration from The Paper Dolls

This activity helps with:

The GOSH Play team says:

"The loss of someone or something special means that sadness becomes a really heavy feeling, and is difficult to explain or understand. Sharing a story, creating memories of how special that person or thing was is part of the journey of holding on and letting go."

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb explores the imaginative ways children can cope with loss.

Healing after a loss

When a little girl’s paper dolls are ruined by a pair of scissors, the dolls make their way into her memory.

Here they are met with lots of exciting things, from white mice to fireworks to a kind old granny.

If your child is healing after a loss and has somebody or something they would like to remember, our Play team recommends helping them to make their own memory doll.

Your child can keep this doll safe in a memory box – alongside other special objects – and take it out whenever they’d like to remember that person.

Download the activity sheet to get started. If you don’t have a copy of the book you could see if your local library has one in stock. If they don’t, you can ask them to order one in for you. The activity sheet can be lots of fun without the book, too.