Paper dolls have long been used to perform in theatre and entertain courtiers.
Japanese shadow theatre is especially famous, and their dolls are mainly made from paper.
Today, there is also an opportunity to change the paper dolls clothes.
Similar dolls were developed in the 18th century in fashionable capitals like
Vienna, Berlin, London, and Paris. Hand painted dolls and costumes were
played with mainly by adults, who used them to show off current fashions and styles.
In the 19th century, paper dolls and their clothes were mass produced and
manufactured in the United States as well as in Europe.
Even though the popularity of paper dolls has fluctuated over time they have
always been very special. Historians have learned valuable information about
different cultures and eras.

There are many collectors in the world who are especially interested in paper dolls, and dedicate their time and resources to collecting different types.


Paper dolls are among the precious toys passed down from mother to daughter, grandmother to grandchild, from older sister to younger sister, and from an older to a younger friend. It is easy to keep them in a beautiful candy box or shoebox. In one paper doll suitcase we can often find paper dolls with clothes and accessories from different eras.

Both adults and children can take part in creating a paper doll world. This is a game where different generations meet and share something special. It stays with us for years to come as a beautiful memory, providing happiness and stories for future generations.


“Maria and Sophia’s paper doll world” gives children a
unique opportunity to develop their imagination, creativity,
general knowledge, and communication and cooperation skills.


Some examples:

– Development of fine motor skills. Cut out clothes from paper to
dress the paper dolls. Colour the new clothes and create a suitcase.

– Development of fantasy and imagination. Create and share the new
stories with your playmates.

– Development of creativity. Colour and design paper dolls clothes,
create a collage, decorate the suitcase, make up stories.

– Development of communication and cooperation skills. Play paper
dolls  with friends by inventing and telling new stories.

– Development of general knowledge. Various accessories and costumes
can arouse curiosity and questions, or provide interesting information
about different cultures and activities. This allows parents to explain
and discuss various topics with children.

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