My daughter, Mia is a total girly girl. She loves all things princess and dress up. Awhile back we were going on a long trip and I was looking for some cheap ideas and toys that would keep her entertained in the car when I got the idea to make these magnetic paper dolls. So for those of you with summer trips coming up now that school is almost out this is a great project to do for your little ones to entertain them in the car.
The supplies for this quick project are pretty straight forward. For the magnet sheets I would recommend getting the Staples white magnetic sheets over the Avery brand. I feel like whatever you print on the Staples sheets hold up a lot better and are stronger magnets. This is pretty much the only thing you’ll have to buy and for a pack of 4 magnet sheets it’s around $10 but I only needed 2 sheets for this set so it only cost me about $5.
The next step is to find some printable paper dolls. At the time I made this Mia was on a “Frog Princess” kick meaning we’d watch that movie at least 2-3 a week. So I went with a Frog Princess themed magnetic storyboard and paper dolls. I was able to find a set of printable paper dolls online and then just looked for a few more of the characters, accessories and a background through just searching in Google images. The amazing thing is that there are printable paper dolls for just about any of the Disney movies online if you look around. I found a lot of them on THIS website and for all those “Frozen” lovers there are some and many more you can download by Cory Jensen on his Facebook page HERE.
After downloading the paper dolls I wanted I used Photoshop to get everything to fit on the 2 sheets. Once that was done I just printed it off onto the magnet sheets and cut them out. For the background I printed the one I found online out on card stock and mod-podged that to a cookie sheet making it easy for Mia to play with this in the car.
Mia couldn’t wait to get her hands on this as I was making it and when I finally got it all finished she was set for a good hour of entertainment in the car and of course this followed with having to watch the movie.
Since this set I have made 3 others when she needed something new to play with. Also, we now have a “Little Mermaid” magnetic paper doll set on our fridge which Mia loves to play with while I make dinner.