Making a miniature newspaper is another sweet and simple project that came to be while creating small worlds with my little girl. She was looking for something her ‘doll daddy’ could read. Et voila: 5 minutes later, he was all ready to go!
I really love it when I have the chance to quietly (and from the corner of my eye) observe my little girl playing with her dolls, figurines and animals. It constantly amazes me how children play out the most seemingly random scenes. Quite often I have to refrain myself from laughing out loud, especially when I hear myself being quoted!
While some children easily drift into their own little worlds of pretend play, others find it a bit harder to get started. I’ve noticed that having ‘props’ around seems to spark new ideas. Those ‘props’ can be a variation of items or you can quickly and easily make some yourself, like the mini newspaper we came up with and I’d like to show you today.
Getting Started Making a Miniature Newspaper
Level of difficulty:
Easy! You only need to vaguely know how to sew by hand. But even if you haven’t threaded a needle in years if ever, you’ll be fine. Children from about 4 years can do this activity with some help from an adult. That’s how easy!
You’ll have this finished within 15 minutes. Well, most will, children might take a bit longer.
Step by Step Instructions for Making a Miniature Newspaper
1. Cut out your mini newspaper in the fold of your big newspaper.
If you’ve only managed to save a few pages of the newspaper like me, you do this a few times and add them together.
2. Fold your mini newspaper in half and start sewing the pages together on the fold.
To secure the thread you can tie a knot or got through the same hole 2-3 times.
3. Stitch along the fold.
Secure again by tying a knot or going through the same hole 2-3 times.
4. Done! Easy peasy.
Make it Your Own
You can easily make these little newspapers or booklets in different sizes, to suit your favourite doll or figurine. You could also use magazines instead of newspapers or use plain paper and let children write/draw their own stories, or paint or use stickers or make a collage. You get the idea, as with anything, the possibilities are endless!
A quick word of caution though: when making miniature newspapers from actual newspapers, it pays to check the text still visible on the mini version. You don’t want any unfortunate incidents!
We use these miniature newspapers in our small world play all the time: they have been spell books for the Playmobil fairies, they lived in the house of the family that went on a bear hunt and were a staple on Old Macdonald’s dining room table.
If you have some more ideas of where and how to use them, I’d love to hear!
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