Young Cultivators Merit Badge: Toys, Intermediate Level

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,130 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,150 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane 

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life   

For this week’s Stitching and Crafting/Toys Intermediate Level Young Cultivator Merit Badge, I picked up Piper for some one-on-one, bonding time with her Aunty (that’s me). We had earned her Beginner Level badge with only some mild trauma suffered from Yours Truly, so I had recovered enough to charge onward. Onward and upward, I always say. Well, when I’m not saying, Let’s have some more cake, that’s what I say, anyway.

Pipes had assumed I had grown up in the last century sometime, and insisted I must have played with only sticks and dirt as a small child. Since our next badge involved paper dolls and/or finger puppets, I knew my vast knowledge of toys would boggle her little mind and restore my place as Aunty Fun and Games.

It’s all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out. I also say that one. But for no particular reason. Seriously.

Anyway, Piper chose paper dolls, which I was over the moon about because come on, peeps, paper dolls are like the very bestest invention EVAH.

But I played it cool because that’s something I’ve learned in dealing with rugrats: Don’t let ‘em get the upper hand too often and try to keep your moods unpredictable and blasé. Also, don’t let ‘em see ya sweat. I think I learned that one from Dr. Sears. Or was it Dr. Seuss? Dr. Phil? I forget. No matter.

We needed to make our own paper dolls—no shopping in some overpriced Paper Dolls R Us for us two intrepid sprites—and there were plenty of ideas roller-coasting around in our noggins. What? Your ideas don’t roller coast? Hmm. Odd.

Some fabulous ideas we came up with included, but were not limited to:

Paper dolls can be a fun and hands-on way for your youngster (or you) to learn about history and literature, too! Didja know there are Anne of Green Gables paper dolls …

… not to mention Marilyn Monroe, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Cleopatra, Pride and Prejudice, Mary Poppins, Gone with the Wind, just about any century/decade of fashion, WWII, Shakespeare characters, and so much more!

Why, it’s enough to feel like a kid again yourself, I’d wager. Get out your cardstock, scissors, colored pencils, and get down with your crafty self.

Get down with your crafty self. Just another expression I use a lot.


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Enjoying paper dolls is almost a lost art these days. From the links , there are so many really wonderful sets to choose from and enjoy. What I love about them is that they also offer an opportunity to learn about history and cultures of other places. Plus, they nicely fit in a shoe box and can be carried around in their own bedroom.

    When I was young, I always wanted a pony. Although I got to have a riding lesson once a week, I was always dreaming of ponies. So, I drew a set of ponies and colored them different colors and created a littl barn for them in a shoebox. Next, I crafted blankets, saddles, bridles, and riders . I brought home some hay from the barn one week after my lesson for the floor of my “barn”. There were also paper feed buckets , bunches of carrots and apples in the barn as well. I played with that set for hours and hours over several years.

  2. Krista says:

    Paper dolls are so much fun! When I was a Pre-K teacher we had a set of paper dolls in the classroom. Both girls and boys loved playing with them. I want to have a set for my home for Tilton and I to play with. I think I will start with the Disney princesses!

  3. Karlyne says:

    This brought back memories of my cousin and self cutting huge families and houses and rooms out of catalogs (Sears & Wards, I think?) and then setting them all out on patchwork quilts. We had a ball!

  4. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    I adore paper dolls but I was never allowed to have ” store bought ” ones. my mother thought it would help my creativity if I made my own, but alas I was so unartistic so they were always ugly. I buy paper dolls as gifts for everyone. Our local ” plain people” stores that cater to Amish and Mennonites always have a wonderful selection of paper dolls, especially the reissue of the old ones, even Shirley Temple! Anne of Green Gables, etc

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