It is easy to plow through books with kids with out taking the time for character analysis. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a wonderful story to study the different characters in a book. Alcott portrays the four sisters in her famous tale so vividly and uniquely individual it is easy for children to develop Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. We began by discussing and brain storming all that we knew about the characters. We discussed how the author described their physical appearance, what their interests were, what their primary role in the story was, what were their challenges, and what did they accomplish in the story. We then began to take what we knew to create dolls that would reflect the character. For example, my daughter’s favorite character was Amy. She knew that Amy loved blue, had blond hair and was an artist (notice the paint palette). She also knew Amy loved to dress up so she designed a “fancy” dress for her doll. This is a project that can easily and inexpensively be done in the classroom using scrap fabric, pipe cleaners, glue, markers, and craft hair.
We used a second pink pipe cleaner to create legs. We folded a piece of fabric in half so we would have a front and a back of the dress. The dress was drawn on the fabric with a pencil then cut out. We the glued the dress to our doll and glued other embellishments such as an apron, sash, and head to our dolls. We drew faces on them using a fine tip markers.