Jointed Paper Dolls of famous people from the Middle Ages - fun history crafts

Famous Figures of Medieval Times

Make 10 Jointed Paper Dolls from the Middle Ages!

Cut out the arms, legs, and body parts. Then put them together with a hole punch and mini brads to make a paper doll that moves. This fun hands-on history craft will inspire your children to want to learn more about this exciting time in history. Includes a short description about each person along with a list of books to read aloud. Perfect for kids who love crafts and hands-on activities. Hours of fun and educational play!


BYCathy Diez-Luckie


Famous Figures of Medieval Times

Have fun learning more about the famous people of the Middle Ages with medieval jointed paper dolls! First, cut out the arms, legs, and body parts. Then put them together with a hole punch and mini brads to make a paper doll that moves. Use your imagination to make them move and come to life with the real stories of the history of the Middle Ages.

Inspire your child with this fun history craft. Perfect for eager children who want more hands-on activities and love crafts. You can also use them to motivate reluctant learners. Add this Middle Ages history activity to your homeschool history lesson. Or, have your child make the paper dolls while reading a biography. Another idea is to have your child narrate what they have learned with the puppet. A great hands-on Medieval Times craft and history project for elementary kids.

Make 10 Jointed Paper Dolls from Medieval Times

The 10 famous people in this book come in two versions: one colored and one to color. The card stock pages make sturdy paper dolls wearing costumes from the time of the Middle Ages. You may laminate the pages before cutting them out to strengthen them. We label the back of each paper doll with a letter key for easy identification and assembly. Cut out the pieces. Use a 1/8" round hole punch to form a hole at each joint. Finally, place a mini brad through the joint hole and you have a moving historical character!

Includes Facts and a Reading List

There is a short description about each person at the beginning of the book, along with a list of books to read aloud. The list of books may be a teaching resource for books to read while your child is making the jointed paper dolls. Or, use the historical paper dolls with biographies, with lap books, as a unit study, on a timeline, or with any history curriculum about the Middle Ages. Famous Figures of Medieval Times works well with Story of the World, Sonlight Curriculum, Classical Conversations, Mystery of History, and many others.

Hours of fun and educational play for hands-on learners. Travel the Silk Road with Marco Polo. Fight with William the Conqueror in the Battle of Hastings. Build the Hagia Sophia with Justinian I. Explore the New World with Leif Eriksson. Learn while playing with paper dolls from Famous Figures of Medieval Times. Your kids will play with their medieval jointed paper dolls, again, and again!

“I’ve seen paperdolls before, of course, but these go above and beyond. This is basically a hands-on activity book which is designed to attract children to learning more about the people who shaped the world as we know it. It is not a history book, although it does have a short blurb on the historical figures presented. Instead, it is a hefty book made of thick, sturdy pages of figures for children to cut out, color if they desire, and put together using mini brads or fasteners.”

—Carrie at

“Cathy Diez-Luckie has taken a different approach to Tom Tierney’s paper dolls by offering more interaction as well as brief descriptions of the important men (her literature indicates women will feature in future volumes) she depicts. I would have loved her book when I was a kid. I plan to purchase the upcoming dinosaur and animal books as well.”

—Nancy Kamp,

Cathy Diez-Luckie

Cathy Diez-Luckie

Award-Winning Author and Illustrator

I’m Cathy Diez-Luckie, author and illustrator of Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble and the award-winning famous figures series of activity books. I am dedicated to providing parents and teachers with engaging hands-on history activities for their creative children that excite even a reluctant learner!