Activity: Dress Grace! (Free materials)

A wardrobe update alert! New outfits for Grace have just dropped.

Two images of a cut out of Grace Jones wearing different outfits.

To see the new range just in, click here for the templates.

Colour and design outfits to create a whole wardrobe of clothes and accessories to dress Grace, inspired by our Grace Before Jones exhibition.

Two images of a cut out of Grace Jones wearing different outfits.
Two images of a cut out of Grace Jones wearing different outfits.

We have a FREE activity pack to support this activity that includes instructions, printed templates, plain paper (to design more ideas) and felt tips for colouring. You will need to add scissors, tape and a little bit of imagination and creativity!

There is an instruction sheet in the pack or click here, and incase you need more Grace templates click here. It's best to print on card for Grace, and paper for her clothes and accessories.

We can pop a materials pack in the post for you, email to let us know how many and where to send them to.

A sheet with different outfits, shoes and hairstyles for the cut out to wear.

Carefully cut out Grace and any of the clothes you want her to try on, being careful not to cut the tabs off. There is an extra support for Grace to stand, cut this out, fold and stick to her back. Leave the space between her feet, do not cut this out as it will give her more strength.

You can add lots of colours and patterns to Grace and her clothes, you could even design your own. She loves big shapes, head wear, masks, hula-hooping and singing!

Once you have Grace ready, think about setting the scene. You could create your own scene for Grace to perform in.

Is she on a stage ready to perform? Is it part of a disco scene? Or is she surrounded by robots? Or maybe walking a dog? You decide!

You could use cardboard boxes, such as the back of a cereal box or a delivery box. You might have some wrapping paper or wallpaper at home that you can use as a back drop, or design your own. Or use a digital screen to show scenes and play music.

Two images of a cut out of Grace Jones wearing different outfits in different settings. One is set with a disco ball and a background of multi-coloured circles and one is set in a snowy forest and with a dog.

Don't forget you can make your own outfits for Grace. Take a look to see where our Play and Learn facilitator, Rachel got her inspiration from, RuPaul’s Drag Race Paper Doll designed by Sunny Gu.

We would love to see what you have created, so share your images with us at #NCmaking

Tips at home:

- Make a clear space for making
- You’ll need colouring materials, scissors, glue and tape or blue tack.
- You may need an adult to help with the cutting out.
- You can use tape/blue tack to stick on the clothes, it helps to keep them on when you reposition her.
- Some children might need support or supervision for the activities
- Some of the materials require adult supervision

This activity was created by Play and Learn Facilitator, Rachel Scanlon

Getting to know us: Play and Learn Team

Rachel Scanlon wearing sunglasses and holding her dog up to her face.

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