doll hospital

I’m a youth leader of an energetic bunch of girls at church ages 8-11 and twice a month we have an activity. Well, our last activity was a Doll Hospital. Let me tell ya, it was a huge HIT! The girls really got into it and had a blast. It was a fun service project, which can be hard for girls that age. 

What we did was we cleaned the dolls in our church’s nursery. Each girl was responsible for at least one doll to clean and care for. We had different stations: Laundromat, Body Scrub, and Hair Salon. To start, each girl removed the doll’s clothes and placed them in Laundromat (a Laundry basket that one of the leaders took home later and washed.)
Next, the girls did a Body Scrub. We had a thick paste of baking soda and water. The girls used damp rags to lightly scrub the dolls from head to toe (unless they were cloth). We tried using Mark B Gone and some other products to remove marker and ink marks, but didn’t have much luck. 
For the Hair Salon station, we had combs, baby soap, and fabric softener. Most dolls the girls were able to soap up the hair and combed out fairly easily. But there was one in particular that I decided to tackle that had a serious bird’s nest in place of hair. It was BAD. I soaked it in almost straight fabric softener for 10 minutes and then carefully combed through the hair. The fabric softener worked wonders! 
After the girls were all done with the dolls, we helped them sanitize and organize all the other toys in the nursery. Like I said, the girls really got into this activity and were the best little scrubbers ever. They were asking what else they could clean and we kept thinking of new things. (umm, yeah, we were begging them to come to our homes and clean! lol)

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Amanda @ Serenity Now

    What a cute idea! :) I love how willing little girls are to help. My 4 year old, Natalie, is always so excited to dust. I am only too willing to let her help. :)

  2. 2
    Wonder Mom

    I am SO passing this idea along to our children's minister- good stuff!

  3. 3

    What a fantastic idea, if I am ever called as Achievement Day leader I will have to steal it :) I wonder if the YW are too old…..;)

  4. 4

    How sweet! What a cute idea. I love your idea of stations for each cleaning process. :)

  5. 5
    Creations By Cindy

    What a neat idea. I will this on to my church! Thanks for sharing and be blessed. Cindy

  6. 6
    Lacie @ Creative Attempts

    I will certainly be telling the yw leaders about this idea its brilliant. a fun service project woot woot

  7. 7
    Andrea Hardman

    I'm going to use this idea for our activity day girlies, too. What a great idea.

  8. 8
    kim @

    What a GREAT idea! Its a perfect project for little girls. And those babies in the nursery need cleaning up!

  9. 9

    this is such a great idea!

  10. 10

    awesome idea- I'll pass this on to our activity days leaders! (if you don't mind)

  11. 11

    What a wonderful project for girls of that age!!! You should have taken pics of before and after. That would have been cool!!

  12. 12

    fab idea – what a great service project :D

  13. 13
    Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry

    What a cute idea… In the future try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser {be sure the girls wear gloves}… Pen marks, paint marks, etc come right off! This would be a fun birthday party idea, have each friend bring a doll… Love it!

  14. 14

    How fun! I do achievement days too, and I'm totally going to use this, thanks!

  15. 15

    I hope someone took pictures!

  16. 16
    Out in the Fields

    What a fun and fab idea:)