DIY Painted Peg People Craft

DIY Painted Peg people is a fun and easy craft for kids using wooden peg dolls! It is also a great way to foster curiosity to help celebrate differences.

Diverse Peg Dolls

I first saw this craft on the Instagram feed of Jenn. She runs the blog Mama.Papa.Bubba that has tons of creative and fun ideas. I absolutely loved this idea. I spent sooo much time looking for diverse peg dolls when my daughter was young but the thought never occurred to me back then to just create my own! That is why this ideas so so amazing. If toy manufactures aren’t going to create the diverse range of toys we crave, we can just make them ourselves.

Things have definitely changed and it is easier to find diverse peg dolls if you don’t want make your own but this activity it also creates a wonderful opportunity to let your child get curious about race and skin tones in a fun and artistic way. Helping to start one of those many conversations about race we all need to have with our young children.

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How to Create DIY Painted Peg People

  1. Grab your wooden peg dolls and tempera paint.
  2. Paint their bodies using the colors.
  3. For the skin tones, mix black, white and brown in various amounts. For dark brown add a very small amount of black to brown and mix. For light mix white with a small amount of brown. Add more brown paint to make it dark.
  4. Paint at least 2 coats of the skin tone and the colour.
  5. You can apply a sealing coat such as Mod Podge but its not necessary.


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  • Tempera Paint
  • Brush
  • Wooden Peg Dolls

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 4 years and up. My kids are 3, 3, and 6 year old.

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