Printable Dress Up Dolls From Around The World with 32 National Costumes

Paper dress up dolls were one of my favorites as a kid. My sister and I would play with these for hours, changing the outfits and making up stories.

If you’re looking for something traditional and easy to keep the children entertained, print out a set of our free paper dress up dolls from around the world.

These color your own dress up dolls come with different national costumes from every continent, and you can even make your own clothes to extend their wardrobes even more. 

Let’s learn about cultures all around the world. From Africa to Europe, these dress up dolls can help bring a smile to kids of all ages!

We have 32 different countries national dress included within this free printables set, and you can also use them as national costume traditional clothes around the world coloring pages.

free printable paper dress up dolls around the world with national costumes for each country

You can download the free PDF file with all the dolls and costumes at the end of this blog post.

Free Printable Paper Dress Up Dolls With National Costumes from Every Continent

Here are the three different paper dolls that we will be using for this dress up games.

You can mix and match which doll will wear which costume, and play pretend with these three characters together.

Paper Dress Up Doll Boy

This paper dress up doll has short hair and works great to use as a boy dress up doll.

Dress up games are great for girls and for boys. All children can enjoy playing with clothes, making outfits and learning about kids around the world.

paper dress up doll boy
free printable paper dress up doll

Paper Dress Up Doll Girls

These two are more like girls with slightly longer hair (one long, one medium)

Have your children pick out some names for each dress up doll to add some personality (would they like Irish names, autumn names, royal names or something else?)

dress up paper dolls free printable

How to Use Paper Dress Up Dolls

Print out the PDF file (download at the end of this blog post)

Cut out each of the dolls, and the outfits (making sure not to cut off the tabs)

cutting out paper dress up dolls

For durability, glue down the three paper dolls onto some cardboard for backing.

You can print on regular A4 printer paper, but if you have card stock available to print onto, this also helps your paper dress up doll set to last longer.

To dress up the paper doll, place the outfit on top and then fold down the tabs to secure onto the paper doll.

playing with paper dress up dolls

National Costumes around the World

Dress Up Paper Dolls for Asia

The Asia National costumes page includes traditional clothes from

  • India
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
national costumes for Asia coloring paper dress up dolls

Africa

The page of African National Dress Paper Doll clothes includes traditional outfits from

  • Zimbabwe
  • Algeria
  • Nigeria
  • Kenya
  • Egypt Morocco
national costumes for Africa coloring paper dress up dolls
national costumes for Africa coloring paper dress up dolls

Europe

The European traditional dress for your paper dress up dolls set includes outfits from

  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ukraine
national costumes for Europe coloring paper dress up dolls
national costumes for Europe coloring paper dress up dolls

North America

Color your own traditional North American clothes for your paper doll set. This continent includes clothes from

  • Canada
  • Bahamas
  • USA
  • Panama
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
national costumes for North America coloring paper dress up dolls
national costumes for North America coloring paper dress up dolls

South America

The South American traditional costumes included are from the following countries

  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Brazil
  • Guyana
national costumes for South America  coloring paper dress up dolls
national costumes for South America coloring paper dress up dolls

Oceana

The continent of Oceana includes the following countries, and here are their traditional clothing for your paper dress up dollies

  • Samoa
  • Palau
  • Kiribati
national costumes for oceana coloring paper dress up dolls

Find Out More About National Costumes

National costumes help to preserve a sense of a country’s heritage. In some countries, traditional clothing is worn only on special occasions whereas in other countries traditional clothing is still worn regularly.

To find out more about national costumes, and life in countries all around the world, you could visit the library with the kids and check out some books.

Children Just Like Me from DK books is a brilliant accessible way of introducing kids to this concept (Amazon affiliate link)

children just like me book a new celebration of children around the world

Or visit this guide for some more background information along with pictures. This can help kids pick out which colors to use for each of the national costumes on these printable pages.

Download PDF

Click below to download the PDF file with the three paper doll characters and all 32 different national dress designs to use with your dress up dolls.

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free printable paper dress up dolls with national dress from around the world

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To extend this topic, check out our post on crafts around the world. Or our my world paper plate craft.

Print out our world map coloring pages (we also have British flag coloring pages)

Take a look around, and you’ll find all sorts to keep your children busy!

Here are just a few more of our fun printable activities.

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