Apr 11

Life Scientist Paper Dolls

by Hannah Holt »


My family recently visited the California Coastal Redwoods.


Walking among century old trees was a unique experience. It made me feel so very small and yet large with wonder.

One of the things that touched me during our trip was this: without the diligent work of a few passionate individuals most of these trees might have been lost to logging and development. In the picture above, perhaps my boys would have been standing at the drive through of BurgerMart.

A few dedicated people can make a difference in the world, and science is a great way to make that difference. So I put together these life scientist paper dolls about a marine biologist and a botanist visiting the northern California coast.

Life Scients Paper Dolls color  Life Scients Paper Dolls bw

Of course, no life scientist would be complete without a habitat, so I painted two.

Redwood Forest Habitat (for the botanist):

redwood painted values pushed1

Northern California Tide Pool (for the marine biologist):


And here are the plant and animal identification coloring pages for these habitats:

Redwood coloring page  Coast coloring page

I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day. “Habitat, habitat. Have to have a habitat…”

Here are the pdfs for easier printing (click to download):

1) Life Scientist Paper Dolls in Color

2) Life Scientist Paper Dolls in Black & White

3) The Redwoods Coloring Page

4) The Tide Pool Coloring Page

  1. grandma weight

    Awesome!! Love that you included the habitat pages!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Grandma Weight.

  2. julie rowan zoch

    Love these! You rock, Hannah!

    • Hannah Holt

      You rock, Julie. Thanks for your feedback. (I always looking forward to your feedback in our illo crit group.)

  3. Tina Cho

    You’re so talented, Hannah! These are great, especially for Earth Day month.

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Tina. I almost forgot Earth Day was this month. :)

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Hannah, you are so amazing! Your whole paper doll idea is really fantastic, and I love these extra pages with the habitats and coloring pages. You’re so creative. You seriously have to get these out in the world! :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Susanna.

  5. Ali

    Great, but I don’t really get it.

    • Hannah Holt

      Hi Ali,

      I’d love to help. What is troubling you? Is it difficulty with downloading and printing, or something about the dolls themselves? My kids like to use them to play scientist. Let me know if I can assist in anyway.


  6. Joanna

    I ADORE your habitat pages (and was thrilled the first time I got to see some redwood trees). i shall be reposting these!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks so much, Joanna!

  7. Jennifer Gruenert

    Thanks so much for making this series! I really love it, and hope to use it with some of my clients. I was able to download and save a PDF of the “build a bridge” through the “save the day” dolls by using the link attached to this phrase: “For a pdf copy of the engineering paper dolls click here.” I cannot seem to figure out how to do the same for “study a habitat” dolls. Can you give me any tips?

    Thanks so much for your time, and please keep up the fun work!


    • Hannah Holt


      You should be able to right click on the pictures and get the full sized jpeg. Or give me a day and I’ll get the pdfs up. :)


  8. Joy

    These are great! But I agree, a PDF would work better for printing. I hope you’re able to convert the image – will check back. My granddaughter is the perfect age for this, and I can really see her as a biologist or botanist some day.

    • Hannah Holt

      Great. They are up now. Let me know if you have any trouble. I hope your granddaughter enjoys them.

  9. Tara

    These are so wonderful!! Thank you! My little scientists will be so thrilled!

  10. Mary Anne

    As the mom of a very curious six year old girl I am always looking for toys outside the “Pink Shelves” in the big box stores. Thank you for these delightful role models. They are adorable, clever and I feel great about my daughter playing with them. I love that you combined her love of dolls with her love of science!

    Thank you!

  11. Make-do Mum

    These are amazing!

  12. maria mccarthy

    These are beautiful thank you so much for these gifts.

  13. B. G. Wargo

    What a nice thing to do. I have sent links to many of the folk I know who are naturalists or parents.

    As a Texas Master Naturalist, I may be able to use at events.

    • Hannah Holt

      Wonderful! Thanks for the important work you do!