To learn about the Russian culture and practice fine motor skills while painting matryoshka dolls.
Discuss the Russian culture (You can use our jpegs at the bottom of the post.)
Paint the nesting dolls.
Let them dry.
Pack your coats, we're off to Russia! This week in our summer “Around the World” series, we traveled to Russia to paint Matryoshka dolls, also known as nesting dolls.
We started off by going through our slideshow and learning about the animals, terrain, people, and landmarks of Russia. (You can find jpegs from these slides at the bottom of this page.) At the end of the slideshow we showed the kids a few pictures of some nesting dolls and talked about how they have been around since 1890. The dolls are typically a female on the outside and a baby as the last doll. The rest of the dolls that are on the inside either looked the same as the one on the outside or they might be a family and have both girls and guys. Today the dolls can be found painted to match all kinds of themes or people.
Next we got out the dolls that we ordered from eBay and gave each child two to paint however they liked. We talked about common themes it needed to have such as a face, clothes, and that the head was usually covered. The kids really enjoyed painting the dolls, and we ended up giving them to the grandparents as gifts!
Check out the video to see our Little Life Explorers painting their Matryoshka Dolls, then get out there and make your own.