When watching the Olympic snowboarding I saw this Matryoshka statue:
First we brought them out to just play with. Opening up all the dolls and setting them all up. Counting how many children were inside of each doll, and arranging them by size.
Which took me to Deep Space Sparkle and THIS idea and we were off!
I used the pattern above but enlarged it and then traced out 10 different shapes from the combined pages (I had to hand draw a couple of the smaller ones, guess I could have shrunk the pattern but I didn't think of that at the time). I left all the features blank so my girls could draw on their own facial expressions and designs on the bodies. I made 10 different sizes so they could choose the sizes for their family members to be added to their paintings.
Aayla ended up colouring the larger dolls and Kodey coloured the smaller dolls on hers so I made a colour copy of both for another counting activity which I'll show you after these paintings are finished.
water colour Valentines.
I then added numerals to the dolls bellies, put out a bowl of small pom poms and it became a counting activity.
1) Need some practice drawing Matryoshkas before you tackle a full project? Here is a doodling tutorial for download.
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3) There is a post on this Russia Unity Study HERE which also has a set of paper nesting dolls that fit inside each other.
6) This banner is so sweet and the pattern could be made into felt story pieces :)
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