Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Littlest Matryoshka

Our geography hop took us to Russia this week, and we read several books about Russia. Our fiction selection was The Littlest Matryoshka. I had high hopes for the book based on Amazon summary of the content and reviews, but I was disappointed, especially with the fact that two out of six dolls didn’t have Russian names. Certainly the author could have done a little research there. But the illustrations were nice and the story has a fitting end, so I am giving it a grudging B- overall.

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I had high hopes for our StArt project as well, and that didn’t go as well as I thought either. I thought that making a stand-up matryoshka doll (or better yet, five of them) will complement the book perfectly. I found the templates here. Anna took one look at the coloring project and promptly said, I don’t want to! I let her just paint at will (or rather mix colors to achieve “muddy brown blob effect”) and proceeded to color most of it myself. At some point she volunteered to “help” and promptly covered Mar2_Matryoshkamatryoshka’s  face with dark paint. I was not pleased! She said that she wants her matryoshka to be blind. Eventually she also painted the back, and was quite pleased when I cut her matryoshka and stapled it together. She calls it the doll that came from Russia. In the retrospect, I think that she might have liked the project better if I offered sequins, stickers and glitter glue as decorative options at first – she really doesn’t like to color! I tried to offer her all those options to make more matryoshkas, but she was not in the least interested.

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16 comments:

Christy said...

We have the dolls and I was wondering about this book. It's too bad that it didn't meet your expectations. I like your idea for the project.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It is a neat project. Did you complete the rest of the dolls for Anna to play with?

I feel for your frustration - my oldest has never liked art projects either.

Jenny said...

That cracks me up that she wanted nothing to do with the project. My daughter always has her own plans about projects as well.

Bummer about the book, I agree that the authors could have found some Russian names for the dolls.

Ticia said...

It's always disappointing when the book doesn't turn out as good as you're hoping for.
I think the project looks fun.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Any idea where to find a set of Matryoshka dolls? I had a set growing up (given to us by missionaries we hosted) but I don't know what happened to them and I'd like some for my son!

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

What a great project! I love those dolls!

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

what a nice job! :)

min said...

I had bookmarked that book and a set of dolls at Amazon. Perhaps, you can change the names on the book with stick ons? I always wanted a set of those dolls so I may invest in them when the time comes.

As for coloring the way we want, K is the same way! She prefers to color the way she wants too! And coloring her face to make her blind...that reminded me of one particular kindergartner who used to color his face but left the space around his eyes blank. When asked why he did that, he said so he can see! So wonderful to "see" the world through their eyes!

MaryAnne said...

Anna really does have a profound dislike of coloring! Thanks for the link to those templates, I think my kids might enjoy this project a little more than Anna did.

Adriana said...

She certainly has a mind of her own! :) It is pretty funny what she did to the dolls face to make it blind. I have given up trying to make our art projects look like I want them to because Diego always has a different plan in mind. Lately, he has been leaving off peoples' heads or other body parts and telling me that they are "invisible." Hmmm....

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter loves playing with our set of Matryoshka dolls when she reads the book with me. We lost our smallest doll once but found it the next day...reminded me of the story. According to the author's website, the all dolls names do have Russian ties, "The names in my story come from characters in the work of a famous Russian writer, Anton Checkov."

melaniet42 said...

A very neat idea! Sometimes the little ones just aren't into it. I couldn't even get my little one to read books last week, much less do a project!

sbswtp said...

I think it came out cute :)

Wonder Mom said...

I love nesting dolls- thank you for the link to the paper nesting dolls activity. I am sorry it didn't go how you planned, but I hope to use this in the future with my kiddos!

Sela said...

found you from stART :)
We just checked this book out from the library, so thanks for the template link. My daughter loves her nana's matryoshkas, so this was a great story for her.

Michelle said...

That is to bad that the book was not as well researched as you would think it would have been. I love the idea for your project and am excited that you included the link for the printout. I loved those dolls when I was younger.

Thank you for linking up to stART!!