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.
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. Smarty 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 matryoshka’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.
For more story stretchers visit StArt at A Mommy’s Adventures.