Dymkovo toys, also known as Vyatka toys or Kirov toys, are a traditional Russian folk art handicraft made by woman. They are moulded and painted clay figures of people and animals. Try your hand at making your own!
Make your exploration of Russia more exciting by adding in some of these lovely craft ideas with a Russian theme. We've got five different ideas for making your own Matryoshka dolls (also known as Russian dolls), a Dymkovo toy, Russian cityscapes, a lacquerware spoon, and of course a Faberge egg or two! You might also want to tie in some ballet crafts.
Sarah has come up with this very clever idea for a Matryoshka doll craft! Creating the dolls involves lots of cutting and sticking and drawing on of faces. Once done, "stack" the envelopes inside each other to store your pretty dolls safely.
Decorate your own beautiful, bejewelled Faberge egg! This craft can be adapted to suit a range of ages. Younger children can just "pile" it all on. Older kids might like to sketch out a careful design.
Make your own gilded and jewelled treasures with your kids with our Faberge eggs craft! Start by doing a Google Image search for "Faberge eggs" and then let your imaginations run riot...
This felt Matryoshka doll activity can be adapted for a range of ages, and the resulting dolls are sure to be treasured! We've used simple sewing skills to complete our dolls but you can substitute fabric glue for at least some of the sewing if you wish.
This folding Matryoshka doll activity is a super craft for little kids, linked to our Russia topic but fun to make any time.
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Lacquerware painting has been traditional in Russia for centuries. Papier mache boxes and panels were lacquered and painted with intricate designs and scenes from folk tales.
All you need for this lovely Matryoshka doll craft is paper cups, glue stick, pens and patterned paper. It's therefore not too messy and can be enjoyed by a big group of children if you wish. And of course when you are done, you can stack your dolls!
Make your own Russian dolls, also known as matryoshka or babushka dolls, with this printable children's craft. We have a pre-coloured version or a set that the kids can colour in themselves.
Here's a Russia Flag Fuse Bead Pattern, a fun way to help children learn about Russia and it's flag using hama, perler or own brand fuse beads.
Here's a lovely craft for younger children, which uses the shapes of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as its inspiration. Lots of cutting and sticking involved!