Craft Activity for Russian Folkore-Themed Party?

Craft Activity for Russian Folkore-Themed Party?

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Carrie McBride
Aug 11, 2010

Q: Not one for fairy-tales, for my daughter's upcoming 3rd birthday, I'm planning a folk-tale themed party. It seems befitting as we are Russian immigrants and she is the first American-born in our family, so we are trying to preserve the rich history from which she descends. The fact that mommy is not impartial to the beautiful and intricate Russian folklore imagery played no small factor in the final decision making… (continued after the jump)

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While my head is reeling with ideas of how to spread the theme throughout the party, such as serving food in the traditional painted "hohloma" dinnerware, having a photo station where kids can dress up in the traditional folk costumes and of course utilize a samovar, I'm stumped as to a great, age-appropriate and not-too-messy craft activity. I would really like to have a craft station for the kiddo's, but can't come up with a simple, but fun idea that can be in line with the theme. I am also trying to spare the parents and keep it relatively clean and safe since the children are still rather young. So I'd like to avoid glue, paint and tiny particles. I originally thought to have them decorate woven baskets with fake flowers, pine cones and fake birdies. But several people suggested that it's too complicated for such young toddlers (many kids at the party will be younger than 3). My husband suggested something to do with nesting dolls, which I like - but what exactly? Seeing as I have been inspired and impressed by the Apartment Therapy community for years, I can't think of a better place to pose this question. Thank you in advance for your input!

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