Dolls From Around the World

Appropriate for grades: Pre-K - 2
Subject areas: History and Social Studies Visual and Performing Arts

Dolls have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Paddle shaped dolls dating back to 2000 B.C. have been found in Egyptian tombs. Dolls have been constructed out of virtually every material known to humankind including bone, ivory, wax, wood, terra cotta, plastic, rubber, old socks and inner tubes. 

Play is key to the function of dolls and doll-making. As miniature humans, dolls automatically shift the power scale from the adult to the side of the child. Suddenly in control, children can manipulate their playthings and project their imaginations and longings onto their inanimate friends. Spanish Language Version


Teaching / Learning Goals:

Teachers and students will …


  • Learn about how dolls represent the cultures they come from (historical and cultural understanding).
  • Be able to discuss the physical qualities of different dolls (perceiving, analyzing and responding).
  • Create a figure using fabric and mixed media (creating and performing).

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