Today Christine rolled the dolls’ house round to the front of Kindergarten for the children to play with outside. But oh dear – we noticed many of our dolls have been too well loved and are looking a tad sorry for themselves!
What resourceful children we have at Mairtown, as many decided to make their own dolls for the house. We had a look for what we may need and decided upon lolly sticks, fabric, pipe cleaners, ribbon, wool, pens and a hot glue gun. Our tamariki demonstrated great persistence as they went through the fiddly process of making clothes for the dolls, and wonderful patience as they waited for their turn with the hot glue gun. Everyone’s creations were so unique; the children were able to show their own personalities through the dolls they choose to make- ka pai everyone.
Heidi communicates her thoughts as she cuts some fabric to make her doll.
Kate constructed her doll with great confidence and resourcefulness.
Some of the finished dolls:
Afterwards the dolls were placed in the house. There was plenty of opportunity to have fun with the new dolls whilst also playing collaboratively along side others.
Mahi Toi (creative art) such as this is great for developing fine motor skills. It encourages children to plan their work, whilst extending imagination and creativity.