We have a beautiful russian nesting doll at home (matroshka doll), given to me husband by a russian classmate of his. The boys were intrigued by it and most fascinated after i showed them how i worked.
I picked up a local nesting doll for them last month at the kala ghoda festival (KEC green games and toys). The doll is very pretty and each doll is of a different color. I picked it up for the boys only because i wanted to keep the Russian doll intact. However, as i watched them play, it was cool to see how much thinking, learning and coordination was involved. They love the doll and play with it almost every day.
Funny thing is, they were never into the nesting toys we had got them…so the nesting cups, etc were always ignored. However, i guess the doll became something more real, interesting and hands on. they practice colors, sequencing, fine motor skills (fitting dolls into one another, opening and shutting the dolls).
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