Russian Babushkas

Russian Babushkas craft

Babushka means many things to Russians. A babushka can be a person or a scarf worn as a shawl! Celebrate Russian heritage and holidays with these babushkas.

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    Read books and articles to learn about the history of Russia. Find out about the land, culture, and clothing. Discover the various meanings of the word <EM>babushka</EM> in the Russian language. If possible, talk with someone who is Russian or knows the country well. Look for the colors and styles of clothing traditionally worn by women.

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    Cover your art area with newspaper. Using Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint and Crayola Paint Brushes, paint white construction paper a favorite or traditional Russian color. Dry. If you like, use a sponge to dab on flowers or other colorful background designs. Dry.

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    On more white construction paper, use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw the heads of two Russian women, or babushkas. Color their faces and cut them out with Crayola Scissors.

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    On white paper, use your imagination to sketch a flowery and colorful fabric design large enough for two head scarves or babushkas. Color the design with Crayola Fabric Crayons. Your design will transfer in reverse. Press hard so the colors will be bright

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    Cut white fabric that is slightly larger than your crayon design. Color transfers best on fabric that is 100% synthetic or has a high synthetic content. Ask an adult which fabric you may use.

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    Choose a safe, large, flat location to iron. Make a bed of newspaper. Cover the newspaper with white paper. Place the fabric on the plain paper, face up. Lay your colored design face down on the fabric. Cover with more white paper.

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    Ask an adult to do these steps: Set an iron on cotton, with no steam, and preheat it. Place the iron in one spot, press down, then lift and move the iron to another spot. Repeat until the entire design has been transferred. Gently lift design paper. Cool.

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    Cut two babushkas in proportion to the size of your women's heads. Gather the fabric around their heads and attach the babushkas firmly with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

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    Glue the two women wearing their babushkas onto the painted background sheet. Glue that sheet onto another larger piece of construction paper to make it look like it was matted. Dry.