Another Celebrated Dancing Bear which takes place in Imperial Russia. I believe this is the first book we've read with that setting; so I was pretty excited to see what kinds of crafts I could find to illustrate Russian culture.
1. Printable nesting dolls. I love these adorable Russian nesting dolls. You can print them out in full color or in black and white outline to color them yourself.
2. Faberge eggs. I am honestly shocked that I have been unable to find any children's nonfiction books containing the story of the Fabrege eggs. Their history is all about riches, surprises and lost treasure- just the kind of thing kids love, and such a great way to teach about Imperial Russian and the 1917 Revolution. If you want to tell your children the story and show them a few pictures, this link from PBS has a pretty good summary.
We used a really fun silk technique to dye the eggs. They don't actually look all that similar to the historical Faberge eggs, but they're fancy- which is basically what we were going for. I'll be writing about how to make them in an upcoming post.
Any other ideas for Russian kids' crafts?