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The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve ⋆ two cats backpack

In 1999, a few girlfriends and I decided to take our very first international post-college trip to Europe.  We had no idea how to go on our own, so we booked a bus tour that would take us across seven countries in a span of two weeks.  The tour company would take care of everything – hotels, most meals, transportation, and a guide to explain all the sights.  It was perfect for three sheltered suburban girls in the pre-internet age.  In Rome, Italy we got dropped off at a bustling city square and given a few hours to walk around and explore on our own.  I went off on my own, as my friends wanted to go shopping and I had at that point already lost all of my money (not by a scam, but by simply leaving my wallet behind in the very first hotel room where we stayed).  On top of that, I also didn’t have a suitcase to carry back any souvenirs because the airline lost my luggage on the flight to London.   None of this put a damper on my trip, as I was simply enjoying Europe too much and relied on borrowing money and clothes from my friends.

After wandering around Rome for a few hours, I made my way back to the bus.  In front of our parked bus, a small crowd gathered to watch a very strange spectacle.   A man spread out a blanket on the sidewalk and put a boombox blasting dance music on the other side of the blanket.  He had small paper dolls – uncolored cutouts from a Disney coloring book, a lot of Mickey and Minnie Mouses, a few Donald Ducks, and a slightly crumpled Goofy.  They were all reinforced with a cardboard back and had their legs replaced with thick colored thick yarn.  They were dancing on the blanket, their string legs comically jumping up and down in the air.

None of this made sense.  Most dolls weren’t even touching the ground, just leaping in the air, wiggling, and shaking to the beat.  I leaned in to examine closer.  They were paper, cardboard, and yarn, and all had a small black square glued on their backs.   I didn’t see any mechanism in the paper puppets that could make them dance like this.  The crowd was debating whether these incredible dolls were worth $10 each.  I walked into the bus, confused.  It was clear to me that this was a scam, but I had no idea how it worked. From my seat on the bus, I could clearly see this bizarre show out of my window and kept watching, in hopes of figuring it out.

I watched as one of my friends approached the bus and stopped, staring at the dancing puppets on the blanket.  She leaned in closer to examine.  She asked something of the vendor, and he grabbed two new dolls wrapped in cellophane, gently unwrapped them, and put them on the ground.  The puppets immediately started jumping and dancing to the beat.  My friend nodded, satisfied.  The man rewrapped the dolls and handed them to my friend.  She handed him a crisp 20-euro bill.  I jumped out of my seat and ran towards the bus door.

“What are you doing!?” I yelled, “Stop!”

Our guide grabbed me on my way down the aisle and asked what happened.   I explained and he ran out of the bus, yelling in Italian at the vendor.

My friend, undeterred by the sudden commotion, confidently walked into the bus.

“What?” she said.  “I bought souvenirs.”

As our guide and the vendor continued yelling at each other in Italian outside, I tried to reason with her.

“Go back and see if you can get your money back!”

“Why?” she retorted, “My younger sister would love these.”

“How in the world do you think a paper doll is going to dance for you?? HOW?” I gasped.

“I had them tested.” She said, “They work!”

To prove her point, she gently unwrapped a Minnie Mouse paper doll and laid it on her lap.  It just laid there, its little yarn legs hanging pathetically limp on the side.

I stared at the doll and then at my friend.  I bit my tongue and waited for her to realize that she was scammed.

She looked the doll over and wrinkled her forehead.

“It probably needs music to work.” She said, rewrapping the doll and hiding it away in her purse.

I spent the entire drive to our hotel softly wailing in anguish into my hands.  My friend was completely undeterred.  She never admitted defeat, never acknowledged being scammed, and later insisted that her sister loved the present.  I have to believe that despite her outward demeanor, she too learned a 20-euro lesson, just as I had a few years earlier.

Fifteen years later, in front of Tsukiji market in Tokyo, Victor asked me if I would be OK exploring the market on my own for an hour, while he went shopping for traditional Japanese woodblock prints a few subway stops away.  We agreed on the meeting place and time, and I went off, wandering among fish stands and sushi restaurants.  Deep into the maze of the market, I suddenly came upon a small clearing, a tiny square with a large oak tree in the middle.  Under the oak tree, a huge Japanese man stood by a blanket on the ground with a boom box on the other end of it, blaring high beat dance music.  I stopped and stared, bewildered.   Small paper cut-out dolls with yarn strings danced on the blanket.

Six thousand miles away and fifteen years later, the same scam was alive and doing well, according to the size of the crowd gathered around.  I was no longer a naïve twenty-year-old, I was going to figure this out.  I immediately noticed a few things I missed the first time around.  At least one person in the crowd was working with the scammer.  He stood on the other side of the blanket, directly across the boom box.  By his foot was a large duffel bag, his hand never left his pocket.  He kept talking to people around, pretending he was one of them, enthusiastically exclaiming his amazement at these paper puppets every time someone new joined the crowd.  If the crowd dispersed momentarily, his face immediately went blank, and he stared off into the distance.  He never moved from his spot.

I circled the blanket, watching the dolls carefully, and pulled out my camera.  Immediately the vendor rushed toward me shaking his head and pointing at my camera.   No pictures.  So, I thought, a camera can reveal something about this scam that is not seen with a naked eye.  And finally, the most important clue.  All puppets danced in one straight line exactly between the boombox and the duffel bag.  I thought back to Italy where the dolls also danced in one straight line.  It finally all clicked together.  The little dark squares on the back of the puppets in Italy were missing from these dolls, but now I knew what they were.  These were small thin magnets.  Here, the scammers glued them between the paper cutout and cardboard backing, making it even harder to understand the grift.

The trick was simple.  There was magnetic fishing line, so thin that it was invisible to the eye (but might show up on a camera if the light hit it just right), drawn between the boombox and the duffel bag, with one end going out of the duffel bag and into the trouser leg of the second scammer, who pulled and yanked on it through his pocket.  The dolls were attached to the magnetic line with their little magnets, being jerked around to the music by a seemingly amazed spectator.   I laughed out loud and the scammer encouragingly smiled at me, mistaking my smirking for amazement at his miraculously dancing puppets.  He yelled out something in Japanese, most likely the price.

Now that I knew how the scam worked, I was eager to share it with the crowd. There was only one problem.  I didn’t speak Japanese.  The second problem, that both scammers were surprisingly large built men and would probably not take kindly on my interruption of their cash flow, did not occur to me yet.  I watched as several people handed them bills in exchange for dolls.  I opened my mouth wordlessly and uselessly gesticulated with my hands.  I tried to pull up Google Translate on my phone but wasn’t getting any data connection.  Suddenly I saw a family of American tourists in the crowd, their young son excitedly pointing at the dancing dolls.  Finally! Someone I can save!  I rushed towards them.

“Stop!” I yelled. “It’s a scam!”

The father already had his wallet out and a few bills in his hand.   The entire family froze and stared quizzically at me.  As I breathlessly explained the scam to them, the entire Japanese crowd synchronically dispersed around us.  Without understanding my words, they still understood my warning.  The American family hid their money and walked away.  Reveling in my accomplishment, I looked around for validation only to find myself completely alone.  I turned towards the blanket.  The large scammer was staring daggers into me.  He threw his hands into the air and yelled something angrily toward his accomplice, still standing stiffly by the duffel bag.

I turned around and ran.

Victor left me alone for exactly an hour.  He was worried about letting me go off solo and multiple times asked if I will be OK.  Of course, I will be OK! What could possibly happen to me!  I’ve traveled alone before and was completely fine!  How ironic it would be now for Victor to find me with my head bashed in, crying in some quiet corner of the market.  These were the thoughts running through my head, as I zig-zagged through the stalls.   No one followed me of course, as one man had a fishing string running through his pant leg and the other one was too unwieldy to follow me.   I finally found our meeting place, breathless and red-faced, clutching my camera and eagerly spewing the entire story to Victor.

He stared at me, horrified.

“I am never letting you go off alone again!” he cried.

“I solved it!” I gasped excitedly, “I solved the Italian dancing doll mystery!”

I spent the metro ride to our hotel recounting the story over and over again.  Victor spent the entire ride softly wailing in anguish into his hands.  Just like my friend, some fifteen years earlier, I refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing and pretended everything went exactly to plan.

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Walking around Milan on some pedestrian street like our Arbat. And I see this picture: there is a tape recorder, a bunch of people and a paper man is dancing to the music from the boom box! I rub my eyes and can't believe it: it's dancing! Damn, some bullshit, this can not be. But wildly great! There is a blue sky above the little man, no strings, consciousness refuses to understand how this can be. Here I would take and record on video how it looks, but unfortunately I did not realize. I go up, squat down and look for a long time - cool! The mind begins to come up with explanations: the little man is standing next to the speaker, the speaker has a magnet, and the little man has some strange legs. Probably magnets too. Probably, of course, it will fall after some time, it is not for nothing that the seller constantly changes them. I notice a homemade poster: "This is not magic! Everything is written in the instructions" and the price: 2 euros. Even if this is a divorce, it is not a pity to pay 2 euros for such a divorce! I choose Simpson from a bunch of options. I give you 2 euros. The seller immediately asks: do you want to check? Of course! I take out the little man, I try to put it next to the tape recorder, but then he takes it from my hands and starts selling it that in order to do everything right, you need to bend one more piece of paper here on the back of the little man ... "Probably this piece of paper gives sail to the little man "- a thought flickers, but at that moment he puts mine next to the already dancing one and they start dancing together! Mind turns off. I put it in a bag...
And then I forgot about it, putting it in the side pocket of my bag. And when I remembered, I unfolded the long instruction, smiled, and everything worked out for me:

What was in the instruction below

Even lower :)

Yes! The thread was stretched horizontally!

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    Doll Pedigree Project

    Project participants: teachers Kushnir M.F., children of the senior group - 32 children, parents.

    Project implementation period : from 01/01/2012 to 04/01/2012

    Problem: According to V.M. Grigorieva - collector, organizer and "restorer" of the folk game - modern children began to play not less, but worse: "The quality of games falls rapidly. More and more primitive game forms - pranks, pranks, fun... It is necessary to save and revive folk games - the genetic fund game culture of every nation".

    Parental survey analysis showed that the modern child is focused on Western toys and does not own sufficient information about the folk doll. And that leads to loss. cultural and historical values ​​of their people.

    Hypothesis: Looking deeper into history appearance of dolls, their variety and use in life, then each of we will be preserved by the purity of the soul, kindness and responsiveness

    1. Project objectives: To get acquainted with the origin of the word "doll".

    2. Prove, that dolls appeared in our lives a very long time ago.

    3. Define the importance of dolls in people's lives.

    4. Collect information about the variety of dolls.

    Objectives of the project:

    1. Draw children's attention to everyday things around us.

    2. Introduce history to children creating dolls in different countries (Russia, Japan, Europe).

    3. Develop cognitive interest in the history of the creation of things that surround man.

    4. To develop the speech of children (speech-description, monologue, speech-proof).

    5. Develop emotional responsiveness, aesthetic perception.

    6. Cultivate caring attitude to objects made by human hands.

    The result of the work: Mini-museum of handmade dolls.

    Stage I - accumulation of knowledge

    1. Survey and monitoring of children on the topic “Which dolls do you like to play?"

    2. Reading chapters from Gorichev's book V.S. "Dolls".

    3. Viewing illustrations in books and magazines.

    4. Introduction to history appearance of dolls.

    5. Consultation for parents.

    "Folk doll as a means introduction to folk culture"

    6. Homework: "Dolls your mothers and grandmothers" (conversations with parents, looking at old dolls, making dolls together with children from various materials).

    "Dolls of different nations"

    1. Role-playing games with dolls "living" in our group.

    2. Introduction to Japanese dolls, Ukraine, India, Georgia, the Baltic States, etc. , national games.

    3. Features of national costumes of the peoples of different countries.

    Stage II "Playing with dolls"

    1. Introduction to paper dolls. We draw and play.

    2. Making dolls from salt dough.

    3. Production of theatrical puppets (glove).

    4. Playing with modern dolls (Barbie dolls, transformer robots).

    5. Souvenir games (porcelain, unusual, singing and dancing dolls).

    Stage III - the result. Organization "Puppet Museum"

    1. Acquaintance with museum work.

    2. Creating our own puppet museum.

    3. Collaboration of the educator and children to create an advertising brochure for the puppet museum.

    4. Guide work (children guides) in the puppet museum.

    The result of the survey and monitoring on the topic “C What dolls do you like to play with?

    Working on the project, we conducted a study: C what kind of dolls do our girls like to play with? The survey and testing showed what:

    - 60% of girls like to play with dolls Barbie.

    - 25% prefer the doll Baby Bon.

    - 10% choose the Bratz doll.

    - 5% play plastic dolls. Children of all generations love to play with the doll, and in our opinion The study shows that the leaders of modern children are the Barbie doll and Baby-Bon.


    Consultation for parents.

    "Folk doll as a means of familiarization with the folk culture”

    Nowadays, on the shelves of shops you can see a lot of beautiful toys, they are all made in a factory way, which means deprived of the warmth of the souls of their creators. We believe that children should see not not only toy robots and dolls produced in large quantities, but also toys, made by the hands of a master who put his soul, his skill and their dreams and desires. Each author's doll is unique, it has its own history and your image.

    Doll - the most the oldest and most popular toy so far. She's obligatory and faithful companion of children's games, but at the same time the most accessible work of art for children. Doll - children's toy in the form of a human figure. Dolls imitate adult world, thereby preparing the child for adult relationships. Because the the doll depicts a person, she is able to play different roles and often becomes a friend and partner of the child. He acts with her the way he wants, forcing her to fulfill her, sometimes secret, dreams and desires. doll game, thus, plays a serious social and psychological role, embodying and forming a certain ideal, giving vent to hidden emotions.

    The purpose of the work. Promote family unity by introducing folk culture through co-creation.

    Tasks. Draw attention to the history of the doll by making it stand out dignity; develop imagination, taste, creative imagination. acquaint with basic handicrafts.

    Molds. Consultation for parents "Folk doll as a means of familiarizing the child with folk culture. " Homework for parents "Make a doll." Organization of an exhibition of homemade dolls.

    Plan . 1. Familiarization with the typology of dolls.

    2. Description of a modern doll.

    3. Comparison of traditional doll with mass produced toys.

    4. Practical recommendations for parents.

    Results. Teaching children how to make traditional dolls, we made sure:

    it's addicting both girls and boys. Only patches were used to create dolls fabrics and threads. Naivety and lack of naturalism, on the one hand, and rich the imagination of children, the non-standard of their thinking - on the other hand, make it possible create amazing puppets. Pleased with the result - bright, colorful, festive puppet dance. And most importantly, the value of the traditional doll and its wonderful ability to give children joy is not lost.

    Types traditional dolls

    Rag dolls are dolls that are made using ancient techniques and technology. According to their purpose, they are divided into three groups: amulet dolls, play dolls and ritual.

    Charm dolls. The rag dolls did not have a face. It has to do with ancient beliefs. about the doll as a magical object. The faceless doll played the role of a talisman. The absence of a face served as a sign that the doll was an inanimate thing, which means that inaccessible to the installation of evil forces in it. Amulet - like a magic spell, saving a person from danger. Two weeks before the birth of the child, the future mother placed such a doll - a charm in the cradle. Doll dresses were not just sewn Yes, but with meaning. The outfit must have had a red color-color sun, warmth, health, joy. It was also believed that he had a protective action:

    protects from the evil eye and injuries. The embroidered pattern was not accidental either. Each of its elements had a magical meaning, and the pattern, like the doll, was supposed to protect the child. On the puppet the dress was embroidered with circles, crosses, rosettes - signs of the sun, female figures and deer figurines are symbols of fertility, wavy lines are a sign of water, horizontal lines sign of the earth, diamonds with dots inside the symbol of the sown fields, vertical lines - signs of a tree, eternally living nature. Usually, such dolls were small in size and of different colors, this developed vision baby. A charm doll was hung over the head of the bed. They believed that she drives away bad dreams. An angel was made as a birthday present.

    Play dolls intended for children's play. They were stitched and folded. Vintage dolls were made without a needle and thread. A thick one was wound on a wooden stick. layer of fabric, which is then tied with a rope. Then tied to a stick head with handles and dressed in elegant clothes. Rolled dolls include twist dolls, which were made like this: the body is a piece of cloth, twisted around its axis and fastened with a thread. Hands did the same, but a small a ball-head was attached to the body with a thread.

    It is believed that the most ancient among the traditional rolled dolls was log doll and was a wooden log dressed in stylized clothes. Later, a more complex doll appeared. She represented is the simplest image of a female figure, a piece of cloth rolled into a "rolling pin" carefully covered with linen cloth, hair braid, chest stuffed with cotton wool balls. The most simple doll is the lady. It was made for the most small ones. First, the body was made, covered with a white cloth, tied up in three places, then taken flap, covered with it part of the body, bandaged it, separating the head. Remains the fabrics on the sides were cut and braided into braids - hands. The doll was wearing a skirt an apron, a scarf was tied on the head.

    Ritual dolls. Ritual dolls revered and placed in a hut, in a red corner. They had a ritual purpose. It was believed that if the house has hand-made fertility doll, then there will be prosperity and a good harvest.

    Mowing depicted a woman during haymaking. Maslenitsa was made of straw or lila, but wood was always used - thin birch trunk. Straw, like wood, personified violent power vegetation. Clothes on the doll should be with a floral pattern. in Tula provinces, for example, Shrovetide was made in human growth, from bast or straw. It was fixed on a wooden cross. The doll was decorated with ribbons, artificial flowers. On her hands they put the dishes used in cooking pancakes, they hung ribbons, tying which people thought desires. These ribbons, in order for wishes to come true, had to burn along with doll.

    Contemporary doll

    Contemporary The doll has childish proportions. She bats her huge eyes and blushes. She is dressed in both children's and adult clothes. With the advent of Barbie The puppet world has been revolutionized. The girls enthusiastically accepted the new toy, because her external data corresponded to their idea of ​​\u200b\u200bbeautiful. But Barbie exists only in the environment of its own things. For her, you need to buy furniture, a house, then a pool, a car, a friend, and so on ad infinitum. Barbie product of the consumer society. She is soulless and childish. Acting with such doll, the child himself turns into a soulless doll playing on the stage of life the laws of the consumer society.

    comparison traditional folk toy,

    with mass production toy

    Like traditional doll, and the modern mass-produced doll has its own advantages and disadvantages. The traditional Russian rag doll was faceless, which allowed to dream and fantasize. Children could invent in what mood is the doll and what is its character. The advantages of such a doll were its rapid production, originality and originality. So kind and good a sewn doll was considered a good gift and was regarded as a standard of needlework. It was judged on the taste and skill of the hostess. The disadvantage of the rag doll was that she could not be washed, combed and dressed in new clothes, because the costume, as a rule, was never removed from the doll. Advantage of modern doll that it is durable. It can be washed, combed, dressed in different clothes. The doll can change profession: doctor, astronaut, firefighter, etc. She is manufactured and sold together with related accessories; for example, Barbie with a set of kitchen utensils is called "Barbie cook". Modern dolls have a head, arms, legs and the waist can bend. Their disadvantage is that they are not individual, but are embedded in mass production. They dull children's taste and imagination and do not teach them to work and needlework.

    Let's repeat, dolls are not only toys, but also close friends. They look like people. In games with with dolls, children learn to communicate, fantasize, create, show mercy. But the main thing in these games is emotional contact. children don't just get used to dolls - they become attached to them as to living beings and painfully part with them. You should not throw away the old doll, it is better to wash it, comb it, sew it for her new clothes. All these actions are lessons in sensitivity, thrift, attention, kindness. Dressing an old doll in new clothes is a lesson in good taste and artistic crafts. Dolls accompany us all our lives. They entertain teach, educate, decorate the house, serve as an object of collecting, gift. If you really want, then everyone can make their own doll, not limiting yourself in your fantasies. She will have her own character, her own bright individuality.

    Lesson summary

    "Dolls we play"


    Extend and clarify children's ideas about the history of the creation of dolls, to acquaint with the collections various dolls, with dolls of different nations; develop monologue speech of children and speech-evidence, continue to teach how to write descriptive stories; develop cognitive interest, educate aesthetic perception.

    Teaching methods:

    1. The children are in the museum, where collected different collections of dolls. A conversation about the history of dolls, about the first dolls.

    Questions for children:

    - How did the dolls appear?

    - What were they like? Of what made?

    2. First collection - collection dolls of the last century

    Invite the children to talk about this collection to the guests: what dolls were made of in the 20th century, how they are similar to each other friend, what clothes are they wearing, how, what games can you play with these dolls, What dolls did mothers and grandmothers play with?

    The teacher shows the children doll of the early 50s of the XX century, the children examine it, tell what she's done. The teacher says that the doll's name is Lelya, and asks why dolls are often called Lyalya, Lelya (this has happened since the time when the ancients Slavs was the goddess of love Lada, who was affectionately called Lyalya).

    3. Second collection - modern dolls

    Invite the children to tell how these dolls are called why they are called Barbie (that was the name of the first doll of this type), whether these dolls are similar to old dolls, how they differ. In the same collection presented dolls for boys: transformers. The boys say what these dolls are interesting, how you can play with them, do they like these toys.

    4. Collection - collection theater puppets

    Children looking at Bi-Ba-Bo dolls (glove), tell how to play with them, whether they like to play with them, what other theatrical puppets do they know.

    Children are offered two new large voluminous theatrical dolls: Baba Yaga and the Snow Maiden. Children consider them, determine how to act with them, play scene-dialogue of the good Baba Yaga and the Snow Maiden.

    The teacher offers to remember what other theatrical puppets are there (a story about Vietnamese puppet puppets).

    The teacher offers children solve a crossword puzzle based on the work of A. Tolstoy "The Golden Key or Adventures Pinocchio”, a new Harlequin puppet puppet (character from the "Golden Key").

    5. Collection of souvenir dolls

    This collection is divided into three: dolls of the peoples of the world, unusual dolls, porcelain dolls.

    Children look at unusual souvenir dolls made of porcelain, straw, foam rubber, linen fibers, dolls in national costumes (Russian, Georgian, Japanese).

    Questions for children:

    How to call these dolls one word?

    What are these dolls for?

    Which one do you like best? Why?

    6. Paper doll collection

    Looking at the collection plane paper factory dolls.

    Questions for children:

    Do you like these dolls?

    Why do you like to play with them?

    Which ones are more fun to play with: homemade or factory made?

    The attention of children is invited collection of bilateral paper dolls in national costumes. After meeting with this collection, children get to work in the design studio: “dress” plane paper dolls in national costumes, the details of which are children are selected from ready-made forms, finished, cut out, glued. Got more one collection of paper dolls created by children.

    7. Museum tour completed. Children saw many interesting, unusual, beautiful dolls. caregiver invites children to imagine the most beautiful, most interesting, most a wonderful doll that they would like to have in their museum. After discussing the appearance of this wonderful "stranger", the educator reports that such the kindergarten presented the beauty for our group and shows the doll-princess. Children examine the doll, her clothes, determine which collection will be placed this doll (souvenir collection).

    Occupation familiarization with the environment

    Subject : "A Journey into the Doll's Past".

    Software content .

    1. To introduce children to the history of the creation of the doll, with the process of transforming it man.

    2. Fix the sequence of making clay toys.

    3. Continue learning how to make dolls from different materials.

    4. Develop evidence-based speech, the ability to ask descriptive questions character, activate cognitive activity, visual, tactile and auditory memory.

    5. Raise interest in the man-made world, moral feelings, careful attitude to the results of adult work.

    6.Activate vocabulary: wooden, straw, rag, clay, plastic.

    Preliminary work : acquaintance with the properties of wood, plastic, metal, clay, highlighting them properties and qualities. Getting to know toys made from different materials - Dymkovskaya, Filimonovskaya, Bogorodskaya, Kargopolskaya, Tverskaya, matryoshka, organization of the exhibition "Dolls of the last century". Reading Nuzhdina's book "The World of Things" guessing riddles about toys, making dolls - hand-rolled fabrics, clay dolls.

    Equipment and materials : chest, dolls made of different materials - wooden, clay, straw, rag, various dolls, pieces of cloth and spoons for making dolls, boxes - cradles, models of dolls from different materials, a sheet of paper with the image of steps, patterns for making clay dolls, steps - stands for dolls of the past.

    Stroke lessons.

    1 part . History of creation.

    (Tape recording sounds).

    Nastya's grandmother

    Magic box… (referring to the chest)

    It's locked there... (showing the key)

    Magic Palace…

    They rang the bell ... (bell sound)

    And ended up in the palace...

    Opening the ward (lifting the lid)

    Let's see how rich she is?

    Is there a monster there? (No)

    Are there treasures there? (Yes)

    - Look guys, what's in my chest?

    - What do you think? (children's guesses).

    - Yes, there are dolls! I wonder how they got into the chest.

    - Guys, would you like to make friends with them?

    - Now I will not only show you, but also tell you.

    - A long time ago, when there was no plastic, no glass, no paints, no artificial hair, no fabric children played like this ( showing ) doll.

    - What do you think it is made of?

    - Is it interesting to play with her? Why?

    - Yes, wooden doll not at all looks like a modern doll. She has no arms or legs, she's plain, no facial expressions. But guys, there were no other dolls before and our great-great-grandmothers played with such dolls. They loved them, just like you love your toys.

    - Guys, let's try now make dolls yourself, remember how our distant ancestors made them.

    - How can you make such a doll? (Children's answers).

    - What do you think, Ira?

    - And I suggest you do this. (Showing how to swaddle a doll - baby). (We make dolls with spoons, rags and threads).

    - Guys, do you think it is necessary to draw a face for such dolls? Why?

    - Guys, what modern wooden dolls do you know? (Matryoshka, Bogorodskaya toy).

    - Why are these dolls interesting?

    - Here is a man who came up with another doll.

    - What do you think this doll is made of?

    - After many years, the man guessed that you can mine clay, and by kneading it in water, you can fashion something. For example, a doll. Beloved children sculpted such a doll, and then painted it embers.

    - What is the difference between a clay doll and a wooden one?

    - Is it interesting to play with such a doll? (I give to children for examination).

    - That's right, guys, it's heavy, it doesn't bend. If it falls, it might break don't wear clothes on it.

    - Guys, what did she get? (Hands and facial expression).

    - Soon people came up with artificial colors and began to paint clay dolls. These dolls have survived to this day.

    - What are these dolls? (Dymkovskaya, Filimonovskaya, Kargopolskaya).

    - Guys, now with the help of the diagrams, let's remember how they did Dymkovskaya toy.

    Game "Lay out and tell."

    - Now tell me. (First they took a piece of clay, then made a doll out of it, burned it in an oven, whitened it with milk and chalk, painted and "put" gold.)

    - Do we play with such toys nowadays?

    - What toy did you come up with later?

    - Like this. (Showing straw doll). The straw was collected first. Boiled it to make it soft and elastic, shiny, and only then decorated. This is how she turned out. (I give children for testing).

    - Is the straw doll interesting to play with? Why?

    - Indeed, it is inconvenient to hold her in her hands, she cannot be dressed and undressed.

    Many years have passed. The man came up with another (showing rag doll ).

    - What is this doll made of? (From matter).

    - Guys, this is a rag doll.

    - Why do you think it's called that? (It was made from rags).

    - From cloth, people sewed clothes for themselves, and dolls for children. These are. (I give children for examination).

    - Do you like this doll? What does she feel like?

    - Look and tell me what you like about her?

    - How is it different from previous dolls?

    - Are you curious to know how it was sewn?

    - The fabric was sewn into a bag, something soft stuffed inside and decorated. Is this doll comfortable? Could she be dressed, undressed, changed clothes?

    - Guys, what other fabric dolls did you make? What were they called? (hand-rolled, spins).

    - And many years later, a man invented plastic and learned how to make various items, and toys for children.

    - And so appeared here such dolls? (I give plastic doll for examination).

    - What material is this doll made of? (From plastic).

    - You can make a doll from plastic - a baby doll, and a big doll with artificial hair.

    - How do you think such dolls are convenient?

    - What do you think, Diana?

    - What do you think, Sasha?

    - How can you play with modern dolls?

    - Which of you have such dolls?

    Man came up with such dolls that walk, dance, talk, sing. They have arms, legs bend, head turns.

    - Guys, what kind of doll is this?

    - How can you play with her?

    - Modern dolls even have houses, furniture and utensils.

    - So we made friends with dolls, without noticing it ourselves.

    2 part. Didactic game "Put it in order"

    - And now, guys, put the dolls in order, I want to see how you remember what dolls were before and what they are now.

    - For this I have these schemes. (I'm posting it on the board.) Let's go with we will agree on what scheme will be designate wood, straw, clay, cloth, plastic.

    (After we agree, the children lay out models of dolls from different materials).

    - Now tell me, Yana, which doll was the very first and what it was made of was made?

    - And now, Anya?

    (Wooden - clay - straw - rag - plastic).

    - From what? (From straw, from clay, from wood, from fabric, from plastic).

    - Well done guys, you did this job. I see what you were attentive.

    - Now let's play the Yes - No game.

    - You have already played this game with other items.

    - There are different dolls in front of you. Attention, you need to ask a question about color, size, material. (We play 2 - 3 times).

    3 part.

    - Guys, what is a doll? (A toy for children; a thing that is played with).

    - What unites the dolls? How are dolls different from each other? (Material, face, brightness, clothing, size).

    - Where are modern dolls made? (Adult people in the factory).

    - Correct. They are made at the factory in different workshops, love is invested, work hard to keep the kids entertained.

    - How should they be handled? (Carefully, take care of the work of adults).

    - Now you can take the dolls that you made yourself and let's go with you let's play.

    Cognitive - speech development.

    Hina Matsuri - a festival of dolls.

    At the very beginning of spring, when under the pressure of a warm wind between melting ice floes water appears, in the distant Land of the Rising Sun a festival of dolls is celebrated - Hina matsuri. This is a holiday for little girls. March 3rd at home small exhibitions of dolls in national Japanese clothes are arranged, relating to a period of approximately thousand years ago. According to legend, if you do not remove these dolls after graduation holiday. Daughters won't get married for a long time. Therefore, dolls are usually either hidden in closet, or thrown into the river and pray that the doll takes on all the troubles, which may fall to the lot of the girl. Inspired by this national holiday It is proposed to conduct a cycle of educational and entertaining activities with children.

    Session 1

    1st stage. Reading history, dedicated to the Japanese holiday of little girls. Pre-required prepare visual aids. As illustrations, you can use pictures from any collection of Japanese poetry or from a children's encyclopedia, which should be scanned and reproduced according to the number of children in the group. Also it is recommended to demonstrate Japanese fans, paper lanterns, wooden combs, national food - sushi, chopsticks and similar things in depending on capabilities.

    2nd stage. Conversation. Discussion of the read story.

    Stage 3. Creative work , for which you need to prepare sheets of white paper, felt-tip pens or pencils, regular paper clips.

    History O-Take

    Educator. Today I'll tell you a story who happened to a girl, then we will discuss what you learned new from this story.

    Far, far away, in the middle of the sea-ocean, in that direction, where the sun rises, lies an amazing country. That's what it's called

    Land of the Rising Sun, or in a word - Japan.

    In that country, in ancient times in a small village there lived a girl named O-Take. Father O-Take grew rice, mother

    helped him in the field and ran the household. A girl helped her mother, because she had already changed her baby kimono with sewn ribbons to another, which required a separate obi - a wide belt. (The teacher shows a picture of Japan in traditional attire, pointing to a kimono and a belt, and then asks the children to find these items of clothing on their pictures. This is the dress O-Take wore, which means she was seventh a year and everyone thought she was a big girl. She carried water, and kneaded the dough, and she cooked soup, and knocked out a sleeping futon in the yard.

    But most of all O-Take liked to weave with mother cloth made of cotton. For the Hina Matsuri Doll Festival, which is celebrated in at the very beginning of spring, mother allowed her to make her own the only doll is an adult kimono.

    O-Take was very fond of her doll she didn't have best friend: she fed her rice from her cup, changed her hair less than once every ten days, put her to bed with her, talked to her as with a real girl. And for the holiday of dolls, O-Take embroidered the hem of her beloved kimono dolls with a wonderful pattern of intertwined leaves and flowers.

    To this day O-Take with mother in ancient Japanese traditions arranged an exhibition that depicted the real imperial court. There were also courtiers in festive clothes, and guards with heavy swords and bows and arrows, I am musicians with whistles, drums and bells. True, they were all paper. Empress in a place of honor sat favorite doll O-Take - in a real kimono, decorated with skillful embroidery, with a new hairstyle and with a colorful fan.

    All day on the eve of the holiday, the girl decorated room with peach flowers, paper lanterns and fans, prepared various sushi (the teacher shows the listed items) and sweets.

    But O-Take didn't have to have fun. By the evening mom became ill, and in the morning she no longer got up from her futon and only asked drink in a quiet, weak voice. O-Take would sit with her mother without leaving, but in the afternoon to them two neighbors with their daughters came to congratulate on the holiday, and the rules good manners demanded from the girl a cordial reception of guests. The neighbors did not stay long: tasted the treat, expressed their sympathy for the illness of the hostess and gathered at home.

    O-Take came out to see them off, and one of the girls and says:

    Do not be sad, girlfriend! You can help your mom.

    - How can I help her if the doctor lives far beyond mountain, and the snow in the mountains has not yet come down and you can’t get there along the steep paths? — objected O-Take.

    You don't have to go anywhere. Don't you know that after the holiday you can throw the doll into the river and pray that she takes all the troubles?

    I know, dear friend! But my mother said that the doll will take with it only my troubles.

    - Of course, O-Take! But is mother's illness really Isn't your biggest problem today? Do as I say and see what will be!

    - Mommy, I love you so much! How can I grow without you? Who will teach me? Who will take pity on me?

    Mom with difficulty tore her hand from the blanket, wanted to stroke and comfort her girl, but without strength again dropped her and only sighed long, with a groan.

    O-Take went to the festive toy exhibition and took her doll in her arms.

    - jingu my dear, she whispered to the doll, whose name rang like little bell, we'll have to part with you! Can you see how sick my mommy. We need to help her get better. You won't leave me in trouble, will you? You will you help me?

    With these words, O-Take shod geta - shoes on wooden sole, threw on a cape of sewn straw, put on a conical straw hat, wrapped her doll in a cloak with a hood, pressed it to her chest and left home.

    O-Take quickly went to a small river, which merrily jumped on the bottom pebbles, rejoicing at the first warmth. The girl felt sorry to part with the only and beloved doll. But most of all she regretted mother, who was fading away so quickly from an unknown illness. O-Take held out a toy over the talkative river and raised her eyes to the sky, aloud saying the words of the prayer, which she came up with along the way.

    - Oh my God! Take my doll, I give it to you. This is the most valuable thing I have. Only my mom is more expensive. help my mother get well.

    With these words, O-Take squatted down and gently let her chrysalis through the waves. Toy girl at first stood up, sticking only her head above the water, swayed, either with reproach, or with readiness, and then tipped over on her back and rushed along with the river into unknown edges.

    O-Take looked after her for a long time.

    The girl sniffed her nose, sniffed tighter straw cape looked once more at the river, which had carried away her beloved doll and wiped her tears, remembering her mother’s words: “The main values ​​​​in life are only those that you he himself raised in himself at the cost of his own disappointments, tears and losses. O-take returned home and took care of her mother until she recovered.

    That's the whole story about a girl. What happened to her chrysalis, we'll find out next time.


    Educator . Children, remember what's new learned from this sad story with a happy ending.

    What is the name of the country where the girl lived?

    Where is she?

    History says that Japan is located among sea-ocean. And who knows what the land is called, surrounded on all sides by water?

    What was the girl's name?

    What is the name of the national dress in Japan? BUT does the kimono fasten with buttons?

    And who understood what a futon is? Actually this a set of a thick mattress-mattress and a wadded blanket, which are rolled up in the morning and clean up.

    What holiday is celebrated in Japan at the beginning of spring? I I want to console the boys, for whom a holiday is also arranged, only he celebrated at the beginning of May.

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