The past couple of days things have been crazy here and my to-do lists of posts are piling up. Allergies, pink-eye, teething…you name it, my poor kiddos are not feeling the best. Sorry for having been absent from the blogging world lately. I started this to have more time at home with the kids, so this is all part of it. Before chaos consumed my house we had been working on learning about Russia and little man has been working on exploring shapes. With the Olympics happening right now it fit in nicely and Livia has been more than excited to get her chance to teach TinTin how the world is made up of shapes. This craft of the St. Basil’s Cathedral has been one of my favorites to do with the kids to date.
To do this craft you will need:
Other items you may want to use:
You will also need a picture of the St. Basil’s Cathedral to use as a reference. We used this image:
The first thing that you do is let the kids cut out a variety of square and rectangle shapes and paste them on to another sheet of paper to develop the mainframe of the building. Once a general building is designed talk about onion domes. Livia thought this term was hilarious and even had to run to the fridge to double check that they are in fact similar. I am not a huge fan of Wikipedia, but in this instance they have some wonderful images and facts about onion domes if your kiddos are as curious about them as mine were. You will also need a couple triangles.
Onion domes can be a bit tricky to cut. One thing that I found that helped my daughter be able to do them on her own was to fold them in half and then cut. Once everything is cut, pasted, and dried the next step is to decorate. The Moscow Kremlin is full of shapes and sparkle so let your child explore their creative side while talking about various shapes and patterns.
- construction paper
- puffy paint
- Find a picture of the Moscow Kremlin (or use the one available on parentingchaos.com)
- Cut a variety of squares and rectangles to build the body of the Kremlin
- Glue the squares and rectangles in the pattern of the Kremlin
- Cut out a couple triangles and some Onion Domes
- Glue them to the top of your building
Russian Olympic Playdough Mats to go with the Geometric Kremlin Craft:
Need play dough? Check out our easy play dough recipe!
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Fun Facts about Russia:
Here are some interesting things about Russia that should inspire learning and conversation!
- Russia is the biggest country according to it’s territory.
- The majority of the world’s forests exist in Russia (22%)
- The capitol of Russia is Moscow.
- The Moscow Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral are located smack dab in the middle of the city.
- Since 1991 the Kremlin has been home to the President of the Russian Federation.
- Russian is the fifth most common language in the world.
- There are 65 Kremlins across Russia although not all are still standing.
- The fox is known as a prankster in Russian folklore.
- In ancient Russia people used to put frogs into milk to the keep the milk cold and fresh!
Books about Russia:
Click the affiliated photos to read a description of each book and take a peak inside. These are all available for purchase on Amazon.
Visit our Olympic archives for more great activities for kids!