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Spring Holiday Crafts for Kids

Japanese Egg Doll

Celebrate Hina Matsuri (Japanese for "Doll Festival") by making an egg doll.
Celebrate Hina Matsuri (Japanese for "Doll Festival") by making an egg doll.
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Learn to make a Japanese egg doll to celebrate Hina Matsuri. In Japan, Hina Matsuri -- which translates to "Doll Festival" -- is celebrated on March 3 of each year. Sometimes also called "Girls' Day," families observe this holiday by praying for a young girl's good health and happiness and by displaying ornamental dolls.

Kids can make their own special dolls for this Japanese holiday by starting with a raw egg. The result is extraordinary and special!


What You'll Need

  • 1 raw egg
  • Needle
  • Bowl
  • 1 plastic soda-bottle cap
  • Glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Black yarn
  • Paints
  • Fine paintbrushes

How to Make a Japanese Egg Doll

Step 1: Use a needle to make a small hole in one end of a raw egg. Stick the needle inside the egg to break the yolk.

Step 2: Make a slightly larger hole in the other end of the egg.

Step 3: Hold the egg over a bowl, and blow on the small hole until the raw egg comes out the larger hole. You have to blow hard!

Step 4: When the egg shell is empty, gently rinse out the inside and wash the outside. Let it dry.

Step 5: Glue the large end of the egg into a soda bottle cap so that it will stand up.

Step 6: Use tissue paper to make kimonos for the doll.

Step 7: Glue on black yarn for hair. Paint the doll's face.

Tip: Use the raw egg to bake a cake or cookies, and have a Hina Matsuri tea party!

Now, here's another springtime craft that uses a food item. Keep reading to learn how to make "Mr. and Mrs. Spring," the green pepper people.

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