Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Value of Building and Collecting
 Dollhouse Miniatures during the Pandemic

As more families are looking for activities that everyone, regardless of age or ability, can share together, dollhouse crafting and collecting is seeing a rise in popularity. This is a hobby that takes a little imagination and basic craft items. From a simple cardboard box to an elaborate Victorian dollhouse kit, a miniature project can be the perfect family sharing project.

Dollhouses and Miniatures have endless possibilities for educational learning experiences for all age levels. Projects are the ideal outlet to make learning fun and exciting. Dollhouses and dioramas are wonderful tools to let children express what they are feeling.

Art and Expression

Using a box:
*Have a family DIY decorating challenge much like the HGTV type competitions. Dig out the art supplies and old gift wrap! Use paints, pastas, ribbons, old jewelry anything they can scavenge! Use a cardboard box to design a room!
*Make a memory box with trinkets, collage words and snippets of fabrics cut from old clothes. Add some treasures such as family photos.
*Fairy Gardens! So popular right now. Do a dish garden or Fairy Door.

Math Skills

Learning scale is a great way working on size, decimals, fractions and more! Use our Scale Converter Chart to help explain. Measure household items and convert to scale size.

While working on projects use the adage 'measure twice, cut once' to teach a successful outcome.

History and Geography

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Discuss historic time periods and decorating when choosing a dollhouse project or diorama setting. This is a great way to talk about what families would have during a particular time such as inventions. Talk about how history and popularity influenced style of houses and furniture. Furniture styles and art have always been influenced by worldwide artists. The Victorian period with its roots in England; the Parisian, Spanish and Asian influences abound in American history.

Science, yes Science!

Electricity! A 12V wiring project is the perfect way for students to understand electricity. Use our simply written Guide to Basic Wiring. Even using a board to run a basic circuit is a valuable learning experience.

Literature and Reading

We all can think of many stories that reference the fascination with small, such as Gulliver's Travels. There are many wonderful stories for today's children from Preschool to High school that use dollhouse miniatures as the theme. I have put together a short list for you. There are so many other good ones too! Do a quick search and I am sure you will find a great choice for your child to read alone or read together with you.

Book List (if you have difficulty opening this, drop me an email and I will send it to you!

Thank You

Please reach out if you have any questions, need help with a project, or help with searching for something. We encourage you to visit our Facebook page for some interesting stories and posts over the years on dollhouse miniatures.

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