Heritage Doll Project Due Monday 12/2/13

Heritage Doll Project

Most people in the United States have ancestors who came from other countries.  Some ancestors moved here long, long ago and others have just moved here.  Ancestors of Native Americans were here long before any of the others.


  1. Pick an ancestor who came here from another country.  (Japan, Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, The Philippines, England, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Ireland, China, etc.) I would like you to discuss your family’s ethnic heritage with your child. As a family, please decide how to dress your doll to reflect your family background. The paper doll can be “dressed” to reflect the national costume or the dress of a particular country. The doll can also be “dressed” to reflect a particular state within the United States.
  2. Check the library, encyclopedias, and the internet for clothing ideas.
  3. Glue your doll pattern to a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work great!).
  4. Cut your doll.
  5. Use fabric, wallpaper, markers, old clothing, tissue paper, colored paper, cotton balls, buttons, ribbons, paint, etc. to dress your doll.  Do not forget to give your doll a face and hair.
  6. Bring your doll in to share on Monday, December 2nd.  Be ready to tell about which country your doll is from, if this doll is an ancestor, and talk about the clothing that your doll is wearing.  Be sure to practice this 2 or 3 times at home to be prepared for your presentation.

*All completed dolls will be displayed in the classroom for all to enjoy!*

Heritage Doll Write Up

Use complete sentences to answer the questions below.

  1.  What country is your ancestor doll from?
  2.  Which ancestor came from that country?
  3.  Write a descriptive paragraph describing the clothing that your ancestor doll is wearing.


  1. Oksana Kazimi says:

    Can we use a picture of Jamal in his Afghan outfit instead of making a doll????

    Sent from Oksana’s I Phone


  2. I would suggest having him look at the picture and trying to draw the outfit on the doll. This will encourage your son to look at the details so he can differentiate between western clothing and Afghan clothing. He can then describe his doll using the format on the other side of the sheet.

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