Known by many names: nesting dolls, matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls, nested dolls, stacking dolls, Russian Nesting Dolls have captured the attention of children, adults, doll enthusiasts, and art collectors across the globe. From their introduction to the world at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, to the modern day, the almost deceptively simple concept of a set of smaller dolls nestled within larger dolls has endured not only as a popular children's toy, or a c...Read More
The History of Russian Nesting Dolls
Apr 3, 2018 8:34:00 AM
Have Fun with Your Nesting Dolls
Feb 14, 2018 10:05:11 AM
We will share with you 4 fun activities to do with nesting dolls.
Do you have a collection of Russian nesting dolls? Or has someone recently gifted you a set? Don 't let them just sit there on the shelf. There are millions of fun things you can do with your nesting dolls. Some things sharpen your creativity, some help your children learn and some are quite simply fun to do.
1. Have Loads of Fun… One by One
The best part about nes...Read More
Giant Nesting Doll Too Big For A Plane!
Aug 25, 2016 9:38:24 AM
Russia's 2016 Olympic Team Delays A Flight Due To A Giant Nesting Doll
According to Patrick Reevell of ABC News, "A flight carrying part of Russia’s Olympic team back to Moscow from Brazil was delayed for hours by a giant Russian nesting doll that was too large to be loaded onto the jet."
The Monday, August 22nd flight was delayed at least 3 hours!
"Dmitrii Simonov, deputy editor-in-chief at the popular Russian sports newspaper, Sport-Express, posted photographs on his Twitter account of the bulbou...Read More
Oh No! My Babushka is Broken.
Aug 23, 2016 11:25:48 AM
Uh-Oh! Your beloved Matryoshka isn’t perfect? Is it a bit too tight or a bit too loose? Perhaps it has a dreadful crack in the wood? Don’t worry, here is information on repairing a nesting doll…
How to Fix a Nesting Doll
Here at The Russian Store, we do everything we can to send out perfect nesting dolls (with a quality check right before shipping). But maybe you acquired a not-so-perfect stacking doll somewhere else, and you need some information about how to make it better?
Is your nesting doll i...Read More
Nesting Dolls Make a Great Gift Idea
Aug 18, 2016 5:20:47 PM
Nesting Dolls are not just great decorations, or toys, they also have that great balance of charm, and mystery. Most people know what a Nesting Doll is, but they might call it a Matryoshka, Stacking Doll, Russian Doll, Wooden Doll, or even "One of those dolls, you know, the kind that open up, and then there's another one inside, and then another one, and another one."
Why a Russian Doll Gift?
Imagine you tell someone you have a big surprise for them, after their curiosity has been peaked you would...Read More
Learn About Nesting Dolls
Aug 18, 2016 5:14:35 PM
Matryoshka dolls -- you can't imagine Russia without them. There surely is something special about these little wooden toys. Kids love them, adults gather large collections of them, and everybody marvels at them. It's impossible to touch a matryoshka doll without suddenly feeling a strange bond between you and this little toy. They are meant to be held, and played with,and broken! Yes, they break right in the middle, and then you see another doll inside. And then another, and another. Where do t...Read More
Fun Things to do with Nesting Dolls
Aug 15, 2016 12:16:26 PM
Whether you own a nesting doll, are considering buying one, or haven’t heard of them at all, you’re in for treat with these fun ideas for things you can do with nesting dolls.
Not only do they make a great gift, but nesting dolls can give you a lifetime of memories to cherish.
Here are 5 fun things to do with nesting dolls:
1. Let you kids play with them
Children love taking things apart as much as they love surprises, and nesting dolls offer them the satisfaction of both. Watching the expression o...Read More
Aug 8, 2016 9:45:06 AM
The matryoshka doll is known for her chubby and cheerful cheeks, her perfectly shaped and smiling lips, and her big and bright eyes. She almost always wears a traditional Russian scarf or shawl around her head, neck, and/or shoulders. She holds at least two more smaller and similar matryoshki inside of her.
She is famous. She is Mother Russia.
But what about the men? They can be hard to find, but here are some manly matryoshkas for you!
Sports-themed nesting dolls do not have to ...Read More
Teaching with Babushkas
Aug 8, 2016 9:25:20 AM
Nesting Dolls are not limited to only decorative or entertainment purposes, in fact the only limit to their use is your own creativity. We’ve gotten many calls, and emails from teachers, telling us how they use Nesting Dolls in their lesson plans…
Nesting Doll Math 101:
The obvious educational use of these dolls would be teaching young children the basics of counting; open one doll, open two dolls, open three, and so on, and so forth. In fact we have a series of dolls called counting dolls for jus...Read More
Nesting Doll Cartoon Comics
Aug 4, 2016 9:59:10 AM
Nesting Dolls Just Want You to Open Up
Nesting Dolls always want to share their feelings, and talk, and sometimes that causes relationship problems when they’re with other dolls.
Tell me about your Matryoshka
Nesting Dolls occasionally need some psychological assistance.
Consider the impact of Nesting Dolls on Philosophy
The Tao of Matryoshka
Nesting Dolls in Space: Ground Control to Matryoshka Tom
Everyone knows that Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and Neil Armstrong was the f...Read More
10 Nesting Dolls Made From Unusual Materials
Jul 27, 2016 9:14:43 AM
As nesting dolls grow more popular every day, crafters, artists and even non-artists are starting to make matryoshki out of all sorts of things! We decided to compile some of the more interesting ones here, even though we are definitely partial to the traditional, wooden nesting dolls from Russia.
1. Hama Midi Beads Babushka
What are hama beads? You might know just by looking at the picture… if not, here is a quick history… They were first made in 1971 by Malte Haanin...Read More
How Much is My Nesting Doll Worth?
Jul 21, 2016 1:16:53 PM
It is a popular question… but a hard one to answer specifically. Many people will ask something like, "well I have this really old nesting doll that I acquired through my Russian grandmother and it sort of looks like this…" Unfortunately, with just a description, and even with more information like a date range and signature, it is still an almost impossible question to answer easily. One must seek the advice of an art appraiser who specializes in Russian art and/or history. If you would like ju...Read More
How To Open Your Nesting Dolls
Jul 20, 2016 4:29:24 PM
A step-by-step guide with video
So, you’ve acquired a Russian Nesting Doll, hopefully from The Russian Store, and you’ve brought it home, only to pose the question to yourself, "How exactly do I open this thing?" Well we’re here to help you out, with this guide to opening up your new Russian Nesting Dolls.
Opening a normal to large sized nesting doll
Follow these steps:
- To avoid any damaged to the doll, due to accidentally dropping it, you...