Arts of Asia in Reach
Kokeshi Dolls Lesson Plan
4. Assessment & Closure


Student projects should be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Following directions
  • Neatness
  • Creativity
  • Completion of project


Students will review material discussed in the beginning of the lesson, such as the traditions and history of Hina Matsuri and the origin of the kokeshi doll.

Across the Curriculum

Use the Internet to investigate the history and traditions surrounding Hina Matsuri. This is known as Girls' Day or Doll Festival and is celebrated every year on March 3. The roots of this festival extend back as far as 1,000 years; it has been an official national holiday since the eighteenth century. Girls arrange special displays of dolls representing members of the imperial court, plus other dolls they have collected.

Have students draw a map of Japan and label the 4 main islands and different prefectures. Students can highlight the specific prefecture(s) that make kokeshi dolls.

Read examples of Haiku by the poet Basho and have students create their own haiku about either the festival or their doll.

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