Daruma Dolls


Daruma dolls, or dharma dolls, are meant to help wishes come true! These roly-poly dolls are usually red and always have a moustache and beard. The eyes are left white. While you make a wish you colour in the left eye of the doll, then put it on display in your house until your wish comes true. Then you can do the same with the other eye!

Daruma doll with both eyes filled in.

We've got two simple activities that the children can enjoy featuring daruma dolls. First, a set of booklets for keeping "wishes" safe and helping them come true. Second, some pretty bookmarks which have just enough space for writing down a wish or two, too.

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