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Puzzle – Dutch Girl

Description

A simple 6 piece wooden puzzle from the Children of the World Tuzzles range. The puzzle depicts a Dutch girl, wearing a Dutch bonnet, apronclogs and holding a bunch of tulips in her hands.

Cultural notes

Dutch Bonnet

Dutch cap or Dutch bonnet is a traditional woman’s hat usually made of white cotton or lace. It is sometimes characterized by triangular flaps or wings that turn up on either side.

Shirts & Skirts

The upper part of the women’s clothing consisted of at least two layers. The first layer always had sleeves—cap sleeves, elbow-length sleeves or wrist-length sleeves—usually a dark color, but sometimes this bottom garment was white with the outer tier having color.

Dutch women had modest skirts, usually in somber colors. Some were gathered at the waist while some of the ankle-length ones had pleats.
Aprons
The most visible accessory was the apron worn by most Dutch women. Whether short and flowered or floor-length and plain, in a subdued color or white, with or without lace, these items defined the Dutch woman and the province in which she lived. Some women carried knitted pouches at their waists, and some had short shawls that attached at the waist. In some provinces, both men and women wore suspenders.

Clogs

The Dutch have been wearing wooden shoes, or clogs, or “Klompen” since medieval times. Originally, they were made with a wooden sole and a leather top or strap tacked to the wood. Eventually, the shoes began to be made entirely from wood to protect the whole foot. Wooden shoe wearers claim the shoes are warm in winter, cool in summer and provide support for good posture. The wood also absorbs perspiration so that the foot can breathe.

In Holland, wooden shoes are worn by farmers, fishermen, factory workers, artisans and others to protect their feet. Nails, fishing hooks and sharp implements that might pierce a regular boot will not go through a wooden shoe. On boats and docks and in muddy fields, wooden shoes also keep feet dry.

For every profession the wooden shoe would be shaped differently. Fishermen had a sharp point on the nose, so the clogs could help sort out the fishing nets. If your work was to dig out peat, the bottom of the clog was a large square. This way your weight was better spread offer the soggy soil. The square was also the perfect size for digging out the peat blocks.

Tulips

Holland is widely known for its tulips and other flowers, often being affectionately called the “flower shop of the world.” Tulips are cultivated in great fields of beautiful color, and tulip festivals abound throughout the country in the spring.

During the 17th Century, the Netherlands experienced “Tulip Mania”, where tulip bulbs became so popular, that the price soared to over 10 times more than the average salary, making them more valuable than a lot of homes! Bulbs became so rare and coveted that peoples gardens were often raided, and bulbs were even used as a form of currency – being traded for property.

Suggested activities

Group/ Circle Time:

  • Read through ‘The Clothes we Wear’, borrowing items of clothing to reflect those discussed in the book. Discuss the differences in the clothing, touching on the climate in each country, materials, cultural beliefs etc. Discuss children’s favourite items of clothing and why this is their favourite.

Outdoor Play

  • Plant some colourful tulips and other bulbs in your gardens. Take guesses about which colour your flowers will turn out. Encourage life skills through planting, watering and weeding the gardens.

Puzzles/ Games:

  • Create a puzzle piece scavenger hunt – hide the pieces around the room

Dramatic Play:

  • Borrow some traditional Dutch clothing so children can dress up like the child in the picture
  • Borrow the full range of Children Around The World puzzles and match them with clothing

Sensory Play: 

  • Create a puzzle tray using rainbow rice – put each of the pieces of the
    Puzzle in the tray so children have to find each piece first before they complete the puzzle. This can be made more difficult by adding pieces for multiple puzzles

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The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.