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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

DIY Dolls with Lynde House Museum


Craft History & heritage Museum
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Durham Region, ON



Offered in English.

Offers closed captioning or subtitles.


Since the beginning of history, children have enjoyed creating and playing with dolls. Digitally join instructor Patty Davis in the Lynde House Parlour and learn how to easily make an old-fashioned doll of your own.

The program will cover two types of dolls, yarn dolls and rag dolls. Want to follow long? Check out the materials list below:

Yarn Doll:

Yarn – Medium Weight (all lengths are approximate)

20M for body, 2.5M for hair, 2.5M for apron

Bodkin or Darning Needle

Scissors or clippers

Paperback book – approximately 11 x 19 x 2/5 cm (4 x 6 x 1.5 inches) size

Rag Doll:

1 - 24 x 24 inch square of cotton for body

1 - 12 x 17 inch rectangle of cotton for arms

1 – 2.5 x 6 inch rectangle of cotton for bonnet

1 – 4 x 6 inch rectangle of cotton for apron

3 ft Narrow ribbon for ties

Scissors to trim edges

This video is one of three video demonstrations of period activities relating to the Lynde House Museum site. Other videos include include Darby Cakes, and wool spinning. The video demonstrations will be available on September 27th.

This program is produced in partnership with Ontario Culture Days and the Whitby Historical Society as part of the 2020 Creative Residencies.



The Whitby Historical Society

The Whitby Historical Society is an organization actively dedicated to the preservation of history and heritage by providing a variety of community outreach and educational programs. In an agreement with the Town of Whitby, the Whitby Historical Society also operates the Lynde House Museum, sustaining an extensive collection of historical artifacts, and acts as an archive for both the written and pictorial history of Whitby and Southern Ontario.

The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House was originally located on a large 200-acre farm beside Lynde Creek on Dundas Street in Whitby, Ontario. Today, the museum offers tours, visits and programming for visitors wanting to learn more about life in the early 1800s.


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