Michael Shoulders a fabulous author and friend of mine introduced me to the Daruma doll in one of his presentations when he came to Arkansas. The doll is a Japanese tradition where one gives the doll to someone to wish them good fortune. The recipient is to make a wish and color ONLY one of the Daruma's eyes. When the wish comes true then they may color the second eye and reflect on their good fortune.
Just found the book WISHES which would be another great read aloud to go with this project.
My students created their own paper-mache versions of the dolls, wrote a short story about their wish, painted one eye and are anxiously awaiting their wishes to come true.