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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Raggedy Ann and Andy Craft

Having read The Raggedy Ann Stories (linked to review) and currently reading Raggedy Andy Stories, I was excited to look for craft ideas.  Looking online, I didn't really come up with much.  I was quite disappointed, but did find a tube doll.  Below outlines our very basic craft that truly excited my daughter.  My son enjoyed it, too, and liked to point to them and say who made which craft.

Though my son (age 2) doesn't know Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy, he does like to craft.  (We're just getting started.)  My four year old suggested that he make Raggedy Andy and she would make Raggedy Ann.
Materials Needed for each:
Paper plate
2 black buttons
Red yarn
Pink or red paper
We've read enough of the stories, that I knew my daughter would remember what shape nose and what kind of eyes (shoe buttons) that the dolls have.  I asked her about each.  She also remembered that they have painted smiles.  She was not disappointed that I only had buttons and not shoe buttons.  They worked!

For Raggedy Ann, I showed my daughter how to make looped yarn hair since that is how the book describes  it.  We just placed the two ends of a long piece of yarn together and glued it.  Also based on illustrations from the book, first we drew the smile with a pink marker and then a black.   Somehow both of my children placed the noses upside down, but they certainly do not mind!

To help my son with the idea of making a head, I first drew the smile on the plate.  Then we glued the eyes and nose.  Lastly, he placed hair on Raggedy Andy.

I highly recommend reading any of the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy books by Johnny Gruelle!  (We haven't tried any of the other authors yet.)  I'm thankful our library has several copies, but we may want our own later.

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Christy said...

This is the perfect craft! I hope to read these books soon!

Ticia said...

you know I don't think I've actually read those books. I had one of the dolls as a kid.

Carrie said...

I HAVE to read your blog or else my children might never know the joys of glue. ;) 'Nother great idea!

Bluerose said...

This is a cute idea!! I'm having to come up with crafts and "stuff" to expand my son's attention span, so this looks like a great idea, even if he doesn't quite know the characters yet. :)

RedTedArt said...

I have just one word for this: ADORABLE!!!!!! Love it. Amazing how effective and cute they look!

Thank you so much for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!!


artsy_momma said...

I love it! I also love that it is something from our childhood too :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love this craft - I was a huge Raggedy Ann and Andy fan as a child!

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I am heading to the library in the next few days and was trying to remember the title of a book that you reviewed and I just cant remember! It was a historical fiction and the main character was a girl, I think. I left a comment about it a while back. I was wondering if you could help me out!

rashi said...

It's a nice craft.

Jenny said...


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