Corn Husk Dolls

In most times in the history of the world kids made their own toysout of whatever was at hand. During the American Colonial Period girls made corn husk dolls.

Here’s how to make a corn husk doll.

  1. Take several long pieces of husk and lay them on top of one another. This will be the body.
  2. Take a shorter piece and lay it crosswise to make arms.
  3. Tie two strings tightly around the body, one below the arms and one above to hold it together. This makes the neck and the waist.
  4. Now you can add a face with marker and glue on corn silk for the hair.

Additional Layers

  • Look up other kids toys and games from Colonial Days and try some out.
  • Give the kids the assignment to make some homemade toys themselves and see what they come up with. If they have trouble with ideas give them a more specific assignment, like, “using the materials in this box make a toy car”.
  • Find out more about the corn plant. Where did it come from? How did the European settlers in America learn to grow it?
  • Read Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla. It’s about an Indian who helped the Pilgrims in America survive. Among other things, he taught them to grow corn. This book is a great read-aloud for all ages.

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