Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Raggedy Ann & Andy Day!

Today, June 12, is Raggedy Ann & Andy Day – so we’ve been filling in more educational gaps with Raggedy Ann cartoons and books!

I never could figure out why June 12 is special in Raggedy Ann & Andy’s history, but they do have an interesting story that starts back in the early 1800s when Johnny Gruelle’s grandmother created a generic handmade cloth doll.  In 1914, Johnny’s daughter Marcella received a tainted vaccination and spent months in bed, while her father entertained her with Raggedy Ann adventures. Though Marcella tragically died, Raggedy Ann lived on.

To celebrate, we’ve made TP roll dolls using DLTK’s pattern.  Though Esmé insisted on swapping heads and putting Raggedy Andy’s head on Raggedy Ann’s body, because he was much prettier…
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They have a whole section of crafts on Raggedy Ann and Andy.
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We’re also doing some alphabet ordering using these cute Raggedy Ann and Andy desk strips (which I cut into miniature cards) from Learning Treasures.
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I love the paper plate Raggedy Ann and Andy craft over at Live, Learn, Love – if I can locate my red yarn, we’ll add this to the list of celebratory activities today.  There is also an entire Raggedy Andy unit study on Homeschool Share if one wanted to spend a week on this theme.

Now I’ve gotta get back to reading about the dolls’ adventures to the little Miss…

5 comments:

Annette W. said...

I had no idea! I agree the history is very interesting! We really like the books. My kids' Raggedy A&A crafts are still hanging up in their bedrooms...their only craft that is on display in their rooms! Thank you for linking! Seeing our love for the books, my MIL got the kids the dolls, too. My daughter really likes hers! My son isn't so keen on it...no surprise, it doesn't have wheels.

Healthy & Happy said...

Sharyn gave me the set of two books of Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy's adventures. Whenever Amelie is in town we snuggle up and read them for bedtime stories. I ration them so there is a few more left unread - great imaginations boosters they are! I got my first set as a high school gradutation present from my friends, they are sitting right beside me in a hammock - who knows what they did last night when i was asleep..... maybe i'll find a trial they forgot to clean up! :)

Cassie said...

I love the alphabet activity! I think my son would like that.

kailani said...

I didn't know there was such a day! That's pretty cool. I grew up with the pair but I don't think my kids even know who they are.

April said...

Love Raggedy Ann and Andy... My grandmother gave me these two dolls years ago and I cherish them.

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April