Raggedy Ann & Andy Day – so we’ve been filling in more educational gaps with Raggedy Ann cartoons and books!Today, June 12, is
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…
They have a whole section of crafts on Raggedy Ann and Andy.
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.
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…