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Cornhusk Doll Kit

Corps of Re-Discovery

5329 N. Lakewood Drive
Springfield, MO 65803

This Cornhusk Doll Kit from Corps of Re-Discovery contains all the materials needed (with the exception of scissors, needle, and thread) to complete a cornhusk doll like those made by the colonists and pioneers. It includes directions, cornhusks, twine, and fabric for an apron and scarf.

Before beginning, you will need to soak the cornhusks in water for about an hour in order to soften them. Once that step is complete, the doll is ready to be assembled.

My daughters (ages 6 and 8) approached this project with great anticipation, particularly since we've been reading the Little House on the Prairie series together and learning all kinds of interesting things about pioneer life. The directions were fairly clear. Although there was one step that caused some slight confusion and the twine ran out before the doll was complete, the project was simple overall and quite fun to put together. My 8-year-old's favorite part was hand-stitching the edges of the apron. Each step fascinated them both, and the entire process took just over an hour.

Once the doll was finished, it was slightly damp, but not enough to hamper immediate play. My daughters promptly declared her "gorgeous," named her Faith, and gave her the coveted spot in the doll cradle that night.

We anticipate using Corps of Re-Discovery for more hands-on history learning in the future!

Product review by Dawn Peterson, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, June 2007

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