The American Girls Club decided that the crunchy leaves and crisp air called for one thing: a fall party! The girls all brought their dolls to Abby’s house in the country where they sat by the campfire and put a pot of hot chocolate on the camp stove.
It was Abby’s turn to provide an activity for the meeting and she was excited for the project they were going to do.
As the girls were getting settled, Abby’s sister Willa walked up with her wagon. “I’m here, Abby!” she said proudly. “I got the corn husks you asked for!”
“Great work, Willa!” said Abby. “You can join us an make the craft project with us!”
“What are we making, Abby?” asked Kyoko.
“Well, I wanted a fall-themed Kirsten activity,” Abby explained as Willa nodded along, feeling helpful. “I was perusing some old newsletters from the original American Girls Club back in the 90s and I found this idea! We are going to make corn husk dolls! Kirsten didn’t have her doll Sari with her when her family first got settled in Minnesota. When harvest time came, though, she certainly might have been able to make a corn husk doll to serve as a cute place holder! I thought we could make little corn husk dolls that will be small enough for our dolls to hold.”
“What a great idea,” exclaimed the girls. “This is perfect for fall and for celebrating life on the frontier!”
The girls set their dolls off to the side and grabbed their supplies: scissors, corn husks, and string. It was an easy project and they laughed and talked while they worked. Ella, the sweetest and most patient of all the girls, gladly helped little Willa.
The girls finished their dolls and admired each other’s. They turned out great!
They cleaned up their project as it started to get dark. “Time for some hot chocolate!” said Kyoko.
“And don’t forget the s’mores!” said Daphne as she stuck one on a stick to be roasted.
As the girls ate their campfire treats, Daphne pulled out her guitar. “Who’s ready for some campfire songs?” she asked, as the girls cheered.
“In honor of our Kirsten-themed project tonight we will be singing some American folk music that she might have heard in her time,” explained Daphne. The girls caught on to the lyrics quickly (and even knew a few from music class in school) as Daphne played lively tunes like “Oh Susanna” and “Old Dan Tucker” as well as slower ones like “Sweet Betsy from Pike”. The girls clapped and sang along until late, enjoying the perfect fall evening and the delight of each other’s company. Happy Fall, everyone!
A note from Emily:
Do your dolls want to participate in the American Girls Club? Below are the simple steps to make a doll-sized corn husk doll! If your dolls try this, send me a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abby, Daphne, and the girls will share it at their next club meeting!