American Girl Club – Addy 1864 – Week 3

March 24, 2010 at 7:48 am (Uncategorized)

This week we read the Christmas book in the Addy series.  One of the things that happened in the book was that Addy saw a red scarf in the window of a second hand store that she wants to buy for Mama.  She decides to save up her money and buy it as a surprise.  However, as time passes she feels conflicted because she also wants to spend the money to help other newly freed slaves.  I won’t tell you what happens, but the story inspired us to make scarfs for our Mama’s!  We actually had 2 "planned" crafts this week.  Another part of the story was that they had a shadow puppet show as part of their Christmas celebration. So for our second craft we made a shadow puppet! I said we had 2 "planned" crafts because the 3rd craft the girls came up with themselves!  They noticed I had some extra red polar fleece so they asked if they could use it to make scarfs for their dolls. 

Here is the night in pictures….

My daughter working on her shadow puppet.

For the scarfs I gave the girls a 42"X7" piece of polar fleece.  Then they cut fringe on each end and tied the fringe in a knot.  Here is a finished one.

Girls working on their crafts.

One of the puppets put together.
For the puppets I traced the body onto a manilla folder.  (There are 5 pieces.  The body, 2 upper arms and 2 lower arms.)Then they girls colored the dress portion and cut them out.  Then we punched holes to connect the puppets with mini-brads.  (We used the ones you find in the scrapbook dept.) Then we glued 3 dowel rods to the back.  (On in the center and one to each hand.)  Then the girls went to town decorating them!

One of the mom’s wearing the scarf her daughter made for her.

A finished shadow puppet!

My daughter showing her scarf she made for Addy.

Our YUMMY snack!  Sweet Potato Pudding!

The girls lined up to accessorize their shadow puppets.  I brought fabric, pearls, ribbon and lace and the mom’s helped them glue them on.  Each one became quite a masterpiece!

This puppet matches the girl who made her!

My daughter helping one of the little girls make a scarf for her doll. :^)

Making a doll scarf.

2 finished puppets with their creators!

After all our crafts were done we all gathered around and sang 2 of the songs mentioned in this weeks book.  Joy to the World and This Little Light of Mine.

My daughter with her puppet.

So that was week 3 which means we are half way through Addy!  Wow, these weeks go FAST!

Happy Homeschooling,


American Girl Club – Addy 1864 – Week 1
American Girl Club – Addy 1864 – Week 2



  1. homesweethomeschooler said,

    I don't comment often, but I'm subscribed to your blog and read it almost every day (or every time you post).

    I find it very inspiring to see how creative you are in HSing your children AND the amazing hands on extras you do, with your own children and others.

    I appreciate your writing and sharing with others! Thanks!

  2. shaneshelpmeet said,

    Inspiring! Wow, one can do a whole unit study with the American Girl series–crafts, food, history, politics, etc.! Very nice photos and ideas and I love your family photo!

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