Little House In The Big Woods; Corn Cob Doll

Little House book Cover

So we have begun our adventure. I will be doing a craft a week for this series, for I have lots of fun stuff going on over here with history and art that I am also excited to share with you. I hope you enjoy our little trip through this series as much as I will.

As our title mentions, we begin with the corn cob doll. So if you are making a corn salad or my Summer Minestrone soup, keep those corn cobs!!! First start with firm to the touch corn. There is no need to peel back the husks to check the kernels, they should feel nice and firm through the husks. My favorite place to get my corn is the local farmers market. You can’t get any fresher than that!


Do to the nature of this project, we have taken it outside because I know the mess my children are going to make. The shucking will be done by by little hands, let them know that the silks, or the hairs must be removed too. (The big chef knife will be my job). I am using my cookie sheet to catch all the corn kernels for my Minestrone soup.

Little House corn cob collageOnce all the husks are removed, you are ready to cut the corn kernels off the cob.

Just be sure there are no little fingers near your work space while you cut the kernels off the cob. If you have never done this, all you need to do is hold the cob with the wider side down, the side where the husks grow. Then you hold the top or the pointed end in one hand, then with the other hand, using a sharp knife in a downward angle you cut the kernels off the cob. You will know how far to go because you will be rubbing the corn cob all the way down.  Just repeat this process all the way around each corn cob.

Then you just set out the cobs to dry. I left mine out in the back yard so they could be dried by the sun.

Now traditionally, you would use pencils or colored pencils to make a face on the corn cobs. But in our house my kids really like using colorful permanent pen. If your kids are the same, let them have their fun.

corn cob project

Once the faces are drawn, and the hair is colored in, it’s time to pick out a piece of calico print fabric. You can easily find quarters at you local fabric store or and old hippie skirt from the local secondhand shop.

corn cob doll blanket

Once the fabric is selected cut a square big enough to swaddle your corn cob doll and secure with a safety pin . Yes, it’s that easy. You can even hand sew an little skirt or dress for your new corn cob doll just like Laura Ingalls.

corn cob doll

The best part of this lesson was teaching my children about being happy with what they have. This is what Laura had to play with as a baby doll, a simple toy that was truly a creative humble toy. Yes, she would have loved a rag doll like her sissy but she was learning to happy with what she had.

This made me think of this wonderful verse found in Philippians 4:12-13;

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
The Little House Series really brings this verse to mind for me.
I hope you enjoyed our first craft, and don’t worry we will be hand sewing/ machine sewing a rag doll later in this series too.
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