Raggedy Ann and Andy Theme Party Games and Recipes
Show and Tell
Invite your guests to bring their Raggedy Ann or Andy
doll with them to the party! After everyone arrives,
let each guest introduce their doll. Encourage them
to share where they got the doll, what activities they
like to do with the doll, etc. This is a great way to
break the ice when the children donít know one another.
Raggedy Relay Race
For this fun activity, youíll need a backpack, and
a Raggedy Ann or Andy doll for each team. Divide your
guests into two teams and give each team a backpack
and a doll.
Set a chair for each team at the opposite end of the
room, or a short distance away in the yard (if playing
outside.) To begin the game, the first person on each
team puts on the backpack (with the doll inside) and
runs to the chair. At the chair, he/she removes the
doll from the backpack, sets it on the chair and runs
back to the next person in line. The second person must
put on the backpack, run to the chair and retrieve Raggedy
Ann or Andy, and run back to the next person. The game
continues until each child has run the course. The first
team to finish, wins!
(For younger children, eliminate the use of a backpack
if you think it will be too difficult.)
Read your guests a story of Johnny Gruelleís beloved
rag doll pair! If you donít own a book, visit your local
library a week or two before the party. Let the birthday
child help choose a book to read at their party. This
is a wonderful activity for keeping the children entertained,
and helps to calm everyone down after rambunctious activities.
This is a great game for younger children because
everyone gets a prize!
Start by wrapping a theme-related gift in brightly
colored giftwrap. Continue wrapping additional layers
around the gift, adding a small party favor or sticker
with each new layer of wrapping paper. At the party,
seat your guests in a circle, and let the first child
unwrap one layer. When he/she has discovered a prize,
the wrapped gift is passed to the next child, and so
on. As more and more layers are removed, the anticipation
for what lies in the middle will continue to grow. The
child who removes the last layer, gets the gift inside!
Rag Doll Faces
While youíre preparing snacks, keep the kids busy
with this cute craft activity! Youíll need plain white
paper plates, plenty of red or brown yarn, construction
paper, glue, scissors and colored pens.
At the party, help your guests create their own Raggedy
Ann or Andy face. Use the yarn for hair, draw facial
features on the plate with pens, or cut out eyes, nose,
etc. from construction paper.
Everyone will have fun making their own rag doll!
Pigs in a Blanket
Your guests are sure to squeal over these delectable
1. Purchase your favorite brand of hot dogs, cheese,
and refrigerator croissants.
2. Slice hot dogs lengthwise and cut cheese into strips.
3. Unroll croissants and stuff them with hot dogs and
4. Roll croissants back up and bake as directed, or
until golden brown.
5. These delicious treats are so good, your party guests
will clean every last crumb from their plates.
Don't be surprised if they make pigs of themselves
and come back for more!
Create a treat thatís just as sweet as Raggedy Ann!
1. Simply make your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
2. Roll out the dough and cut into heart shapes with
a cookie cutter.
3. Bake according to recipe.
4. When cool, spread with a thin layer of icing and
decorate with small candies.
For more fun, set out bowls of icing and candies, and
let the kids decorate their own special heart cookie!
Serve up something warm to accompany your candy-heart
cookies. Be prepared to offer your guests a beverage
other than real tea, in case they do not like it. Hot
apple cider or cocoa make wonderful substitutions. Serve
beverages in tea cups for a special effect.
Sweet Baked Apples
Your guests will love this snack, without realizing
how good it is for them!
1. Purchase a medium-sized apple for each guest (tart,
green apples work best for baking.)
2. To fill each apple, youíll need approximately 1 Tbs.
butter or margarine, 2 Tbs. brown sugar and a pinch
of ground cinnamon.
3. Scoop out the core of each apple from the top without
cutting all the way through (so the butter and sugar
will stay inside the apple during baking.)
4. Fill the well of each apple with butter and brown
5. Set apples in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle
6. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes, until
apples are tender and sugar begins to caramelize.
7. Serve in bowls while still warm. (Top with juices
formed while baking!)
Spread your tablecover on your party table. If your
child has any theme-related toys, you can add them to
the table for a more festive display. Cut several one-to-two-foot-long
pieces of curling ribbon. Curl the ribbon by pulling
it between your thumb and the blade of your scissors.
Lay the resulting curls on your table for added color.
Hang balloons in bunches for the best effect. If you
choose to fill balloons with helium, wait until the
party day to ensure they float well! Use balloons to
mark the party spot; hang them on the mailbox, near
the front door, or tie them to the birthday child's
chair to mark the seat of honor.
Place balloons anywhere that strikes your fancy. The
more the better!
Gather six or eight streamers and attach them to the
ceiling in the center of the party room (or over the
table). Use a light fixture over the table, if you have
one, as the center point for the streamers.
To create colorful two-tone streamers, put two differently
colored streamers back-to-back, twist as you walk them
to the wall, and attach at shoulder height.