The other day, our OHS Kids tried their hands making corn husk dolls. They are a Native American toy; a doll made out of the dried leaves or "husk" of a corn cob and making them was adopted by early European settlers in the United States. Corn husk doll making is now practiced in the United States as a link to Native American culture and the arts and crafts of the settlers.
For the most part, these dolls wind up not having faces, and there are a number of traditional explanations for this practice. One legend (and we think the best) is that the Spirit of Corn, one of the Three Sisters (the three most prevalent North American crops; corn or maize, squash, and beans) made a doll out of her husks to entertain children. The doll had a beautiful face, and began to spend less time with children and more time contemplating her own loveliness. As a result of her vanity, the doll's face was taken away. So the legend goes.
Whew. Too much information. The sum and substance is that the kids had a great time, learned something pretty interesting and, above all put a smile on their and their doll's face.