The first thing girls did when they entered the room was use a Hobo Name Generator to get their own hobo names. Mine was Mississippi Fry-pan Drew.
I talked a little about the 1930s and the Great Depression. Fun stuff that the girls would find interesting: games invented, at the movies, and the fact that TV didn't exist in the 1930s. I also used Christene's Quick Facts of the 1930s to illustrate what life would have been like then.
I had several game options:
- Alphabet Traveling
- Japanese Fan Race
- Clothespin Drop
- Drop the Handkerchief
For the craft we used dice drawing sheets from Expressive Monkey. This was a nod to Kit's friend Stirling who was quite a good artist.
The refreshments were authentic to the 1930s: Ritz Cracker Bits, 3 Musketeers, Tootsie Pops, and lemonade.
I displayed books about and from the 1930s (with a book list) as well as other American Girl books.
The girls took home 2 pages from the Kit Kittredge event kit (Penny-Pincher Puzzle & Make Your Own Hobo Code) as well as a Drawing Fortune Teller from Expressive Monkey.
Resources for planning this event included:
Kit Kittredge movie website
A query to PUBYAC
Judicious use of Google and Pinterest
My next American Girl event will be Kaya in November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.