Teaching Our Kids History
Teaching Our Kids History
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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My youngest son was amazed that Laura Ingalls Wilder
was a real girl who actually lived during 1800. He was
fascinated by her life, but also with the fact that she wrote
her own story and that it's still being read by
kids today. The Little House on the Prairie books are
a wonderful tool for discussing history and times past
in a way that kids can relate to. Read aloud the books
as a family and think of things to do that would help
you understand her life. You could:
-Make a meal like Laura and her family would have ate. Talk about the conveniences we have today compared to what they had.
-Play a game she describes in one of her books, such as Dominoes, Pick Up Sticks, Jacks, Marbles or Tiddlywinks.
-Look at a map and try to map out how far Laura and her family traveled and discuss the difference between now and then.
-Pop the Weasel was one of Laura's favorite songs. Sing it together and try to imagine that she sang this over 100 years ago.
All around the mulberry bush
A penney for a spool of thread,
Up and down the City Road,
Half a pound of tuppenney rice,
Pop! goes the weasel
Log Cabin ActivityTeach your kids about times past when families didn't have the type of homes we have now, and they had to work much harder at the everyday things we take for granted! Laura's father built two log cabins for them during their life. While making this log cabin craft imagine how hard it must have been for him!
You will need:
Cut the carton down to about 4-5 inches tall to be the base for your log cabin. Have the kids cut strips of brown construction paper that measure the same length as the sides of the base. They should be about 12 inches long (the length of the sheet of paper usually). They will form their logs by rolling the paper tightly around a pencil. Glue the end down with a white glue such as Elmer's. Smooth it down and hold for a few seconds. Remove the pencil. They will need to do this about 15 or 20 times. Emphasize that they need to be patient and roll each one tightly.
When they have completed the logs, have them glue one log at a time to the base. They can trim the ends if any of them stick out or seem a little off. Once they have the cabin built they can get creative and decorate the roof with seeds, beans, more construction paper, paint or even moss that they glue to the roof. Let them use their imagination. They can cut shapes out of paper for the windows and doors.
Another optional step is using Styrofoam trays as a base to glue the log cabin to. The kids can paint or decorate the base as a lawn.
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