Forget the books. Okay, don’t forget the books, but apparently we haven’t been doing enough projects for history lately. Too many field trips and books. So once we started learning about prairie schooners (that is, wagons), Mushroom and BalletBoy immediately demanded we make wagon models which could be then used by their minifigs and gogos, who were apparently about to stake out some territory out west anyway.
Here’s the result.
We used tissues for the roofs.
If you’re interested in more projects, the blog The Crafty Crow, which often has good kid craft links, has a nice long list of pioneer projects from across the blogosphere.
Of course, we did read books about the pioneers as well. The best overview read was Don’t Know Much About the Pioneers by Kenneth C. Davis. Davis’s popular adult and teen books of the same series apparently got translated into a picture book series at some point. This was actually a good, quick overview.
The best fiction book we read was, by far, Dandelions by Eve Bunting. Bunting’s books are often quite deep for the picture book genre and this story of a family who move to Nebraska was no exception. Zoe, the family’s oldest daughter, describes her father’s can-do spirit and her mother’s growing depression at life on the prairies. The dandelions, fellow transplants, become a metaphor for the family.