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Make an Almanac with Ben Franklin and Then Visit Philly

Make an Almanac with Ben Franklin and Then Visit Philly

Philadelphia is like a living history book. We are hoping to take a road trip to Philly, soon, and one of our must-see destinations is the Benjamin Franklin Museum. In the meantime, we are exploring Benjamin Franklin at home. Pin It In honor of Ben Franklin’s birthday (January 17), we made our own kid versions of Poor Richard’s Almanac. I began by telling my children a little bit about Franklin’s life but they already seemed to know … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Blackberry Jammin’

Blackberry Jammin’

Have you been enjoying the summer? I cannot believe it is almost fall! We were able to join the tot cooking classes at Garden of Eve this summer and made blackberry jam. I love the whole fields-to-table experience as it gives the kids an idea of where we get our food. It is also a wonderful insight into the how people lived in a time before supermarkets–or refrigeration. Pin It The kids were able to: 1. Pick the blackberries. Pin … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste

Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

If you live in the northern latitudes, I hope you have had an opportunity to go maple sugaring. If you are too far south, try turning maple syrup into maple sugar candy to explore the science of this delicious treat! Pin It While you are waiting for your pancakes with fresh maple syrup, try these lovely picture books about maple sugaring and maple syrup! Pin It The Sugaring Off Party, by Jonathan London; paintings by Gilles Pelletier: A French-Canadian … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Science, Spring, Weather

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoy your feast tomorrow! My daughter has been diligently working on her costume for her kindergarten Thanksgiving party. Pin It She was very insistent on doing much of it herself and it took all of my restraint not to help her along or interfere. I gave her one of my old t-shirts and she fringe-cut the bottom and sleeves: Pin It And then she beaded the fringe: Pin It I tied off the bottom of the fringe for her after … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

Here are some of our favorite picture books about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. These are the children’s books my kids look forward to each year. Pin It You might think that, as a vegetarian, I have little love for a holiday that centers around a feast featuring a whole roast bird. I do love pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and apple muffins, though! Plus, my first two children were born in August. Go ahead. Do the math. I’ll … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

For your little pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day, a simple hat and bonnet they can make and wear during the feast: Pin It Pilgrim Hat Materials: black construction paper white construction paper yellow construction paper glue stick stapler scissors Directions: 1. Fold the black construction paper in half and cut the shape of a pilgrim hat from the black construction paper so that you have two matching shapes. Pin It 2. Draw a buckle shape on yellow construction paper and cut it out. (Note: The buckle is most likely … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

Pin It We’ve been reading a lot of Thanksgiving books about feasts and Turkeys and about that perilous Atlantic journey in the Mayflower.  My daughter is fascinated by ships and we looked for a few pictures of what the Mayflower may have looked like online.  So, we headed outside to gather materials to make our own Mayflower. I came up with this craft as we went along so hopefully I can be more or less coherent in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Fall, Featured, History and Culture

Corn Husk Dolls

Corn Husk Dolls

Pin It Since it is harvest time at the farms around here, we decided to make a corn husk doll. Unlike most of the crafts I post on here, this is really one for older kids or adults.  However, little ones can be helpers and I think there is a lot to be gained from them observing their older siblings and parents as they prepare for the changes in the season.  And younger children can decorate, dress, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Weather