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Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

My son made this craft breastplate inspired by the hair pipe breastplates of the Plains Indians, originally introduced by the Comanche native tribe. Every year, the kindergartners at my kids’ primary school dress up as tribal peoples (Native Americans / American Indians) or pilgrims for their Thanksgiving party. Pin It I look through some old photographs of native peoples in traditional dress with my kids and they decide what elements they want to recreate. My son was … Read entire article »

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

Weave In the Sun: How to Make a “God’s Eye” Sun

Weave In the Sun: How to Make a “God’s Eye” Sun

June is here and summer is on its way! We are welcoming the reign of the sun with this modified “God’s Eye” or Ojo de Dios. A “God’s Eye”, as former summer-campers know, is a weaving done with yarn on sticks. Thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico, who call it Sikuli, the traditional God’s Eye represents “the power to see and understand things unknown”. Instead of four branches, which represent the four … Read entire article »

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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

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

My daughter made a DIY medicine bag / pouch of her own design, inspired by some of the traditional ones we saw. When my three year old son saw his sister’s, he wanted to try, too. So, I simplified the design into a drawstring pouch for him. Pin It Materials: soft felt thick embroidery needle yarn or embroidery thread beads and feathers, if desired Directions: 1. Trace and cut a circle from the felt. Pin It 2. Thread the needle (My daughter can do this … Read entire article »

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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

Native American Indian Medicine Bag for Kids

Native American Indian Medicine Bag for Kids

My daughter noticed the medicine bags when we were looking at pictures online of traditional Native American dress. So, we decided to make a simple one from felt. Pin It You can buy Medicine Bag Craft Kits that come with real leather. We made this inexpensive, young-kid-friendly version from felt and other materials we had around the house. While it may not be as accurate a recreation as an older child might make, making the Native American … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

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

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

My son and I made this simple dreamcatcher craft for kids. Pin It This is a revisit of the dreamcatcher craft my daughter made last year. Pin It My son always loves painting and drawing but lately has become more interested in crafts. We had some one-on-one time and he had been admiring the one that still hangs in my daughter’s room. Since we are learning about Native Americans and Colonial culture during November, the timing was perfect. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

Rain Stick

Rain Stick

Pin It Not that we need more rain… Since we are studying rain and the water cycle in April, we made rain sticks. This is a nice way to incorporate some culture and music and movement into our studies.  And it is also a simple and fun craft that is always a hit with the kids. Materials long cardboard (paper towel) tube rice soft, flexible plastic (like a sandwich bag or any leftover shrink wrap) construction paper markers, stickers, jewels, etc. for decoration Directions 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Spring, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather

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 »

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