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Colonial America – Quilting

August 14, 2011
Colonial America – Quilting

Quilting Colonist used everything that also included using scraps of clothing.  Women would used scraps of clothing to make blankets, chair covers and clothing.  The quilt blankets patterns from colonial time are still used and revered today. Quilting became more than just a way to keep warm.  The blankets were a way to preserve...
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Colonial America – Secret Codes

August 13, 2011
Colonial America – Secret Codes

Benedict Arnold has the inevitable honor of being remembered as a traitor of his country although he was a skilled general of Revolutionary troops. He felt he wasn’t getting the recognition that he was entitled to and began to give the British confidenial information through secret codes.  The secret codes looked like correspondence between...
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Colonial America – Lanterns

August 10, 2011
Colonial America – Lanterns

  Lanterns Long before flashlights there were lanterns.  Lanterns protected the candle from blowing out with a light wind and made moving around in the dark more convenient.  They would use tin and cut designs on the sides of the lantern. We used pie plates for our students to pound simple designs into using...
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Colonial America – Washing Clothes

August 9, 2011
Colonial America – Washing Clothes

Hand Washing Clothes One of the chores that colonial children (usually the girls) would have was washing clothes. We simplified the process using large rocks in the field and a wash tub full of water and had everyone do it.  My students really enjoyed washing their clothes (I asked everyone to bring in some...
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Colonial America – Tending to the Garden

August 8, 2011
Colonial America – Tending to the Garden

Children in colonial times helped in the garden.  The garden was important for the families survival all winter.  Since we did our activities in the spring, it was a perfect time to have them prepare the garden for planting.  If this is done in the fall, children could prepare a garden area to be...
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Colonial America – Dyeing Fabric

August 7, 2011
Colonial America – Dyeing Fabric

Colonial America – Dyeing Fabric Since much of the clothing were made at home during colonial times, they would also make their own dyes.  They would use something that was plentiful.  Some areas cranberries were readily available and made a red dye.  Your child could dye a white t-shirt to discover how the process...
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Colonial America – Dipping Candles

August 6, 2011
Colonial America – Dipping Candles

The finished product – creative candles. Dipping Candles Dipping candles would have been a chore colonial children would be responsible for doing.  We incorporated it in our simulation day and it was a huge success. Making candles by dipping string into hot melted wax is easy for children to do but requires adult supervising...
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Colonial America Game – Hoops

August 2, 2011
Colonial America Game – Hoops

Hoops Hoops is a classic game that was played during the colonial times by children – not hoops as in basketball.  They used the rims of barrels and sticks.  The idea is to move it forward using the stick to propel it. It sounds easy but after watching my students doing it, it wasn’t...
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Fact Family Fun!

July 15, 2011
Fact Family Fun!

Fact Families Fact families are really not families of people full of facts but they are groups of numbers that when in addition or subtraction (also multiplication and division) equations work!   The great thing is when kids learn one fact they really know 4! For instance: 3 + 5 = 8 can also be...
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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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