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Colonial America Crafts – Papyrotamia

October 25, 2010
Colonial America Crafts – Papyrotamia

Papyrotamia Paper was scarce and very expensive so every scrap of paper was saved. On special occasions like a wedding, a new baby or a birthday, gifts were made cutting paper into decorative designs that were treasured. This is a form of paper cutting that was popular then. Materials: Construction paper scissors glue patterns...
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Colonial American Toy – Button Bolo

October 24, 2010
Colonial American Toy – Button Bolo

Colonial America Toy – Button Bolo You just need: 20″ of string or yarn 2 – identical, heavy buttons that are 1″ or bigger Steps to Make: Tie a button to each end of the string. To play: Have your child try to make the buttons orbit in opposite directions by holding the string...
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Colonial America Toy – Buzz Saw

October 23, 2010
Colonial America Toy – Buzz Saw

Colonial America Toy – Buzz Saw Materials: 2 – 3″ sticks 20″ of string or yarn 1 button 1″ or bigger with 2 holes Steps to Make: Have your child fold the string in half and tie the folded end to one stick. Thread string through both holes to the button. Move the button...
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Colonial American Games – Button and Cup

October 22, 2010
Colonial American Games – Button and Cup

Colonial America Toy – Button and Cup Materials: straight and sturdy 8″ long stick egg carton cup 1″ button 20″ of string or yarn Steps to Make: Poke the stick carefully through the bottom of the egg carton so it sits 1/2″ from the end of the stick. Have your child tie the string...
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Colonial American Game – Quoits

October 21, 2010
Colonial American Game – Quoits

Quoits This game is like horseshoes and is still played in England today. Materials: 36″ square of cardboard clay unsharpened pencil or short stick 4 rings made from coffee can lids or with sturdy string To prepare the game board and the rings: Using the 36″ square for the base, draw a doughnut shape...
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Colonial American Game – Scotchhopping

October 20, 2010
Colonial American Game – Scotchhopping

Scotchhopping (or what we call – “Hopscotch”). The court or course can be scratched out in the dirt, drawn with chalk on the sidewalk or on carpet (it vacuums up). The designs for the court varies but traditionally the course ends with a “safe” or “home” base” where the player can turn before completing...
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Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

October 19, 2010
Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris Materials: the “board” can be made on the sidewalk, in dirt or on cardboard 9 playing pieces for each person – stones, seeds, buttons… Steps to make the game: The game board can be drawn in the sand, with chalk on the pavement or on cardboard. The...
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Preparing for our Simulation on Colonial Life!

May 24, 2010

Colonial Simulation – Bringing Life of a colonial child to life! What a blast! Today the students prepared the veggies, butter and corn bread for tomorrow’s lunch.  Everyone knew what they had to do and were busy doing it – kind of like ants. Everyone worked well in their groups and I was pleasantly...
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Mini-version of a Log Cabin

May 22, 2010

One of the tasks that we wanted the students to do was to build a log cabin.  We discussed with the students why would they have a log cabin and that everyone would help.  Some of the girls thought that was odd but when your survival depends on shelter from the elements, everyone pitches...
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A Taxing Experience

May 1, 2010
A Taxing Experience

Tax Triangle I have wanted the students to truly understand why the colonialist were so upset with paying the taxes that King George put on so many items.  So we started Friday off with a “Proclamation from King George”.  I handed on bags of Cheerios (100 per bag) to each student saying that Rita...
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