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Colonial America Toy – Apple Doll

November 1, 2010
Colonial America Toy – Apple Doll

Apple Doll You need: plastic knife glue one firm peeled apple yarn 2 cloves 6 – 8 paper towels 4 white peppercorns masking tape metal coat hanger fabric cut into 1 1/2″ strips lacquer scissors red marker Tacky Glue felt for the hands Steps for the the Apple Head Doll: Have your daughter holding...
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Colonial America Craft – Sampler

October 31, 2010
Colonial America Craft – Sampler

Samplers Samplers were a way to show how well a child could sew. Learning to sew and embroider was necessary for making clothes, napkins and linens. Samplers usually had a short verse, the child’s name and date on it and were finished with a border using a variety of stitches. There are 2 versions...
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Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

October 30, 2010
Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

  The Art of Stenciling Paint was scarce in colonial times. Stenciling was a way to decorate bare walls and furniture that didn’t require much paint. The pineapple was a traditional symbol of colonial hospitality. Materials needed: Colonial pineapple pattern paper plate for the paint scissors sponge -cut into 2 for 2 colors or...
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Colonial America – Creating a Time Line of Significant Events in History

October 29, 2010
Colonial America – Creating a Time Line of Significant Events in History

Doing a time line to give your child an understanding the time it took for events to unfold. Ways to do a time line: It can be done on a single piece of paper with a line drawn with a ruler. Your child would mark off all of the major events and they can...
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Colonial America – Advertise Your Trade

October 28, 2010
Colonial America – Advertise Your Trade

The Art of the Trade The colonial tradesmen would make signs that hung outside their shops. Sometimes they were funny.  Many colonist couldn’t read, so encourage them to make a simple drawing of what your child plans to sell, make or repair on the sign. Materials needed: construction paper markers or colored pencils see...
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Colonial America – Who was Getting Rich? (a simulation activity)

October 27, 2010

This simulation can be played with a group of children and I’m working on a  game board and the pieces. Materials needed: directions for each role printed out props for molasses – empty jugs or drawings of barrels props for rum – empty boxes or drawing of bottles of rum roles written on slips...
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Colonial America – Tax Collecting

October 26, 2010
Colonial America – Tax Collecting

Colonial America Tax Collecting To help you child get a feel of how arbitrary taxes were in colonial times, do the following activity.  This activity works great with a group of children. Materials needed: Make a chart with the following suggested items to tax – be creative,  what would make an impact with the...
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Colonial American Game – Marbles

October 26, 2010
Colonial American Game – Marbles

  One version of the game involves drawing a circle in sand (or with chalk or a piece of yarn on carpet inside) and players take turns knocking other player’s marbles out of the circle with their own marble. This marble is called the ringer. Other versions involve shooting marbles at target marbles or...
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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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