Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Learning About Indians

We are blessed to live in an area with lots of great resources. Although our town is pretty small, we have a lot of wonderful state parks and farms. Most of our activities and field trips this year have been free. These resources have been especially helpful this year because they cover what we are working on in Prairie Primer.

 I have been behind in sharing all of the fun activities we have done this year. For the next few weeks I am going to share with you these activities. I encourage you to look around your town and see if there are resources that you might be missing.

Learning About Indians

           We visited  Rick Evans Grandview Prairie, where we learned about Indians.

 The teacher is helping us make an Indian lapbook.  

We also made a plant press.

We learned that Indians used rocks to hit other rocks into the shape of an arrow.

Nothing is more fun than hitting a rock!

Because there was so much planned on the field trip, we had to finish some things at home. 

We whittled soap into various shapes. 

With the soap we had left we made reconstituted soap*. I let the children pick various essential oils to use for smell. As you can tell, they turned their soap into snowmen.

*You can make soap by putting soap gratings in a bowl and pouring a little hot water over the soap. The hot water will melt the soap and make it almost like a dough. At this point you can add essential oils or herbs if you would like to do so. You can form the soap into a shape or even use cookie cutters. It makes a really nice gift.

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