I recently started reading the Little House series with my older girls. They are really enjoying just listening to the simple stories of Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary and Carrie. The books have very few illustrations so the girls must listen very intently to understand what is going on in the story. The simple lives of this family intrigues their young minds.
One Fall afternoon, I was thrilled to be able to take the girls to a local working pioneer homestead. They were amazed to watch and participate in many of the activities that the Ingalls family did in order to survive.
They played dress-up in handmade pioneer clothing.
We churned butter.
We made church babies. Little girls made these dolls to quietly occupy themselves at Sunday services.
I fell in love with the kitchen!
And the pantry . . .
And the oven. They were making applesauce cakes . . .yum!
The day was so much fun and so educational. We are planning to learn more about the pioneer lifestyle by creating a Little House Story Study Lapbook found here. This year, Santa may be surprising the girls with little baskets recreating Laura's favorite Christmas gifts - red mittens, a red and white peppermint stick, and a rag doll (which they will probably name Charlotte!)