Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pioneers

There are lots of Pioneer activities out there, but these were the ones we researched and thought were best for toddlers and preschoolers. Hope you enjoy!

We spread quilts out on the floor and started our Family Home Evening there.

Gathering Activity: The kids built log cabins out of Lincoln Logs while they waited for us to get all of the materials together (and while I hid the scavenger hunt clues).

Musical Game and Lesson :
I printed out the Pioneer Flannel Board Pieces from the Friend and wrote the names of pioneer songs on the back of each one. I placed them in a basket. The children took turns choosing one out. We talked about what the children in the picture were doing and then listened to the song. We listened for things that the Pioneers did and then talked about them after each song. We used our Children's Songs CD to sing along with or just listen to the songs because not all of them were familiar to my little ones. (or Daddy). We marched to Pioneer Children Sang as the Walked, and played a pushing and pulling game to The Handcart Song. Andrew heard a guitar in one, and pulled his out to play along.



Songs we used were in the Children's Song Book pages 216-222.



Scavenger Hunt: We used the Pioneer Treasure Hunt from the Friend magazine. The kids had a lot of fun hunting for the clues and learned fun facts about the Pioneers along the way.



Games: We played some pioneer games together including Horseshoes and Button, Button, Who has the Button. (That one was a little harder for my 2 year old, but he eventually got the hang of it with some help).



Snack: We made Johnny Cake (very similar to cornbread) together in the afternoon and ate it for Family Home Evening treat with homemade butter the boys also made. The picture of them jumping around is of them shaking the butter. They also tried (and LOVED) some beef jerky.



Craft:Tin Punch Art: This was my kids favorite! Take a pie tin and draw a design upon it with a sharpie using dots. (looks like a dot to dot) Then with CLOSE supervision, allow the children to use a mallet and nail to punch out the dots. My two year old was even able to do this, and they both felt so grown-up. We had a grown-up per child helping.

6 comments:

Wendy said...

Great ideas-=I want to try the nail punch one. Thanks for sharing!

黑色 said...

No pains, no gains..........................

好想好好休息 said...

There is no key to happiness, only a ladder...................................................

Nau Ohana said...

I have looked through your entire blog and have loved all the ideas that you have shared. Thank you for taking the time to post. You are amazing. Your children are blessed to have you as their mother.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

this looks like a really fun time! My 4 year old would like nail punching - he likes to use tools.

The Wyler Family said...

I don't know if you even check these comments, but I just found your blog through Pinterest and I LOVE it! I have a 4 year old, a 3 year old and a one year old and your lessons are perfect for them. Thank you so much for taking the time to write them down. I have spent at least an hour looking through your FHE lessons and planning the next couple months of FHEs for our family. Thank you!!!

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