So, my kids were incredibly curious about Colorado after their cousins came down, so what else could we do, but learn about it? I went to the library and searched out some books, and found some fun ones, some not so great ones, and some just plain weird ones. And then I found this one:
The only problem? It’s really about a family going to California, eventually. But, you could pretty much use it for any state on the Oregon Trail, because it does a fair job of covering what the pioneers went through as they traveled West. And it had a nice rhythm to the poem. Not perfect, but good.
Well, my plan after reading this was to make a covered wagon. We ended up not making a Conestoga covered wagon, but just a plain old ordinary wagon.
2. Let your kids have fun painting the carton.
3. Put the two halves on top of each other, and here’s two different ways you can do this. First way:
A. Poke hole straight across with a skewer. Use a steak knife to enlarge the hole enough for the straw to fit through.
B. Slide straw through the holes in the sides. Then slide the skewer through.
A. Cut straws to size of carton. Glue the two carton halves together (or use a brad.
B. Tape the straws to the bottom with some packing tape. Slide skewer through the straw.
4. Roughly in the middle of the lid drill a hole in the lid with the largest drill bit you have. For me, it still wasn’t super large, but this worked out okay.
6. Put your other milk cap on the other side of the wagon.
Now, at this point you’ll notice the lids don’t actually reach the floor if you’re using milk bottle caps. Hence, the second construction technique.
And then your boys will notice they can use the skewers to hold pancakes. And they will be quite pleased with themselves, and noisily devour said pancakes.
And, you may have better scissors than me, but mine didn’t cut all the way through, it just made it so it cut a clean line through.
And head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see other great geography ideas (and a guest post from me sometime this week).