50 State Study: Rhode Island

This is one of those states where I just didn’t have much to go on.  So if you live in the area or have been there I’d love some extra suggestions of what else to tell people about for when I write for ABC & 123.


Don’t you just love all of the empty space on Princess’ pages?  She was quite insistent on gluing it all in this way…….  Sigh, and she lost her carousel symbols.


Carousels– Rhode Island was the site of the first carousels in America, and was famous for the designs on their carousels.  For that alone I want to go there.


Yes, I liked carousels.  I’m a complete sucker for them.



Nathaniel Greene– famous general from Revolutionary War, and there was not one book about him specifically at our library.  Sigh, so I made something up using Wikipedia.





Finding Providence- I did not write a post on this one because I didn’t have any pictures of the activity.


And now I see why having taken a picture of the end results.  The activity was to write down different ways you can know or learn God’s will, because Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, trusted to God’s Providence.

It’s a good activity, just not very photogenic, or exciting.


Seriously, any other suggestions.  Christy from Snacks and Stories (she used to blog at Superheroes and Princesses) gave me some good suggestions of making “Cabinets,” which sound a lot like milkshakes, I think Phyllis from All Things Beautiful had a similar suggestion.



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Rhode Island: Nathaniel Greene

So, one of the famous people from Rhode Island is Nathaniel Greene, Revolutionary war hero and general.  My library had NOTHING on him.  Or nothing that is age appropriate, so I made something up.

I took no pictures of us working on this because I was busy reading, and it would just be pictures of heads looking down.  But, I have a nifty printable, and a short Lego battle totally unrelated to him to share with you:
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The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga as enacted by Legos!
The British soldiers thought they were safe in their fort, so they all went to sleep in their beds.  Or bent over like they are bowing because that amused my boys.

The American soldiers attacked and took the fort with no shots fired.

Then came a scene of general carnage and destruction so horrible no pictures could be taken.  Or if you followed the real history they looted the cannons and took them down to Boston through an amazing feat of engineering.

Oh, I forgot to say.  I’m linking this up to All Things Beautiful and their geography/history linkie.

Rhode Island: Carousels

Rhode Island is famous for carousels, and I LOVE carousels, so I was eagerly looking forward to this idea.


I searched my library and found 10 books there about carousels, and thought I’d hit the jackpot.  Then I actually went there and all of them were checked out except for this one.


And luckily it’s a very cute story.  Not great, but cute.  It’s a story of how times change and how friendships change, but stay the same.  I loved the ending, and how the friends worked together.


Afterwards I decided to have the kids make their own carousel horses, and after a quick Google search I found this great site of carousel coloring pages.  I chose the gif one and shrunk them down to the size I wanted and printed them on cardstock.




I set them to happily coloring their menagerie of carousel creatures.  Here’s a few carousel facts:


1.  If all 4 feet are on the ground that means the animal does not go up and down.


2.  The horse with the most color and the most style is the lead horse.


3.  If the carousel has more than just horses on it, it’s called a menagerie.


017When they were done coloring we used q-tips dipped in water and smeared them for a lovely paint effect.


As you can see ours was a menagerie.  Including mythical creatures, which I am very proud to say my kids could properly name all of them.


Yes, I am a geek.


Once I can get them to sit still again.  I swear someone poured ants down their pants and they haven’t been able to sit still for longer than 10 minutes at a time….. So, once they’re sitting still again I will have them cut out the creatures and glue them to popsicle sticks for their very own carousel figure.