These Happy Golden Years Activities

My children (ages 8 and 5) are loving the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I wasn't sure how they would react to These Happy Golden Years, which is mostly the story of how Almanzo courts Laura - but it ended up being one of their favorite books in the series. Here are some activities I came up with to go along with our reading:

* Google what "pie plant" is. (Answer: rhubarb!). Make a pie plant pie.

* Learn a little about the suffrage movement and how women won the right to vote.

* Learn about braille.

* Read "Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" ("To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick)

* Dabble a bit in music notation. You might play the free musical notes game here, or check out YouTube for some fun and educational videos. (Here's one example. Here's another.)

* Try singing in a round. In addition to "Three Blind Mice," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is a good choice for beginners. (Confused about what singing in a round is? Watch this video for examples.)

* Make popcorn balls.

* Learn about tornadoes.

* Make a tornado in a bottle.

* Review tornado safety.

* Look at a Dove in the Window quilt. Try making a Dove in the Window block; when finished, turn it into a doll quilt or a potholder.

* Think about the differences between Laura's courting and modern day dating. Compare and contrast.

* Check out real life photos of Laura, Almanzo, and their families.

* Interview your parents about how they met and became engaged.

* Look at a reproduction of what Laura's engagement ring might have looked like. (Scroll down.)

* Make a These Happy Golden Years lapbook.


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