My 6 year old son gave me a wonderful idea last week when he brought me our Little House Cookbook and asked if we could make some of the Christmas recipes from it.
Our absolute favorite Little House book is Farmer Boy and Christmas is so descriptively protrayed in this book, I would highly recommend it as a December read aloud for any family. (Or better yet, get A Little House Christmas Treasury as a way to pull out only the Christmas stories from each of the Little House books!) My little son had not forgotten the wonderful recipes made by Almanzo and his family and he wanted to recapture those stories. I am always willing to oblige any fun that doubles as a homeschool lesson.
(My children also LOVE the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls they received last year for Christmas…these are fun to play with while you read.)
A few nights ago, I got to snooping around on the internet trying to find some things that revolved around the idea of a Little House on the Prairie Christmas theme. I found some really neat ideas and I wanted to share those with you. I doubt I’ll be able to do everything listed here, but I wanted to make this a good resources I could come back and reference (so, feel free to share any resources you have, so I can add them to my list!).
*Make a Handkerchief Pioneer Doll – While this isn’t the rag doll Laura received for Christmas as a child, it is still a good representation of what some children would have received during that era. In fact, a few years back, I made these for my girls for Christmas. They were much loved.
*Make Pioneer Taffy – This is one recipe I am bound and determined to try this year! I have wanted to do this for many, many years with the children, and now I have so many taffy-pullers, it ought to prove to be quite a fun project!
*Make an Old Fashioned Christmas Garland – You always read about children sitting around threading cranberries and popcorn, but I’ve never taken the time to actually do this with my children. This week we sat down and did this and then decorated the house with our creations.
*Make Little House on the Prairie Christmas Cakes – This is a super-easy recipe that will bring lots of smiles to little faces! I’m considering having my girls make these for Christmas morning!
*Make Hand-Dipped Candles – This is one of those “someday projects”, but at least this tutorial makes it look somewhat simple. She does say it isn’t a fast project (and I seriously hate melting wax), but surely I can manage one round of this project at some point if for no other reason than the memory.
*Try crafts from My Little House Crafts – We don’t own this book, but it would be a neat resource to have on hand. (If you do own this book, leave a comment telling me what you think of it!)
*Watch this Little House on the Prairie Christmas episode -
They don’t shy away from speaking Jesus’ name. Refreshing!
I’m pinning this to my Christmas board on Pinterest, so I don’t forget to try some of these things. Won’t you join us in a few Little House on the Prairie projects this Christmas?!