December 8, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Celebration Part 3 Activities

Are you planning a 150th birthday celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder? You may or may not want to have activities beyond a discussion about Laura's life and why she is still relevant today.

This is part three in a series of posts about celebrating Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. See below for links to more posts.

Pioneer activities are such fun and bring the topic to life! Children will especially enjoy hands-on pioneer activities.

Think of the fun Laura had in Little Town on the Prairie at the literary meetings. They had spelling bees, singing, speeches, and more. These activities would work well for mixed-age groups. You could have the spelling bee or speech centered on Laura or pioneer living. Play Little House bingo or trivia. Consider readings from some of Laura's writings beyond the Little House books.

Laura and her friends often visited over handiwork like sewing, knitting, and crocheting. A small group of friends may enjoy that or even coloring pages from Cheryl Harness's Laura Ingalls Wilder Coloring Book or printables.

You might consider organizing pioneer games or  pioneer"work", especially for younger Laura fans. They'll eagerly harvest the garden and wash laundry.
Create a treat and enjoy it together. Bake an apple pie, make applesauce, or make butter. Pop corn over the stove or make popcorn balls. A unique experience may be maple snow candy.

As you complete any of these activities to celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, consider how you'll discuss her and why she is still relevant today. Will you take turns reading from a book or two? Memorize? Research and share? Sounds like fun!

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Part 4: Pioneer Food
Part 5: Pioneer Decorations
~ Annette Whipple
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