“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
I think we can safely say that we all need a little more Little House in our world today, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re thinking of learning a little bit about the prairie life, specifically Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie, you’ve come to the right place!!
First things first, if you aren’t sure what all Homeschool Share has to offer on this topic, you’ll want to take a peek! Little House in the Big Woods lapbook, Little House on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook, By the Shores of Silver Lake lap book, Farmer Boy Story Study Lapbook, Little House in the Big Woods lapbook, Little Town on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook, On the Banks of Plum Creek Story Study lapbook, The First Four Years Lapbook, The Long Winter Lapbook, These Happy Golden Years lap book. Also, not in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but another one that would fit with your unit study is Prairie School, with a unit and lap book also!
“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
Would you like to add some cooking time to go along with your studies? I think that spending time in the kitchen should accompany every study, but especially when learning about prairie life. We probably will realize just how blessed we are when we see all the advantages we have in our kitchens!
“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
In the book, On The Banks of Plum Creek, Laura tasted lemonade for the first time at Mrs. Olsen’s house! Try this recipe or this one from the Little House Treasury. When we find Laura in By The Shores of Silver Lake, she is showing Mrs. Boast how to make Sour Dough Biscuits. Would you like to try them also? Making butter is a fun pioneer activity! If you have a garden, why not gather vegetables in your apron as the pioneers did also! In Farmer Boy, Almonzo and Laura discuss how no two popcorn kernels are the same…ask your children how they think the pioneers made their popcorn! Would they believe it is possible without a microwave? 🙂 And for dessert, maple candy might be a fun treat!
What about a Christmas meal like Laura’s family had together?
“Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and ‘Injun bread,’ Swedish crackers, and a huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon.”– Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Now that we have a bounty of prairie foods, let’s take a look at some fun activities to enjoy with our children!
The Crafty Crow shows this simple fabric activity of hanging the wash! I am sure our children would be amazed at how much work laundry was in Laura’s time! But before you can hang the clothes out to dry, you must introduce your children to the washboard! Word Play House has so many fun ideas to do with Little House books including laundry ideas, hand-dipped candles, cross stitch sampler and more! And this little house made of pretzel rods looks fantastic!!
Laura Ingalls: Ma, how long is all this learning going to take?
Caroline Ingalls: We start learning the minute we’re born, Laura. And if we’re wise, we don’t stop until the Lord calls us home.
Laura Ingalls: THAT long?
What about school work? I listed the unit studies and lap books from Homeschool Share above, but there are also some great finds around the web also. Here a is a covered wagon journaling page. A few word searches and word scrambles can be found here. This 3-dimensional model of the Little House is fabulous! This teacher turned her classroom tables into covered wagons! Love it! These covered wagons (scroll down a bit) with tissues are creative. What about an edible covered wagon?? Some people are SO creative! Little House on the Prairie stamp coloring page and some fun Little House printables here, too.
How about setting up a mercantile for pretend play that will work in some math at the same time?? Thanks to Oh Amanda for this idea, she has lots of cute ideas from her daughter’s Little House party!
Still need more ideas? Here is a board FULL of Little House on the Prairie Inspiration!
Well, I hope you have been inspired to jump into these fabulous books with your children!! And don’t forget to watch the shows with your kids too…they just don’t make tv shows like Little House on the Prairie anymore, do they??