Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: March 1, 2016- Early American History Crafts

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

I just finished teaching a "History Crafts" class for the K-3 class at our homeschool co-op. As we have been learning about American History here at home with My Father's World, I decided to do a simple review of some early American history. We first talked about the Native Americans, focusing on the tribes of the plains. The children made Buffalo Hides out of large brown paper bags and Tepees out of lunch-sized brown paper bags. I found the idea for the Buffalo Hides at Meet the Masters at VSY. And I found the idea for the Tepees at Art With Mr. Giannetto. I handed the children a paper full of native American symbols and they wrote a story in pictures on both the hides and the tepees.

The next week we moved on to the Explorer period. We talked about the fact that the Vikings had "discovered" North America long before Christopher Columbus made his voyages. The children then made Viking Shields out of cardboard, paint, duct tape and metal brads. I found this idea at Deceptively Educational.

We finished the the Viking Shield at the beginning of the next class.

Then we continued on to the Colonial period, focusing on what school would have been like during that time. The children made Horn Books and Berry Ink which they then used to write on the back of the horn book with the quills I prepared for them. I found a pattern for the horn books online and just traced the outline onto cardboard. They glued a paper with the alphabet and The Lords Prayer on it. We taped on a sheet of Acetate to finish it off. We ran out of time for the children to use the ink at co-op. So each family got a little container of ink to take home. My girls each drew a picture on the back of their horn book.

I am lining up my guest posts for the new year. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 24 wonderful posts linked up! 
I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

Don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's Randomly Selected Post is: 

Tara from Homeschool Preschool shared FREE Winter ABC Sorting Cards.

Here are the top clicked-on posts:

Gale from Imaginative Homeschool shared Our Homeschool is "Play School"

Kaylene from This Outnumbered Mama shared Fun Pounding Fine Motor Activity For Kids.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. Oh wow, the viking shields would have gone great with The Dragon and the Raven!

  2. The Viking shields look so cool! I have heard great things about My Father's World. I have many friends who use that curriculum with their children. Thanks for hosting :)


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