- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: A CAPPELLA BOOKS (1 Jan. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556522711
- ISBN-13: 978-1556522710
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
WESTWARD HO: Activity Guide to the Wild West (Kid's Guide) Paperback – 1 Jan 1996
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Here are dozens of activities, crafts and games drawn from the days when coyotes yipped, buffalo roamed, and heavy wooden-wheeled wagons rolled ever westward, full of folk seeking a new life on the great frontier. Informative and fun, this wonderful introduction to the exploration and settlement of the American West includes: popcorn balls and son-of-a-gun stew; Appaloosa printing and pole sacks; saddle songs and cowboy talk; water dowsing, panning for gold and more.
From the Author
Got the pioneer spirit? Kids do--they love pioneer stuff!
I wrote this book because whenever I did a library or school program I asked, "What should I write next?" and children usually said, "We love pioneer stuff...do something about them." So, I thought about it and decided the West was perfect for a kids' activity book. I've read nearly a hundred books about the West, and ferreted out every bit of interesting fact I could. Then I tried to put it all into a book that had a hands-on approach to history. Kids learn history by mixing up sourdough flapjacks, sipping portable soup (just like Lewis & Clark did), even learning how to lay out a land survey! How about "witching" for a water well? Or oiling paper windows for a prairie soddy? I think this book was the most fun to write. It's my favorite!
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What would you do if your parents told you that your family was going to leave your home behind and walk 2,000 mikes through searing deserts and over mile-high mountains? Read the first page
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It is a wonderful back-to-basics book for the very modern children we are raising.
The whole book is divided into sections like "Trail Blazers", "Trappin' and Tradin'", and "Wagon's Roll", which make navigating all the projects really simple. Each page has a different project or activity, but it also explains the history behind it. For example: Page 42, a continuation of the "Gold Rush" section, explains how different minerals settle in a stream and how that process makes it possible to pan for gold. It then gives you directions (and a picture) for building a "Stream in a bottle" so the class can test this new information.
Whether you want to learn to square dance, try dowsing for water, or make a trapper's journal this book has not just the projects but the short and sweet lessons to go with them. It even has recipes for foods like sourdough and mock oysters!
Try it out, you'll find a lot you can use