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!