She had been helping me plan it, including the fort tour we went on, and she found out that we could borrow a table top loom from the Seattle Weaving Guild. The kids really enjoyed trying out this skill, I think everyone took at least one turn.
I brought a drop spindle and some roving, and the kids tried making their own yarn. A couple of them actually got pretty good at it, and we ended up using the whole piece. Moira has been begging to do this some more, but I need to research how to prepare the roving better first because this batch was hard to work with. We also brought along our little knitting doll and a crochet hook and I showed everyone how those are used, but that was less popular then the main attraction.
There was a selection of games, similar to the ones we saw at the Fort, along with tops and a ring toss. For our potluck we had popcorn, apple cider, raspberries, baked beans, apple pie, and a couple of other things I forget. Mostly the kids had fun playing with all the things and didn't want to sit still for food until it was time to go.
When we got home, I pulled out my old potholder loom and Moira spent the afternoon working on that. She loves it, but isn't willing to try taking them off herself.
I should mention that she really wanted me to make her an outfit for this one, and I had the fabric picked out, but there wasn't enough time. So she came up with something from her outfit and wore it to both this party and the Fort. I thought it was a pretty good choice given what she had to work with.
This was my 6 year old's favorite of the books we read about Colonial America. I love how it showed how much work goes into creating a new dress.
I did a lot of searching to make sure that we were representing the stories of more then just the white Colonial view. This book was lovely, and it talks a little about slavery but not the more terrifying aspects of it. I especially like...
This was a lot longer and went into more detail then I expected, but it also held my 6 year olds attention completely. I like that it talks about the bad reasons the American Colonists had for separating along with the good, and the good...
Our trip to Fort Nisqually