As a kid I didn’t read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Sacrilege I know. I had a few friends who read it and loved it, but I didn’t. I loved the Caddie Woodlawn books and Lois Lenski. Then in college there was an amazing book club through Scholastic where I got the Little House picture books and a cool craft for each book. With plans to be a teacher I very carefully signed up to get those once a month and happily worked through each book and craft and stowed it away for the future. The future came when we studied Wisconsin, and some of the Little House books take place there. They became the inspiration for my log cabin craft.
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Oh no! My log cabin craft might be sidelined…
All the boxes I’d been saving for crafts I had recently thrown away. I was going to solve this by going by our local recycling center, but I was put off by their website making it sound a lot more official than it probably is, but still……..
So, I rummaged all through my house and finally found 3 shoe boxes. BINGO! Problem solved.
Supplies for our log cabin crafts
shoe boxes or small box, popsicle sticks, glue, markers, scissors
How to put together your log cabin craft
This is actually pretty easy to do, and aside from a bit of cutting, my kids completed the craft all on their own (I’m including my original comments under these instructions)
- As the parent cut out any doors or windows your kids want. I like to do this on the lid so you can open it off of them like a traditional dollhouse.
- Let the kids have at it with glue and craft sticks (which I still call popsicle sticks because habit).
- When the glue is dry, let the kids color your project. If you let them do this step while it is still wet, you will either have the glue cause the coloring to run or knock off the sticks and thus crying…
I set them off with shoe boxes, glue, and popsicle sticks of various sizes. They happily sat there and glued sticks on and requested doors and windows cut into them. All in all, it was a happy time for them while I went through the drudgery of cleaning.
Yes, I did not have as much fun as them.
You’ll have to wait to see the finished products because I’m using pictures of them for our Wisconsin lapbook. I’m going to make it into a card and have them tell me as much as they can remember about the girls who lived in the woods. Which, I’m guessing will be mainly about their Dad who went hunting.
I leave you hanging on what the final products looked like. Partially I’m leaving you hanging because I want them do more with it. So far the boys have glued a few popsicle sticks on, and then left it that way. I want them to paint it or color it more, but Superman’s banned from anything related to coloring until Monday (he wrote his name on the door in marker, then he tried to lie about it, ummm…… that’s your name and your handwriting, I don’t think you can get away with saying it’s not yours).