Little House on the Prairie: Week Seven

We’re on the home run now, and whilst we have still been productive, I can feel the pace slowing down for all of us.  Hours and hours are now being spent in the little house playing the make believe games that childhood is made of.  It is the culmination of all our hard work over the past seven weeks and it is a joy to see.

Here is the house that very first week:

All hands were on deck for the clearing out

And here it is just 8 weeks later:

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The inside at the beginning:

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and after seven weeks:

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This week has been all about the dressing up:

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Mr Ingalls:

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Mrs Ingalls:

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Mary:

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I wrote yesterday about how I put together these costumes, so if you’d like some more info pop over and read that post.  Basically, although nothing was made from scratch, I altered dresses to make skirts, curtains to make aprons and waist aprons to make an overall apron for B2.  I bought in the hats at £2.39 a piece and spent less than £10 in total for all four costumes.  We were all very pleased with how they all turned out!

Of course once they had their dress up, we absolutely had to throw a tea party.  L10 helped A4 make fresh lemonade:

She juiced five lemons, added sugar and water to taste and left it to cool in the fridge
She juiced five lemons, added sugar and water to taste and left it to cool in the fridge

Whilst C10 and B2 made biscuits to serve at the tea party:

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And much fun was had, as they set out their great Granny’s china:

The younger girls and L10 sat downstairs
The younger girls and L10 sat downstairs
T11 sat on the stairs
T11 sat on the stairs
C10 happy had her lemonade and biscuits upstairs
C10 happily had her lemonade and biscuits upstairs
 We had a couple of extra visitors.  The first was Raggy....
We had a couple of extra visitors. The first was Raggy….
...and the second was Georgie, our moggy!
…and the second was Georgie, our moggy!

In addition to the dress up, we had kept ourselves fairly busy with some small projects.  C10 made an extra dish cloth and two tea towels to go with our sink unit:

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L10 and I made some curtains or the downstairs:

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Whilst we were busy with our needle and thread, T11 was busy making a butter press out of an enamel oil holder, a wooden disc and stick:

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Together with Daddy he made a great, yet very simple sink unit for the little house.  Sometimes things turn out just as you’ve imagined them and this was one of those things.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am with it:

So blessed to have a Daddy to help
So blessed to have a Daddy to help
This is basically a wooden box turned on its side.  The boys fixed a shelf using cot bars and the hand hole was used to drape C10's tea towel through.  T11 also popped a screw on the side to hang her dish cloth from.
The sink unit is basically a wooden box turned on its side. The boys fixed a shelf using cot bars and the hand hole was used to drape C10’s tea towel through. T11 also popped a screw on the side to hang her dish cloth from.

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We were able to pick some of A4’s radishes from her kitchen garden:

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And finally we made some cod balls using a recipe from The Little House Cookbook.  These were a huge hit, and I will definitely be making them again:

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We have only three weeks left, and as I already have the last week planned, we actually only have two weeks of activities left to do.  Next week will be all about the laundry and finishing up all the activities we have started but not completed (ahem – yes, I do realise that there are quite a few!).

For all other posts: http://angelicscalliwags.wordpress.com/the-little-house-on-the-prairie/

I’m linking up to some of these great parties.

26 comments

  1. Your children is getting so many life skills that will last them a lifetime. I love how your son is doing work projects with his daddy.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. What a fantastic summer project it’s been! It’s so lovely that the kids are enjoying their make believe time and learning all these great skills along the way.

  3. My wish has come true…lovely pictures of your family dressed up and in the little house. I love them. The tea party is wonderful. And look at all the new things…the butter churn, the sink, the tea towel. Top it all off with a radish harvest and some cod cakes. Wow. What a wonderful week.

  4. I love the yarn detail on the towel, I’m sure I’ve seen similar sold in stores for way too much money :). Great job girls with the towels.
    I love the sink too, when I saw it I did not at first see the box on its side, I just thought, great shelf.

  5. I love every detail! We did the Prairie Primer last year, and if I had a little house, I would have done the same! I am glad the whole family can enjoy! Great memories! Thanks for sharing! Holly

  6. It all look so amazing! Such fun! And I agree with a previous comment that having that Daddy around to help with projects is invaluable. We are SO looking forward to having our little family together again as well! Well done all of you!

  7. I LOVE the detail in their house! What an amazing history unit – you really made it come ALIVE!

    Thanks for linking up at TGIF! Hope to see you linked up again later today =)
    Beth

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