Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Read Along: Week One - Little House in the Big Woods

For any non "Ravelers" who want to join in on the reading fun, I am slowly going to upload our activities as posted by various moderators.  I will sign them with their Rav names and if you are able to click their names, it will take them to their own personal blogs. Pictures that accompany will be mine or used with permission from other group members.  If you wish to submit your own pictures, we would be happy to ad them in!

If you can't find a paper back copy of the book, I have found a PDF download link for it (but be pre warned, sometimes the side bar adds on the download site are a little racey)

For week One we will be reading Chapter One of Little House in the Big Woods.
Feel free to do all of the activities if you would like to, but don’t feel OBLIGATED to. Do the ones you can!
Here are our activities!

  • Go on a nature walk and collect sticks and other natural items (you will want a lot of sticks as they will go with another activity this week!)
  • Use your sticks and natural items that you gathered on your walk (or rolled up brown paper) to create a miniature “Little House” using these instructions Check out this miniture cabin for inspiration We will add to this throughout the challenge, so have fun with it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but can be as detailed or as simple as you like. 
  • Make Beef Jerky  (We found a lot of vegetarians a part of our group and so we also suggested making dried fruit or fruit leather: You can make dried apple slices (cut 1/2 inch thick and soak lightly in lemon juice) then dry with the jerky oven method recipe. Or blend a combination of fruits/berries up in your blender and pour onto a cookie sheet to make fruit leather in your oven.  Here's an example)
  • Make Johnnycakes using this recipe: 1cup of cornmeal,1 teaspoon each sugar and salt. Add 1 1/4  cups water, creating a thick batter. If you want your johnny cake thinner, add one half cup water or milk for a more rich flavor. Drop the batter onto a buttered or greased griddle, fry until pale brown, and flip to cook the other side. Serve the johnny cake  warm with toppings of choice; butter and maple syrup are common, although jam and savory spreads can be used as well.
  • Make a rag-doll with a free pattern We will be making more things for our dolls (both male and female depending on which doll you want to have), so please make this if you can! Don’t forget to hand-sew and use recycled fabrics if possible. I used an old white sheet that I had for the doll base!
by homegrownrose

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