Log Cabin Craft for the My First Little House Books

50 bloggers have teamed up for the for the Booking Across the USA project to bring you a picture book about each state. Here's my contribution for Wisconsin...

Although Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived many places, she was born in Wisconsin and lived there during her earliest years. Little House in the Big Woods, the beginning of the Little House series, is set there.  I loved the series when I was young, so when I got the opportunity to represent Wisconsin, I knew it was time to introduce my son and daughter to Laura.

We read several of the My First Little House books. I'm normally not a fan of abridged versions, but my kids and I really enjoyed these stories. They're a manageable length for preschoolers but still contain all the charm of the novels. The illustrations are even done in the same style as the original books.

Each book we read began, "Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin in a little house made of logs."  We made our own log cabins from paper and drinking straws. I cut a house shape with an open door, glued it to another piece of paper, and the kids used straws to represent the logs.

Next we chose our favorite character or scene from one of the books to place inside the log house. They were not interested in drawing, so they each chose an illustration and we made a color copy of it. They cut out their picture and glued it inside the door.
Lainey chose Baby Carrie from Going to Town
Drew chose the deer from The Deer in the Wood
(Considering he's only four, I'm so impressed with his ability to use a scissors talk his dad into cutting stuff out for him.)
Wisconsin has other literary claims to fame. Kevin Henkes is a native of Wisconsin and has written some of our favorite books. (Find 50+ ideas for Kevin Henkes book activities in this post.)  Lois Ehlert was also born and raised in Wisconsin, and lives there still. (There's over 100 Lois Ehlert book activity ideas here.)

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  1. Such a fun activity! I always loved the Little House on the Prairie books growing up but these are perfect for the little ones.

  2. YaY - I'm from WI and enjoyed your post a lot! Tomorrow is Laura Ingalls Wilder day for our third graders and they'll all be dressed as children in her time to bring the book alive ... and all of their teachers have worked to weave in activities from that period of time, too. Your log cabin craft is adorable!

  3. Love the idea of straws for constructing the log cabin.

  4. I love your straw cabins! I love her books too and I've even been impressed with the My First Little House books too. Wilder has a connection to Missouri too as she retired here and wrote her books while living here so we try to claim her too! ;)

  5. I loved Little House on the Prairie books as a kid. I actually still have the books. We'll have to check out this series!

  6. It's been soooooo long since I read a Little House book. I always remember the scene where Laura wants to eat a bear drumstick. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

  7. So cool! I didn't realize there were shorter versions for young kids! I can't wait to check them out. -PlayDrMom

  8. So cool! I didn't realize there were shorter versions for young kids! I can't wait to check them out. -PlayDrMom

  9. Wow, Wisconsin sure has some great authors- Henkes and Ehlert! Little House is an all time favorite of mine. I love the shorten versions for younger children. My 2 year-old son enjoys them. Thanks for participating in the Booking Across the USA project!

  10. Straws made wonderful logs for this project! I am sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  11. I like this blog, reading your post and learning about this cabin.garden cabins


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