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
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