Thursday, November 17, 2011
stone soup and pilgrims
Have you heard the story of the stone soup at the first thanksgiving? It's about the Native Americans and Pilgrims sharing ingredients with each other so that they don't have to flavor their soup with just stones. Well this is a little play set that we made to go along with that story. The idea came from the last issue of Rhythm of the Home. The kids have a ton of fun playing with it and acting out that first Thanksgiving. These little peg dolls might not be historically accurate but that's okay. It's always nice when the kids love the toys we make together, especially ones that are so cheap to make. Next is actually making stone soup to eat.
Another Thanksgiving activity we ventured on was making corn husk dolls. Not just any corn husk dolls, but fancy ones. We wanted to make pilgrims for the holiday to decorate with. It's nearly impossible to find instructions on how to make these. You can find tons of instructions on the very primitive corn husk dolls, but that's not what we were looking for. Finally I found a YouTube video of a lady that filmed some ladies in Mexico that make them. So, we just adapted the Mexican version to a pilgrim version.
I think it would be fun to make a tradition of making this every year to give out to neighbors along with a basket of pumpkin butter and scones, or a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.