A couple of weeks ago, we finished our Native American unit by having a Native American night. I found this book on our trip to the Cliff Dwellings. It had some great ideas!
We invited Neighbor Girl to enjoy the fun. The girls made shawls and headbands. I cut the shawls a little large (oops!), but they had fun decorating them.
Our tepee is made from some extra "tubes" that are part of plastic shelves. I'm not sure why we have a box of them in the basement, but they came in handy. :) We made a long "poles" out of them and then wrapped a sheet around them. Punkin was very concerned that we have a hole in the top for the smoke to go out.
We had a meal. (WeaverDad and I cheated and had Italian.) But the kids had beef jerky, boiled eggs and a "yummy" main dish of hotdogs (instead of buffalo meat), hominy and kidney beans. We did not use traditional Indian methods of gathering or cooking, but it was interesting to see Punkin start to think about how people might have eaten before there were refrigerators and grocery stores.
We played some games that were explained in the book. The kids had fun with those, and mine still ask to play one of them.
Then, they curled up in the tepee and watched Pocahontas.
It was a fun night!