Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pioneer Day Activity

* Pioneer Day Activity *

This is a fun activity idea for just a few friends and neighbors or for a primary/ward activity.
Send out cute invitations and you are gonna have a blast!

* Have kids bring their bikes, wagons, scooters, etc

* They will be decorating them with red, white, and blue streamers, etc ( walmart has streamers etc for 54 cents! Dollar stores also have fun decorations too!)

* Flags, etc ,and the kids can cut stars etc out from construction paper. This will be for the patriotic parade at the end of the activity. :)

* Make pies- each kid will have a little aluminum foil pan ( they have these at walmart etc in shapes like stars, etc or just circles)

- have dough made up already , here's an easy RECIPE  from Iheartnaptime, scoop dough into pie pan, then have child choose their choice of filling - cherry, apple, blueberry etc , you can buy the big cans of pie filling at the store quite cheaply.

* you can top with more dough then have them sprinkle some sugar on top, these can bake while they do the other activities.

* Do a small presentation on the pioneers... you can use the FHE that is at the bottom of this post if you'd like... here's a LINK

* Pioneer sing-along : have kids gather around and make instruments out of cardboard shoe boxes and rubber bands, maracas from cans and beans ( water bottles work well for this too) and then put on the primary cd's to the pioneer songs and sing along and play their instruments while gathered outside in a circle the way the pioneers did at nighttime.

* Play pioneer games : duck duck goose, button button whose got the button, hoop and stick ( hula hoop with stick from paint store, the ones you stir the paint with)

* Old time photo shoot : Have various pioneer attire, bonnets, straw hats etc then have a "set" an old wooden box etc, and have the families pose one family at a time, then take their picture with a digital camera set in the sepia tone.... makes it look antique.

* Have kiddos eat their pies ( you can also serve other refreshments too of course, look up pioneer recipes etc. )

* Ending event!! The Patriotic Parade!! Have kids ride their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, etc and have the kids hold their little flags if they don't want to ride and have a parade!!!!

Closing prayer and then your done! It's alot of fun! :) It's such a blessing to us to have this legacy of the pioneers and their courage, faithfulness, and examples.

                                                                       image from pinterest

Pioneer Day FHE :

LIVING SCRIPTURES has made this easy on us ~ they have hundreds of fun FHE's for the whole family and the one for Pioneer Day is all about the Handcart Pioneers. What an incredible legacy those pioneers gave us. I always tell my kids when we complain about something.... think of the pioneers !! ;) You can check out the FHE for Pioneer Day from Living Scriptures HERE ! ENJOY!!!! You can also watch the entire Docudrama of the Restoration when you get the Living Scriptures STREAMING LIBRARY  - enjoy 50% off your first month on me ;) It's under ten bucks a month after that ! ;)

Just a quick closing note ~ I hope this is helpful and that everyone has a fantastic Pioneer Day ! Our family enjoys it... our daughter Marlee was born on July 24th :) Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~


Sarah said...

Hi, I love the picture you have in this post. Can you please tell me where it is from? Thanks so much.

Jaelle said...

Sarah- Isn't it breathtaking? I found it on flickr... if you bing or google "exodus pioneers" then hit images, you should be able to find it pretty easily. I live an hour from nauvoo... it is absolutely one of my favorite places in the world and the pioneers story is so important to me! Thanks for commenting! Happy Parenting! Love, JL~

Sarah said...

I just realized you commented back. It is breathtaking. We just moved to Iowa a couple of months ago so, I'm a little over 2 hours away from Nauvoo. I was just there on Saturday. My family traveled through there about 7 years ago on our way to Arizona and there was a painting in one of the stores of covered wagons that I fell in love with. I wish we had bought it then but we didn't and your photo is the closest thing I've seen to it. I stopped in a couple of stores Saturday but couldn't find anything close so I decided to google covered wagon images and found your blog. Thanks for the info! Happy parenting to you too!