I invite you to bring a craft to work on, or just enjoy the cool breezes that float through the tall trees of our park. There is no specific learning on the agenda. Kids playing and snacking and parents chatting and relaxing.
June 27 & June 4: Mudpies & Butterflies is going on holiday for two weeks. There is no parkday on June 27 or the Fourth of July. But we will fill up the rest of July with fun.
July 11: When we return we will host another one of our Famous HISTORY days – July 11th. Help your kids pick a person in history that intrigues them and come prepared to present that person, maybe even let us guess who it is. I will bring my giant timeline and kids can put a clothespin on the appropriate decade or century for their person of history.
A few weeks back I took my girls to visit the place where the Goldrush started – Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. It is now called the James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, named after the employee of John Sutter, who found the first nugget on the American River. My girls and I are excited to share our experiences in M&B-style – with lots of hands-on fun!
- Kids will pan for gold (and take home whatever they pan that is gold colored).
- Kids will shop for important items with their gold or paper money they traded with gold
- Kids will learn who became the richest. (*HInt: It wasn’t the Goldminers)
- Kids will travel from Europe, China, and New England in boat, train and wagon train to California in search of gold.
- Kids will create and color their own boomtown and name it whatever they like.
- Kids will get deputized to attempt to keep law and order in their Boomtowns
Parents, help stock our pretend General store by bringing shovels, pick axes, wide brimmed hats, canned goods, lanterns, bags of rice or beans, flour, boots, and whatever else you think a goldminer might buy from the general store!) All items will be returned unused. We have three or four goldmining pans the kids can take turns.
And if you miss this parkday, you can experience panning for gold and other great lessons at our very own Autry Museum of the West and Native Americans at Griffith Park. Unless you schedule a fieldtrip, you can only pan on Saturdays and Sundays.
Kiddo Entrepreneurs Unite !
Everyone is nostalgic for lemonade stands. These photos are from last year’s fruitful endeavors.
And we have a number of enterprising children at our parkday.
Stir this up with a bit of Construction and Voila – a FUN PARKDAY.
Anyone can share in the fun stations: 1) lemonade stand construction; 2) stand decoration; 3) prepping & squeezing lemons; 4) making lemonade; 5) selling lemonade & 6) washing & running cups. And we will need some SUPPLIES. A few cardboard boxes to make a stand or two (I can bring a box & boxcutter). Some poster-board and markers to decorate and announce the stand. We caught some cars, joggers and dog-walkers under the shade of trees by park entrance.
The ingredients haven’t changed- Lemons (anyone have a tree?), sugar, water & Ice. (I will bring a few knives and cutting boards and a few squeezers); Squeezers are fun, but kids can easily squeeze lemons by hand or at least roll them. Pitchers (washed out juice bottles) & cups as well as a few containers for the kids to pour their lemon juice into before it gets added. We can even set up a washing station to reuse cups.
…………..If anyone’s child wants to sell or accept donations for other items like flowers, fruit, baked goods or who knows what – well that is up to your family, but perfectly fine with me.
…………….And parents – be prepared for the mess and accidents. How mistakes are handled at this age affects AMBITION and SELF-ESTEEM.