Monday, September 30, 2013

Prairie Primer: Week Four: Gold Rush Party

Last week we finished Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - the happy, sweet first book in the Little House series.  Since Pa played "Oh! Susanna" on his fiddle, we learned about some of the adaptations of the folk song, including the one for the California Gold Rush; we also read some books about it, and at the end of the week we had a Gold Rush party with our friends.  

Old Dry Diggings was our camp.

The miners scooped up some play sand mixed with gold aquarium rocks into their pan and then used the water in the kiddie pool to swirl in their pan until they were able to see the golden nuggets. 

Then they picked it out and put it into their little bags.

Git Up and Git was where the miners made their lanterns.

To make the lanterns, they marked out a design in marker on tin cans, and then my seventeen-year old drilled holes where the dots were. 


Next, add a tea light and you have an instant lantern.


Meet the Sourdoughs - another name for a miner:

Miners ate at Hangtown: corn muffins, pineapple, lemon Jello, pork-n-beans, lemonade, Gold Rush bars, and gold nugget cake pops.  

Later, miners played a Gold Rush trivia game and then traded their gold nuggets for goods to take home. 

Finally, it was time to head home overland in the covered wagon. 


Jeanne said...

Wild West fun! I liked your sepia pics. They enhanced the old-time feel. It was fun to see other families are in your school group this year. Are they in the group or just visiting?

Ruth said...

Hi, Jeanne. Thanks! We are all working through The Prairie Primer together.

Amanda said...

I love those pictures! The Mormon Battalion in Old Town San Diego has free panning for gold. There is also a blacksmith shop and other fun period shops in Old Town. Here's the link You may have already been there but it's a fun place to revisit and have some Mexican food.

Ruth said...

Hi, Amanda! Yes, I think Jeanne told me about that place. I will look into it. Thanks for the link.