We have been traveling on the Oregon Trail (in our minds) for almost three months. We are tired, our feet are sore, and we need some entertainment. What better way to entertain ourselves than playing with pioneer toys?
First up, we played with marbles. This game would have worked alot better if we had a good cleared dirt area. It was too grassy and bumpy here.
In the center of a cleared area, dig a small hole into the ground. Measure back 6 feet and place a stick in the ground. This is the shooting place. Each member shoots their marble once. The object of the game is to place your marble in the hole. If you marble does not make it into the hole, leave it where it lands. The person who gets their marbles in the hole or closest to it, wins. These were my daughter’s marbles, so I wouldn’t let anyone keep them. 😀
We also had some fine music with a Harmonica. Can my daughter play the Harmonica? No.
The toy we liked the best was the Bullroarer. My husband made these using left over flooring material. He cut both ends to a point. One end has a hole and notch for the string.
The string I was to use was a nylon type twisted string; however, I left it behind. We used plain acrylic yarn. Don’t use yarn, ok. It breaks very easily. I had all the kids try this out and made sure no one was any where near them. Yes, one went flying.
Here is my oldest daughter showing how it is done. You can also swing it above your head. We could hear the noise very well, but you can’t hear it on YouTube. bummer
And here is the class with their very own Bullroarer.
Now that we have had some fun, I think we can make it, at least, to the halfway point on the Oregon Trail.