Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Make a Native American Travois

I know I have been posting less and less frequently, but only because we are having so much fun with Kindergarten and learning about lots of new stuff!

I am part of a small co-op and we are using the Konos curriculum to do unit studies.  The first one we have been doing is Native Americans.  We have done a lot of things so far, but we are currently on the Plains indians.

We were reading through some things before our co-op meeting and Z got completely interested in the Travois.  It was used to transport things by being either carried on a person's back, or later by dog or horse.  I saw the picture and decided I could definitely make it!

All we needed was:

A hot glue gun
Popsicle sticks
2 longer sticks- I used 2 dowels I happened to have

First I glued my dowels together a few inches from one end to make an X.

Then I made the platform to carry their belongings on out of popsicle sticks.  I used 1 for the top and 1 for the bottom, and cut a few in half and used those to connect the top to the bottom with hot glue.

Once I had those made I used my lion (I didn't have a horse or a dog!) to gauge where to attach the platform so that it fit right.  Once I had the right spot I hot glued it to the dowels.

Then I used my twine to make it look like it was held together with it and ta-da, we are now proud owners of a Native American travois!

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