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
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!