The 5th graders in Iowa City do a Western Frontier project. My younger two enjoy crafting more then my older two did, so I had a lot of fun with Ethan. Click here to see his final project. He could not make up his mind between a log cabin or a covered wagon, so we did both. Noah wanted to make a tee pee model of course I my creative mind would not just stop with the idea of a stand alone tee pee. I gave Noah my suggestions and he loved it. This would be a fun I'm bored Mom project for children as well.
Cardboard box lid (or any type of thick cardboard) ~ I used a paper box from work.
Green felt squares ~ I used 2 -- $0.20 each at Wal-Mart
5 wooden stirrers from work (you can use small dowels- Wal-Mart had 15 for $2.89)
1 bottle of blue glitter glue ~ $1.89 at Wal-Mart
1 bottle of Aileen's ~ $2.49 at Wal-Mart
Hot glue gun ~ previously have
Small decorative pebbles (you could use sand as well) ~ I had a big bag that I bought to place around my decorative candles, I used the left over.
1 package of 20 colors soft modeling clay ~ $1.89 at Wal-Mart
1 small piece of fabric that will be your tee pee. You can also use brown paper bag.
I started off with telling Noah to place a layer of tacky glue covering the top of the lid. He then placed the green felt squares. He then pointed out where he wanted to have his river run. The tacky glue was kind of hard to squeeze, so I put the glue where he wanted it and then he placed the small decorative pebbles down. We then let that sit for awhile and started to make the Indians. I made one and he watched. He then made 4 others minus the hair, he was not quite sure on how to make it, so I made the hair and the facial expressions.