Chicago and its suburbs offer hands-on opportunities to learn
about the history of those who settled the land. Step back into
life on a farm in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.
One of the kid favorites (this will surprise most moms and dads) is
the farm chores programs, says Keith McClow, education site manager
for Kline Creek.
"One of our biggest ones is the laundry process. They want to do
it again and again with the scrub board and the soap," McClow says.
Mom's farm chores are highlighted on Mondays; dad's are featured on
Thursdays. During dad's farm chores programs, kids erect a
scaled-down version of a timber-framed farmhouse.
"It's small enough for kids to lift the pieces and
assemble, and then they can climb up on it and see how sturdy it
is," McClow says. Kids also like collecting the eggs from the
chicken coop or listening to stories from that time
To supplement the learning, visit your library for books
by Laura Ingalls Wilder or Elsie Dinsmore, two young girls who
wrote about life in pioneer times, McClow says.