Our Family Motto

We, the Peterson Family:

Promise to be honest in all we do and say,

Stand tall and righteous throughout each day.

Serve around the world and in our home,

Give thanks for blessings we’ve been shown.

We’ll work as a team with joy and love,

And honor our Heavenly Father above.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 9

Week9: Dr. Seuss

*Suggested Reading*

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Items needed this week:


*Green dye


Snack Suggestion: Cat in The Hat Snack
Make the Cat’s Hat for a fun snack. All you need is a few Ritz crackers, gummy lifesavers (preferably in white/clear and red) and a little vanilla frosting. Put the Ritz cracker on a plate. Use a little bit of vanilla frosting to glue the first lifesaver on the cracker. “Glue” more lifesavers on top of the first one alternating between red and white. These snacks are so cute; you may want to take a picture of your child’s creation before it is devoured.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Photo Albums

Bust out those good old family photos and spend the afternoon pouring over them! Get to know extended family and see if there are any traits (physical or not) that you have in common with any of them. I have about 30 photo albums that I love to look at and whenever I'm home one of my favorite things to do is check out my Mom's albums. Family history is important. Where and who we came from is a big part of where and who we are.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Take Hike

Go with your children on a "walk across the plains". Teach them about the ways pioneers traveled and express to them how much the children had to walk. Try to walk somewhere away from the city streets such as a state park or up in the mountains. You can easily find trails close to your home online. Pack a pioneer picnic with snacks your great great grandparents might have such as apples, jerky, bread, cheese, etc...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Covered Wagon


  • rectangular box (tissue paper or shoe box) -- we used a tissue box
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape or glue


  • Wrap the box completely with construction paper (we used brown).
  • Trace a small circle (we used a vitamin bottle) four times on black construction paper.
  • Glue the circles onto the box as wheels.
  • Optional: Use markers to draw a Western type picture on another piece of construction paper (or use stickers or sparkles).
Tape the decorated construction paper in an arch over the shoe box

Monday, February 22, 2010

Home Made Butter

Whipping Cream
Baby Food Jar

Pour about 1 tablespoon of whipping cream into the baby food jar and add a dash of salt. Shake for 15-20 minutes. BUTTER!

Many years ago this is how we made butter for our bread! Now you can enjoy some of your own home made butter on your bread, just like they did!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Family History

Week 8: Family History

*Suggested Reading*

The Kids' Family Tree Book by Caroline Leavitt

Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman

Cassie's Journey: Going West in the 1860's by Brett Harvey

I Walked to Zion: True Stories of Young Pioneers on the Mormon Trail

Dandelions, written by Eve Bunting

Items needed this week:

  • Baby food
  • whipped cream
  • rectangular box (tissue paper or shoe box) -- we used a tissue box
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape or glue

Preparations to be made: Research trails around your home. Make sure you know where all of your old photo albums are!

Friday, February 19, 2010

All About the Flag!

1. Shapes > Identify that the flag is a rectangle- Two long sides and two short sides. Have children trace with their finger the long sides and short sides in the template.

2. Colors and counting > Discuss that red, white and blue are the national colors. Have children count the thirteen stripes. Identify that seven are red and six are white.

3. The blue rectangle houses 50 white stars for each state. Show a map with the states, locate the state where you live.

4. Tell the children they will decorate and add the stars > choose painted fingerprints or star stickers (silver stars are easy to locate). Add only 13 fingerprints for the first colonies or add up to 20 to fill up the blue space.

Pretzel Log Cabin


  • Small empty milk carton
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate frosting or peanut butter
  • 1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy
  • 1 square cracker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or tape


  1. Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof.
  2. Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete. You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides.
  3. Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half. Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door. Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window.
Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of Rolo and stick to the roof.