Climb a Cloud
On the prairie, the wind is almost a constant characteristic of life. It is everywhere. Here are some ways to explore it with your family.
Make a kite together and then on a windy day, fly it.
The book, Kites on the Wind: Easy to Make Kites That Fly without Sticks, by Emery Kelly can provide patterns and get you going.
Find a comfy spot to watch clouds go by.
As the wind changes their shapes, talk with your child about what objects, animals, or favorite toys you see.
Climb the clouds.
On our museum prairie, you can explore the clouds on our two-story Cloud Climber.
Whether your family’s roots grow deep into prairie soil or your roots have been recently transplanted from another location, sharing your family’s heritage and past with your child can be enriching for them. Here are some activities to get you started.
Share your family memories with your child.
Get together with older family members and think about stories that you know from your childhood or from your parents’ childhood.
Trace your family tree together.
Begin with your child and work back through your relatives. Ask other family members to help in the process. A great deal can be learned when talking together.
Talk to your child about your family’s heritage.
Discuss how you came to live in the place you live. If you have stories from past generations, share these too.
Share family traditions with your child.
Perhaps make a special recipe together and talk about who made this and what time of year it was typically made.
Spend an afternoon doing “Chores”
Visit the Children’s Museum of South Dakota Sod House to view photos of past people on the prairie and how they went about their daily chores.
Examine the energy that we use daily.
Make a one-day energy diary recording when you use different forms of energy.
Talk about water conservation.
Discover how and where your family gets their water.