Not Just for Kids

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Turkey Time is right around the corner. But how much do you really know about Thanksgiving? Or the Pilgrims who gave us this wonderful holiday? You may be surprised.

Doesn't this sound backwards?

Take a look at Pilgrim children's chores: cooking, cleaning, planting and harvesting crops, gathering berries, herding animals, fetching water from streams, gathering firewood and even caring for younger kids. I bet you don't complain again for a long, long time.

kids' kitchen

Better Butter Ingredients:


Sit the cream in a warm place to reach room temperature. Then, pour the cream into the jar. Add marbles and tighten the lid. Shake the jar from side to side and up and down. Butter globs will start to form in 5 minutes.

When they stop forming, remore lid and pour off the liquid. This liquid is called buttermilk. Take out the marbles and rinse the butter in cool, running water. Add a pinch of salt and stir well. Scrape butter into a small dish. Use the spatula to form a square. Put in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before serving. And Voila! better butter!

Pilgrim Joke: What is it that is full all day and empty at night?

Pilgrim Playtime

After finishing chores, Colonial children enjoyed playing games. One of their favorites was quoits. Children would toss a rope or metal ring onto a stake called a hob. Does that sound familiar? It should. It's just like our game of horseshoes.

Children also flew kites, played with marbles, walked on stilts and blew bubbles. Now, you can make your own bubble fun.

You need:


Bend one end of the wire into a circle. Twist the other end to make a handle. Pour the water in the small bowl. Add the liquid detergent and stir gently. Dip the wire circle into the soap solution. Hold the wire by the handle and blow or wave it in the air to make bubbles.


Kids' Calendar

A Living Nutcracker Thurs. Nov. 18 (7pm) - Watch The Nutcracker come to life before your eyes. Dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis read the story and talk with you. A book fair from 6-8pm benefits the Ballet Theatre. Barnes & Noble, Harbour Center: 410/263-8289.

Create a Wreath Sat. Nov. 20 (10am) - The holidays are around the corner. Get into the spirit and create a natural wreath with Ranger Bob. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. Ages 8-14. $5; rsvp: 410/222-6115.

Historical Holiday Sat. Nov. 20 (10am-2pm) - Step back into the 18th century for a holiday celebration. Prepare gingerbread cookies, join in colonial games and make an 18th century rag doll. Polly Carroll, the oldest daughter of Charles Carroll, leads you on a living history tour every hour. Cider and refreshments. Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. $8; rsvp: 410/269-1737.

A-Maze-ing Fun Nov. 20&21 - Are you up for a challenge? Find your way thru the games of Snafu and Labyrinth. Then try your hand at the air-controlled Air Maze. Zany Brainy, Harbour Center. Ages 8+: 410/266-1447.

Be in Brain Storm Thru Nov. 22 - If you are in K--6th grade, you could have your poem or story published in Brain Storm, a magazine for young writers. The issue is centered on family, but you may write on any topic. Local actors will read the entries at the Brain Storm Jamboree, an awards ceremony, on Sat. Jan. 15. Send your typed entry w/name, address, phone number and age to MWA, PO Box 129, Arnold, 21012.

Get Natural Tues. Nov. 23 (10:30am & 1pm) - Get close to Mother Nature. Walk thru the Tawes Garden, listen to a nature story and make a seasonal craft. Lobby Conference Room, Tawes Building, Annapolis. Ages 3-5; rsvp: 410/260-8189.

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Volume VII Number 46
November 18-24, 1999
New Bay Times

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