How to Make Colonial Crafts for Kids

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Teach children about Colonial America through crafts.
Teach children about Colonial America through crafts. (Image: colonial kitchen image by george mai from Fotolia.com)

Step back into American history with colonial crafts. These engaging activities will help children to visualize the actual day-to-day life in Colonial America, as well as help to make the information more memorable. Recreate the candle-making process for Americans of the era or make homemade butter to keep children engaged and informed about the labor-intensive lifestyle of the time period.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Cooking pot
  • Small coffee can
  • 1/2 lb. beeswax
  • 14-inch wick
  • Pencil or long stick
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Baby food jar with lid

Colonial Candles

Pour 2 cups of water into a cooking pot and place it on your stove over medium heat.

Fill a small coffee can with a 1/2 lb. of beeswax and place the can into the pot of water. Allow the wax to melt in the can.

Drape a 14-inch wick over a pencil or long stick and dip the wick into the melted wax.

Remove the wick, allow the wax on it to dry and cool for a few minutes, then dip it again. Continue the process, letting the wax cool between dips. This creates two candles at once, which you can keep dipping until they are as thick as you want them to be.

Snip the section of wick between the candles before burning them or leave them connected to hang on a hook as a decoration.

Homemade Butter

Pour a 1/4 cup of heavy cream into a clean and dry baby food jar and screw the lid on tightly.

Shake the jar as hard and fast as you can to churn the cream into butter. Stop shaking it once the butter is thick like paste.

Place the jar in the refrigerator to cool and thicken the butter even more. Spread it over crackers for an authentic colonial treat.

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