Do you like to play school? Come and see what school was like in a one-room classroom. You’ll find chalk tablets to write on, old desks to sit at, and a school teacher who will answer all of your questions about the games children use to play and how they got to school each day.
Visit other one-room schoolhouses in the area:
Visit the Nation’s only World War I Museum! Interactive exhibits, like light tables, allow you to set the flight pattern of WWI planes, create your own sculpture and see how camoflauge is used. Kids enjoy some of the unique viewing opportunities like periscopes and peek-holes that allow you to see into a trench.
There aren't many kids books that discuss World War I, but here are a few you might read with your kids:
"Cher Ami" is the story of a carrier pigeon who saves many lives during the war. "The Donkey of Gallpoli" is also a wonderful read about a donkey who helps soldiers.
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The National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame is a great place for kids to learn about food and how it's grown. The Ag will tell you "If you eat than you're involved in agriculture". Kids can learn about how eggs get from hen to store, explore a beehive, do some farm chores and explore the interactive exhibits.
The National Agricultural Center has several buildings that you can visit.
"The Life and Times of the Honeybee" by Charles Micucci is an informative and amusing book about the lifecycle, work and history of the honeybee. Kids will enjoy learning about the importance of bees in helping us to produce food.
In this Level 2 Science reader, "Corn is Maize" by Aliki, kids learn about how Native Americans used corn, the best way to store and grow it and all the wonderful things that are made from corn.
Other places in Kansas City that highlight agriculture and farming include:
Come visit a farm and hotel that existed in the 1860’s. You can ride a stagecoach, tour the buildings and the farm. Visit during special events to help feed the animals, play games from long ago, or help in the garden.
Try a few of these books to learn more about pioneer times:
Pioneer printable puzzles & games: http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/pioneerprint.htm
Enjoy some more historic adventures at:
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Vist the only Presidential Library in the Kansas City area - the Harry S Truman Library & Museum. As President Truman would say "The Buck Stops Here"! See a replica of the Oval Office as it existed when Truman served, learn about the famous Whistlestop Tour and explore many interactive exhibits.
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Come learn about pioneers who travelled the trails! Pack a wagon like the pioneers, play games to explore who followed the trails west, and see the types of items used over 100 years ago.
Before Your Visit:
Make your own Covered Wagon craft: http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftPioneerWagon.html
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