Another day spent sugarin’ which is cooking down the maple sap for syrup. Granddaughter Lily came to lend a hand today. In between stoking the fire, and transferring sap from one pan to another, we crafted and played board games!
I found this board game at an antique store one time. It is a vintage game from 1955. I found one on ebay when I researched it.
The object of the game is to fill your beehive with honey before your opponent does!
Then Lily crafted this mood indicator to hang on her door!
We were out of the little paper fasteners so will make the spinner tomorrow. Here is the link we found this project idea at.
Then we played Wildcraft! The game where you learn which wild plants help heal and soothe our common problems like sore muscles, bee stings, being scared, etc..
The players are going up the hill to gather some huckleberries for Grandma. They have to be home before dark, or she will have to come find them. Along the way, the kids land on different spots. Harvest spaces you get to take a card from the plant pile. X spaces where they encounter trouble! You can read more details at the link I put in the word Wildcraft above.
This game is never tiring as each trouble card has lots of different plants that might be helpful, so each time it is played, the child has an opportunity to learn about using different plants for different troubles and also that many plants are useful for many different things!
When Lily and I were playing, she took time to go to our apothecary cabinets and find things like chamomile, and our st. john’s wort oil, as those plant cards were drawn, so very, very interactive! It’s a cooperative game too, which encourage cooperation between the players. I highly recommend it!
The child learns about 25 medicinal and edible plants. There are 52 trouble cards. Even a child that doesn’t read yet can play. They can just match up the little icon on the plant card, to one of the icons on the trouble card!
The graphics are so gorgeous and just the thing to help your little beginning wildcrafter learn about the beginnings of plant identification also.
Well off to tend the fire and do more transferring of sap between pans!
Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages xx