As I have mentioned previously, we have been reading the Little House series. Autumn is a great time for a reread of this classic series because there are typically pioneer activities at fall festivals. Even if you don't have a pioneer-friendly festival nearby, there are so many activities that can easily be done at home.
Many years ago I bought the Little House on the Prairie Cookbook. I bought this cookbook long before I had children. I had fond memories of checking it out of the library as a child and trying to make mashed potatoes the same way Laura would have made mashed potatoes. I hoped that one day I would be able to share this experience with my own daughters. Happily, I have indeed had that experience.
One afternoon after we finished our school work, we decided to make butter. I put heavy whipping cream in tightly sealed containers and gave each girl their own container. They quickly learned that it is far from easy to shake cream into butter. We happened to have the bouncy house up, so Meg and Anne decided they would try bouncing their cream in the bouncy house. Once they made butter, Meg added some herbs to add some elegance. We bought French bread for dinner and served it with our butter.