Colonial Day

Colonial Day was a huge hit this year. It has been 4 years since we did this last and the kindergarteners are now 4th graders and the 4th graders are now 8th graders. As you can imagine, they all took in more this time around being 4 years older. Full of costumes and authentic activities, our little campus transformed right back into colonial times.


Once we were all in costume and character the constructing of shelters from simple materials like tarps, cord, and branches began. They learned how to use a bow and arrow in order to hunt. There were lots of household chores to choose from, all of which demonstrated how much more difficult and time-consuming simple tasks like washing clothes used to be, when you had to use a tub and washboard!

The kids could make butter, but they had to shake cream in a jar for quite a while first. They could work on making a rag rug, but that required ripping fabric into strips and then braiding them. Finally, they had the opportunity to trade bead bracelets with local Native Americans for popcorn.

We ended the morning with a feast of rolls (made by the 7th and 8th graders) topped with our homemade butter and apples baked in a fire (built by our 7th and 8th graders). The best part of the day was seeing how our students continued to play colonists long after the structured activities ended!

See for yourself what a day in colonial times at TNCA looks like. Enjoy!

Jane Cross