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Measuring the water

Using the outhouse

The results of water collection are in.  The children were excited to predict how many cups of water we collected in our barrel after being outside for seven days.  The predictions ranged from 1 cup to 20 cups of water.  The actual cups of water collected was 17 cups.  As pioneer children, the group had to decide what the water would have been used for.  The consensus was that the rain water would have been used as drinking water.
Painting the structure

Our pioneer home is complete!  We now have an outhouse.  After hard work and lots of cooperation, the children built an outhouse.  It was quite a hit with the group as they lined up to use it. The children dramatized pioneer life using the stove, covered wagon and outhouse they built.  We also used the wagon to play the song game "Little Red Wagon."


  1. I have to tell you Deb how much I enjoyed watching the children go in to use the "loo". I wonder if you shared any stories with them of your own experiences. I think Wendy has a few to share. I wonder if the parents do too. Many of the children may be able to make links to this with their experiences of using the portable toilets at such events as the Children's Festival. I wonder if there are any connections we could make with one of those companies so that we could have a field trip or a guest speaker! Thanks again for following up on the children's leads. This is what inquiry is all about.


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