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Life on the Big Pierce Farm

Life on the Big Pierce Farm

Looking for something different in the neighborhood to do with children? Visit the historic Pierce House for stories and projects geared toward kids under 5.

Every other Friday,
March 9–April 20,
11–11:45 am

The Big Red Barn – March 9
The Pierce House was once surrounded by farmland. We read Big Red Barn and discuss what kinds of animals the Pierces would have kept on their farm and what types of food, labor, and products the farmers would get from each animal. Each child gets a red paper barn to fill with his or her favorite animals.

From Farm to City – March 23
We read The Little House, which tells the story of a house that was built in the country and how the city grew up around it. We will discuss similarities between the book’s house and the Pierce House. Each child makes a paper house and decorates its rooms.

Caterpillars to Butterflies – April 6
How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? We read A Very Hungry Caterpillar, make caterpillar and butterfly magnets, and color beautiful butterfly pictures.

From Sheep to Shawl – April 20
How does wool get turned into a warm sweater? Children find out in the story Farmer Brown Sheers His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool. We pass around real wool so children can discover what it’s like to card wool. Each child makes a cotton ball sheep to take home.

Admission per program:
$5 – first child
$2 – each additional child
Free to Historic New England members and adults accompanying children.
Registration required

Pierce House Museum
24 Oakton Avenue
Dorchester, Mass.

For more information or to register, please contact us at,
617-288-6041 or PierceEd@HistoricNewEngland.org