Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Instruction & How-to

Hands On Crafts for Kids Series 7: Crafting in the USA (cc)

Learning to do crafts is not only fun, it's very educational. In this series we travel across every geographic region of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, to celebrate the customs, folklore and symbols of the 50 United States. Produced by Katherine Stull, Inc. Closed-Captioned. Programs available on 13 Click for more

5. Folklore (cc)

05. Folklore (cc)

"Hightly Recommended. Each segment gives a summary of the folktale or symbol followed by directions with modeling for making each item. Presenters are ethnically diverse. Directions are clear and show additional techniques for making the crafts more sophisticated. Safety warnings are provided when necessary." -School Library Journal
This program presents five craft projects related to folktales. Paul Bunyan Puppet Theater - Paul Bunyan is a myth or folktale about a very large lumberjack and his best friend, Babe, the Blue Ox. Legend says that Paul grew out of his father's clothes by the time he was one week old and that the tracks he and Babe made running around Minnesota made the 10,000 lakes. Turtle Maraca - A study of folklore would not be complete without mentioning some of the symbols common to the Native American tribes. These are not "tall tales" but animal symbols, which were used to portray certain characteristics. The turtle represents the heart of the soul, the keeper of life and the symbol of women. Pecos Bill Tornado - Everyone in the Wild West knew that Pecos Bill could ride anything. Once he decided to ride a tornado, starting in Kansas, and when it couldn't throw Bill it headed west to California and rained itself out, making so much water it created the Grand Canyon. Finally Bill fell off and hit the ground so hard that it sank below sea level. Folks call the spot he fell Death Valley. Buffalo Bill Vest - William Frederick Cody, known as Buffalo Bill, was a buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, and an Indian fighter. But he is probably best known as the man who gave the Wild West its name. His Wild West Show helped create the image of the Wild, Wild West. Johnny Appleseed - Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman from Leominster, Massachusetts. He spent his life planting apple seeds across the country. His dream was a land where apple trees would blossom everywhere; so no one would go hungry. He created apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and after 200 years some of those trees still bear apples. 06/09DE/CC Closed-Captioned PIA 30 min.

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