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Colonial Arts

These unique programs provides an opportunity for children to experience first hand some of the daily activities of colonial times.  Benner's Farm has been bringing this program into schools for over 30 years tying the program structure into our own pre-revolutionary farm's history with special focus on the role that children played in colonial family life.  We also offer a variation on this program here at the farm where we are also able to provide a farm tour as part of the day.  Information about both programs follow:  Click here for a You Tube video of some of the activities

In-School, the program is composed of two parts, beginning with a full grade-wide presentation where we share stories of our early settlers and demonstrate processes, tools, toys and wares of the time period.  Then the remainder of the school day is spent with individual class workshops where the students have an opportunity to participate in many of the creative tasks that filled the lives of our colonial, pioneer, and early American forefathers and mothers.  Children card and spin wool, weave on looms, grind corn into meal, cook corn cakes, write with quill pens, create stencil art, and make a wooden toy.  Additional elements are available if time and age appropriate, such as soap making, candle making, apple head doll carving, etc.

On the Farm the program is composed of three parts, beginning with a full grade-wide presentation where we share stories of our early settlers and demonstrate processes, tools, toys and wares of the time period.  Then the remainder of the school day is spent by splitting into two groups with half taking a tour of the farm while the other half participate in many of the creative tasks that filled the lives of our colonial, pioneer, and early American forefathers and mothers.  Children card and spin wool, weave on looms, grind corn into meal, cook corn cakes, write with quill pens, create stencil art, dip candles, and make a wooden toy.  After eating lunch on the grounds the two groups trade places.

We encourage children to thoughtfully compare our present lifestyles to the lives of our ancestors. This unique curriculum enrichment program is designed to give students an in-depth awareness of our Long Island Heritage.

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Colonial Crafts is a BOCES Arts-In-Education Program

Benner's Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd, East Setauket, NY, 11733

631-689-8172