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Who can resist the charms of pioneer life in the Little House on the Prairie series? We've rounded up a collection of Little House-themed gifts that are just right for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans —and a sweet reminder of simpler holidays past. (These are ready-to-buy, but they'd be great bases for DIY projects, too.)
The full-color illustrations by Garth Williams make this special anniversary edition of Little House on the Prairie welcome addition to your bookshelf.
Play Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie with your very own McGuffey Eclectic Spelling Book.
How could you possibly study on the prairie without your own slate and slate pencil?
A 21st century metal lunch pail makes every lunchtime a taste of pioneer living.
You'll find more than 190 ideas for activities based on real pioneer games in Games & Songs of American Children.
I still cry every time Laura gets Charlotte for Christmas in the Big Woods, and you can recreate a little bit of that sweetness with your own hand-sewn rag doll.
If you're dealing with a hardcore Laura fan, there's no better gift than lifetime membership in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association.
Pass the chilly winter evenings with family music nights: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook includes the lyrics and music for all the songs included in the series.
Laura and Mary got their own tin cups their first Christmas on the prairie.
Hone your log cabin building skills with your own set of Lincoln Logs.
Making your own butter is a extra fun with a tabletop butter churn.
Serious Little House devotees will enjoy perusing back issues of The Homesteader, a journal devoted to Laura Ingalls Wilder scholarship. (The journal is published by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, and their annual LauraPalooza conference is also worth checking out.)
Add cheesemaking to your homesteading repertoire with this cheese making kit for beginners.
Laura and Mary had lots of fun making button strings for little Carrie. All you need to do the same is a collection of vintage buttons.
Every pioneer girl needs a pretty sunbonnet.
The Little House on the Prairie miniseries by Disney sticks much closer to the books than the popular 1970s television show.
Little House paper dolls feature all your favorite characters from the books, so you can recreate scenes from the books or make up your own stories.
If you're yearning to make green tomato pickles, cornmeal mush, or maple sugar candy, the Little House Cookbook is a must-have. It includes recipes for all the foods mentioned in the books.
Make your own fancy bookmarks just like Laura did with a cross-stitch bookmark kit.
This gift guide was originally published in Atlanta Homeschool magazine.