Natural Materials, Tinkering for Tots - Preschool Program at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124

Celebrate the harvest season as we explore natural materials that we grow, gather, and use to make and decorate useful objects. Materials that come from fields and forests, as well as birds and insects, have always provided people with materials we can use to help us work and play.

Hands-on Activities

    • What are natural materials? - Daggett Farmhouse 
      Visit Daggett Farmhouse to discover how many ways this early American family found to use various natural materials.
    • Working with natural materials: How versatile is this material? - Edison Homestead Yard (Village Pavilion, if inclement weather)
      Join us for seasonal home and farm chores using brooms, baskets and other  natural materials to get the job done.
    • Painting with nuts and berries - Village Pavilion, Main Street
      Create your own masterpiece using paint made with these materials from nature. Find out what famous American made his own paints to make his early paintings.
  • Wearing natural materials - Cohen Millinery
    Visit Cohen Millinery to discover what airborne objects were also a status symbol for a well-dressed lady.. 

Inspiring Stories - McGuffey School
Join our storyteller, who will read tales to inspire your tinkering tot. This month, we focus on Feathers for Lunchand Magic Broom.

Artifact of the Day
Thomas Edison’s Lab 
Thomas Edison experimented with thousands of plants and other natural materials before he hit upon ordinary cotton sewing thread.

Monday, September 11, 2017


The Henry Ford
Phone: 313-271-1620
Website: Click to Visit


Free with village admission

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