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Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

These Ox-Cart Man activities are sure to bring this great book to life! Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall is in picture book format. The story is beautifully illustrated by Barabara Cooney, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool: Take a trip back to the 1800s with a New England farmer in the Ox-Cart Man. In a time when you wove your own clothes, whittled your own broom, and split your own shingles, this lyrical story takes you on a journey through the changing seasons. These activities are sure to bring the Ox-Cart Man to life! #chalkpastels #YouAREAnArtist #OxCartMan #OxCartManActivities #videoartlessons #homeschool #changingseasons #chalkpastelteatime

Ox-Cart Man Is A Wonderful Read Aloud

After a year of harvesting cabbages, turnips, honey, maple sugar, wool, and various other goods a farmer’s family has grown, gathered, or made, the ox-cart man loads up his cart to go and sell it for his family. He walks for ten days through the countryside before he reaches Portsmouth Market.

Ten days!

My children and I couldn’t imagine going to town once per year to buy all the things we needed. Let alone walk ten days to get there and then ten days back!

And yet, the only things the farmer bought and returned home with were:

  • A Barlow knife for his son.
  • An embroidery needle for his daughter.
  • An iron kettle for his wife.
  • Two pounds of peppermint candies for the whole family to enjoy.
Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

What better way to celebrate autumn than with a chalk pastel teatime with Nana’s new lesson and Ox-Cart Man activities? In her lesson, Nana took us step by step in creating our own carts loaded with homegrown and homemade commodities.

We added in a few of Nana’s other lessons to round out our Ox-Cart Man teatime, including:

  • Garden Honey Bees – to represent the honey the family collected
  • Baby Lamb – to represent the wool that was sheered in the spring and spun into yarn for weaving and knitting
  • Goose – to represent the goose feathers collected in the barnyard
  • Forest Path – to represent the ten days the man walked each way through forests and farmland
Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

With Nana’s seasonal tree art, you could also use this book as a springboard for chalk pastels all about changing seasons!

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

We are not a self-sufficient family like the one in the book, except for honey. We do keep honey bees, and they provide us with enough honey to last all year as well as a little to spare. Harvesting honey is a family affair and pretty tasty too.

So, I brought up a jar of honey from the basement to add to our teatime treats.

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

We also enjoyed the I Drew It Then I Knew It Companion Workbook exclusive to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons. It contained facts about author Donald Hall as well as writing prompts and prompts for additional research!

Did you know the Ox-Cart Man was initially written as a poem?

More Homeschool Lessons For Our Favorite Books

With the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership, you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons and IDITIKI Companion Workbook. These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

Chalk Pastels and Literature

The Ox-Cart Man is rich with imagery of days gone by, and Nana has a beautiful way of bringing all the vibrance and color straight into your home with her chalk pastel lessons. Her lessons pair perfectly with some of our favorite literature! How grand to enjoy the richness and depth of the written word AND the vibrant color of art.

Ox-Cart Man Activities For Your Homeschool

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Do your kiddos love the fantasy and adventure of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit? Maybe you and your children are reading The Hobbit and you’re looking for a fun hands-on activity to help celebrate the book. Then, The Hobbit art lesson with Nana and chalk pastels are for you!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson: Do your kiddos love the fantasy and adventure of  J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit? Then, The Hobbit art lesson with Nana and chalk pastels are for you! #chalkpastel #YouAREAnArtist #TheHobbit #TheHobbitartlesson #TheHobbitchalkpastellesson #chalkpastellessons

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

My son fell in love with The Hobbit when he was 5 years old. I have read it aloud numerous times, he listens to the audiobook regularly, and he never tires of watching the movies. Now my daughter is loving The Hobbit too!

Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Nana had a video art lesson straight from the Shire!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

“It was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

The kids were just as excited about The Hobbit chalk pastel lesson. My daughter even pulled out her new special chalk pastel pencils for the occasion! But seriously, you only need a cheap set of chalk pastels and a pack of construction paper to enjoy this lovely tutorial!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

An Art Lesson Perfect for Second Breakfast

“I’m going on an adventure”

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

The Hobbit art lesson is perfect for second breakfast, luncheon, or afternoon tea! But it’s also great for pairing with the famous literature that we’ve read aloud time and again. The Hobbit is a fantasy classic and by reading it aloud you’ll get plenty of practice at perfecting your mountain troll and goblin voices.

Part of the adventure of a great read aloud is doing the voices!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

You ARE AN Artist Literature Clubhouse

Did you know that with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have exclusive access to the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Literature Video Art Lessons? These literature chalk pastel lessons include:

You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy a new I Drew It Then I Knew It Literature Companion workbook to match these lessons. The Literature Workbook includes writing prompts, fun facts and more!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

We had such fun with The Hobbit art lesson. As always, my kiddos took creative liberties such as adding apple trees to the hobbit hill and the famous sign, “No Admittance Except on Party Business!” That’s because Nana always reminds us that WE are all artists and we adore the colorful adventure that only chalk pastels provide!

Chalk Pastels The Hobbit Art Lesson

Nana’s Hobbit art lesson will premiere live for You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members on March 12th!

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

Celebrate the release of The Muppet Show with chalk pastels! That’s right Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy are taking center stage with Nana and her chalk pastel lessons!

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels: Celebrate the release of The Muppet Show with chalk pastels! That's right Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy are taking center stage with Nana and her chalk pastel lessons! #chalkpastels #chalkpastelsatthemovies #TheMuppets #TheMuppetShow #Muppets #KermittheFrog #Kermit #MuppetShow #chalkpastelvideo #artlesson

Have you heard the news? Disney + is releasing all five seasons of the original Muppet Show on Friday, February 19. I loved this show as a kid! It was simply the best. Grab a bowl of popcorn or set the table for a fun teatime and the Muppets! Of course, you’ll want to sign up for this FREE lesson at the end of this post.

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

This chalk pastel video is super easy to follow and is perfect for the whole family! Nana invites you to draw your favorite muppets from The Muppet Show. All you need is a pack of construction paper, and a cheap set of chalk pastels as you and your children follow along with Nana. I don’t know who was more excited about this art lesson, me or the kids!

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

Kermit the Frog Art for Kids

I must admit, Kermit the Frog has always been my favorite of all the Muppets! It’s not easy being green!

And while my son and I were busy following Nana’s Muppet Show art tutorial, my daughter preferred to create a scene from Kermit the Frog and Miss Peggy’s wedding! Oh yes, she takes creative license with Nana’s videos. But Nana is always quick to remind us that WE ARE THE ARTISTS and we can change things up however we like. So, let your kids be creative!

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

Chalk Pastels at the Movies

Did you know that Chalk Pastels at the Movies is a bonus for You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Members? Chalk Pastels at the Movies offers all your favorite book and movie character art lessons at your fingertips. Here are just a few:

  • Angry Birds 
  • Baby Yoda – Mandalorian
  • Baseball and Bat 
  • Bruce of Finding Nemo 
  • Cars Mater and Lightning McQueen 
  • Cat in the Hat acrylic 
  • Chalk Pastels and Children’s Books
  • Charlie Brown Christmas 
  • Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 
  • Coca-Cola 
  • Harry Potter Firebolt Broom 
  • Harry Potter Great Hall
  • Harry Potter Illustrated video series 
  • Harry Potter Lightning Scar
  • Harry Potter Snitch 
  • Harry Potter Sorting Hat 
  • Harry Potter Wand 
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • House for Hermit Crab 
  • Incredibles 
  • Jurassic Park – Dinosaur
  • Lentil 
  • Little Engine That Could 
  • Madeline 
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 
  • My Blue Boat
  • Narnia 
  • Pete the Cat 
  • Peter Pan 
  • Seuss Truffula Trees
  • Tangled Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Mr. Whiskers 
  • Penguins of Madagascar 
  • Star Trek 
  • Star Wars Art Marathon
  • Star Wars BB8
  • Star Wars C3PO and R2D2
  • Star Wars Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, a stormtrooper, and Death Star 
  • Star Wars Last Jedi 
  • Star Wars Millennium Falcon – Solo 
  • Star Wars Rise of Skywalker 
  • Star Wars Yoda
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening 
  • Veggie Tales – Josh and the Big Wall 
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar 
The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show with chalk pastels is a great way for moms to relive their childhood, for children to get to know new wholesome characters, and for families to enjoy the silly antics of the Muppets together! Don’t miss your chance to relish in this FREE chalk pastel lesson with Nana! You won’t be disappointed!

The Muppet Show with Chalk Pastels

The Muppet Show Art Lesson

Enjoy this replay of Nana’s live premiere lesson!

Simply enter your email address, below, for access to the video art lesson. Replay always available on this page – so please invite your friends!

Suggested supplies: purple construction paper. All the colors of chalk pastels! Black, green, light green, red, white, yellow, pink, blue, orange and brown chalk pastels. Baby wipes or slightly damp paper towels for easy clean up.

We invite you to join the You ARE an ARTiST Complete Clubhouse Membership – where your whole family can get access to all of Nana’s art lessons!  

Enjoy making some beautiful memories with your children with over 700 of Nana’s art tutorials plus all the bonuses. Grab Your Membership Here To Get Started Today!

Featuring You! You ARE an ARTiST!

Paint your Muppet Show art and be sure to share with us! Here are some ways you can share: tag @chalkpastelart on Instagram and use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page or send a photo right here via the chat box.

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are here: Our Favorite Chalk Pastels
  • The practical aspects: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.