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Virtual Camp Day 4:
DIY 1910

In the early 1900s, people in Saskatchewan made a lot of things themselves that people today are much more likely to buy from a store, like tools, toys, and furniture. A lot of the time, store-bought items were too expensive for the average person in the 1910s and 1920s, or materials were not yet available on the prairies to make the kinds of things we have today (like plastic or batteries). In other cases, items now produced on a mass scale in factories were still made in the community in much smaller quantities.  

Enjoy these fun activities where you’ll explore daily life in the 1910s and 1920s! 


As you complete each activity, share your work with other campers and the WDM on this week’s Kudoboard.
Caregiver note: This is not a private board. Please make sure your children do not post anything you are uncomfortable with them sharing.

Day 3 Answers (PDF)
Answers to Day 4’s puzzles, quizzes, and activities will be posted at the top of Day 5’s page.


Activity #1: Hand-Crank Telephone

Illustration of a woman with long hair, wearing a long skirt and buttoned up blouse, sitting on a stool. She has the receiver of the 1910 era hand-crank phone up to her ear. The telephone box is mounted on the wall in front of her. She is speaking into the mouthpiece on the front of the telephone box.

Early telephones looked, and worked, very different than the smartphones we use today. Learn more, then colour the picture.

Telephones in Saskatchewan (PDF)

Hand-crank Telephone Colouring Sheet (PDF)

This colouring sheet is by local illustrator, Timothy Senko. When you are done colouring, share your work with other campers on this week’s Kudoboard.



Activity #2: Blacksmithing

What is blacksmithing? Find out more and answer some reflection questions in this activity.

What is Blacksmithing? (PDF)



Activity #3: Make a Hanky Doll

Doll made out of cloth, with a second piece of white cloth tied on top for a headcovering and a green string making a bow at the neck


In this activity, make a “hanky doll” from a piece of cloth.

Make a Hanky Doll Activity (PDF)

Share your finished project on this week’s Kudoboard.


Activity #4: Make a Potato Stamp

Newspaper covered table. On it are four paper plates. On three of them are blobs of paint, one colour per plate (red, yellow, blue). On the Three plates have potato stamps sitting in the paint. Beside the plates are four pieces of paper with stamped shapes on them in the three paint colours.Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The first newspaper in our province was the Saskatchewan Herald. It was first published in Battleford in August 1878.

Newspapers were a way to get information out to Saskatchewan communities. As the saying
goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” so it was important to include pictures in
newspapers. Learn more about how that was done, then make your own potato stamp.

Make a Potato Stamp Activity (PDF)
Share your artwork on this week’s Kudoboard.


Activity #5: Button Whizzer

In this activity, make a “button whizzer” from string and a button.

Make a Button Whizzer Activity (PDF) 


Activity #6: Flip the Switch! Electrification Scavenger Hunt

Today, we use electricity a lot and most of the time we don’t even notice we’re doing it. Inside our homes we can flip a switch or “plug in” and use electricity to power lights, microwaves, fridges, computers, phones, and TVs.

Did you know that some parts of Saskatchewan didn’t get electricity until the 1950s?

Try out the scavenger hunt below to if you can find items in your house that do the same job as the ones in the pictures – but with electricity.

Flip the Switch Electrification Scavenger Hunt (PDF)


Activity #7: Carding and Spinning

Today, if you need new clothes, you might go to the store and buy your clothing. For settlers, it was not that simple. They had to make their own clothes by reusing old textiles (curtain dress anyone?) or use yarn from sheep’s wool to knit clothes. Watch the video to learn how settlers made yard they could use to knit clothing with.

Learn more about carding and spinning (PDF)



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