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07-10-2007, 06:27 PM
Does anyone know of a list of possible field trips that correlate with the titles in Volumes 1-4?


07-10-2007, 06:47 PM
FIAR Field Trip Idea List

Thanks to all who have contributed ideas for this list. Some of the ideas are locationspecific, but hopefully you will be able to use them
as a springboard for your own field trip planning. Not every book has been added (yet!). If you have an idea, please contact me. Thanks!

Volume I:

The Story About Ping
Duck Pond
Visit an Asian Market (we drank bubble tea)

Harmonica Shop (or a Music Instrument Shop) where we received a harmonica lesson
Interurban Museum
Ice Cream Picnic at the Park

EMT/Ambulance Visit
Ask your local library to put on a Madeline program

A Pair of Red Clogs
Museum of World Cultures for a program on Japan
Cherry Blossom Festival at Asian Gardens

The Rag Coat
Contact your local Quilter's Society and ask them to put on a program

Who Owns the Sun?
Visit an underground railroad house

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Visit a construction site
Go to a local playground and dig a canal in the sandbox

The Glorious Flight
Visit a local airport
Southwest Airlines Museum (you can probably find an airplane museum in your area)

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Visit a local apple orchard

Grandfather's Journey
Dine at a Japanese Restaurant

Cranberry Thanksgiving
Tour a cranberry bog (if available in your area)

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
Ballet Performance
Ask a family in your co-op to host a tea party (or have your own for family/friends)

Papa Piccolo
Rode a gondola at Mandalay Hotel (there may be gondola rides somewhere in your area)
Eat at an authentic Italian Restaurant

Very Last First Time
Ice Skating (and lesson)

The Clown of God
Called local jugglers and asked them to put on a program (including juggling vegetables and the rainbow/sun in the heavens)

Katy and the Big Snow
Fire Station Visit
Highway Department Visit
We Made 55 gallons of snow in our backyard and had a play date for our co-op
Sledding (if available in your area)
Water Treatment Plant Visit

Night of the Moonjellies
Visited the Dallas Aquarium (to see moonjellies)
Going to visit the Ft. Wayne Zoo (to see moonjellies)

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Visited a nature center and went in the woods looking for animal tracks
Sleigh Ride

Volume 2:

Three Names
Went to "one room schoolhouse" event at local farmstead museum
Going to Conner Prairie to a program called "Churning Up Chores" which includes candle dipping, making cornbread over an open-fire,
and churning butter

Wee Gillis
Highland Games Festival (check for a Scottish Festival in your area)

Owl Moon
We are going to a local nature center for a campfire and then we will go owling

A New Coat for Anna
Visit a Sheep Farm
Watch a Spinning (wheel) demonstration
Going t a Local Nature Center to make natural dyes out of flowers/berries
Sheep Sheering Demonstration

Mrs. Katz and Tush
Visited a local veterinarian who talked to the children about cats and pet care
Visit the Humane Shelter
Visit a Hebrew Cemetery -- one family found the last name "Katz" on a tombstone and placed a rock on it

Mirette on the High Wire
Gymnastics Center

Babar, To Duet or Not to Duet
Invite a musician to play for your group
Visit a music shop
Go to an orchestra or symphony

The Story of Ferdinand
Had a tapas party and went to see a play "Ferdinand the Bull"
Going to a nature center to learn about different kinds of trees

Make Way for Ducklings
Ride Swan Paddle Boats at the park, feed the ducks, make a map of the park
Invite an art professor from a local college/university to talk to the children about drawing/illustrations
(we had a children's illustrator at our local university who was willing to do this)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Composting Demonstration at local garden club
Peter Rabbit Storyteller at Mall (During Easter)
Watercolor Workshop at local art/culture center

Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car
Going to Anderson Fine Arts Center to the children's area where they will take the FRESH Tour which includes
lots of hands-on art activities including learning about texture
Visit a car museum

Miss Rumphius
We did a service project for a Wildlife refuge (we planted flowers)
Going to a nature center to make miniature green houses
Visit a conservatory
If you live near the beach, go and collect shells

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
Science Engineering Exhibit (boats and bridges)

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Visit an underground railroad house
Go star-gazing
Visit a planetarium

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Have a pie picnic at a local park

When I Was Young in the Mountains
Pet Shop or local zoo to see/touch snakes

Volume 3:

The Bee Tree
Visit Bee Keepers

Andy and the Circus

The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar
Horseback Riding/Horseback Riding Lesson

Paul Revere's Ride
Horseback Riding/Horseback Riding Lesson

Henry the Castaway
Dallas World Aquarium Rainforest/Orinoco River exhibit

The Finest Horse in Town
Horseback Riding/Horseback Riding Lesson

Truman's Aunt Farm
Visit a planetarium

The Duchess Bakes a Cake
Renaissance Festival
Local Bakery (or Krispy Kreme) for a tour

Andy and the Lion
Visit the local library

Daniel's Duck
Visit the county fair

Warm as Wool
Sheep Sheering Demonstration

The Salamander Room
Visited Arboretum "Big Bugs" exhibit

Climbing Kansas Mountains
Rock Climbing

Little Nino's Pizzeria
Made our own mini pizzas as a local pizza parlor (Pizza Hut and Papa John's both seem
field-trip friendly)

Ideas for any title
Call Home Depot or Lowe's and ask if the children can come and build something related to the
book (we are doing this for The Little Red Lighthouse-- building boats).

Check your local children's theaters to see if any are putting on plays/musicals that would
make a good field trip for upcoming rowing titles.

Check out local museums and what children's exhibits they will have in the upcoming year.

Make your own restaurant and invite the other families from your co-op to come, too. This works
well for various titles; you could have a Chinese Restaurant (for Ping) or an Appalachian Mountain
Restaurant (for When I Was Young in the Mountains); the possibilities are endless. You can ask
each family to bring one authentic food and the host family can create menus/decorations, etc.

07-10-2007, 08:05 PM
Thanks for posting this! I remember seeing it awhile back but never did copy it.


07-10-2007, 08:06 PM
Thanks! :clap:

Wendy KY
07-10-2007, 09:40 PM
Just thought of this as we are going to one in September.

How about an air show for The Glorious Flight. It might be something to see if there's one in your area.

Here is a link of a schedule of Air Shows for 2007. See if there's one in your neck of the woods :)


07-11-2007, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the field trip list!

02-18-2008, 10:19 AM
Glad I found this! Maybe some of the newbies will enjoy the bump.

For Harold and the Purple Crayon we're going to climb a small mountain on Art day and see how things look from up there.


Amanda Williams
02-18-2008, 01:31 PM
Amazing list! TY! :kiss: ;)

02-18-2008, 01:35 PM
For Harold and the Purple Crayon we're going to climb a small mountain on Art day and see how things look from up there.

Oops! I meant science day.:unsure:

Lisa in Ft. Worth, T
03-27-2008, 09:19 PM
I missed this!!!!

Thanks to all who helped with this listing! :clap:

Nedra in So. CA
03-27-2008, 11:27 PM
This list is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

03-28-2008, 07:04 PM
For Wee Gillis we are going to a Highland Cattle show that happens yearly in our town.

But it might be possible to go tour a farm that raises Highland Cattle.

Here is a link to check and see if there are farms near you...