Little House on the Prairie Treasure Box Summer Activity

by Michelle Kendall | Jun 30, 2015

Each had a box to keep her treasures in. Charlotte and the paper dolls lived in Laura’s box, and Mary’s quilt blocks and her scrap bag were in Mary’s box.

—On the Banks of Plum Creek

Everyone loves a treasure box full of mementos of good times to remember. This summer start a new family adventure by creating a treasure box and filling it with new treasures from your favorite summer crafts and activities.

Little House on the Prairie Summer Treasures Activity

Ideas for Making Your Treasure Box

Start by going to your local craft store and finding a wooden box, wicker box, or pail. Be creative and paint it, stain it, or color it. If you are more adventurous, make a box from scratch. Now it is time to start filling your box/pail with memories of time spent with family, of being creative, and enjoying the simple things. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Favorite rocks, twigs, leaves to make a fairy playhouse
Go on a nature walk and collect a variety of rocks, twigs, leaves and other small natural objects. Find a favorite area of your yard, perhaps under a shade tree and create a magical village where fairies might come to visit.

Pick up a locket charm at your favorite craft store. Open the locket and insert a photograph or draw and cut a picture you can place inside. You can get a chain or colorful ribbon to create a necklace.

Little House on the Prairie Treasure Box Locket Activity

Chalkboards were a necessary learning tool in Laura Ingalls’ day. Now you can use them to enjoy drawing a new picture each day depending on what inspires you.

Little House on the Prairie personalized chalkboard slates for fun activities

Clothespin dolls
The supplies for homemade clothespin dolls are simple items from a sewing bag. Gather some ribbon, lace, and decorative trim.

Little House on the Prairie easy clothespin doll DIY for simple fun

To make your doll, draw a face on the front of the clothespin. Make your doll personalized by then decorating the doll with the trim to make a nice dress for your doll.

Making clothespin dolls with scraps of fabric and ribbon trim - Little House on the Prairie inspired crafts!

With any extra clothespins you can play the Clothes Pin Drop Game. First, stand up straight or kneel on the back of a chair. Hold the clothespin up to your nose. Drop the pin from your nose and try to get it into a jar that is placed on the ground in front of you.

Clothespin drop game - Little House on the Prairie themed activities

Weaving is a wonderful activity the whole family can be involved in. You can work together to make a basic loom with nails and wood. First, decide on the size of the wood frame. 6”x6” is generally a good size. Hammer nails around the frame. Leave 1/8-1/4 inch between nails.

Little House on the Prairie Inspired Activity - Hand held weaving loom

Once you have your loom ready it’s just a matter of weaving! Loopers can be purchased at a local craft store.

Hand held weaving loom - homemade Little House on the Prairie activities you have to try!

Memory book
Create a memory book of your summer adventures. Create your own memory book by using stickers, paper, cardstock and more. You can put your photographs into this book or draw pictures to remember your experiences.

Little House on the Prairie inspired memory book activity

String games
This is the simplest item to put into your treasure box. Cut a piece of string 50 inches long and tie the ends. With string games, you can play by yourself or with a friend. Here is a great website with string game ideas and instructions.

Little House on the Prairie Inspired Craft - stringing beads and buttons hands on activity

String beads
Laura loved to string glass beads for Carrie. A local craft store will have a variety of beads to choose from to make a necklace or bracelet for a friend or sibling.

Sewing buttons on a sampler - I love these Little House on the Prairie inspired activities for kids!

Pet rock or blessing rock
You can collect a variety of rocks and paint them or create a “pet” rock to have just for you. You can also paint a rock with the word “Blessing” on it and give it to someone special to let him or her know that they are a blessing in your life.

Laura wrote, “The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.” Take a few minutes with your children this summer and build a treasure chest of memories from the simple things in life.

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Michelle C. Kendall is the founder and creator of She studied Elementary Education and Recreational Therapy at Brigham Young University. Over the last 25 years, Michelle has been involved with teaching children in public and private schools as well as in community and church environments. Michelle is the proud mother of four children and has been married to her supportive husband for 25 years. She lives with her family in Highland, Utah. Michelle’s parenting mantra is “learning is all around you.”


  1. “Little House on the Prairie” has always been my favorite show. It is the perfect image of what values every family should have
    and live by. I loved the show since it started many years ago. I was much younger then, yet I still watch the show every day, but now with my children, who also love the show! Thank you Laura Ingalls and all of you who helped create this show and give us the best neverending gift!

  2. I love the aprons that the girls have on. Could you give me the pattern?


    • I don’t have the pattern for that exact apron, however the first project featured in our Little House on the Prairie Fabric Projects round up is an official apron pattern using the Andover Fabrics Little House on the Prairie Collection of prints I think you’ll love the inspired colors and designs.

  3. Michelle,
    You’ve done a great job with this article! Fun ideas, and I loved your pictures most of all! I’m so glad I know such a talented and creative person!



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