We just recently finished listening to Cherry Jones narrate The Long Winter. The button lamp that Laura describes in the story has always fascinated me so I decided to make one for the girls. The girls really got into it and put on their newest LHP costumes. (Some of you will remember the first ones I made from here and here).
The girls wanted to pretend to study by the lamp like Laura and Mary.
We made sure that we had a metal button.
It is rather smoky so when we were done, I turned off the heat and opened up the house for a little while. The day we made the button lamp we woke up to ten below zero Fahrenheit, so the house got cold rather quickly when I turned off the heat and opened up the doors and windows. This inspired the girls to go down to the entry and pretended to twist straw.
Happily, I had just finished baking a Chocolate Beet Cake and so the girls could come warm up by an open oven just like Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Grace.
I wrote detailed instructions at Suite101.