Preschool Field Trips

Step Back in Time Through a Child's Eyes

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  • Choose four 15 minute stations from either the Native American Longhouse or 1719 Herr House.
  • A tour of the Native American Longhouse or 1719 Herr House is included.
  • 90 minutes is required for the total trip.
  • Activities subject to volunteer availability.
  • Click here to complete an online registration form, or contact David Schrock at or 717-464-4438.


$7.00 – Pre-School Student (ages 3-5). A minimum of 10 students required.

FREE – Chaperones (up to 1 adult per 5 students, required).

$4.00 – Additional Adults

Hands-on activities for pre-school age children (ages 3-5) at the 1719 Hans Herr House and the Lancaster Longhouse.

Plan a trip that meets the needs and interests of your group of children by choosing from several hands-on activities and a short house tour.

Rotate between four stations, focusing on eastern woodland Native Americans in the Longhouse or on PA German culture in the 1719 Herr House.

1719 Herr House

Choose four 15 minute Station Activities:

  • Blacksmith – watch the blacksmith turn a piece of metal into a useful tool.
  • Butter – make your own butter and then taste the butter and the buttermilk.
  • Cider (fall only) – help make cider and then taste it.
  • Colonial Clothing – try on Colonial clothing and get your picture taken.
  • Colonial games – play Colonial games.
  • Farm tasks – shell and crack corn using old tools.
  • Food preservation – taste preserved food like snitz, dried corn and sauerkraut.
  • Fraktur (coloring) – learn about fraktur-style writing and practice coloring in a Bible verse written in fraktur letters.
  • Garden – taste herbal “medicine” and help care for the garden (depending on the season).
  • Hearth cooking – watch as a tasty snack is made on the hearth and then enjoy eating it!
  • Laundry – learn about how clothes were washed in the 19th century before electric washing machines were invented.
  • Scherenschnitte (basic) – learn about paper cutting and practice cutting out a simple animal shape.
  • Storytelling – sit in the children’s bedroom in the Herr House and listen to a story about children who lived there in the 1700s. Hear about their clothing, their chores and a big surprise!
  • Wagon rides – take a ride on the Herr House covered wagon.
  • Weaving – try simple weaving using strips of paper

Native American Longhouse

Choose four 15 minute Station Activities

  • Bead Necklace – make a bead necklace or bracelet using pony beads in traditional Native American colors.
  • Corn Husk Dolls – make a simple corn husk doll.
  • Cooking – watch as a tasty snack is made on the fire and taste it!
  • Native American games – play Native American games.
  • Storytelling – listen to Native American stories while sitting in the Longhouse.
  • Clay Play – make a pinch pot out of air dry clay.
Students sampling Native American food