Museum at Home

Looking for heritage activities to try, or want to explore Fanshawe Pioneer Village from home or school? Here are some examples for you to enjoy!

Holiday Activities

Make a Pomander

This is the smell of Christmas! Pomanders are a great way to make your home smell fantastic!

Be creative and arrange the cloves in diamonds, circles, or other paters. As the orange dries, it will release a delicate, spicy smell– want a stronger scent, cover the whole orange! Or, dust your pomander with cinnamon for something special.

Hang your pomander by running a long wire or ribbon through the orange, and making a knot at the bottom.

You can make your pomander it last longer by storing it in a paper bag for a few weeks. Use a lot of cloves as they are a natural preserving agent, the cloves will draw out the juices and they’ll shrink in size.

Make Shortbread

Shortbread is very old– possibly dating back all the way to the 12th century and getting its start as biscuit bread. The large amount of butter in shortbread is where the “short” comes from as it often refers to a crumbly texture when applied to pastries.

Today shortbread is generally made of flour, sugar, and butter. Our recipe calls for 2 ½ cups flour, ¾ cups sugar, and 1 cup well chilled butter, and the oven to be preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine flour and sugar in a bowl, then cut or grate in butter. Stir until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Press into an 8” by 8” glass pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden (not brown). Cool and cut into fingers.


Try these museum and pioneer inspired activities at home or school.


Easy Homemade Sourdough Bread

Darn a Sock

Cursive Writting

Hunt the Thimble

Cat’s Cradle History

Cat’s Cradle How To

Cabinet of Curiosities


Did you know that Fanshawe Pioneer Village now has a Youtube Channel? Find craft ideas, stories about our buildings, and more all in one place!

Trip Through Time

Have you ever wondered why the Village is set up in a timeline and covers 100 years of history? Find out!

Fanshawe 360 Experience

Explore some of our most popular buildings and visit the upper floors of the homes in the Village.

Live Like A Pioneer Series

Visit our Youtube Channel for full access to our Live Like A Pioneer Series (Closed Captions generated by Youtube available).

Here are some samples of our Live Like A Pioneer Series.

Make Oat Flour

Sew Straight