The kids prepared by researching people who actually ended up at Sutter's Fort. Sarah read Patty Reed's doll for her CA History class, so it was even more meaningful for her.
For Emma, I modified a shirt from the thrift store by removing the collar and adding a ruffle that matched her skirt. I also added three buttons and covered therm with fabric. I made a full petticoat that was double the length of a king size sheet, and made the skirt. The apron and bonnet were borrowed.
Emma made granola bars and wrapped them in wax paper. They also brought beef jerky.
To trade, they made corn husk dolls, and Emma and I whipped up some mini quilts.
Adam also went, but I didn't get any before pictures.
The crazy part? Howard took them. I got to stay at home with Annie and watch rubbish. It was delightful. But anyway, back to the fort...
Adam traded all of his items for candy, including the chalkboard he was given at the school! The quilts turned out to be a hot commodity. My kids came home with feather pens. They also had wool from the spinning wheel.
Overall, they had a blast, and said they'd do it again.