Colonial Massachusetts. The best way to learn about it is to “live” there! The introduction sets the historical stage and introduces the fictional Mayhew family: mother, father, and four children. The Mayhews live on a farm in the Northeast in 1732. As the seasons change, readers see them at work, at play, and at school. The Native American point of view is covered briefly by way of visits between the Mayhews and a family in a nearby Indian village. A sidebar at the beginning of each chapter lists the projects for that season. Projects include making a sundial, growing an indoor herb garden, dipping candles, and weaving a pot holder. There are directions for games such as quoits, jackstraws, and Iroquois snow snakes. Recipes are included for such delights as maple cream, blueberry slump, jack wax, and berry syllabub. Some of the activities are simple enough for children to do on their own; others require adult assistance. Explanatory text alternates with instructions and other sidebars that provide brief history lessons. The materials needed are readily accessible in grocery, hobby, or craft stores. The line drawings are clear and helpful.Colonial Days is filled with interesting, historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different (and how similar) life was for American kids in history. Great as supplemental material, this educational and entertaining book from the American Kids in History series will bring colonial days to life for your homeschool child!