Make and Take

Explore the world of historic trades at Conner Prairie’s daily Make and Take stations.

Stop by our Make and Take stations to enjoy short session craft activities. Have fun making many different types of crafts and activities like carpentry, candle making, jewelry making, cooking, and much more. All tools and materials are included.

Price: $5
Ages vary depending on the activity.
No reservations required.

Ages 4+

  • Bead Bracelet
    Learn how beads were an important part of the fur trade. Choose from a variety of authentically styled beads as you piece together an attractive bracelet to take home.
    Daily, March 26-May 24, and July 2-November 3 @ 3 p.m.
  • Candle Dipping
    Guests will experience what it took to make candles for lighting. Guests will have the opportunity to hand-dip a beeswax candle to take home.
    Weekends, March 26-May 24, and October 1-November 3 @ 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Basket Weaving
    Learn simple basket-making skills as you weave a small reed basket. Stop by the Loom House for our Make and Take station to weave a reed basket. Guests will use wet reed, scissors, and learn basic weaving technique to build a simple basket from start to finish.
    Daily, March 26-May 24, and September 3-November 3 @ 2 p.m.

Ages 8+

  • Wooden Treasure Box
    Learn basic carpentry as you make a Wooden Treasure Box. Guests will use wood plane, drill, and hammer to build a wooden treasure box from start to finish.
    Daily, July 30-September 29 @ 10:30 a.m. (One hour sessions start at 10:30 a.m., with the last session beginning 3:30 p.m.)
  • Metal Casting Pewter Pendant
    Discover the fascinating art of metal casting! Select from a variety of pendant designs and make your own wearable creation. Ages 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Daily, June 4-August 18 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Cracknels
    What’s a cracknel? It’s a thin cookie with a special ingredient – caraway seeds! Help to mix, roll, and cut out the dough. Bake them in a tin oven in front of the fire, and then experience a flavor from the past. Ages 8-15 must be accompanied by and adult.
    Daily, May 25-June 21 @ 2 p.m.
  • Wooden Car
    Use traditional woodworking tools like a brace and bit, saw and rasp, to construct a simple wooden car that is fun to make and play with. Ages 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Weekends, March 26-May 28, @ 2:30 p.m.

Ages 10+

  • Soft Cheese
    Make some cheese! It’s easy! Visit the Conner house to help make a batch of soft cheese to take home. We will use cow’s milk, lemon juice, and heat from the hearth to make soft, spreadable cheese. Spaces are limited to 12 participants. Ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
    July 27 & 28 @ 1 p.m.
  • Copper Bracelets
    Find out about humanity’s ancient connection to copper working as you use simple tools to hammer form and texture a simple copper bracelet. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Daily, May 25-July 28, (1/2 hour sessions start at 10:30 a.m., with the last session beginning 4 p.m.)

Ages 14+

  • BANG!
    Guests will learn how a Civil War rifled musket was loaded and fired, according to military protocol. Guests will then be able to fire either a Springfield or Enfield rifle, under close professional supervision. No live ammunition will be used.
    Daily, May 26-August 25 @ 2:30 p.m.