Keep a chart of all the things the boxcar children used to substitute for real items and places. For instance the refrigerator was a hole in a rock behind a waterfall, sand was used as scouring powder, a stump for a step, the dump for a store, tin can with a stick tied to it with wire (it's fun to make this), clothesline or dryer was a rope tied between two trees. On 8.5" x 11" paper turned sideways, write the word--scouring powder, store, step, ladle, etc. Divide the page beneath the title in half. On one side put lines at the top for them to write a definition. Then they will find the picture of the actual item in a magazine or catalog, cut it out and paste it on the side without the definition. On the side with the definition, they will draw a picture of what the boxcar children used. They will arrange it in alphabetical order. This activity encourages exposure to print media, dictionary skills, alphabetizing, handwriting skills.