Gingerbread Activities

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History


Wikipedia: Gingerbread House  – Gingerbread house history, modern times, Guinness World records, and Gingerbread houses.

PBS: History Gingerbread – Article talks a bit about the history of ginger, and where the first gingerbread recipe came from and the inspiration to decorate gingerbread.


Fun Activities


DLTK Site:
Kidzone: Gingerbread Man Theme Unit – 5 Day Theme Unit and Resource List
Felt Gingerbread Man – Links to the poem and a mini-book version as well.
Gingerbread Man Dot Page – Printable activity page.
Gingerbread Man Activities – Clip art, coloring pages, recipes, and craft ideas.
Gingerbread House – Online Jigsaw Puzzle

Enchanted Learning: Gingerbread Man –  Site offers a picture story about the Gingerbread Man and craft ideas. Some activities may need a membership to print.


Mathwire: Winter Math Activities: Gingerbread House – Scroll down to the ginger bread house activities.


ABCya!: Gingerbread House – This site offers people a chance to build a virtual gingerbread house. Choose from an array of items to help you build and design a one of a kind house. Flash Player required to play.


Make Your Own House

Martha Stewart: Swedish Gingerbread House How-To – Scroll through the pictures to see how to construction this house using caramel syrup as the glue!

King Arthur Flour: Construction Gingerbread for Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread House Cakes – Recipes

Food Network: Gingerbread House – Recipe

PBS: Zoom: Graham Cracker Gingerbread House – An easy to make house made from Graham crackers.

Little Red Window: Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread House – Instructions for making a gingerbread house from recycled cardboard.


Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Christmas/Holiday House – Make a holiday house from a milk carton!

YouTube: Gingerbread Playlist – Make an origami house, learn how gingerbread house kits are made, and watch an gingerbread house competition.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…
History: Holiday Foods-Gingerbread Houses


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Chocolate Resource Page

Chocolate Information & Articles

Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!

Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here.

Field Museum: Chocolate – History, activities, process of making and much more.

Cornell University: Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more.

Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.


AncientFoods: The History of and the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica  A long, informative article about the history of the culture of chocolate, the cacao tree and its cultivation, iconographic and archaeological evidence, and medical uses. The same article can be found here: HeritageDaily: Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.


Smithsonian MagA Brief History of Chocolate – Offers a brief, yet informative, history of chocolate. Also, Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin – Article: (From the site) From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots.

Smithsonian: “Chocolate is a Fighting Food!” – Chocolate bars in the Second World War – This article has information about war rations offered to American soldiers and a story about the wartime chocolate memories of the author’s grandfather.

The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II.

Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.


Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe. 


Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs  – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.

Candyland Crafts: What is chocolate? – 
Facts, fiction, and history.


ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate IndustryWho are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?

Wikipedia: History of Chocolate – 
General information about the history of
chocolate. Also, Cocoa Butter.

Fox News Food & Drink: 6 of the World’s Most Expensive Chocolates Find out what the most expensive chocolate is and who makes it.

WorldAtlas: Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries – Information about the world biggest and smallest producers of cocoa.


Cocoa Project – This site offers different aspects of a cocoa study. 


FAO: Growing Cocoa – Information about growing cocoa.


Medical News Today: Chocolate: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research – Learn about the health benefits of chocolate!

US National Libary of Medicine – Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food – Offers: Introduction, the concept of Diet, Chocolate as Medicine: the Mesoamerican Tradition, Chocolate as Medicine: the European Tradition, Last Chapters, and Conclusions: Chocolate as Medi-Food. This is a technical article.

PennLive: A spoonful of … chocolate? Cacao has a history of medicinal useSite offers a book review of: ‘Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest Over the Centuries’ –  the history of chocolate’s medical uses.

Chocolate Activities


Chocolate Activities

Funschooling & Recreational Learning – Chocolate ActivitiesI offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here.

Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study Free unit study.

Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!


Activity Village: The Chocolate Bar Game A game played with dice. 

All Chocolate Kitchen: Chocolate Sculptures – Take a look at some of the beautiful things that can be made with chocolate.

BoredPanda: 13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate ArtSite offers a variety of works of art made from chocolate.


Aol.Finance: 10 fun jobs that pay well Scroll down to Chocolatier.

Chron: The Salary of a Chocolate Maker – Find out how much a chocolate maker makes and what you need to become one.

The Spirit Talks: Xocolatl Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe – History about the drink and how to make it in a variety of ways.

Experiments in Tempering Chocolate – 
What tempering is and comparisons of different techniques to see which work best at home.

Business Insider: Cocoa Butter Prices Are Surging Article about the high price of cocoa butter and what some companies are doing about it.

Glee Gum: Make your own chocolate kit – Interested in making your own chocolate? You can buy a kit here!

Bloomberg: Brexit Could Reopen U.K.’s 30-Year EU Chocolate War, Clegg Warns – Information about a modern day chocolate war.

All Free Crafts: Chocolate Covered Spoons – Instructions for how to make these treats.


Printable World Map.net – Choose a map to print out.


Ranker: Best Songs About Chocolate  Some songs may not be suitable for all audiences.


Videos


Cooking Channel:  Outrageous Chocolate ArtA short video that features some interesting items made with chocolate.


CNBC: This is the world’s most expensive chocolate bar – A short video about the chocolate bar is offered in this post.

YouTube: Chocolate Playlist How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Cranberry Resource Page

Cranberry Bog

Growing Information & Health Benefits of Cranberries


Wikipedia: Cranberry – Growing information, food uses, and medicinal benefits.

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Cranberries – Find out the nutritional value of this food.

MedicalNewsToday: Cranberries: Article – Health benefits, nutritional content, and risks.

Dr. Axe: Cranberries: Article – Cranberries Benefits Are Incredible – Includes nutrition facts, benefits, history and more. Includes links to recipes as well.

Food Facts: Dr. Mercola: Article – What Are Cranberries Good For? Offers health benefits, nutrition facts, study info, a recipe, and fun facts.

Organic Facts: 15 Amazing Benefits Of Cranberry Juice – Medicinal some of the more interesting benefits of cranberries.

Educational Activities & Experiments


Ocean Spray: Cranberries in the Classroom – Free printable activities include: Fact sheets and presentations, worksheets and activities, and videos about how cranberries are grown and harvested.

Universal Preschool.com: Cranberry Fun! – Offers some fun ways families with young children can learn about cranberries.

Elementary Science Program: Cranberries – Historical information about cranberries, how they are grown, and links to more information.

The STEM Laboratory: Dancing Cranberries – An experiment done with dried cranberries and a common liquid. 😊

Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Thanksgiving Food Science: Cranberry Spy Juice – Offers two cranberry experiments and a video to show you how they are done.

YouTube: Cranberry Playlist – Information about cranberries and experiments.
Here’s an example of one of the videos…

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History of the Candy Cane

Why Christmas: Christmas Candy Canes – Brief information about candy canes.

Spangler: Candy Cane History and Legends – Historical and religious information about candy canes.

WikipediaCandy Cane – Origins of the candy cane/peppermint stick and the production of this holiday treat.


Today I Found Out: The Origins of the Candy Cane – An article about the history of the candy cane.

DLTK:
Candy Cane Poem – Printable pages.
Candy Cane Reindeer – Craft idea.
Coloringws.com: Candy Cane coloring pages.

About Family Crafts.com: 26 Candy Cane Crafts – All made with real candy canes!

Fun-A-Day!: 50 Candy Cane Activities For Kids – Ornaments, experiments, crafts, recipes, treats, and more! Links take you to other sites.

From ABC’s to ACT’s: 25+ Candy Cane Crafts, Snacks, and Activities for Kids –  Links to you to other sites.


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Pizza Project




Pizza History: Timelines, articles, & videos:




Bella Napoli: History of Pizza

History.com: A Slice of History: Pizza Through the Ages

Life In Italy: History of Pizza

Wikipedia: History of Pizza



Cooking and Growing Pizza: 


Make your own pita pizza.


How does a Pizza Garden grow?

How to grow a Pizza Garden.


Fun and Games: 


Pizza Game – Pin the Toppings on the Pizza

Set-Up
Cut out 3 large circles from posterboard or construction paper, each an inch or two smaller than the other; make the largest brown (crust), the next red (sauce), and the smallest white (cheese). Glue them together.

Cut out pizza toppings from a magazine or store flyer, put removeable glue on the back of each piece and store them on waxed paper until you are ready to use them.

How to Play

Have the player remove a topping from the waxed paper and put on a blindfold. Spin them around a few times and head them in the direction of the pizza. Have them stick the topping to the pizza.

Tip: Play this game while waiting for pita pizzas to cook up or for the delivery person.

Pizza Activity – Dough Throwing


Videos



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French Fry Project

French Fries

Have you ever wondered where French fries got their start or how they are
made for commercial use? Keep reading to find out!

French fries have been around for centuries, and while no one is exactly sure who invented them first, we do know that they originated in either Belgium or France. There’s an interesting history in the argument about who fried the potato first, and if you’re interested in learning more about it, you’ll find some information below.

What can you do with French fries other than eat them? 

Experiment with them!

Experiment #1: How Long Does A French Fry Take To Decay?

You will need: Any French fry & A plate

Directions: Make French fries or purchase them from a restaurant. Then place a few on a plate and observe them each day until they decay. Try comparing a commercial fry to a homemade one.

Experiment #2: French Fry Taste Test: 
What Type Of Potatoes Make The Best French Fries?

You will need: A variety of fresh potatoes, washed and dried, a cutting board, a sharp knife, olive or vegetable oil, salt, pepper and your favorite herbs and spices.
Oven proof pans, fryer, or skillet, and paper towels

Directions: Cut your potatoes into even strips. Then place them in separate bowls and toss them with a little oil to prevent them from browning while you cut the other potatoes. Cook your potatoes using your favorite cooking method: Baked, deep fried or pan fried.
If you decide to bake them, put some oil on the pan and season it before adding them to the oven, otherwise, season your fries as soon as you get them out of the oil and onto the paper towels.
Taste each potato type and choose which potato makes the best French fry in your opinion. Try different cooking methods too.
If you need them, some cooking methods with instructions can be found in the video selection.

How do you like to eat your French Fries?

Start a French fry cookbook and fill it with pictures of your favorite recipes and ways to eat them. 

Maybe your favorites ways to enjoy them include…

Topping them with chili and cheese.
Drizzling them with gravy.
Sprinkling them with your favorite herbs and spices.
 Served with ketchup, mustard, mayo or vinegar.
Suggestions…

Find answers to any of the questions or things you want to know about French fries.

Find out what French fries are called in other countries.

Find out some of the fun ways French fried potatoes are served. 

Information

Today I Found Out: This History of French Fries – An interesting historical account of the French Fried Potato.

Wikipedia: French Fries – How French fries are eaten, their origins, and variations.

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Tomatoes

GeoChemBio: Tomato fruit
Pictures and information about the anatomy of a tomato. 

Virtual Crops: Tomato Anatomy Atlas
Click on the part you want to learn about.

Wikipedia: Tomato
History, cultivation, consumption, botanical description and more.

Rutgers: Tomato Varieties
An A-Z list of the types of tomatoes that can be grown. Click on a name for information, the words with a camera have pictures.


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Peanuts

Energy Quest: Peanut Power – Use the energy from a peanut to create fuel.

Kids Activity Blog: Peanut Butter Playdough – Site offers a dairy-free, edible recipe made with three ingredients.

IN.gov: Reclamation: Floating Peanut Experiment – Site offers an experiment. PDF format. 

National Peanut Board: Classroom Lesson Plans – 12 Peanut activities and a downloadable peanut comic book.

Georgia Peanut Commission: Kids Corner – History of peanuts, FAQ, nutrition, interactive games and resources.

Peanut Plant Anatomy: Diagram and info


eHow: Peanut Plant Uses – From the shell to the nut, find out what can be done with every part of a peanut. This site also offers the article: How to Plant Peanuts.

Fran’s World of DiscoverySweet & Spicy Nuts – Recipe found on this blog.


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Sweet Potato Resources

Sweet Potato

Nutrition Facts, Educational Resources

World’s Healthiest Foods: Sweet Potato Facts & Info

Mississippi: Sweet Potato Facts

Wikipedia: Sweet Potatoes

California: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Experiment: Grow a Sweet Potato Plant Video time: 3:05

Growing and Harvesting Sweet Potatoes in a Potato Bag Video Time: 3:20


Sweet Potato Recipes

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission:


The Pioneer Woman: Sweet Potato Fries

Did you know you can eat the leaves of the sweet potato plant?



Homegrown Foods: Recipe: Stir Fry Sweet Potato Leaves




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National Root Beer Float Day

Root Beer Float

National Root Beer Float Day is celebrated on August 6th of each year, and while the easiest way to make a root beer float is to put a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a frosty mug, and pour your favorite, icy cold root beer over it, we seem to have a knack for making everything a little more….interesting.

We’re planning to prepare for National Root Beer Float Day a few days ahead of time so we can sit back and enjoy all our hard work on August 6th.


If you would like to join us on our journey, this is what we have planned…


About National Root Beer Float Day

We’ll be learning how this delicious day got its start with some of the following resources.

National Day Calendar: National Root Beer Float Day – Find out how the “Black Cow” got its start in the late 1800’s


A&W Restaurants: Root Beer Float Day – A&W restaurants are famous for their delicious root beer floats, and this year (2016), A&W restaurants are celebrating National Root Beer Float Day by offering a FREE root beer float to anyone who stops in between 2 p.m. and closing. Check out the site for more information. 

Wikipedia: Root Beer Float – This link will take you straight to the root beer float section of the article. You’ll find some alternative float combinations to try as well.


Holidays In Year: National Root Beer Float Day – Site offers a little information about the day, and if you like to plan ahead, it also has the day of the week it lands on over the next few years.


Recipes: Ice Cream & Root Beer

We’re planning to make our own ice cream and root beer a few days in advance, here are some of the sites/videos we’ll be choosing from.



Food.com: Root Beer Float Day & Black Cow – This site offers a few interesting ways to enjoy root beer in other foods, and a version of a root beer float made with chocolate syrup.

Videos

The following selection of videos have recipes for homemade ice cream and root beer, in addition to some ways to make root beer float themed popsicles.

Click on arrow next to ‘Playlist’ to see the title names. 




Experimenting with Root Beer Floats

We’ll be experimenting with different types of homemade ice cream, made with alternative milks, to see if they can stand up to the homemade root beer we are planning to make.

 While researching for this post, some people suggested that ice cream should go into a glass after the root beer, while others put the ice cream in first. We’ll be doing some yummy experimenting with our root beer floats to compare methods.
In the past, we’ve tested out different flavors of ice cream and different brands of root beer to see which ones we like best. We found our favorite combos and you may find a new favorite too with this experiment!

If you decide to join us for this deliciously fun journey, let me know what your results were in the comments below. You can also make suggestions for other great resources.  
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