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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Eye Exercises

Tibetan Eye Chart 

Seeing.org offers information about the Bates Method and its Techniques.


Wikipedia: This site has information about the Bates Method and Tibetan Eye Chart.

Wellness Hour Tibetan Eye Chart Site offers a chart and instructions for use.

Exercises 4 Eyes: Site offers interactive eye exercises.

WikiHow: How To Exercises Your Eyes – Offers written and video instructions for eye exercises.

All About Vision: Eye ExercisesDo Eye Exercises Improve Vision?

For more information about the human eye on Fran’s World of Discovery, click here.



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Human Heart Resource Page

Human Heart by Becka V.

The human heart is an amazing organ. Here are some resources to learn more about it.

Franklin Institute: Development of the Heart – Site offers an article about the development of the heart and links to pictures of the heart, healthy and diseased. The main page can be found here.

Inner Body: Human Heart – Site offers a 2D and 3D interactive diagram of the heart.

LiveScience: Human Heart: Anatomy, Function & Facts – Article with facts about the human heart.

World Invisible: The Human Heart – Site offers labeled diagrams of the heart.

Wikipedia: Heart – Site offers information about the heart, including: Structure, development, physiology, history, symbolism, and more.

National Geographic: Heart – Site offers an interactive diagram about the heart rate at rest and while walking, how heart attacks happen and treatment. Plus, there is an article about how the heart works.

Tissue engineering: How to Build a Heart – Site offers a video and article about how they are working to build hearts for transplant.

Texas Heart Institute: Anatomy of the Human Heart – Site offers information about the heart and Flash illustrations. 

Home Science Tools: Heart Pump Project – Learn how the human heart pumps.

eHow: How to Make a Model of a Human Heart – Words and pictures show and tell how to make the model.



 

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Strawberry Goodness

Strawberry Hull Tea by Fran W.

Since ancient times every part of the strawberry plant has been used to improve health in some way!


The leaves of the wild strawberry plant have been used medicinally for centuries by many different cultures to help unpleasant issues such as diarrhea, liver disease, inflammation of the digestive tract and a few other things. 

Fresh strawberries are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate, and manganese and scientists are beginning to learn how they play an important role in fighting some types of cancer.


If you crush up the red flesh of a strawberry you can smear it on your skin to sooth a sunburn or whiten teeth if you mix it with a 1/2 tsp of baking soda!

Strawberries are a very versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, one of those ways is as a delicious tea.

Strawberry Sun Tea by Fran W

Strawberry Sun Tea

To a clear 2 quart container, add 3-4 of your favorite regular tea bags, 5 large strawberries, washed and sliced, and enough water to fill up the container 2″ from the top. Close or cover the opening of the container, and put it outside in the sun or in a sunny location for 4 hours.

Once the 4 hours are up, fill a glass with ice and your favorite sweetener (if you use any), a lemon wedge and enjoy. 

Add strawberries to hot tea

Slice up a strawberry or two and add it to a cup of your favorite hot tea. Sweeten and add milk or cream as you normally would.

Strawberry Hull Tea 


The hull of the strawberry is the leafy green part that is usually discarded, but surprisingly enough, it can be used to make tea. The leaves can be used fresh or dried and some of the top of the strawberry can be used as well.

To make this tea, place 10 hulls into a cup and pour 1 cup of boiling water over them. Allow them to sit for a 5 minutes or so, then strain the hulls or pull them out with a fork, add a teaspoon or so of your favorite sweetener and a little milk or cream and enjoy! Makes 1 cup.

Variation #1: If you would like a stronger tea, put a tea bag in the cup along with the strawberry hulls and enjoy the way you normally would.

Variation #2: In addition to adding strawberry hulls to the tea, slices of fresh strawberries can be added too.

This article is part of my Strawberry Craze series.

If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of strawberries, please visit the following sites:


How strawberries can be used medically.

Strawberries: Health Benefits
An article about the health benefits of strawberries.

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Strawberries

Health and nutrition benefits of strawberries.


This activity is part the Strawberry Craze series.

Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

A yummy and fun way to start the day or enjoy as an anytime treat.

Learn how to start your own strawberry plant from seeds and some of the interesting ways people grow them.

Learn about strawberries by using your senses.

Find out how to extract DNA from a strawberry using simple household items.

More strawberry related activities can be found in my ebook Strawberry Craze. This 91 page ebook is filled with 30 strawberry-related activities and 15 yummy, kid-friendly recipes. Click to learn more.


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Hula Hoop

Hula hoop structure by Fran W

Ancient Egyptian children rolled hoops with a stick and twirled them around their hips!

What can you do with a hula hoop?

With a little creativity and imagination, there are many things you can do with a hoop!

Here are a few you can try…


  • Twist it on your hips, arms, legs, chest, neck, wrists, and foot. Try this with more than one at a time too!
  • Twist a hoop or two to your favorite song. Try one fast and one slow!
  • Use it like you would a jump rope.
  • Add it to a dance routine that you create!
  • Play catch with it by rolling it to another person or play by yourself by rolling it so it comes back to you when you spin it just right.
  • Push a hoop along with a stick.
  • Use it to play a game of Bottle Toss or toss a hoop or two around a bottle filled with water, sand or dirt.
  • When you’re in the pool, take turns with a friend going through one or a few hoops underwater or let it float on top of the water and dive through it.
  • If you have multiple hoops, you can use them to go through or create an obstacle course with them.
  • If you have multiple hoops, put them together to form some kind of interesting structure such as the one depicted at the top of this post.


What do you like to do with a hula hoop? 

Share your suggestions with others by leaving a comment!



Research question…


What were early hoops made from?


When was the modern day hula hoop invented and who invented it?


Research Resources…


Inventors: Hula Hoop

Learn the history of the hula hoop including what early hoops where made of, when and who invented the hula hoop of today, and the origins of the name.

Learn How to Hula Hoop: Hula Hoop Basics 1:25 video



Watch hula hoop act performed at, Cirque du Soleil.


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Cabbage

Green Cabbage by Fran W.
Did you know….

Wild cabbage dates back to 600 BC and was used as both a food and a medicine!

Activities: Red cabbage chemistry and Homemade coleslaw
Activity #1 Red Cabbage Chemistry

Red cabbage juice can be used to find out if a chemical is an acid or a base.

To make a red cabbage indicator, you will need:

Red cabbage, water, a blender, strainer, clear drinking glasses, and white paper

To do the experiment, you will need:

Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, washing soda, laundry detergent, soda pop, Alka-Seltzer, milk, apple juice, orange juice, etc. 

Tip: Cabbage juice will stain clothing!

Note: Parental supervision may be needed for this experiment if items like bleach and ammonia are used. 

To find out what to do, how it works, and why, please visit this site:

Red Cabbage Chemistry

Test enough liquids to make a rainbow of colors! 


You may also be interested in watching and doing this experiment with carbon dioxide and red cabbage juice:

Red Cabbage Chemistry Video

Activity #2 Homemade Coleslaw 


Coleslaw by Fran W

Homemade coleslaw is better than store bought any day! Plus, it makes a deliciously crisp side dish.

To make this crisp, refreshing slaw you will need:

1 lb cabbage, thinly shredded
2 large carrots, grated (about a 1/2 cup)
1/2 c mayo
2 T raw sugar or honey
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Make the dressing:

In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, sugar/honey, lemon juice, and salt and pepper together, then set aside for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together

Prepare the cabbage and carrots:

While you are waiting for the dressing to marinate, thinly shred the cabbage with a serrated knife, grate the carrots, and place these ingredients in a separate bowl until needed.

Put it together:

Once the dressing is ready, add the cabbage and carrots to the bowl and mix everything together with a large spoon. Allow the coleslaw to marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.
This recipe makes about 1 quart of coleslaw.

Enjoy!

Question of the day…..

Cabbage is really good for you!

What are the health benefits of cabbage and how can it be used medicinally?

Learn more:

Learn about the cabbage family
Find out why cabbage is so good for you!
On this Australian site, you will learn about the health benefits of cabbage, learn a little bit of cabbage history, and find out when cabbage is in season. There are some easy to make cabbage recipes on the page as well.

This site talks about the many health benefits and medicinal qualities of cabbage.
Of Cabbages and Celts
Learn how cabbage got its name and how it made it to America.

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Black Cats

Black Cat photo from Wikipedia

In some countries, black cats are considered bad luck, while in others they are a symbol of good luck!

To learn more about the history of black cats, and how and why they have a good or bad reputation, read: Wikipedia: Black Cat

During the Middle Ages, cats effected the start and outcome of the Black Plague. Cats: Heroes During the Black Plague explains how this happened.

Cats have an interesting history dating back to Ancient Egyptian times! Read, A Short History of the Domestication of the Cat to learn why cats were highly regarded some of the time, and treated unfairly at other times.

Cats in general are well known for their great sense of balance. See how well you can balance with these activities!

You’ll need:

Masking tape, an unsharpened pencil, a small flat object, bean bag, rolled up sock, a book
Optional: A stop watch, a friend, paper and pencil

Try this….
Warning: When you try these activities, have something to grab on to or a safe place to fall so that you don’t get hurt.

– Stand on one foot for as long as you can, switch sides after a couple of minutes, then close your eyes and try it again.
How long can you stand on one foot with your eyes open?
How long can you do it with your eyes closed?

– Put a line of masking tape on the floor and walk the line without falling off. Close your eyes and try again.

– Balance an unsharpened pencil: on your fingers, on one finger, in your hand, on your nose, and on your forehead. Try this activity with the pencil standing up, or laying flat, whenever possible.
How long can you do this?

– Put a book, a rolled up sock, or a bean bag, on top of your head and walk around with it. For an extra challenge, hop or stand on one foot while balancing something on top of your head.

– Put a bean bag or a rolled up sock on your foot. Raise your foot, keeping the item in place, try to flip the item up and catch it. Switch feet. Then kick the object around, keeping one foot off the ground at all times. Flip it to your hands and back down.
How many times can you juggle the object this way?

More black cat resources…

CSI: Superstition Bash: Black Cats – This article gives some of the reasons black cats were considered good and bad luck.

Today I Found Out: Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck – Find out how black cat got a bad reputation.

PoeStories: Edgar Allan Poe’s: Black Cat – A short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1845. 

I have a Housecats Research and Activity Guide and Resource page available for anyone interested.

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Make Your Own: Child Friendly First-Aid Kit

Kid-friendly First Aid Kit by Fran W.


A small first-aid kit is good to carry when you are exploring the great outdoors, even if it is in your own backyard! This kit has been designed for children to carry with them in their nature backpack and does not include any medicine or harmful chemicals. Children should know how to use the items in this kit properly before going out.

The following materials can be used to: remove splinters, take care of minor cuts and scraps, relieve bee/wasp stings and to stabilize minor sprains. If you feel that your child is ready, encourage them to take first aid classes through the Red Cross and purchase a commercial outdoor first aid kit for them.  
This kit should not be expected to take the place of a medical professional. In the event of a real emergency, your child should know when to call 911 and/or seek medical attention.


You will need:
A 1 gallon-sized zip-top bag – to hold all the supplies for this kit

llustrated first-aid guide – to know what to do in an emergency

Latex glovesto make sure dirt doesn’t get into a wound and so that body fluids don’t exchange
Handy wipes – for cleaning hands and injured area

Band-aids – of various sizes and shapes to cover minor cuts and scrapes

Splinter tweezers – to remove splinters caused by thorns, prickly plants, wood, etc.

Old credit card – for scraping stings out of skin

Gauze pads – of various sizes for long scrapes and cuts

Cloth first aid tape roll – to keep gauze in place

Small scissors – to cut cloth tape

Wide and regular craft sticks – To keep finger in place in the event of possible strain, break,
or fracture. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if this should happen.

Baking soda – for bee/wasp stings, fire ant and mosquito bites, itch relief from poison ivy and other skin irritations; to relieve sunburn

Cotton swabs – for mixing and applying baking soda paste

Small plastic lid – for mixing pastes

Corn starch – for chaffing

Snack-sized and sandwich-sized plastic bags – To store powders and items individually and to keep them from getting wet. Can also be use for trash.
  
Note: It is assumed that your child will always have a bottle of fresh water to make a paste out of the baking soda but the baking soda can be applied directly to the skin dry. To make a baking soda paste for a sting, put 1 tablespoon of baking soda on the plastic lid and add just enough water to make a paste, mix with a cotton swab and apply with the same cotton swab.
Make sure hands are clean whenever taking care of broken skin.

Practice making the paste so that your child knows how to do it when needed.


Note: This information has been approved by Flagler County Fire Rescue

Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month!

Celebrate by making a homemade blueberry topping


You’ll need:


1c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2-3 T raw sugar or honey
1/4c water
1 tsp butter
salt to taste
blender
small pot


What to do: Place blueberries, sugar, water, and salt in a blender and puree until smooth – about 1 minute. Pour mixture into a small pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix the butter into the warm topping. Pour over pancakes or add some to oatmeal.

Note: The blueberry puree does not need to be cooked, it can be eaten raw. Leave out the butter and salt and use just enough water for processing. Serve right away.

Tip: Leftover blueberry puree can be used to flavor your milk, plain yogurt or added to a smoothie.

Research question…..

What are the health benefits of blueberries?

Research Resources…

Blueberry Information


Class BrainBlueberries – Brief history of blueberries, health information, how to store and use blueberries.

Wild Blueberries – Research – Find out what researchers have learned about blueberries through their studies.

World’s Healthiest Foods: Blueberries – Nutrition and health information and a little history.

Wikipedia: Blueberry – Origins of the fruit, species, identification, cultivation, where they grow and more. 

Woodland Survival: Edible Plants: Blueberry Pictures of wild blueberries at various stages of growth.

Recipes

Pick Your Own: Blueberry Pie – An easy and great blueberry pie recipe! Pictures included.

Food Network: Blueberry PancakesBlueberry Muffins & Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: A Berry Patriotic Shake

Printables and Activities

US Highbush Blueberry Council: Get Smart with Blueberries – Printable activity sheets for kids.

Pick Your Own: Blueberries – Where and when can you pick blueberries in your area.

Scholastic: Blueberries for Sal Lesson Plan


Blueberry Council: How Blueberries Grow – Virtual tour of a blueberry farm, with video.
Quality Kids Crafts: Blueberry Coloring Page – With traceable word on the bottom.

ABC Teach: Blueberries in a Box – Coloring page.

Super Coloring: Blueberry Coloring Page – Printable coloring sheet.

YouTube Videos

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