Posts Tagged ‘potato’

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

St. Pat’s Day Language Arts & Much More!

March 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns

(www.homefires.com/articles/st_paddys_day.asp)

Age Range: 3-14 (Grades PreK-8 approximately – and fun for the whole family!)

 

With St. Patrick’s Day only a couple of days away, we are highlighting some fun ideas from Diane Flynn Keith’s websites for cross-curricular celebrations – many of which you can do last minute!

This website has a wonderful article by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski offering a fun array of St. Patty’s Day arts, crafts, and activities for ages 6-14 that cover math, science, language arts, and much more!

And for preschoolers, St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers has an article with a few suggestions for some fun learning activities you can do with the little ones. Try Diane’s family’s recipe for a festive beverage today – a “Darby O’Gill”!

Fun for the whole family: A Potato Curriculum – Potatoes are an Irish food staple. Go on a Potato Hunt, explore a potato, conduct a potato science experiment, get creative with mashed potatoes – and have fun learning!

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit the following websites and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work

How does this little device imitate a thermometer?
 
Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?

Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.
 
WKSU: The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner

Listen to 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.
 
The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato

Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?
 
The Science of Cranberry Sauce

Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Learn How Potato Chips are Made

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, July 24, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ballreich’s Potato Chips

(http://www.ballreich.com/shop/virtual_tour.html)

 

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Discover how potato chips are made with this website from Ballreich Bros., Inc. Located in Tiffin, Ohio, this family owned business has been making potato chips since 1920.
When arriving at the link, either select the blue “Take Our Virtual Tour” text link or click on the pictorial timeline below it to learn the history of Ballreich’s.

After selecting the virtual tour link, visitors can view the 7-minute, narrated slide show that explains the process involved in going from potato to chip. Learn: 

  • How much a semi-truck load of potatoes weighs and how potatoes are delivered
  • How temperature affects potatoes
  • What happens to the peelings and scraps
  • What does a 1920’s hairstyle have to do with potato chips
  • How are potatoes dried after washings
  • How many pounds of potatoes and oil are used per hour to make a batch of potato chips
  • How many 1 ounce bags per minute can be filled with the finished chips
And much more.

When you are finished with your virtual tour, click the “Go Back” button which will take you back to the home page, then select the “Ballreich’s History” timeline image to discover the history of the company with vintage images and interesting accompanying text.

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