Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Valentine Art, Crafts, Recipes, & Games!

February 5th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, February 5, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
AmazingMoms.com: Valentines

Age Range: All  (There are craft activities for all ages. Parental supervision required.)

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Celebrate by decorating the house with Valentine-themed arts and crafts or bake a special chocolate treat for your sweetie or semi-sweetie. At this ad-supported website you’ll find instructions and illustrations for making:

*Valentine’s Day Crafts – Make a cute and crafty love bug, a valentine mobile, a valentine sachet, a CD valentine, or a woven paper heart.

*Valentine’s Day Recipes – Make a “Box of Chocolates” cake, a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Cherry Mousse, or Message Heart Cupcakes.

*Valentine’s Day Party Guide – Plan a Valentine party with these suggestions for decorations, treats, and fun Valentine’s Day games!

*Quick Tips to a Sweet Valentine’s Day – Don’t have time for crafts and recipes?  Try these simple and inexpensive ideas you can do in a jiffy to make the day more meaningful for your whole family!

Note:  This is an ad-supported website, so parents please preview and supervise use.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Candy Science Experiments!

November 2nd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, November 2, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Candy Experiments

Age Range: All (Children will need adult supervision.)

ClickScholar Kelly recommended this website created by a mom who is a writer with a science background and her inquisitive daughter. Together they’ve developed an incredible archive of free science experiments you can conduct with candy

As explained at the website, this all began when her daughter asked a life-changing question: “What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?” 

That first candy experiment led to many with results like these:

“Drop a Warhead in baking soda water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of candy experiments.  Click on any one and a new page opens with a list of materials needed and instructions on how to conduct the experiment. Try:

  • Pixie Stix Acid Test
  • M&M chromatography
  • Skittles Density Rainbow
  • Life Savers Lights
  • Starburst Oil Test
  • ~And Many More!

Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access:

*In Action – Watch videos of the candy experiments!

*Printables – Get free printable experiment cards!

*Party Tips – Find a list of suggestions for conducting a successful candy experiment party!

You can also read blog entries, find links to articles about candy, and lots of other fun stuff.

Virtual Field Trip to Wheat Flour Mill & More

October 16th, 2009

Recommended Website:
North American Miller’s Association: Kids Zone

Age Range: 8-12 (about grades 3-8)

ClickScholar Chris suggested this FANTASTIC Virtual Field Trip to a flour mill sponsored by the North American Miller’s Association.

When you get to the site, just click on the YouTube screen to take a 10-minute video field trip to see how wheat is grown, harvested, and made into flour – and see what baked goods the flour makes too!

As Chris wrote, this site also offers:

  • Free multi-page educational booklets with kid-friendly, wheat-themed learning activities that can be integrated into science, math, language arts, social studies and other curriculum.
  • Printable colored diagram showing the parts of the wheat kernel!
  • Links to other free resources. Look for the icon menu on the left sidebar. Be sure to click on the “Home Baking Association” icon to access fairly formal baking lessons (great for middle and high schoolers) and tons of recipes.
  • A free subscription to agMag that provides production, agronomic, processing, consumption and career information for ages 8-10.

This is a perfect learning resource at this time of year – because you can use it to turn holiday baking into fun learning opportunities that the whole family will enjoy!

Holiday Science

December 16th, 2008

This week, ClickSchooling is featuring a Holiday theme. If you enjoy these activities, you may also enjoy Homefires’ free Holiday Curriculum.

Recommended Websites:
Holiday Science

Age Range: Varies

Track Santa on Christmas Eve

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, Santa Cam, and jet fighter aircraft!

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

Get the 4-1-1 on how those mini decorative lights are made. Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread. Once you know the origin, try this experiment…

The Science in the Ingredients of Gingerbread

The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California offers an interesting science lesson based on the ingredients in gingerbread. Find out how baking soda chemically reacts with molasses to produce carbon dioxide – and what that does to the gingerbread dough. Try their recipe for gingerbread and use their suggestions for experimenting with the recipe ingredients to get a variety of interesting results.

Have fun!

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Gingerbread Science!

December 11th, 2007

Continuing with our Holiday Theme…

Recommended Websites:

Age Range: Varies

The Science of Gingerbread Ingredients

The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California offers an interesting science lesson based on the ingredients in gingerbread at this website. Find
out how baking soda chemically reacts with molasses to produce carbon dioxide — and what that does to the gingerbread dough. Try their recipe for gingerbread and use their suggestions for experimenting with the recipe ingredients to get a variety of interesting results.

Science Through Gingerbread House Design

Problem-solving, creative thinking, and cooperation are all covered in this activity available in a downloadable and printable “Teacher’s Guide” from
Cornell University.

The Science Behind the Invention of Gingerbread

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Gingerbread Science

Young children may enjoy the gingerbread tactile and sensory suggestions, along with weights and measurement activities suggested by preschool and early elementary grade teachers at this website.

Have fun!

Christmas Cookie Curriculum!

December 8th, 2007

Continuing with our Holiday Theme…

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. I thought we could study “art” through decorating these sweet confections. I was surprised to discover how many other subjects could be incorporated into the act of
baking cookies. I hope you enjoy visiting these websites…

Recommended Websites:

The History of Cookies

A fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times. Includes history about specific cookies too such as, Anzac Biscuits, Biscotti, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fortune Cookies, Macaroons,
Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles and more. It includes recipes too!

Christmas Cookie Language Arts: A Random Christmas Cookie Story Generator

At this site, you simply enter your name and gender and the computer generates a really silly Christmas cookie story using that information. The story is generated in one, long, run-on sentence. Print it out and correct the punctuation. :)

NOTE TO PARENTS: As always, you should test this before you let the kids try it.

Christmas Cookie Math

You’ll find Christmas-themed math word problems here. One of the problems involves Christmas cookies, and another is about making gingerbread men. Don’t forget that sugar cookies can be cut into geometric shapes. Cookies can be decorated with numbers and geometric shapes too. Tots can sort the various kinds of Christmas cookies. Have fun! :)

A Christmas Cookie CHEMISTRY Mystery

(Note: Geared for Middle School and up.) Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around
Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions.

Social Studies with Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary,
Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and
Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

The Family Education website offers this FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

Art: Cookie Decorating 101

Explore these terrific tips for decorating cookies before and/or after
baking them.

Enjoy!

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