Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry Fun

We are still enjoying schooling through the weather we are enjoying too! In between sneaking out to play in the snow, sipping hot cocoa and enjoying some playtime we are also dipping into a bit of school work. Holly did some work on math, writing and reading - then we had some fun with a few crafts and cranberries.
I saw a great blog where a gal did some fun with cranberries and was inspired so we broke open the cranberries and played! We first read on cranberries, enjoyed the book A Cranberry Thanksgiving, learned how they were apart of the first 'Thanksgiving' and then opened a bag to inspect. Do they sink or float? Why? What do they look like inside? Are there seeds? What do they taste like? How do they taste compared to dried cranberries? So many questions.... After answering these questions we watched an episode of Dirtiest Jobs on cranberry harvesting and making cranberry jam and syrup. It was a fun time.

Then we made cranberry colored play dough with the colored water after simmering them for an hour or so. The play dough smells really good, is cranberry colored and even had little cranberry seeds. It is really cool!

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