Friday, October 23, 2009

Layers of the Earth

Associate something to be learned with food and I'm in like flint. I guess my girls got that gene, too. Anyway, we've been learning about the different layers of earth. I did some searching and couldn't find a whole lot that I thought tasted good by way of recipes so I kind of combined some different ideas that I found and made my own recipe. If you're looking for specific measurements/amounts in this post you may want to skip this 'un. Because we're not building a rocket here...just replica earths.

Step 1: Mix a couple of spatula globs of peanut butter, a scoop of graham cracker crumbs, and some powdered sugar to get a playdoh like consistency to your mixture.
Put them in the freezer for a few minutes so that they aren't quite so mushy.
Have you tried this ice-cream? Well, I can barely pull myself to buy Ben & Jerry's because they're so liberal but this ice cream tastes just like my mother's chocolate cake. Mmmmm...

Meanwhile mix up some cream cheese (maybe 1 oz???), a spoonful or 2 of sour cream, and some more, yes, powdered sugar...mmmm (don't you dare dirty another it in the same bowl..remember, we're not building rockets)

After your earths have hardened a little take them out, do any necessary reshaping and then cut them in half with a sharp knife.

Scoop out little bits of each half. We used a grapefruit spoon.

Oh the leftover pieces.

Spoon in the cream cheese mixture and pop a red hot in one of the 2 halves.

Press the 2 halves back together.

Pop them back in the freezer for a few more minutes.

After they have hardened just a little, take them out, reshape as necessary. Then roll them in graham crax crumbs and sprinkles. We used blue for water.

Voila! There you have it.


See that yummy cross section?

Discuss with them that the

Red hot = Inner Core
Cream Cheese = Outer Core
Peanut Butter = Mantle
Crumbs and Sprinkles = Crust

Then go here, print one of these, and have them label (without you telling them if they can).

I have to wonder if this might be a little bit how God feels? Boy have I got a mess on my hands!


Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

Hi, I couldn't figure out how to email you directly LOL! LS is Letters and Sounds from Abeka, I started mixing in the Abeka because my 2nd grader needed help reading and she's really improved since we did. I have cut back on the MFW stuff, I try to mix in fun stuff because I really do like that curriculum, but for Adventures it didn't have that much phonic work and she really needed it, so now I'm trying to do both LOL! Normally where all that phonic stuff is, I had the MFW history stuff, now we try to read that on the side, and do the fun activities where we can. I like your earth balls! Looks yummy! What week are you on?

Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

PS I love this post, so funny!

Sarah said...

My kids would LOVE this...will have to remember to do this in a few months when we begin our Astronomy Apologia lessons! Thanks!

Miche said...

THAT is awesome. I want to make those now just to eat....What a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for calling me the other day too, it was so great to learn more about home schooling AND I am planning a trip to the homeschool store on Tuesday to go check out local support groups. Thank you SO MUCH for the advice!!

Anonymous said...

You have such creative ideas! Love them, can't wait to do this next week with my kiddos, they will be surprised and delighted to have a snack.

Joyce said...

Thanks for this was neat for the kids....even if Mommy forgot the crust...forgot to roll them in more grahams and sprinkles...still a good lesson for them, though. Thanks for sharing!