Anne of Green Gables Activities

8 07 2010

Make your own Cherry Cordial – the one Anne and Diana were supposed to drink, but accidentally drank some of Marilla’s wine instead.

1 tsp sour cherry syrup

5 oz ice water

ice cubes

Add the syrup to the water and stir – add ice and enjoy!





Activities for the Art of War

17 06 2010

The United States has some really great war monuments to visit and understand the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers.  One interesting way to learn more about warfare is to visit these monuments.  Here are a few in the US to visit:

- Korean War Veterans Memorial

- World War II Memorial

- USS Arizona Memorial

- Vietnam Veterans Memorial





Activities for Sherlock Holmes

3 06 2010

If you want to do some of your own detective work, you’re going to need some tools.  You can learn how to make a periscope for peering around corners out of a milk carton here, or learn how to make your own secret code so nobody can read your notes here.

You can try to solve a mystery of your own, and write a story about it.  Or, learn to notice all the things around you like Holmes did and play I-spy.

There are plenty of recipes in Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Cookbook to keep you busy for a while.





Activities to go with How to be a Pirate

20 05 2010

If you want your own dragon at home, you can go here or here to learn how to make your own origami dragon like the one shown here.  I imagine this one is probably a common or garden, but I’m sure you can find a way to add some retractible claws, or any other features you want in your dragon.

If you want to be a real pirate like Grimbeard the Ghastly, you definitely need to talk like a pirate.  And, what better day to start doing that than International Talk like a Pirate Day?  It falls on September 19 every year, so put it on your calendar.

You can make your own pirate map, pirate hat, and if you are very ambitious, you can make this wooden pirate sword, but, I think I might only be able to pull off a balloon sword.





Oliver Twist Activities

13 05 2010

If reading Oliver Twist reminded you about the plight of orphans, you can support orphans worldwide by giving to World Vision’s Widow and Orphan Fund.

Here is the trailer for a 2005 version of Oliver Twist – you can watch it while you make yourself some gruel, I found this recipe here.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon of groats or oatmeal
2 tablespoons of cold water
1 pint of boiling water

Cooking Instructions
First put the oats, together with the cold water, into a saucepan and mix together until smooth. Then, over this, stirring all the time, pour one pint of boiling water. Now stirring frequently boil for 10 minutes. Serve.





Robinson Crusoe Activities

6 05 2010

After listening to the book, you can watch the 1996 version of the movie with Pierce Brosnan.  I haven’t seen it, but you can watch the trailer on you tube here.

After listening to the book, it definitely made me want to brush up on my survival skills.  There are all kinds of helpful videos on you tube including how to start a fire with your cell phone, how to create a charcoal walter filtration system, how to fish, and just about anything else you might need to know.

I also thought learning to make pottery would be a good skill to have – and was mesmerized by this video – amazing to watch!  Of course, making a pinch pot is probably more in my skill set.

One of my favorite recipes to make while camping is Pineapple Upside Down cake in a Dutch Oven.  People usually look at me a bit strange, not having ever seen cake made over a fire before, but it is quite delicious.  So, next time you’re stranded on an island, try it out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 can sliced pineapples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 yellow cake box mix
  • 1 Cup Water mixed with the juice from the canned pineapple.

Directions:

Start by heating up the dutch over the flame, then add the butter until it is all melted.  Put the pineapple rings in the butter to cover the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle all the brown sugar on top.  Let the brown sugar caramelize for a few minutes while you mix the cake mix with the water and pineapple juice.  Batter should be slightly thicker than pancake mix.  Pour the batter over the pineapples and brown sugar, put the lid on, and let it cook for 20 minutes making sure it’s not too close to the fire, otherwise it will burn.  Open the lid, and spoon out your yummy cake creation for dessert!





The Secret Garden Activities

29 04 2010

One great activity is to find a public garden near your home and visit it several times during the spring and summer so you can see all the plants as they start to poke up through the ground, bud, and turn into a beautifully mature garden.

You could also plant your own garden and watch it bloom from seed.

After listening to the Audiobook, you can watch the 1993 version of the movie, you can watch the trailer here.

You could also try out some of the recipes in the Secret Garden Cookbook.  I’m sure it has recipes for crumpets, raspberry jam, and clotted cream.  Or, you could just get two thick slices of bread and put a thick slice of bacon in between for your supper.

You can learn all about robins – where they are found, what they look like, what they eat – you can download an app for your iPhone that tells you all about birds you may see in your backyard.

Whatever you do – we hope you enjoy listening to The Secret Garden.





How to Train your Dragon Activities

22 04 2010

Happy Earth Day! Here are four great viking-related things to do that will help the planet.

First – you can give your kids some re-usable wooden viking utensils instead of plastic utensils

Second – you can make yourself an origami viking hat out of some old bills or other paper that would have otherwise just gone into the recycling bin

Third – you can smoke some sustainable fish just the way the vikings would have – though they called it Rökt Fisk

Fourth – you can learn about Vikings online – the BBC has a beliefs and stories section on Vikings





Activities: Peter Pan

15 04 2010

I found a fun recipe for a Peter Pan Cocktail on drinksmixer.com for those not so little kids.

3/4 oz dry vermouth
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz orange juice
2 dashes bitters

You and your kids can make your own fairy wands using chocolate-dipped pretzels coated with shiny sprinkles that look like pixie dust.

Or, you can make some super easy Fairy Bread, an Australian favorite.  Here’s a recipe from allrecipes.com

  • 8 slices white bread, with crusts trimmed
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup multicolored candy sprinkles

Spread margarine onto slices of bread. Cover with sprinkles. Cut into triangles to serve.





Little Women Activities

8 04 2010

I am one of 4 sisters, so this book resonates strongly with me. It reminds me of all the fun my sisters and I had growing up, along with the trouble we got into. Though I’m not the oldest, I am most like Meg’s character. I have found some delightful activities that will help you get into the spirit of Little Women.

If you want to try your hand at Amy’s favorite Pickled Limes, head over here to see one recipe.

When Meg goes to visit Laurie in the snow, she brings him some of her blanc mange, a custard-like dish, and Beth brought her cats. Laurie deemed the blanc mange “too pretty to eat”. Here is a recipe, found here:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp sugar

few grains of salt

2 Tbsp water

1 C scalded mil

1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Slowly add 1 cup scalded milk, stirring constantly and cook over medium heat until thick and smooth. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla. Can be poured into wetted molds and chilled or into any pretty serving dish or single servers. Chill and serve with a well flavored sauce. I like to heat Apple caramel dip and thin it with milk or cream to drizzle on the pudding.

If you’re looking for more activities inspired by Little Women, check out this book.








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