Fun Classroom Recipes

Key Words: Curriculum Materials, General Information, K-6

With spring (and summer-type weather for some, even) quickly approaching in the States, it seems time for some great hands-on activities that give rather anxious children something fun to go along with the daily grind. Plus, kids love to be outdoors in the nice weather. Why not try to tie the "kitchen" (of your classroom) in with one of your lessons? Make and take outdoors. Your kids will thank you for it! (Be careful, though. Not all of these recipes are for edible treats. Some just allow you to play!)

* Learning about farm animals, colors, creativity, or appreciation? Give your students this poem, by Gelett Burgess, and discuss with them things out of the ordinary.

The Purple Cow-

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

Next, you can make the Purple Cow drink! For each child figure on 2 ounces of grape juice, 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda, and about 1/4 cup of vanilla ice cream. Put about 1 cup of grape juice and 1 cup of ice cream in blender at a time and blend for 15 seconds or less. Fill small paper cups about half full of this mixture, then add the soda and serve. Make batches until you've got enough for everyone. Take the drinks outside and look for other purple things in nature, or for possibly "bizarre" sights that we may take for granted.

*If you are teaching about nutrients, nature appreciation, Earth Day, or gardening, making a dirt pie or dirt cups are a perfect way to end your lesson. Try one of these recipes

Dirt Potters:

1 lb. pkg. Oreos
2 small pkgs. instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 8-oz. carton Cool Whip
1 8-oz. block cream cheese (or 2 cartons of vanilla yogurt)

Blend milk and pudding mix, mix in Cool Whip and cream cheese. (To lower fat content, substitute 2 cartons vanilla yogurt for cream cheese. Layer with crushed Oreos. Put it in a plastic flower pot, stick in some artificial flowers, and serve with a garden trowel.

Dirt Cups:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 (3 1/2 ounce) packages of instant chocolate pudding mix
3 1/2 cups milk
12 ounces of thawed whipped topping
20 ounce package of Oreos, crushed
gummy worms
silk or plastic flowers/plants
paper cups

In a large bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese; blend thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Stir into cream cheese mixture. Place 1/3 of crushed cookies in the bottom of cups. Place one or two worms in each cup. Add 1/2 of cream cheese mixture to the cups. Repeat layers, ending with crumbs on top. Refrigerate to set (about 2 hours). Decorate tops with artificial flowers or plants.

* Students from kindergarten to twelfth grade love to play with playdough. So why not let them? The time doesn't have to be "wasted" either. Learn about ratios, fractions, color mixtures, and chemical reactions when you make your own substance using one of these easy recipes:

Regular Playdough:

Mix: 4 cups flour
1 cup salt

Add liquid to get desired texture. The liquid is up to you, but we've found that using water and temporal paint works great. The colors are up to you!

Putty Dough:

1 cup liquid starch
2 cups white Elmer's glue

Mix both ingredients in a bowl, and knead with hands until smooth. Food coloring may be added with starch. If it does not mix, add more starch. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Edible Playdough:

1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups dry milk
2/3 cups honey

Mix to a good consistency. If necessary, add more milk or honey. Let kids create, then eat! (This is a personal favorite.)

Smelly Playdough:

2 3/4 cups of flour (more as needed)
1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp. oil
1 cup boiling water
2 packages unsweetened kool-aid

Mix. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. Store in the refrigerator.

(Thanks to the following for their contributions to this article: Gbapa@aol.com, lisaleon@hawaii.edu, wilkiso@citizen.infi.net.)

This information was taken from the Teacher's Edition Online Newsletter.

Uploaded by: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major