Spaghetti and Science

Dinner around the table is never a boring affair for The Tribe. One never knows what the topic of the day might be or where it will lead. However, there is sure to be laughter and some learning mixed in as well.

A few days ago, the topic of going to the ocean came up. One of our children said that she would like to go to the ocean so that she could learn how to swim. I pointed out that the ocean might not be the best place for her to learn with issues such as undercurrents.

And so the science lesson began…

My husband and I both grew up near the coast. While I didn’t really care for┬áthe water, Eddie spent many hours surfing. He loves the ocean. As we were talking about the ocean, Eddie went and grabbed the dry erase markers. I knew a lesson was on the way!

The kiddos and Eddie had a great discussion about tides, undercurrent, buoyance, etc. Next thing you know we are talking about the Dead Sea and needing a pool in the backyard.

Spaghetti and science….just another day around the dinner table. What do you talk about around the dinner table?


Are You Ready for Thursday? Grab the chocolate!

Chocolate chips, that is. And your favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe and a few cute kiddos. It is time to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!! Thursday, May 15th is the day set aside to enjoy this delicious yumminess.

What is a mom to do? While we are mixing up that cookie dough, we can mix up some fun and yummy learning, too. I’m not sure about your kiddos but I know mine might get a little more excited about math if it includes chocolate chip cookies and a nice cold glass of milk.

Ten Ways to Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day:

1- Make a batch of cookies and deliver to your neighbor or a friend who needs a smile.

2 – Read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff with your little ones. Then head over to my Pinterest board: Chocolate Chip Cookie Day for some fun printables and activities.

3- Invite friends over and have a chocolate chip cookie baking party.

4- Host a chocolate chip cookie baking contest. I’m sure there will be plenty of volunteers to judge.

5- Do a bit of geography and locate the places the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookies come from.

6- Pour chocolate chips into a jar. Let your children guess or estimate how many chips are in the jar. Have an official count and the winner receives a giant chocolate chip cookie made especially for them!

7 – Do some experimenting! What other yummy additions can you put in your cookies to partner with the chips? Sprinkles? Peanut butter chips? M&Ms? No raisins!

8 – Make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches to enjoy as a cool treat.

9- Have a scavenger hunt. Write clues on cookie cut outs and hide them. The scavenger hunt ends with a cookie celebration. Yum!

10- Get the creative juices flowing and have everyone write a story that includes chocolate chip cookies. Why not munch on a cookie while writing?

I need to make sure we have plenty of chocolate chips for Thursday! I can’t wait.

If you enjoy cookies on Thursday, please share the fun and leave a comment!