Some of you may have heard of Hurricane Sally that recently hit the panhandle of Florida. She originally was projected to come to the Gulf Coast where I live, so of course as we prepared for the possible hurricane and they began to shut things down around town, my children became scared. Since our already crazy week from returning from a weekend beach trip and getting back into the swing of things was now turning more chaotic with hurricane and storm talks, I decided to turn one of our lessons into All About Hurricanes.
A quick search on teacherspayteachers.com and I found some free resources about hurricanes and a fun art project of creating a picture of broken trees and other destruction that may happen during a hurricane. YouTube had loads of videos for kids, so I picked the one that seemed the most appropriate for my small children. Followed it up with a google search on how to create a hurricane using simple everyday household items. I picked the easiest thing since this was totally last minute, of a bowl, water and food coloring. The experiment was simple enough: fill up a bowl of water 3/4 full and begin to stir the water. As you stir, add a few drops of blue food coloring and watch as the “eye of the hurricane” spreads out. It was a cool idea, and I’m glad I took a video of it in slow motion because my kids got crazy with it and we ended up with colorful water play in the end! And they brought out all their animal toys to have them sink down into the pit of blue, green, and red waters they had created. Needless to say their fear of the hurricane had subsided.
And that was just one of the many “on the fly” projects I came up with this week. But that leads me into my more delicious on the fly project with my kids: Sweet Potato Brownies. My kids absolutely love these, and they are good for you too! They like to eat it for breakfast, but always ask for “chocolate cake”. Since my son kept asking for it all week, and I hadn’t gotten around to baking any, for math the other day, I let them bake it up! And in the process, taught them about 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2. And now we have some delicious “chocolate cake” that is literally already almost gone after 2 days!
Hope you give these a try!
Sweet Potato Brownies
1 sweet potato cooked and mashed
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp ground up oatmeal into flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips