Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Day in Paris/Mini Unit Study

We spent the day in Paris. We started the day with a viewing of the movie Ratatouille and block station play. We had two block stations for Eiffel Tower building.

We sampled a favorite French food, Nutella Crepes for breakfast. Crepes are much easier than they look and you can stuff them with fruit for a healthier meal. If you are intimidated by crepes but still want your children to try them then I would suggest stopping by an Ihop the night before and ordering a stack of plain crepes to go; gently re-heat them the next morning and fill them accordingly.

Next we took a virtual tour of Paris via Google. Choose the tour that looks the most interesting to you.

parisThen we used our shape skills to build the Eiffel Tower on paper. We took a similar project to the zoo last week after viewing a 'how too' tutorial over at Fairy Dust Teaching

We sampled French Onion Soup for lunch. It was a big hit. If you don't think your children will be game then just call it soup and follow the kid friendly recipe below.


Kid Friendly French Onion Soup

4 cups water
4 beef bullion cubes
1-2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
Croutons
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Heat water and add onion and bullion cubes; when cubes dissolve pour soup in bowls and top with croutons and cheese. I realize this recipe is not authentic but it was successful for convincing my children to try something new.

We finished the day by making our own Euro dollars using construction paper and decorating the kitchen like a French Bistro; complete with a hanging menu (sneaky writing and cutting practice). A flower unit study would go nicely with this #project because you could display the flowers on the "bistro" table! Check out my Flower Unit Study.

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