Friday, September 18, 2009

Geography... the yummy way

Maps. Maps. Maps. We love our maps, but I gotta tell ya, sometimes the same old thing gets sorta dull. Sorta ho-hum. And extremely boring. After all, my two oldest boys have labeled a gazillion maps over the last few years-- maps of Egypt, maps of Mesopotamia, maps of Africa, maps of Europe, and on and on and on. And now that we're tackling the ever-growing young American nation (think late 1700s to the early 1800s), one more traditional paper map just didn't hold too much appeal.

So, we decided to try something new.
Something fun.
Something yummy.
We made one out of cookie dough!

Here's the super-easy skinny-- we rolled a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough out on a baking sheet and baked it for 10 or 15 minutes... until it looked just right. Once it cooled sufficiently, we used a paper map as our guide and cut out the edges (on the right hand side) accordingly. Since we've been reading about Daniel Boone, the Wilderness Road, and the early stages of western expansion, we included the east coast states from South Carolina to Pennsylvania. We iced the giant cookie with vanilla frosting and then drew in the individual states with Betty Crocker Easy Decorator icing pens (they're awesome!).
Next, Bub labeled each state,

added a Skittle for the Cumberland Gap (a key passageway through the lower Appalachians which made the west accessible to pioneers), and drew in the Wilderness Road (the principal route used by thousands of settlers to reach Kentucky).
Then Noh-man iced the Atlantic Ocean,

and with Big Man's help, he added chocolate chunks to represent the Appalachian Mountains.

Not a perfect rendering, but a fun-- and extremely delicious-- one!

And we all reviewed our geography in the process~


Carrie said...

That looks like so much fun!!!! I will definitely have to remember this one!!! Have a great weekend, Heather! :)

Jennifer said...

Love this idea! Yum!

Catherine Finch said...

I grew up near the skittle! How cute! I remember making a map of Italy once using popcorn and cashews....

Anonymous said...

Great way to enjoy learning history and geography!!! Glad you shared. Moggie

gretchen said...

It's a good thing you didn't do it with brownies... and mint chip ice cream... ooohh and coffee for the Atlantic Ocean... MMMMMMMM! I miss your house and our gatherings. :) We had a fun day in Willbugsburg today... it's what sammy calls it now. :) miss you guys.

Ruth said...

What a great idea!

Leslie said...

Fantastic! Let's do this in extended Tapestry to review the 13 colonies and the new states! Whaduhyahsay?

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Hope you saved me a bite! I'm sure Lolli had fun learning about maps too. Great idea. Lots of love, Gmom