Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Africa, Ethiopia - Coffee Is So Fun and Educational.

Projects we made:

Coffee is Ethiopia's major export and is said that coffee originated from there, so we did quite a few projects around coffee.

Sensory fun: Playing with whole coffee beans.

Ginding coffee in my great grandmothers old grinder.

Duck playing with a gas station coffee cup I had earlier that day.

Coffee grounds craft:
1 cup of used coffee grounds
1/2 cup of cold coffee
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt

Mix it all together and let harden overnight.

Making coffee at the office (we dont own a coffee machine so we used the one we bought our staff a few years back)I was going to post a picture of this but I am sure everyone has seen kids staring at a coffee pot before!

How would our trip to Ethiopia be complete with out sampling some coffee? I made the kids some very yummy iced coffee's.

Owl stirring his, in my favorite Greatest Homeschool Mom's mug!

Geometric art is found throughout the country. We used all sorts of Geometric shapes to make these. We used the colors of Ethiopia's flag to create these wonderful art pieces.

My 2 younger ones thought it was really fun to watch all the colors swirl around in the sink they also did a great job washing all the paint off.

Books we read:

Beautiful book, it really helped us get a visual about this area of the world.

I used this novel as a read aloud to the kids all week. I highly recommend this book for middle schoolers it has a lot of events that create wonderful discussions.

A quote from "This harrowing story set in Ethiopia during the 1980s features an unexpected friendship between two girls of different religious backgrounds. Threatened by war, famine, and drought, Sahay and her uncle set out from their small Kemant village to find safety in the Sudan. Rahel, a blind Jewish girl, and her brother also flee the country as part of a group of Beta-Israel planning to make an aliyah to Jerusalem."

1 comment:

Aimee @ Classified: Mom said...

What a fun idea to include coffee! Great tasting too!Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase ~Aimee