Cranberry Christmas makes an excellent quick unit study. Which is always great when your in the thick of the crazy holiday season. It was so nice to have a grab and go study that the kids and this tired mama could enjoy. There was not a lot to prepare and we had most of the supplies that it need on hand. The only exception was cranberries which just happen to be on sale pretty cheap this time of year.
I found that this study was best used with grade school kiddos but the preK kiddos loved the activities. It would be a great starting point to peak the interest of older children also.
There are several fun stories that my girls loved reading and that was a huge help for me during quiet time for the younger kiddos. It has a section all about how and where cranberries grow. Also how they are harvested which was really interesting to my girls.
Did you know that cranberries are one of the few native fruits to America? It was neat to discuss what foods we would currently be eating and why if we lived during the colonial times. What if we didn’t have super markets, quick and easy travel, or a way to get foods from warmer/cooler climates all year round? We would eat what we had available in our own backyards! We learned the disadvantages that this made for the pilgrims and how the Native Americans shared their knowledge and resources creating the 1st Thanksgiving.
This study was also full of fun cranberry facts… Did you know cranberries bounce? or That cranberries were originally called craneberries! Well we now do and we can tell you why!
On top of all the knowledge that we gained, we also tried out some of the recipes and experiments that are held within this little gem.
We made cranberry sauce…
We made cranberry dye (or as our little one said “cranberries died” haha)…
Then we used it to dye some white felt that we made into Christmas angels for our trees.
Are you sold on this great little resource yet?
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