Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Egyptian Feast

Tonight we had our much anticipated Egyptian Feast. The kids looked forward to it all week. These little mini-units really are adding the "hands-on" spark to our week I was hoping for.

We used sheets and safety pins to make last minute no-sew costumes. Inspiration struck in the craft aisle and I picked up some foam sun visors at walmart. I love a store that will sell me chicken and craft items all at the same time. We used those, along with sticky gems to make the Egyptian style pharaoh necklaces.

Chloe was happy and posed for a picture. The second picture she isn't so happy. She wasn't thrilled with the idea of wearing it all the way through dinner. It itched, it felt weird, she swore it was poking her. The Egyptian princess was displeased. I let her go and change. Sometimes, its just not worth it :). After changing we got back to happy faces thank goodness.

John became confused about which country we were studying halfway through the meal and stuck a gem in the middle of his forehead. Silly Silly boy. Emma Gave Daddy the history lesson on Egypt. Before we ate we each dipped a bit of bread in "wine" (grape juice). We discussed how the egyptians did that as a sacrifice to the gods. I supposed in a way it was sorta like saying grace for them.

For our Menu tonight we had:
Egyptian Shrimp
Cut fruit
Pita Bread with Hummus or Fig Jam
Tiger Nut Sweet
Spiced Oranges and Raisins (over ice Cream)
Raspberry Mint Cairo Cooler
Root Beer (cause they drank a whole lotta beer)
Ancient Egyptian Chicken Marinade
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2T cumin
1/4 white onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t black pepper
1/2 t salt
Marinate chicken tenders for several hours, then grill.

I printed off some hieroglyphic alphabets and the kids made their names on the scratchy pads. The kids made ankhs out of clay.

I taped up some paper up in the hallway and let the kids practice their "tomb painting". And no, those aren't all my children, a friend stopped by for me to help on her blog :). I will link up to it when she has it all running.

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