Monday, April 9, 2012

Smell That Food

Have you ever thought about what Italian food would look like without tomatoes?    Or Chinese food without chili peppers?   How about Irish cuisine without potatoes?
These foods along with cocoa, corn, squash, avocados, vanilla, peanuts, pineapple, cashews, and sweet potatoes were unknown outside the American continent before the discovery and exploration of the New World by Europeans.
To cement some of these foods in E-R and I-E’s minds as native American foods, we played
 Smell That Food.

   Six bowls were set up with a doily hiding the food
while allowing the smells of the different native American foods to waft into our noses.  

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Next the girls smelled each bowl trying to determine the native American foods hiding in each bowl.
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Next we compared our guesses to what was actually in the bowls. 

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Turned out this task was harder than we thought it would be!  Each girl only got 2 or 3 of the 6 foods correct.
We ended the activity by listing some of the native American foods in our History Portfolios

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This was an easy hands-on activity that added a bit of interest to our history study.    What hands-on activities have you added to your history study?

Growing Home


  1. Wow - I didn't realize that tomatoes were only from the Western Hemisphere - I can't imagine Italian food without them - that's crazy stuff...

  2. What a great experience. Thanks for linking up with Hammock Tracks.

  3. My favorite activity to do when studying a country is to eat! I mean, cook, a popular dish. We love using the Sonlight Cooks to help or online.

    It's actually how I discovered I love Indian food. :-)

    Thanks for linking to What We're Learning!

  4. Looks like a fun activity! I love learning about where food comes from and trying recipes from other countries. I think this was a great idea and I think I'll keep it in mind for when my kids are a little older! Stopping by from the What We're Learning link up!

  5. Thanks for linking up to Homeschooling on the Cheap! last week! You are being featured on my page as one of my favorites! Stop over and link up more of your awesome ideas!

    Have a great week! Kelli

    1. Thanks Kelli---I love your link-up. I always get great ideas from it.


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