Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Afterschool for Smarty Pants: A Dish, a Book, and an Activity for Egypt

August was not the best month for country studies in our house as we were traveling, settling back down and starting school, but we still managed to spend some “virtual time” through books, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, cooking, and play. I am joining with Adventures In Mommydom, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Creative Family Fun, Creative World of Varya, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Hands-On Homeschooler in Around the World in 12 Dishes blog hop to share our Egyptian dish and other activities. Reading and toy recommendations are Amazon affiliate links.

Cooking: IMG_1006

We made a light dinner that featured Yellow Lentil Soup with pita bread. We are lucky to live within 5 minutes drive from an international grocery with Middle Eastern focus where we could get all the necessary authentic ingredients. The trip was a mini world travel by itself. At home Smarty helped me to prep vegetables for this soup. Everyone ate their portion (not an everyday occasion here), but we all thought that somehow soup lacked “something”. I think it could use more salt than the recipe asked for.


Times Travel Agency Egypt
On her own Smarty read (again) You Wouldn’t Want to be an Egyptian Mommy by David Stewart and David Antram. Together we read a long comic-book style story Adventures in Ancient Egypt from Good Times Travel Agency series by Linda Bailey. I thought both books were great in waving facts into an engaging story line. For once Adventures in Ancient Egypt didn’t start directly with pharaohs and gave a good glimpse into life of ordinary people. Unfortunately, Smarty was spooked by a page where children stumble into a burial chamber – the page featured a scary-looking corpse. Still, she reread this book a couple of times bypassing a scary page, so it must be good.


Inspired by Egyptian pyramids, Smarty suddenly pulled out her WEDGiTS set and produced a lot of “sculptures”. Now, she wants WEDGiTS expansion set for her birthday to be able to build more complex things. I am glad that the book inspired her to play, because most of the time she is perfectly happy to do a lot of things in her head rather than try them out with her hands.

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Have you made any Egyptian foods? Want to share them at our blog hop? Or check out all these other wonderful ideas so you can explore Egypt as well. And be sure to join us next month when we travel to New Zealand!


Ticia said...

Oh now I want to find those books when we reach Ancient Egypt in our history.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

MMM, yellow lentil soup sounds delicious. I love lentils.

lkgmita said...

What a great way to explore Egypt! I am jealous that you are so close to a grocery store with a Middle Eastern focus!! We have several Indian grocery stores nearby, which I love, and they sometimes carry products from the Middle East.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I am really looking forward to the easy accessibility of authentic ingredients for ethnic dishes in California!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Very good and informative post. Glad it all went well. Thanks for being part of our team :)