A Gingerbread Tradition
Follow the history of gingerbread, from its origins in the medieval crusades to
country fairs to today's holiday treats. Includes both historic and modern
Make a Gingerbread
A craft project to go with the Jan Brett's book,
The Gingerbread Baby. No cooking (but, alas, no eating) with this house. A
quick and easy holiday decoration.
Make a Gingerbread
House from HolidayOrganizer.com
Sweet and easy mini houses make perfect holiday place cards. Also has a recipe
for a good, stiff gingerbread dough for an average-sized gingerbread house
Necco Gingerbread House
Necco wafers, the candy that's 150 years young, makes a beautiful roof on a
gingerbread house. The bakers at Necco have teamed up to create directions for a
classic construction. No patterns or templates here, but measurements are
included. Necco recommends baking the house pieces a day or two (possibly weeks!
This tough gingerbread freezes well.) in advance. It's no fun to have walls of
hot gingerbread caving in at the construction site.
Graham Cracker Gingerbread House
Make a Gingerbread House out of Graham Crackers.
For a history of Gingerbread (probably more interesting to
adults than boys) go to
A Nutrition Unit used for teaching the subject in lower
grades can be found here. You may want to adapt some of the ideas for your
den. There are games (Food Bingo) and activities:
The Louisiana Department of Education has a neat website
with info and activities for food an nutrition –
http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/nutrition/jazzy/jazzy1.html they have lots
posters you can print and have the boys color. With each poster are coloring
suggestions and activities relating to the theme of the poster.
California Asparagus for Kids
Del Monte Kid Zone
Dole’s 5 A Day
Fruit and Vegetables For Me
Healthy Choices for Kids
What Color is Your Food?
Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for
This North Dakota State
University site offers fun advice on getting children and adults to eat
different color fruits and vegetables for your 5 servings a day. There is even
a downloadable Adobe file with all the info from the site
NCDA&CS - Kid's World - Nutrition
Let's have fun M I X I N G colors and
learning about N U T R I T I O N. here is an electronic coloring book activity
for learning about nutrition.
The American School Food Service Association has a section
on their website titled “Your Child Nutrition eSource.” There are activities
and facts for you to use. It does take some poking around to find the
stuff – CD
For lots of Scouting history
(especially about Baden-Powell) go to
http://www.pinetreeweb.com/ The focus
is on the webmaster’s particular interests in Scouting which include: the life
and times of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, the heritage, history
and traditions of Scouting, leadership development, and International Scouting,
with a particular emphasis on Scouting in Eastern Europe and Russia. The site
is available in several languages.
Check out the Lego church –
http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/church/ Awesome! This site features photos of
an astonishing LEGO project involving some 75,000 pieces used to create a church
that is seven feet long and five and a half feet wide. This project exhibits
tremendous creativity and goes from mere building-block stacking to art. There
are also other projects at
are worth a good look.
Create a web site for your unit
http://home.earthlink.net/~paulp575/h2caws.htm part of a very Scouting
oriented site there are great instructions for creating your own Web site. Be
sure to back to his home page and check out his Scouting pages, too
Looking for advice and hints
and tips on using the Internet and your computer?? Want input on making
decisions about what to buy for your machine?? More ideas on building a website
for your unit?? All from a non-commercial site with no advertisers to please??
http://www.webnme.com/ The webmaster is
webmaster for over 15 websites and spends a lot of time on the web, either
working or researching (that's the "WEB" part.) and gets a lot of other
webmasters asking where to find information. So he built this website to share
some of his knowledge (that's the "ME" part.) This is a personal site and a
test bed for trying things out. It changes from time to time as new code and
approaches are tried. Feedback and ideas are always appreciated by the
ARE YOU A PERSON WHO JUST LIKES TO MAKE STUFF??
http://www.make-stuff.com/ For crafter's,
hobbyists, entrepreneurs and PEOPLE WHO JUST LIKE TO MAKE STUFF, Do it yourself! When your friends say, "You know you can
buy one of those..." do you say, "Yeah, so?" If you love to make things, if you
constantly have a project going in a back room, or cluttering up a kitchen
counter, if you start making Christmas presents in June and you watch all those
do-it-yourself shows on TV, come on in! We've got all kinds of recipes,
formulas, craft projects and ideas that you can make yourself.
Here is an interesting site for songs, crafts and other
stuff. It is Girl Scout oriented but the songs and crafts work
Explanation of Life
Most of my technical magazines at work end with a last page joke. When
Kommissioner Karl sent me this, I said I have no place to put it. Then I
thought – Why not do like the magazines – a closing joke – so here goes – (And
yes I know the facts are not correct – all the animals named were created on the
fifth day and man on the sixth.) CD
first day God created the dog.
said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or
walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years. "The dog said, "That's
too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other
ten." So God agreed.
On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey
tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey
said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave
you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?" And God agreed.
third day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the field with the
farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to
support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow, said
“That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have
twenty and I'll give back the other forty." And God agreed again.
forth day, God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your
life. I'll give you twenty years." Man said, "What? Only twenty years! Tell you
what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the
monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "you've got a deal."
is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves. For the
next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten
years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten
years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
now been explained to you.