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    Handy Teacher Recipes
    by The Teachers.Net Community

    Bat Wing Stew

    (The ingredients listed first are the real ingredients. However, as you add them to the stew, refer to them by their make-believe name. It makes it even more fun to mix it up in a black plastic cauldron.)

    • mini marshmallows--ghosts noses
    • pretzel sticks--bat bones
    • candy corn--bird beaks
    • cheerios--eye sockets
    • chocolate chips--bat guano
    • gummy worms--worms
    • raisins--shrivelled eye balls
    Shared originally by Wendy
    On a Teachers.Net mailring

    Magic Chalk

    My kids love Magic Chalk! Magic chalk will allow you to write on the chalkboard and will not erase if you use a dry eraser. It can easily be removed with water.

    You need:

    • cheap chalk (white or colored)
    • a small jar
    • 2 teaspoons of sugar
    • warm water

    Fill the jar 2/3 full of water and put 2 teaspoons of sugar in it. Put the chalk in the water so it is covered (Chalk will bubble). Ten to fifteen minutes later, shake the jar. When the bubbles stop, pour the water out, put the cap on and keep covered until ready to use. Enjoy! :-)

    Making Butter
    from the First Grade Mailring

    I did this for an assignment when I was still in Teacher's College. We had to teach a lesson to our peers that was geared to a specific grade. I used baby food jars and heavy cream. Some did get butter, but some cracked from the force of the marble before they could get it done completely. So be careful. I don't know if it was because it was adults shaking harder, but it was the one thing my prof mentioned because of the danger! :) I'm glad it was with them and not my class! Oh and to make it fun, I had muffins made that they could sample it on!

    I have made butter in baby food jars using whipping cream. I just poured about an inch of cream for about ever 3-4 kids and put the lid on. The kids took turns shaking it- passed it around their circle. When it was done we added salt since that's the taste most kids are used to. They loved it.

    I usually freeze two jars with lids in the freezer overnight (at school) and then pour in each jar, about 2/3 of the way full, heavy cream. Have the children shake and shake and shake (takes about 30 minutes with consistent shaking) for the butter to set in the jar. Pour off the liquid on top and serve!
    Sheila 1/NY

    We make butter each year, too. I don't really have a "recipe", though. I get a pint of heavy whipping cream, chilled very well, and pour it into a clean mason jar with a small pinch of salt. Each child takes a turn shaking vigorously, once it froths up I put it back in the fridge to chill again. Another teacher at my school tried using baby food jars so each child could shake their own butter, but the warmth from their hands kept it from working well.

    Heavy cream, baby food jars with lids and a marble for each child. Possibly a little salt in case you want to add it but not necessary. Place a clean marble in a clean baby food jar with 1/4 jar of heavy cream. Have child shake and shake and shake until there is a solid lump inside the jar -- there will be some liquidy stuff when the butter is ready. Pour it out and remove the marble. Spread on something that butter is good on and enjoy!

    The reason you use a marble is that the fatty molecules have to bounce against something to make the butter solid.

    Pour some COLD heavy whipping cream in a jar (baby food jars work well) will 2-4 CLEAN marbles. Add a touch of salt if desired. Screw on the lid and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE! Also fun is to sit in a circle with legs apart. Make sure the lid is on really well and lay it on it's side. Roll the jar back and forth to each other. Have fun and enjoy!
    Paula Schwimmer
    On this site is Bread in a Bag and Fresh Farm Butter... both are excellent.

    I use the plastic peanut butter jars, but I also add a marble for the agitator. It cuts the time in shaking it into butter. I won't use baby food jars anymore, as someone said the warm hands make it take longer.

    YUM YUM!

    Just another two cents worth! I would also recommend plastic jars, instead of baby food jars. One year when we were using baby food jars, the marble knocked out the entire circle bottoms of glass. Not a good thing! Have used plastic with marbles ever since!

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