Monday, May 11, 2009

Thundercake and Tea Party

This is final weather post!!

We wrapped up our unit by reading Thundercake by Patricia Polacco - we read this several times throughout the unit, as it was a favorite - and made our own Thundercake by following the recipe in the back of the book.

A little disclaimer in case you decide to do this activitiy...This was a very "from scratch" recipe, and it was labor intensive, especially with three little ones doing most of the sifting, pouring, and mixing. But...we didn't have anything else going on that day, so I didn't have to watch the clock or worry about the huge mess that would have to be cleaned up when we were done! It was worth it. The children had a blast because like most kids, they absolutely love to cook and bake.

Beating egg whites with an old-fashioned beater

The modern day beater is much easier!

Their finished product - decorated just like the cake in Ms. Polacco's story

And boy, was it yummy! Chocolate is Giggly Girl's favorite cake, so she was a happy camper. :)

We enjoyed a cup of tea with our Thundercake, just like the characters in the story.

This made for a fun finale to our weather adventures.

I hope you've enjoyed reading along with us and maybe gleaned an idea or two to use in your weather studies.


  1. That cake looks sooooooo yummy!!! I think that we will have to study the weather just so that we can make the cake! What a wonderful unit you put together and thank you for sharing your ideas!

  2. I do have fun reading your ideas. We have not studied weather with ya but will be watching as I am ready to read some new books to my little guys (3&5yrs).
    -Thanks for sharing
    God Bless

  3. You are such a great homeschool mommy!!! This looks like loads of fun. I can't wait to do a weather unit study. I'll have to look at what one you did. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for all of the weather posts Shannon. We are preparing to study weather and your posts are helpful!


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