A tour of a chocolate factory. :) mmmmm...yum!
Chocolate bunnies are everywhere at this time of year. Did you ever wonder how they are made? At this website you can take a free virtual factory tour of America's largest producer of chocolate bunnies. Through illustrations and text you'll discover how the chocolate is made and molded into rabbit shapes that are packaged for placement in Easter baskets to delight children of all ages.
Once you've taken the tour, you'll find some interactive games and puzzles on this site that your children may find entertaining.
How peeps are born, factory tour. I don't much like 'em, but many do. :)
Marshmallow Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Ever wonder how they're made? At this website you can take a virtual tour through text and photographs of how this traditional Easter-basket candy confection is manufactured. (Not only that, you can also find out how Hot Tamales, Mike & Ike, and Zours are made.)
Mount Everest. From the museum for mount everest.
This website (a presentation of The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA) offers two ways to take an interactive tour of Mount Everest, the most famous, notorious, and highest mountain peak in the world. When you get to the site you can choose a Shockwave tour complete with sound and special effects (you can download shockwave for free at the site), or take an HTML tour (no audio, interactivity).An Avocado Farm
This avocado grower's website offers a free virtual tour, "The Avocado: From Seedling to Supermarket" that explains how avocados are grown, harvested, and prepared for consumer consumption.
When you get to the site, the video will launch with an introduction. Then, you can select a stage in the avocado production process, and watch a video depicting it. The stages include:
- Growing Stage (7 min video)
- Harvesting Stage (2 min video)
- Packing Stage (3 min video)
- Ripening Stage (2 min video)
- Shipping Stage (1 min video)
When you're through watching the videos, use the menu (and drop-down lists) at the top of the screen to:
- Explore the history of avocados
- Grow your own avocado tree
- Discover the varieties of avocados
- Learn some "Fun Facts" about avocados
Under the "Kids" tab on the menu, you'll find:
- Fun, interactive, avocado-themed games
- 4 printable science and social studies activities (designed for classroom teachers, but suitable for home education as well)
- Recipes for parents to try with their kids at home
There's an amazing amount of content on this site about nutrition and the avocado agriculture industry as well.
Wilson Football factory.
When you get to the site, you'll see a brief introduction and a video screen. Click on it to watch a video of proud factory workers constructing NFL Game Balls by hand from genuine leather hides. You'll witness the process that includes:
- Cutting the cow hide
- Stamping the hide with Wilson insignia
- Turning the balls
- Lockstiching the panels
- Straightening and tightening the laces
This football manufacturing process has been a proud tradition since 1941.
Necco Candy factory tour
At the Necco Candy website you can take a free virtual tour (through photographs and text) to see how "Sweethearts" are manufactured. Not only that, you can take a tour to see how Necco Wafers and Haviland Thin Mints are made as well!
When you get to the site, you'll see a menu of all three tours. Click on the tour of interest and a new screen opens where you can follow the virtual tour.
Once you've take the tours, click on "Fun and Learning" on the menu to access research for school projects and reports, games, quizzes, and recipes.
At this website you can take a free virtual tour (through photographs
and text) of the Eagle Ranch Pistachio Farm in New Mexico, to see how
pistachio nuts are grown, harvested and processed for comsumption.
As you'll learn at the website, in the Chinese language the name for
pistachios means "happy nut." The Eagle Ranch mascot is a happy nut
named “Peppy” - just click on the image of “Peppy” at the bottom of
each page to follow the tour. When you get to the site you'll see
photographs of the pistachio tree grove. Again, just click on Peppy to continue the tour that includes:
- Processing Plant
- Salting & Roasting Plant
- Packaging Department
- Shipping Department
The Pistachio Virtual Tour is mixed together with a quick snapshot of
the Eagle Ranch vineyard and some of the stores and attractions at the
location. Use the menu to learn more about pistachio nuts including
their history and nutritional value.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spangler Candy Cane Factory
January 15th is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born in 1929. King was an African-American minister who led massive, peaceful demonstrations leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. He believed in equality for people of all races, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination in the United States.
At this National Park Service website, you can take a free virtual tour of King's birth place. When you get to the site you'll see a floor plan of the home. Directly below it you can click on a button to hear an audio narration. Then, simply click on any section of the floor plan to see the interior of the home, read the accompanying text, and listen to the presentation.
The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their candy cane factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographsVermont Teddy Bear: Online Factory Tour
National Geographic: Remembering Pearl Harbor
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company specializes in creating teddy bears that are themed around special occasions, holidays, and topics such as "careers". They even customize teddy bears for their customers.
At their website you can take a very brief online factory tour to see how teddy bears are made. When you get to the site simply click on the arrows to see the photos and read the text that explains:
*Teddy Bear Hospital
When you're through with the tour, your kids will enjoy seeing all of the different types of teddy bears. Just click on the menu at the top of the screen to see the amazing variety of bears in the Vermont Teddy Bear collection
This is a remarkable, multi-media presentation by National Geographic. When you get to the site (turn on your speakers to hear the narration), you'll see a map. Click on it to access an account of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, using real photos, footage, and first-hand accounts. It's like a field trip back in time to December 7, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said is, "a date which will live in infamy."
This is a remarkable presentation that will provoke thought and discussion about U.S. and World history.
Age Range: 3-9 (and up)
Did you know that March 28th is "Something On A Stick Day"? It is! While the origin of this day is a mystery, you can celebrate by making stick puppets out of paper and either drinking straws or craft sticks. Use them to enact spring-themed stories that the whole family will enjoy!
At this website, you'll find free instructions and templates for making these stick puppets:
- Bunny & Chick
- Circus Animals
- Jungle Animals
- Polar Animals
- Safari Animals
- Sea Animals
When you're through making stick puppets, check out the rest of this terrific webiste that offers free step-by-step guides to making all kinds of kids' crafts for every occasion.
Here's another celebratory suggestion: Eat your meals on a stick! Corn dogs and popsicles come to mind - but you can also cut your food into bite-size pieces and let the kids eat their meals with toothpicks on March 28th! (Adult supervision required.)
Age Range: 10 and up (although, with adult guidance younger students may enjoy aspects of these lessons as well)
A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website that provides free, watercolor painting lessons through online video demonstrations. The lessons are also fully written out, so you can read the text as you watch the video.
When you get to the site you'll see a video screen and some Google Ads. Below them are a menu and an introduction to the website. Use the menu to locate the free lessons for:
*Beginning - Includes basic watercolor lesson, color mixing, stretching and preparing paper, how to paint trees, a snowscape, skies, a barn, a bird, and more.
*Intermediate - Learn to paint color schemes, wet in wet, florals, a basket, and learn to create depth.
*Advanced - Discover how to create shadows in the landscape, how to paint abstract art, learn the techniques of monoprinting and advanced concepts in color.
You can also read about "Captain Watercolor" and sign up to be notified as new lessons and features are posted to the site.
Whitehouse: The Presidents
Age Range: 10 and up (This is geared for the general public. Younger children may enjoy aspects of the presentation.)
At the Whitehouse website, you can watch a slide show of the official presidential portraits for all 44 U.S. Presidents. Not only that, but below each portrait, there is a link to a full biography. Be sure to check out President #1, George Washington, and President #16, Abraham Lincoln. President's Day commemorates their February birthdays.
DLTK: President's Day Activities
Age Range: 3-12 (approximately)
This site offers free craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For President's Day you'll find an assortment of coloring pages, a TP roll craft to make a stovepipe hat, and even instructions to make a milk-carton log cabin.
The Art of Crime Detection
Age Range: 8-18 (Parents, as always, should preview the site for suitable content.)
A Washington ClickScholar reminded me of this website that we featured on ClickSchooling in 2003 - it's fun and deserves another look. It provides free instructions on how to be a police sketch artist!
When you get to the site, the program lanuches and includes an introduction that explains how artists use the right and left sides of their brains to draw.
Then, watch some animated crime scenes (very mild — for example, vandals put toilet paper on trees). As you watch the scene you get a glimpse of the perpetrator's face.
Next, you help the police catch the vandal by drawing that criminal's face using a sketching tool provided on the site. You select the shape of the face, the eyes, hair, lips, nose, etc. Your composite should look like the criminal.
There are three exercises provided at the site — so plan to spend some time when you visit.
Recommended Website: Age Range: All (The kids section of this site is geared to ages 6-12.) At this website, real-life Color Professor J.L. Morton, provides kids with free and fascinating information about color and how it affects humans and other creatures. The topics are quite unusual and include: When you are through exploring the kids' section of the site use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of her color research and courses on this site. You'll find out how color affects: Enjoy!
ColorMatters.com: For Kids
Age Range: 4-104 (Fun for all ages! Little ones will need assistance.)
Age Range: All (The kids section of this site is geared to ages 6-12.)
At this website, real-life Color Professor J.L. Morton, provides kids with free and fascinating information about color and how it affects humans and other creatures. The topics are quite unusual and include:
When you are through exploring the kids' section of the site use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of her color research and courses on this site. You'll find out how color affects:
Reindeer Paper Chains
Preschool children can help make decorative chains out of construction paper and gift wrap. There are also instructions for how to make a really cute "Reindeer Chain."
Popcorn and Cranberry Chains
Make a pretty popcorn and cranberry garland, while teaching the kids some basic sewing skills.
Paper Snowflake Chains
Get free printable snowflake patterns with instructions on how to fold and cut them so that they resemble beautiful snowflakes. Then, string them together in a chain or hang them individually.
Get easy instructions on how to make simple paper and lotus chains.
Leslie Tryon: How To Draw A Turkey
Age Range: 5-10 (approximately)
Children's author and illustrator Leslie Tryon provides a free and very simple art lesson at her website that illustrates how to draw a turkey - just in time for Thanksgiving decorations!
When you're through drawing and coloring your turkey, use the menu at the bottom of the page to explore some of the other fun activities archived at this website including:
*Kids Page - Get an illustrated guide to how to say "Thanksgiving" in sign language. Print out coloring pages of a variety of cats!
*Teachers/Librarians - Get fun projects that are themed for each month of the year. You'll find printables, games, and activities. Don't miss the "Science" activities that include information on windmills, fossils, and clouds.
Interested in more ways to draw a turkey? Try these websites:
Art Projects for Kids
Scholastic's Draw A Turkey
Use Your Hand To Draw A Turkey
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