Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Geography Cake: Studying the Nile River

Welcome to the Homemaking Party!

Today the kids and I celebrated the end of our unit study on Ancient Egypt.  They've been learning about the four major kingdoms and today we finished up the series by focusing on the Later New Kingdom; Ramses II, specifically.  

As an end of the unit treat, we put the toddlers to bed and made a cake to map the Nile River, Egypt's geography, and major places in Egypt during the time of the ancient pharaohs we were studying. 

We decorated it to look like a map of Egypt.  The kids decided that, while most of Egypt was probably dry and sandy, surely there was some green grass growing near the Nile River.  The blue represents both water and mountains.

They made some little flag markers to stick in various places they'd learned about.  They had a lot of fun tonight at dinner, sharing their cake with Daddy and telling him all the things they had learned.  What a great way for kids to remember the basic layout of a place they're studying!

I hope you'll join me for this week's Homemaking Linkup.  I love to feature some of the neat posts that are linked up so please make sure and put my button or a text link on your blog so you'll be eligible to be featured!

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Lisa at Happy in Dole Valley shared this great recipe for muffins made with leftover oatmeal.  I made apple pie oatmeal for the kids on Friday, and these for them on Sunday with the leftovers.  They were excellent!

One of my favorite homemaking bloggers is Christine from Christine's Home & Travel Adventures.  She always has such neat things on her table.  This week, she shared a table that she set outside in her beautiful yard.  Such great inspiration!

Check out these gorgeous nut bars from Winnie's foodie blog.  She always has the most beautiful and delicious creations!  Visit her at Something Sweet.

Thanks to everyone for the great posts!

Now for the linkup.  Please remember to return the favor by adding my button or a text link to your post.  Have a great weekend!


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  1. Thanks so much for the feature, Sarah! What a treat. :) So glad you enjoyed our muffin recipe. Today I'm sharing our recipe for white bean chicken chili which is super easy for busy days when you don't have lots of time to cook. Enjoy and be blessed! ~Lisa

  2. I think the cake idea was very cute! Not only that, but I'm sure that helped them retain the things they learned just a little bit better. Everything is better with cake!


  3. Hi Sarah
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    Your blog is awesome and I love your family photos.
    Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

    PS: don't forget to stop by tomorrow and Friday for my 2 blog hops if you can.

  4. A stunning party once again! I really appreciate all of your hard work…. :)
    Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!!

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  5. All that sweets made me very hungry, Sarah. Thnak you so much for feauring my gazebo tablescape. I am so excited!...Christine

  6. I love the cake! And we have just finished studying Egypt! I'm sure my kids would love to wrap it up with this treat!

    If we did this, I'm sure they wouldn't moan about map work!

  7. Oh what a lovely idea to make a geography cake! I wish I'd thought of that when I was homeschooling my kids!

    My son did make a geography cookie map though, lol! So we did have some fun! ;)

    Thanks so much for hosting today!

  8. Thank you Sarah so very much for featuring my No-Bake Caramel Halva Nut Bars !!
    I'm honored and very glad that you like it :) :)

    Beautiful cake you made and I adore the idea behind it.

  9. I couldn't get a linky signup option to show, so here's mine for your party - feel free to add if it's available to you ok? TY!

  10. What a fun and lovely way to learn. Not only geography but to bake too. Wish I'd been a child in your household :)Lovely photo too.

  11. I LOVE the geography cake idea!!! Thank you for sharing that! We just studied Ancient Egypt this last year and really enjoyed it but your project would have been the icing on the cake:) We did do an Egyptian meal though :) Have a wonderful week!

  12. Sarah,
    What a great way to have fun learning!! And to eat cake too!!

    Thanks so much for hosting and for visiting and always having such kind things to say!! Your visits always make my day!!


  13. Love your geography cake! We used to make salt dough maps with candy to make the rivers and mts. etc. :)
    Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a wonderful day! Blessings, Gloria @The Resourceful Gals

  14. This cake is a great idea for a unit! Thank you for hosting!

  15. Love the cake ~ that looks like it was good and fun. :) Beautiful features. I hope you'll stop by and check out my front door makeover. Thanks for hosting!

  16. We did a cake, too, but it wasn't as colorful as yours! You are so creative! Your children look quite happy!

  17. Hi Sarah, Happy to link up with you today & hope you can drop by my party if you haven't for last week or come by tomorrow. I have been under the weather this week & just getting around to visiting. Hope your week is going good. Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

  18. Sara, such a creative idea ! I love the geography cake! Thank you for hosting the party. I am sharing little drawstring bags I made, that can be used to store herbs, spaces, perhaps sugar and flour :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Thanks for the lovely party. I brought a simple but tasty dish for everyone to snack on for Cinco de Mayo. Have a great weekend!

  20. I love your "sweet" geography lesson!
    I'll have to try it in my classroom!
    Thanks so much for hosting such a fine party.

  21. What a fun way to study! I am sure they will remember what they learned about Egypt and will want to learn even more (with or without cake).

  22. What an awesome idea for a treat. The children look pleased. You're an awesome mom!

  23. Fun, fun cake Sarah. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. A geography CAKE!! I like your school! :) Thanks for the invite to your party...I am linking up my latest post which is about Messes! :)

  25. Great cake! We are going to be homeschooling next year so I need these activities! BUT I do have a personal relationship with this type of cake. In 4th grade, a teacher used a cake to demonstrate pollution of our water - long story short...I gave up eating fish that day and never went back! I am a complete vegetarian now but that cake started it all! Thanks for sharing at FrugalFitfamily

  26. Coolest cake ever. I'm going to have to make that happen here somehow!

  27. What a wonderful way to make learning fun!

  28. This looks like a fantastic way to help kids remember what they've learnt. The cake looks fantastic, they all did really well with the icing. :) I'm joining you from Cuddlebug Cuties Sunday Linky Party. :)
    Sara xx

  29. Now that's a way of learning that I'd have LOVED to participate in! The kids will not be forgetting those areas...and will probably want to make a cake for each place they study!! Great idea you!!
    Blessings to you and yours and thank you so much for joining the party!

  30. Hi! I'm your newest follow and I've liked up for the party!! I'm brand new to blogging and hoping to meet some new bloggy friends! You can follow me at http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com

  31. Wow! Everything looks so yummy! I am visiting you today from Mommy Mondays!

    Have a great week!



  32. I absolutely love the table setting outside. I think I could sit there for hours...literally and get lost in time for the day.

    Thanks for the invite to your link up! I shall have to come by more often and thanks for visiting my blog today!

  33. thank you so much for the invite! have a wonderful rest of the week :)

  34. I love the geography cake!! Just a fun (and yummy) way to reinforce learning. My kids love maps. We will have to do this sometime.
    Lucy @coffeewithus3.blogspot.com

  35. Here I am partying with you, at your great party! Thank you for having me, once more. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day!

  36. Fun, fun, fun!!! Thanks for sharing this.

  37. Awesome cake! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  38. Just popping back on to say thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

  39. The cake was such a cute idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you again this Sunday!


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