Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while…. we’ve been living it up this summer, and I just haven’t had a lot of free time to blog. However, we’ve been studying a country. Let’s see if you can guess which one we’ve been talking about…
Clue #1: Ninja warriors
Clue #2: Bandai (Power Ranger) toys
Clue #3: Udon noodles and chopsticks
We’re very fortunate that this month, we’re joining Around the World in 12 Dishes, as we study the world – one dish at a time!
Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let's really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don't often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children. Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits - from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?
Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mermaids' Makings, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators' Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it - to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well!
Around the World in 12 Dishes
We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden continued on to Moscow in Russia, then to India. Now our next stop is Japan!
- March 4 - First country was the UK
- April 1 - The second country was Sweden
- May 6 - The third country was Russia
- June 3 - The fourth country was India
- July 1 - The fifth country is Japan!
If you haven’t guessed already, we studied Japan this past month. For our dish, we made kake udon. I tried following the recipe here, but I could not find the correct ingredients to make the dashi (stock). So, off to World Market we went to find some substitutes. Luckily, we discovered that you can purchase authentic Japanese udon with packets of dehydrated stock. We also grabbed 2 bottles of Ramune soda – grape and Hello Kitty strawberry! (Here are a few other Japanese foods you can find from World Market.)
To experience the Japanese culture, I had him sit on the floor with a dinner tray as his table. I also pulled out chopsticks for him to try, after watching this video (or if your kids still have trouble, make a quick version of cheater chopsticks by watching this video).
… on the udon noodles: “These are really yummy, mom!”
… on the soda: “AHHHHHH! It’s too spicy!” (runs away) He thought the drinks had too much carbonation in them, so we ended up pouring the rest into a cup.
Stop back by tomorrow as I share a craft we made as well as a few other great resources we discovered while studying Japan.
How to join the fun!
- The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
- Cook a dish from Japan: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
- Typical dishes: Sushi, Gohan, Chicken Yakitori, Gyoza, Sukiyaki, Yakisoba.
- Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :)
- Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
- Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
- Read a book: We recommend "K is for Kabuki".
- Fun fact: Many of the western style toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside.
- Share with us: Our Japan challenge starts on July 1st and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
- Pinterest: We will add your photos to a "Around the World in 12 Dishes" Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :)
- Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Please check out our partner blogs and their Japan ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mermaids' Makings, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators' Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem!
Please link up your Japanese dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!