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                A Family Treasure Trove TIP

   Family is important! Time spent together should be valued and
 encouraged as you create precious memories. This time together is
  also the foundation and the building block for not only your child's
 education and learning education but also their morals, values and
                      relationships with others.

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              fun ideas and resources for all ages.

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Just mentioning the word ‘chocolate’ makes most of us crave it. We
humans can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. Solid, liquid, cold or
hot - we are compelled to eat and experience it. Most of us enjoy, but
many fall into the category of ‘Chocoholics’. The following activities
will give you a greater insight into the world of Chocolate. They’re
sure to tempt you and the chocoholic in your family.

Chocolate Types

   1. Milk Chocolate – sweet and creamy and a favourite of many.
   2. Dark Chocolate - this chocolate is a little more
      bitter, but still able to be eaten alone.
   3. Bitter Sweet Chocolate – is used in baking and
      making hot chocolate.
   4. Coco Powder – is unsweetened and using
      mainly in cooking
   5. Mexican Chocolate – used in cooking and in
      making hot chocolate, so named from its place
      of origin
   6. White Chocolate - isn’t really chocolate, but is a
      confection with cocoa added.

Chocolate Scented Play dough

Make this playdough that smells just like a chocolate bar.

1 ¼ cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup salt
½ cup cream of tarter
1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup boiling water

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil and the boiling water. Stir quickly, mixing well.
When cool, mix with your hands. Store in an air-tight container.

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        With your play dough
        • Make a chocolate land
        • Make Easter gift and perhaps decorate
        • Create your own chocolate house
        • Play some Mathematics games
        • Make chocolate worms
        • Create an insect world
        • Make your own chocolate letters
        • Write recipes for a strawberry and vanilla play dough mix

Seven Super Foods

Eating healthy is easy! It is just a matter of moderation and knowing which foods
to eat.

Did you know that Chocolate is one of the seven super foods?

Here is the list of the seven super foods for you to discuss:

   1.   Whole Grains
   2.   Beans
   3.   Chocolate
   4.   Green Tea
   5.   Raw Nuts
   6.   Probiotic Foods
   7.   Olive Oil

As a family discuss how you can get more of these into your diet. Perhaps you
can start one at a time and soon enough they will become a permanent part of
your daily diet.

Research some recipes that have these foods as ingredients. Can you come up
with a list of 20 or more recipes?

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Chocolate Fondue for Afternoon Tea!

Now that you know chocolate is a super food… you need no more
excuses to enjoy it.

Gather the family together and get everyone to help cut up
some fresh fruit into bit size pieces. Then whip up the fondue
and sit down together to enjoy this healthy treat!
(Marshmallows are also delicious dipped in the fondue)

Fondue Ingredients

   •   300ml thickened cream
   •   300g dark chocolate, finely chopped


   1. Heat cream in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling.
   2. Put chocolate in a large bowl. Pour hot cream mixture over
      chocolate. Stir with a metal spoon until smoothly melted.
   3. Serve immediately

 Chocolate and the Faberge Egg
A History of the Jeweled Egg as an Easter Gift

               The decorated egg has been an Easter gift since the Middle
                Ages. The master and world-renowned craftsman of this type of
                 egg is Carl Faberge. Faberge was called the Egg maker to the

                     The Egg has been an important religious and cultural symbol
                     since ancient times.
                    In Russia the wealthy Russian Orthodox families would
                  possess and exchange the decorated eggs know as the
Imperial Eggs. They were miniature masterpieces created by Carl Faberge
(1846-1920). Carl, the son of a goldsmith, was appointed Jeweler to the Court
and the Imperial Egg was hatched.

The first Imperial Egg was made in 1855 and they continued to be made until
1917. It is believed that a total of 56 eggs were made, using precious metals and
gems. The eggs are exquisite flights of fantasy and workmanship that reveals

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      miniature surprises when opened. The Nightingale Egg (1911) of nephrite,
      gold, enamel, and diamonds opens at the top, and a singing nightingale

Make Your Own Decorated Egg
You will need:
   • A blown out egg
   • Decorative paper
   • Glue
   • Jewels
   • Varnish

          1. Using a pin, prick a hole at each end of an egg, then make the
             lower hole a little larger. Gently blow out the contents of the egg
             and rinse. Allow the shell to dry in a safe place.
          2. Cut pieces of coloured paper into small squares and organize any
             jewels or beads you wish to use to decorate your egg.
          3. Using craft glue slowly decorate your egg with the paper and when
             fully coloured, then the jewels. Allow your piece to dry.
          4. Using an appropriate brush give your egg a coat of varnish and
             allow to dry. Repeat this process when dry.
          5. Admire your work and display or use as a gift.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Re-visit this classic tale as a family. Hire the DVD and take the phone off the
hook for some great family time! When you have finished, discuss as a family
what prize you would most like to win and why.

Make a family DVD night a regular event. It’s a great way to start sharing
interests and many classic movies have wonderful morals that can be used as
discussion starters.

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Family Competition

How many words (4 letters minimum) can each member of the family make using
the letters from the word chocolate?

Give each person a pen and paper and set the timer for 5 minutes. Players need
to rearrange the letters to make as many new words as possible within the 5
minutes. The person with the most is the winner and perhaps deserves a small
chocolate treat!

This is a great game to play while sitting around the table after dinner - not only
does it give you quality fun family time but also helps children improve their
spelling and vocabulary.

Chocolate Shape Poems

The American company Hershey makes a famous chocolate called the
‘Chocolate Kiss’.

Try writing a poem about chocolate. To start, write down all words that describe
how chocolate tastes. Then write some words that describe how it feels in your
mouth. Finally, write some words about how it makes you feel!

Try putting these words into simple phrases or lines and make your poem.

The Origins of Cocoa

Cocoa has a favourful and varied cultural history that can be dated across many
cultures and times. Its history continues to evolve today.
Investigate the History of Cocoa; here are some questions to help your research;
    1. Name the first ancient cultures to first use coca and where did they come
    1. What was the Cocoa used for?
    2. What was the real value of Cocoa to these people?
    3. How was the knowledge and taste of Cocoa spread to other parts of the

Perhaps you could present your findings in the form of a Timeline. Try to include
some pictures.

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The Cocoa Tree

The Cocoa tree is the producer of the Cocoa bean or pod, which is what
chocolate is made from. It is a sought after tree and is of great value.

For you to learn;
   1. On a map of the world highlight and discuss where the cocoa tree is
   2. What part of the tree produces the bean?
   3. When are they harvested?
   4. Research the process used to prepare the bean as a food ingredient.
      (Hint - it is a six-part process.)

Types of Cocoa

There are three board types of Cocoa Forastero and Crillo and Trinitario. Within
these types there are several varieties.

Easy Chocolate Cake
This simple chocolate cake takes about ten minutes to make. It is ideal for
children who want to help in the kitchen. It is a wonderful way to spend some
family time… especially when you sit down to eat your cake!

   • 1 cup self raising flour
   • 1 cup sugar
   • 2 tablespoons cocoa
   • 1 teaspoon vanilla
   • 2 eggs
   • 125g melted butter
   • ½ cup milk

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
  • Line a standard round cake pan with baking paper
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix with an electric beater for 3 minutes
  • Pour mix into pan
  • Bake for approx. 45 mins
  • Remove and allow to cool

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   •   Ice and decorate as required, perhaps just a little dusting of Icing Sugar.

You may wish to serve with a since Hot Chocolate drink…….

Remember the timeless adage

“The family that cooks together stays together!”

Cocoa and Chocolate
                                        Cocoa powder and Chocolate are made
                                        from the dried seeds that are found in pods
                                        on the cacao tree. In the 18 century, the
                                        Swedish botanist Linnaeus, renamed the
                                        cocoa tree the ‘Theobroma Cacao’, which is
                                        now its official botanical name, which
                                        literally means - ‘food of the gods’

                                   Family Competition - who can think of the
                                   most brands/ types of chocolate bars and
                                   products? Give everyone a pen and paper
    and 5 minutes on the timer…. See who is the winner.

Create a New Chocolate Wrapper

Have some fun designing the wrapper for your own chocolate bar.
What would you call it?
Would it have any special ingredients?

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Delicious Deserts

There are so many delicious chocolate desserts.

Let each family member choose their favorite to make and serve over the course
of the week.

You may like to try
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Chocolate sundaes
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Chocolate chip muffins
  • Chocolate chip biscuits
  • Chocolate custard
  • Chocolate tart
  • Chocolate donuts
  • Chocolate slice
  • Chocolate fudg

Enjoy your chocolate treats - remember it’s a super food!

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