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Tuesday, June 9 2020

Hey Everyone! We have A LOT going on today! Did you get started on the Newton Amazing Race yesterday? Chekc out our list of clues and riddles here:

Over on Zoom we have some great activities like - Newton Amaing Race Q&A, Scattergories, 4th Grade Hangout, K-1 Chat, Pajama Book Club, and Weekly Nature Walk. Head over to the Zoom page to sign up!

On the Blog we have Aromatherapy, a Mooncraters Science Project, and Two recipes -one for you and one for a furry friend. Let's get started . . .

DIY aromatherapy

Crafted By Julie

Grade Level: 2-5

Individual or multiple people: Either


2 Jars

Oil (canola, olive, coconut oil)

Plant (lavender, violets, marigold, rosemary, honeysuckle, roses, lilies)

Measuring cup

Location: Kitchen Table

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Cut a flower from a plant of your choice. When you cut the flower, include the stem.

  2. Thoroughly clean your jar out and wash well with warm soapy water

  3. Place the flower in the jar.

  4. Pour in two cups of oil (of your choice) into your jar,

  5. Let the flower sit in the jar on a windowsill for two days, so that it can absorb heat from sunlight.

  6. Check the scent of the jar, if not strong enough, replace the jar with a new fresh flower of the same kind and soak for two more days.

  7. Remove the flower and strain the oil into a fresh new jar or spray bottle.

  8. Store in a cool place away from any heat.

  9. Enjoy!

Make a Moon Crater

By Aurora

Grade Level: Any

Individual or multiple people: Individual (kids may need some assistance with set-up)

Theme: STEM, Astronomy, Earth Science


  • Cake/Pie pan (in my experience a metal or foil pie dish works best. Don’t use glass because you’ll be dropping rocks into it)

  • Flour

  • Cocoa powder

  • Spoon or sifter

  • 2 or 3 small rocks of different shapes and sizes

  • (Optional) Sprinkles

Location: A flat outdoor space such as a concrete patio works great, as this can get a little messy

Links and resources:

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Spread about an inch of flour into your cake/pie pan. Half an inch of flour can work if you don’t have enough, but you’ll want even smaller rocks so they don’t go immediately to the bottom.

  2. (Optional) Add a layer of sprinkles. This isn’t necessary to get the crater effect, but it does make it prettier.

  3. Use a spoon or sifter to add a layer of cocoa powder on top.

  4. Now hold a rock over the cake/pie pan and drop it into the pan.. Observe the “ejecta pattern” created by the impact. You can remove the rock to really see how the crater that you made looks like a moon crater.

  5. Now you can experiment a little bit. Try dropping your other rocks from different heights and angles to observe how you can affect the appearance of your craters. Can you imagine now how the many craters on the moon were made?

Dog Biscuits Recipe

By Jonathan

Here’s a simple, Hut-tested dog biscuit recipe that the whole family can make together!

Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl:

- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- 1 cup whole wheat flour

- 2/3 cup rolled oats (regular or instant oatmeal)

- 1 teaspoon salt (optional)

Then add:

- 1/2 cup of chicken stock

- 1/4 cup of milk

- 2 tablespoons of oil

- 2 or 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (optional)

Knead dough until it forms a ball, then roll it until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. At this point you can use cookie cutters to shape your biscuits, or get creative by dividing the dough into small pieces and using your hands to shape them. Just make sure your biscuits are roughly the same size (for even baking) and that they’re catered to the size of your dog. Avoid making biscuit that are too big or have pointed tips.

Place you finished biscuits on a lightly greased cookie sheet and brush them with some beaten egg. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Roll-ups

Cooked Up By Meg

Who said French toast was just for breakfast?! Make these yummy french toast roll-ups and eat them as a snack, a quick breakfast, or even for dessert.

Grade Level: All ages-younger kids may need help with the stove part.

Individual or multiple people: Either!

Materials: Be sure to check for allergens!

  • 10 slices of sandwich bread

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Rolling pin

  • 2 bowls

  • Frying pan

  • Mixing spoons

Location: Kitchen

Further instructions or accommodations:

  • Grab your bread and start by rolling each piece with a rolling pin to ensure they’re flat.

  • In one of your bowls, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Spread this mixture onto each of your bread slices and roll them up!

  • In another bowl, combine your eggs, milk, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and vanilla.

  • Now, dip each of your rolled up pieces of bread in the egg mixture. Once you’re done dipping them in the egg mixture, be sure to wash your hands! After, pan fry each of them in a buttered skillet until every side is golden brown.

  • Enjoy the deliciousness! Feel free to top with frosting if you have any to add some more sweetness.


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