This time around, we have four groups. Elaine is teaching one called "M is for Movement", Shan is doing "Engineering Challenges", Val is doing her "Picture This" session, and I am doing one I call "Preserving History - Food Preservation in Colonial Times". We try to have something that will appeal to everyone, with a good mix of art, science, and social studies.
In my EB, children tried the first technique of preserving food - one that has been around for centuries, and still used today. It was definitely one of the main ways people in the colonies kept food for later. Drying can be done in lots of ways - the children in this EB prepared apple slices to be dried on a pole (and also in a low oven, since we need some of the slices on Wednesday). We also strung green beans (called leather britches).