There’s no denying it. My favorite part of the Polar Express movie is where the children are served hot chocolate. Some people drink their daily cup of joe or tea. I have a daily cup of hot chocolate all year long.
As part of our Christmas unit studies this past December we also did a mini unit on- what else- CHOCOLATE! Since the weather will still be cold for a couple more months its still a very appropriate fun study to do with your children.
Then read a little bit of the history of chocolate.
How many words can you find in Hot Chocolate?
Make an A-Z list of all the chocolate candy names you can remember (Almond Joy, Bar None, Caramello, etc)
Make edible chocolate modeling clay.
Watch how Hershey’s Makes Chocolate.
Visit the Field Museum to learn about the habitat of cacao trees.
This worksheet is great for older children to learn about cacao plants. It involves some research using fun websites.
Don’t forget homemade hot cocoa mix! My personal favorite is Alton Brown’s recipe. And yes you must use the cayenne pepper!
Use this worksheet to find out where chocolate factories are in the world.
Design a wrapper for a new chocolate bar.
And if you really want to get into it you can download a free resource kit complete with 12 lessons from the Field Museum, Cocoa Connections: From Beans to Bars. How cool (or should I say hot) is that?