Saturday, November 19, 2011

Journeying through Ohio

The State that we chose for this week was Ohio.  

Ohio Fun Facts

  • There are 7 presidents that were from the state of Ohio.
  • Because there were so many presidents from Ohio, it was nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents."
  • Akron is the biggest rubber-making city in the world.
  • Ohio was originally inhabited by the Hopewell and Adena Mound Builders.  
  • There are more than 10000 Indian mounds in the State of Ohio.
  • Ohio was home to the first ambulance and police services in America
  • Ohio was the first state made out of the Northwest Territory.
  • Cleveland was home to America's first traffic light.
  • Cleveland was the world's first city to be lighted electrically.

State Symbol info:

State insect:  Ladybug
State flower:  Red Carnation
State gemstone:  Flint
State reptile:  Black Racer Snake
State mammal:  White tail deer
State tree:  Buckeye
Ohio motto:  With God all things are possible
State beverage:  Tomato juice
State rock song:  Hang on Sloopy

The kids chose to draw the state flag, guitar (for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), a ladybug, and a Rock for the Neil Armstrong Museum.

Then we made two Ohio-inspired snacks....

Sauerkraut Balls

I created my own gluten/soy/dairy/egg/pork free recipe.  I used Bob's Red Mill Cornbread mix, 1 pound of cooked ground beef and 1 can of sauerkraut.  I mixed this together and added enough water to still form the small balls of fry.  After it was mixed I put the mixture in the fridge to chill.  It'll look like very thick pancake batter.  Then I formed the balls and fried them in olive oil.  We served them with ketchup, honey mustard or a spicy mayo recipe. (serve them warm).  These were a hit with my hubby...and Joey even liked them.  I also added some salt to taste.

These were our finished product.

Here's a link for Cleveland's famous recipe.

After dissecting a buckeye......

We made homemade buckeyes.....

We made enough to eat some ourselves and then as our contribution to the ballet recital party.  They were a hit at ballet class.  One of them about killed any type of sweet tooth you had.  I didn't use a "recipe", I just remember my aunt teaching me how to make them.  She made amazing buckeyes and peanut butter pinwheels!!!  

Our last project of the week was making tissue paper carnations.  I found the steps for this project at Folding Trees project blog.

This was after I attached the pipe cleaner.

We found out we live in an amazing state that is fullllll of learning opportunities.  We just need to find more time and money to explore them all!

No state study next week, we will be starting our Cyprus projects for World Travelers Club.


  1. My husband and I, before kids, made a point of visiting presidents home. we have been to at least a 7 or 8 so far. Haven't made it to any in Ohio, we will have to do that when we get back to the states. Besides I have to drag the kids to all the ones we saw before they were born. Won't that just be so exciting to them.... NOT;)

  2. Hej , jag tror det är en utmärkt blog . Jag stumbledupon det ;) jag ska åter åter
    eftersom jag har sparas som en favorit det . Pengar och frihet är det största
    sättet att ändra , kan du bli rik och fortsätter att hjälp
    andra .
    Mer :