Monthly Archives: August 2016

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! 

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My kids have been teaching me how to play Pokemon Go, and I have to say, the more I learn, the more I like it. It gets them outside, active, and actually wanting to walk places! I am just amazed at how everywhere we go, people are playing, I have never seen anything like it before! So, as a teacher, I really believe it is my responsibility to learn what is motivating to kids, and figure out how I can use that excitement and interest in the classroom. Plus, I am almost level 20 in Pokemon Go… I think that’s got to earn me some kind of respect and admiration from my students…. Right? 

Anyways, I came up with a reading program that hopefully will capture and channel all of their Poke-energy! It is called the Pokebook Reading challenge. Here is my listing on Teachers Pay Teachers…

 
The idea of the program is promote reading and to encourage kids to read for enjoyment. They track their reading using a Readingdex, and every book they read earns them BP (book power). If they earn 100 BP points, they level up, get a Bookmark Badge, and get their name displayed on my Pokewall in the library. 
Here is the link to the ad:

Link to the Pokebook Challenge
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know by commenting here or on my TPT page. I am always looking for ways to improve. 

In the next few days, I will also share my latest craft project…. How to make Pokeballs out of paper plates! Yay. 

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“Adults Only” Gummy Bears! 

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“Adults Only” Gummy Bears! 

   
I think I might have posted about this one before, but it is worth sharing again! Vodka soaked gummy bears….how can that not be a good idea?  I have made these a few times now, and even though they are pretty easy to make, I have learned a few tricks….

First, and most important, make sure they are clearly labelled, not for kids! They do have a strong vodka taste, so I can’t see kids eating a whole bowl of them, but keep them hidden in the back of the fridge clearly labelled that they are for adults only.

There are only two delicious  ingredients… Vodka and gummy bears. Start by putting the gummy bears into a non metal container, and pour enough vodka over them so they are covered.  If you use a metal container, they end up having a metallic sort of taste. Tupperware or ceramic works best. 

  
 
They need to be covered and refrigerated, and need at least a few days to absorb all of the vodka, just pour a little more on top each day as they absorb the vodka.  The plate below probably had at least a cup of vodka added.  I think the best way to tell if they are done is through a taste test. I recommend trying them a few at a time, just to be sure… Wink, wink. 
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 Last tip, they must be kept in the fridge. If not, they end up looking kind of like the picture below. Still taste delicious, but not as yummy looking. Lol. I would also recommend giving them a quick stir every day until they are eaten, if they become too sticky, just add a couple tablespoons of vodka.  

I used a ceramic plate to spread them out, in the fridge and they didn’t stick together quite as much.  They do end up a little sticky and slimy, so I would serve them with toothpicks, or tongs, or in little serving cups. 

 
Last tip, I would suggest that if you are serving these while kids are around, have a separate bowl of regular gummy bears for kids, you know, so it isn’t “sooo unfair” (once again, speaking from experience) 

I would love to try other candies as well. I have seen people dissolving hard candy in vodka to give it a candy flavour too. Hmmm, so many possibilities!  Enjoy!