Friday, March 28, 2014

Maple Sugaring

On Tuesday, Doug Brown and Autumn from Slopeside Syrup came into our classroom.  They explained about tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling sap into maple syrup. We then went outside to tap three trees.  Kindergarten students drilled holes, hammered taps in and hung buckets and lids.  We will be collecting the sap to give to Ms. Kent. Her husband will be boiling the sap into syrup for our school at their home sugar house. 

Some of the children helped to turn an area into our classroom into a sugar house and a maple syrup/ maple candy factory.  It's fun to see the dramatic play. Farmers are collecting sap from the trees that they made and boiling it in the evap0rator. (The easel area has been turned into a maple grove; the water table is now an evaporator - with a fire in the fire box; the back table area is the factory.) There is a lot of excitement as the sap is running in the classroom. Let's hope that it warms up enough to empty our real sap buckets soon!



Doug stopped in to "buy" some maple candy from our factory. 

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