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Mini Cheese and Vegetable Kabobs

2010 - 2011 CS RT Planning Guide


  • Cheese cubes

  • Baby carrot

  • Soft vegetable pieces such as grape tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, celery

  • Dip:

  • Yogurt dip—8 oz. plain yogurt mixed with a small amount of vegetable soup mix or

  • Ranch dressing


  • Place cheese and vegetable pieces on a toothpick.

  • Cut a baby carrot in half and put one at the end of the toothpick.

  • Serve with your choice of dip.

Note: Be aware of food allergies and diet restrictions.

Edible Earth Parfaits

Alice, Golden Empire Council

In honor of Water Quality Month in August,
make these interesting treats that also teach about our groundwater, and why we need to keep it free from contamination.

To teach about the geologic formations in an aquifer, how pollution can get into groundwater and how pumping can cause a decline in the water table. This activity is a fun and easy way to understand the geology of an aquifer. You will build your own edible aquifer, learn about confining layers, contamination, recharge and water tables.


  • Blue/red food coloring (or substitute with red, grape or orange soda)

  • Vanilla ice cream (one 5-quart bucket yields 60 aquifers at one generous scoop per student)

  • Clear soda pop (7-Up, Sprite, etc)

  • Small gummy bears, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, cereal, crushed ice or other material to represent sand and gravel

  • Variety of colored cake decoration sprinkles and sugars

  • Drinking straws

  • Clear plastic cups

  • Ice cream scoop

  • Spoons

Activity Steps

  1. Review What is groundwater? and Groundwater Vocabulary terms.

  2. Begin to construct your edible aquifer by filling a clear plastic cup 1/3 full with gummy bears, chocolate chips, or crushed ice (represents gravels and soils)

  3. Add enough soda to just cover the candy/ice.

  4. Add a layer of ice cream to serve as a "confining layer" over the water-filled aquifer. Discuss what a confining layer is/does.

  5. Then add more "sand/gravel" on top of the "confining layer."

  6. Colored sugars and sprinkles represent soils and should be sprinkled over the top to create the porous top layer (top soil).

  7. Now add the food coloring to the soda. The food coloring represents contamination. Watch what happens when it is poured on the top of the "aquifer." Point out that the same thing happens when contaminants are spilled on the earth's surface.

  8. Using a drinking straw, drill a well into the center of your aquifer. 

  9. Slowly begin to pump the well by sucking on the straw. Watch the decline in the water table.

  10. Notice how the contaminants can get sucked into the well area and end up in the groundwater by leaking through the confining layer.

  11. Now recharge your aquifer by adding more soda which represents a rain shower. 

  12. Review what you have learned as you enjoy eating your edible aquifer.

Warning: Check before conducting this activity to see if anyone to see if anyone is diabetic or lactose intolerant.

Activity Source
Edible Earth Parfaits was adapted from "Making A Bigger Splash," co-published by the US EPA, Region VII and The Groundwater Foundation

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