Food Wars

As  a homeschooling family, we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to teach and learn. My daughter is 12 ½ (can’t forget the ½!) and we’ve just finished studying the world wars and are now onto Vietnam. Especially with things as they are today, how do you teach a child the horrors of war without horrifying or scarring them to their souls?   Well, wouldn’t you know it? There’s actually a fun way to close out lessons on war, so some of the heaviness is lifted but the impact of it all remains.

It’s a food fight. Of sorts. One ingenious wizard of animation designed a synopsis of the world’s wars in which America has played a part. There’s a ‘cheat sheet’ that explains which food comes from which country so that when you watch the ‘food wars’ you can keep up.

Honestly, this was the BEST pop quiz I’ve ever given to my daughter.

Check out the “Cheat Sheet” if you’d like to familiarize yourself with the players before (or after) you watch this incredible video… which, btw, got my daughter interested in graphics, web design, and all that cool stuff. 🙂


8 Responses to Food Wars

  • Who’d have thought a food clip could be so…so graphic. LOL. It’s great. (Where do you find these things?)


  • You must be an innovative home schooling mom, Debora! Loved the hamburger clip. Funny how it actually is giving me an appetite for hamburgers, LOL.

  • I have got to show this to my 12 and 14 year olds!

  • I couldn’t help but be sad at the wastefulness of it all. Perfectly good food blown to bits leaving nothing but grease stains, measily chunks for vultures to carry off and a hollow, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Very much like war.
    Great video.

  • pretty amazing food fight. I hope the final message to your child is – war is messy, war is ugly, and no one really wins.

  • Linda,
    You are so right about how ‘graphic’ the video was! But it made my daughter go “Ew! Cool!” When she saw the Twin Towers representation, she related and ‘got’ the message.

    That made you hungry?! LOL. Oh my! As a kid, did you start food fights in the school cafeteria? LOL

    Oh Barrie, if you do show it to your two children, I’d love to know what they think of it.

    Beth! You had me laughing! And then you sobered me up. You’re right – sad wastefulness = war.

    Sandy, you’re exactly on target there. That was my final message… in fact, she got it without me having to say it. The video made us laugh, cringe, watch it again, and realize how destructive and pointless it all is.

  • Debora, I had to come back and see the food fight again. I think the most violent food was the hamburger, the way it shot out the pickles. Those hamburgers would have to experience shell shock from all the damage they did, ha ha.

  • Kathleen, you’re too funny. Personally, I think the food that left the deepest impression on me was the sushi. LOL. Nasty when it splatters. I’m glad you had fun with this video. One of the mom’s in our homeschooling group linked it to the group, and I was floored when I saw it. I just had to share. 🙂

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