Fruitcake Toss Day – January 3

Perhaps the “holiday” aspect of fruitcake toss day was invented because so many people do not like fruitcake. Did you have the opportunity to make or buy fruitcake last week on FRUITCAKE DAY? You need that fruitcake for today so you can toss it !!!

That’s the whole point behind Fruitcake Toss Day – to throw your fruitcake.

One of the largest fruitcake tossing events is held each year in Manitou Springs Colorado. If you can’t attend their celebration, or one in your area, why not host one of your own with your family, class or co-op?

There are some great activities you can do to make your toss an exciting event.

I would suggest if holding an event, you can have a tasting station. It’s fun to see people react to their first taste of fruit cake. You may want to have some milk on hand to wash down the fruitcake taste.

You can also have a catapult building station. Participants load a bit of fruitcake in their homemade catapult and see who can launch it farthest. Be sure to use equal size pieces (if you want to be very scientific, use a food scale).

You can even use a slingshot if you have one or want to make one of those.

See if you can hit a TARGET. Glue the printable i created for you FREE to a box and place it on a table for the competition. To avoid the target getting ruined quickly you can place it in a page protector. Otherwise, just print several copies to have on hand.

Download this free printable for your Fruitcake Toss day activities… or visit my TPT Store for all December 27 and January 3rd files TOGETHER!

Another great activity is the “traditional” distance throw. Simply cut a chunk of fruitcake, and see how far it goes.

Our family did the distance throw. We laid out a measuring tape along the front lawn as a reference for each toss. The “Bugs” had to see where their piece landed and record it on their data collection sheet.

Lauren launches her fruitcake first. I used the computer to circle it on the picture so it can be seen “flying” through the air.
Megan, ever observant, used what she saw happen with Lauren’s fruitcake to her advantage and tossed next.
Douglas may be small, but his toss was mighty!
This was our Fruitcake Toss 2010

There is plenty of math in this holiday!

After you throw your piece:

*convert the number of feet into inches (1 foot = 12 inches).

*Graph the distance the fruitcake is tossed for each family member (Use this handy PRINTABLE) … or visit my TPT Store for all December 27 and January 3rd files TOGETHER!

all printables available in my TPT Store for December 27 and January 3rd TOGETHER!

*Throw the pieces several times and calculate the average distance.

(Math refresher if you need it: the average is found by adding up the numbers from each toss and dividing by the number of times you tossed. For example, Toss 1 = 24 inches , Toss 2 = 55 inches , Toss 3 = 17 inches , Toss 4 = 87 inches and Toss 5 = 10 inches . Now find the sum of the numbers: 24 + 55 + 17 + 87 + 10 = 193. The fruitcake was thrown 5 times, so divide by 5 and the average is 38.6 inches. )

Who threw the farthest?

Who threw without breaking their piece?

Best 2 out of 3?

Let younger learners use a calculator – that is a very important skill and not at all cheating!

Whatever you decide don’t forget to recognize your participants. I created these great AWARDS for you to use. The packet includes: Fruitcake Tossing Champ, Best Average Distance, Throwing Fruitcake the Farthest, Hitting fruitcake Target, and a blank for your creative idea.

Sample Fruitcake Toss Day Award – FREE to download … or visit my TPT Store for all December 27 and January 3rd files TOGETHER!

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I hope you’ll join us next time for another fun holiday.

I hope Fruitcake Toss Day is filled with FUN for you and your learners!

I hope to see you next time for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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National Fruitcake day – December 27th

The Christmas rush is through… take some time today to make (or buy) a fruit cake. Trust me…you will NEED it for January 3rd.

Fruitcakes sometimes have a bad reputation. They are re-gifted 30% of the time. If you lived in Ancient Egypt, chances are you would be buried with a fruit cake. It was believed a fruitcake was essential for the voyage to the afterlife.

It is believed the Ancient Romans were the first to bake this fruit and seed laden loaf.

If you bake your own, you can make it more enjoyable by using fruits and nuts everyone will enjoy.

Fruitcake is really just like any other quick bread or loaf cake, only with a lot more fruit and nuts added. You make a simple cake batter, stir in the fruits and nuts, and bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

The resulting cake is dense and looks like a beautiful mosaic when sliced, with fruits and nuts in every bite. (Tip: Toss the fruits and nuts in flour before mixing them into the batter. This will help keep them evenly distributed throughout the cake during baking.)

Easy “Fruitcake” Cookies

  • Recipe adapted from thespruceeats.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (need a substitution? Use 1 cup buttermilk = 1/4 cup milk PLUS 3/4 cup sour cream)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup candied cherries
  • 1 cup raisins

Steps to these easy cookies:

  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them lightly.
  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  4. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of flour in a bowl to toss with the fruit.
  5. Combine remaining flour with salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk.
  6. Toss fruits in bowl with the reserved flour. Fold the floured fruits and chopped walnuts into cookie batter.
  7. Drop onto prepared baking sheets with a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between cookies.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Actual baking time depends on size of cookies.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
  10. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Variations

  • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each of allspice and nutmeg to the batter for a spiced cookie.
  • Make the cookies with all or part brown sugar.

Other Activities:

Research other Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding the afterlife

Survey friends and family about their opinion regarding fruitcake. Graph the results.

Use this WORKSHEET :

Read Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake

If you are interested in ALL the downloads for BOTH today (December 27 and January 3rd – Fruitcake Toss Day they are available in one easy file from my TeachersPayTeachers Store.

I hope Fruitcake Day is filled with FUN for you and your learners!

I hope to see you next time for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such the links I post are affiliate links.

For my full DISCLOSURE go HERE.

Sources:

https://www.thespruceeats.com/fruitcake-cookies-candied-fruit-nuts-3054014

https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-fruitcake

https://www.checkiday.com/