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Home Sweet Home

Families in poverty live in small homes they often build out of any materials they can find, like mud, tarps, cardboard, pieces of tin and blankets. When it rains, families in these homes face leaky roofs and a muddy mess if their floors are made of dirt. Use the ingredients below to make a mini-home similar to one found in the developing world.

Home Sweet Home

Yields3 Servings
Prep Time10 mins

Adult help needed.

 peanut butter
 1 rectangular chocolate bar
 3 graham cracker rectangles, 1 broken in half
 1 Fruit Roll-Up
 ½ banana
1

With a dull knife, spread some peanut butter on the bottom edge of 2 graham cracker rectangles and 1 graham cracker square, which will be the walls of your home.

2

Stick the graham crackers to three outside edges of the chocolate bar, which is your home’s dirt floor. It’s OK if they aren’t exactly the same length as the chocolate bar. Add extra peanut butter to the corners of your graham cracker walls to make them sturdier if needed.

3

Place your Fruit Roll-Up on top of your walls. This is like a tarp roof for your home. Add peanut butter if needed to make it stay.

4

Cut the banana into four equal slices, each about ½ inch long. These are the stilts for your home. People who live in areas that flood a lot build their homes on stilts to avoid the water. Place your home on your banana stilts.

5

Now it’s time to eat your home as a snack!

Ingredients

 peanut butter
 1 rectangular chocolate bar
 3 graham cracker rectangles, 1 broken in half
 1 Fruit Roll-Up
 ½ banana

Directions

1

With a dull knife, spread some peanut butter on the bottom edge of 2 graham cracker rectangles and 1 graham cracker square, which will be the walls of your home.

2

Stick the graham crackers to three outside edges of the chocolate bar, which is your home’s dirt floor. It’s OK if they aren’t exactly the same length as the chocolate bar. Add extra peanut butter to the corners of your graham cracker walls to make them sturdier if needed.

3

Place your Fruit Roll-Up on top of your walls. This is like a tarp roof for your home. Add peanut butter if needed to make it stay.

4

Cut the banana into four equal slices, each about ½ inch long. These are the stilts for your home. People who live in areas that flood a lot build their homes on stilts to avoid the water. Place your home on your banana stilts.

5

Now it’s time to eat your home as a snack!

Home Sweet Home

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A home in Ecuador made of boards, tarps and a roof of tin pieces. It is built on wood stilts so it won't flood. 

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The home sweet home snack served next to the fire pit snack >

A home in Ecuador made of boards, tarps and a roof of tin pieces. It is built on wood stilts so it won't flood. 

The home sweet home snack served next to the fire pit snack >

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