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January 30, 2007

The Place to Which the Good Ship Lollipop Goes


Athena had a school assignment in which she had to make a project with exactly 100 pieces to it, and this is what she came up with: A candy island. The land is colored marshmallow, the trunk of the palm tree Rollos and the palm leafs sectioned candy fruit wedges. All on a shoebox ocean. I thought it was pretty clever, myself, especially the part about using Rollos for the trunk. My only concern is that one of her classmates might eat it before the teacher sees it. These are the risks you take in the rough-and-tumble world of second grade school projects.

Posted by john at January 30, 2007 12:19 PM

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Chang, father of pangolins | January 30, 2007 12:31 PM

That's cool. Really nice design. Paays to stay home with Daddy when you're sick.

My kid, yeah, she brings home projects: she's doing algebra now and she's 8. Scares the crap out of me as I have no math skills and when the time comes and she's doing trig in fourth grade, I'm el-screwed.

Steve Buchheit | January 30, 2007 12:37 PM

Cool, so what's the name of the Island Ruled by the Queen Athena?

Dan | January 30, 2007 12:41 PM

That's pretty neat. Of course, that island wouldn't last long if I were stranded on it. I would literally eat myself out of house and home.

Jim C. Hines | January 30, 2007 01:26 PM

The palm tree is particularly awesome.

I assume this is a 100-day project? I don't remember 100-day from when I was in school ... of course, with my memory, that doesn't mean much.

John Scalzi | January 30, 2007 01:34 PM

Yes, I think this is a 100-day project.

Carl V. | January 30, 2007 01:52 PM

Very creative! Bravo to her. It would be tempting to eat that tree!

AliceB | January 30, 2007 01:58 PM

My worry would be to keep it away from the dog...

Great work!

Ron | January 30, 2007 02:03 PM

Jim C. Hines | January 30, 2007 01:26 PM

The palm tree is particularly awesome.

I assume this is a 100-day project? I don't remember 100-day from when I was in school ... of course, with my memory, that doesn't mean much.

John Scalzi | January 30, 2007 01:34 PM

Yes, I think this is a 100-day project.


Are you guys making a political joke? It doesn't seem like it would take 100 days to do that. (Not that it's not fabulous). Can you explain the 100 day project to a Canuck?

Diatryma | January 30, 2007 02:12 PM

Many elementary and middle school classes have some sort of celebration for the hundredth day of school-- it feels suitably long but isn't, it happens during the grey nasty months, and for the younger kids, a hundred is an accomplishment, so a hundred paperclips seems huge. I don't remember any 100-day parties specifically, but we did have a party in fourth grade where we all dressed up like millionaires because we had just gotten to that size of numbers in math (I think we were doing multiplication and division. I don't remember, though).

ern | January 30, 2007 03:53 PM

Mmmmm...Rolos...a childhood favorite...

Lee | January 30, 2007 04:23 PM

You are lucky that you are not in California. The bane of every grade school kid is the California mission where a replica is to be constructed using any available material. An underground economy has sprung catering to this monumental school project which in most cases end up in disaster. I think it is one reason why California school children end up becoming atheist after the traumatic experience of trying to build one.

Anne KG Murphy | January 30, 2007 04:37 PM

That is an Awesome island. Please tell her I said so.

Kelsey | January 30, 2007 04:39 PM

Personally, I would have gone with Tootsie Rolls for the palm tree. Rolos are just too yummy not to eat.

KonigBadger | January 30, 2007 04:42 PM

Man, Florida must as out of the loop as Canada. I too had no idea what 100-day was until i read the comments here. I wish I could have made candy islands for school.

KenL | January 30, 2007 05:58 PM

This is a very clever and creative project.

I had forgotten about 100 days -- and about California's mission model thing. I believe I made my mission out of graham crackers and frosting, because I had always wanted to make a gingerbread-style house for Christmas and never gotten to before :)

MWT | January 30, 2007 07:40 PM

I was born and raised in Indiana and don't recall anything like a 100-Day Project either. Perhaps this means I'm getting old...

Cute island. Love that palm tree. :)

Connie | January 30, 2007 08:30 PM

Very cool island. She should call my teenaged daughter who received for Christmas a battery operated twirling marshmallow fork.

We have fond memories of the Minnesota Voyageurs project for which my daughter and husband together made miniature birch bark canoes.

CaseyL | January 30, 2007 11:08 PM

That's a totally adorable island. Since marshmallows are bouyant, I can just see the whole thing bobbing merrily on the sea. Until the first shipwrecked sailor arrives and eats the whole thing.

Don't let Athena see The Battle of Helm's Deep done in candy. She might be (shudder) inspired.

Melissa | January 31, 2007 12:40 AM

That island is making me hungry.

Matt | January 31, 2007 04:01 AM

That looks yummy and probably a good counter-piece for a dentist's office.

Karen | January 31, 2007 04:41 AM

Oh, 100-day projects... Ours wasn't nearly as fun, elaborate, or delicious as Athena's, unfortunately. I remember in sixth grade we each decorated and pinned up a piece of paper with a number on it (up to 100) and counted down until the end of school by pulling one down each day. Some of the art was pretty good.

Anne | January 31, 2007 08:33 AM

I want a candy island. And a candy ocean (blue Hawaiian punch). With candy fish (Swedish fish!) And a candy sky (cotton candy clouds). And a candy Earth (brownies). And a candy ass.

Queenie | January 31, 2007 05:52 PM

Ron: The way I understand it is that on the 100th day of school, kids do projects involving the number 100. Like counting up to 100, bringing in 100 of something, Athena's project, etc.

It's very cute. Something tells me she's going into food styling.

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