Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Instruction & How-to

Hands On Crafts for Kids Series 7: Crafting in the USA (cc)

Learning to do crafts is not only fun, it's very educational. In this series we travel across every geographic region of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, to celebrate the customs, folklore and symbols of the 50 United States. Produced by Katherine Stull, Inc. Closed-Captioned. Programs available on 13 Click for more

2. The Middle Atlantic States (cc)

02. The Middle Atlantic States (cc)

This program looks at crafts historically linked to the Middle Atlantic states. Garden State Flowers - New Jersey's nickname is "The Garden State," and for good reason. One million acres, about 20%, of New Jersey is productive farmland. And in this segment we celebrate its beautiful flowers. Pizza Game - The origin of pizza actually goes back to ancient times, but pizza, as we know it today, began in Naples, Italy, when in the late 1800s an Italian baker created a dish for visiting royalty. To show his patriotism the baker chose to top flat bread with food that would represent the colors of Italy: red tomato, white mozzarella cheese and green basil. By the beginning of the 1900's pizza made it's way to the cities of the U.S., especially New York and Chicago, through Italian immigrants. Big Apple Jewelry - NYC is known as "the Big Apple." This popular nickname reminds us the city's prominence and size. Here we incorporate apples into bookmarks and jewelry; in fact, they make great teachers' gifts. Pennsylvania Dutch Wood Plate - Many of the inhabitants of Lancaster County are Amish, a religion that is known for humility, family and community, and separation from the world. Although Lancaster Amish are Pennsylvania Dutch, all Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish. The Pennsylvania Dutch live in Central Pennsylvania and their common bond is a mainly German background. The plate we make here is one of many traditional designs found in this region. Blue Hen Pottery - The Blue Hen chicken was adopted as Delaware's official state bird in 1939. Sometime during the 1400's a potter in Germany bought inexpensive wood to fire his kiln. This wood was from crates in which fish had been salted. When the potter opened his kiln he expected to take out his pots, glaze them and fire the pottery again as usual; but to his surprise, he found that the stoneware was completely finished with a beautiful clear glaze after only one firing. The salt in the wood had left the glaze. When the colonists came to this country, they brought salt-glazed stoneware and the unique technique for making it. 06/09DE/CC Closed-Captioned PIA 30 min.

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