Maritime Munchies

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In this activity, learners follow simple historical maritime recipes to cook up hardtack and swanky, and then compare the foods they eat to what was served on ships in the past. This resource includes lesson rationale, target vocabulary, suggested readings, and general discussion questions. This activity is intended for adult and child collaboration.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Directions sheets (page 3-6 of PDF)
  • Background sheet (page 2 of PDF)
  • 4 cups flour (white, whole wheat, or mixed)
  • 2 cups water + 5 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • oven
  • knife or pizza cutter
  • cookie sheet
  • spatula
  • spoon
  • toothpick or fork
  • measuring cups
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • drinking cups
  • bowl or clean bucket
  • (optional) Book - Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Technology
      • Transportation
      • Manufacturing
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Historical Reenactment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • Verizon Foundation,