Friday, 29 December 2017

WK2 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D5)

SLJ Activity 1:VE Day

After six long years of fighting, World War II finally came to an end in 1945. The entire country was ecstatic and parties were thrown all over New Zealand to celebrate VE Day (Victory in Europe). Imagine that you were living in New Zealand in 1945 and you had to plan a VE day party at your house. Who would you invite? What would you do to celebrate?

On your blog, tell us all about your (imaginary) VE party. If it was me, I would invite all of my closest friends and family over to my house for a big barbecue. We would eat hamburgers and play basketball in the driveway. Some of us would probably walk to the local beach to play soccer on the beach and to go for a swim (if the weather was warm enough)!

I would defiently invite my bestfriends, first cousins, and my family memebrs.
We would have fun by playing outdoor games and having a feast.
And at night we would watch a movie.

SLJ Activity 2:Making a fashion statement

In the years following World War II, things slowly returned to normal in New Zealand. Soldiers returned home and settled back into regular life; and national sporting teams, like the New Zealand cricket team, got back together and started playing matches again. In the late 1940s, men and women would go to watch these events, men wearing hats and suits and women wearing dresses, hats, and gloves.

Compare the pictures of common clothing from the late 1940s to what you wear now (i.e. in 2017). Are they similar or are they quite different?

On your blog tell us which of the two styles you prefer and why. The pictures above were taken over 65 years ago! What do you think people will be wearing 65 years from now?

I prefer styles like these because they're really comfy to wear.
But maybe in the next 65 years, people would wear hi-tech clothes.

SLJ Activity 3:Sweet tooth

When World War II ended, a number of people from Europe moved to New Zealand looking for a peaceful place to live and raise a family. When they came, they brought recipes and foods from their native countries with them, including hamburgers, pizza and other delicious foods.

I usually have a chocolate chip cookie with my tea. I love biscuits! What is your favourite sweet treat or dessert? Use google to find a recipe for it. Type the recipe out on your blog. Make sure you also include a picture.

Dessert: Pavlova


6 egg whites
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanillia essence
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
2 teaspoons of cornflour
300ml of cream, whipped
Fruit (Optional)


Glass or metal bowl
Baking tray


1. Pre-heat oven to 110C Bake

2. Line the baking tray with baking paper

3. Now beat the egg whites in the bowl until soft peaks form

4. Keep beating while adding the sugar, a 1/4 of a cup at a time. Approximately after 10 minutes the mixture should be glossier and thicker. Then beat in the vanillia, vinegar, and cornflour.

5. Take out the mixture with a spoon and place it onto the tray

6. Then bake for about 1 1/2 hours until it is dry and crisp. Leave the Pavlova in the oven for another hour.

7. When it has fully cooled, you can add the whipped cream and finally add in fruits of your choice

Image result for pavlova


  1. Hi Davarni,

    I'm so glad that you've chosen to participate in the Summer Learning Journey! And you've done 3 activities already - good effort!

    Like you, if I had survived 6 years of war and then learned that it was over I would invite my whole family, friends and every one in my community to a big picnic or feast of some sort.

    My father and father-in-law were in the Canadian airforce during World War II so I've heard stories of their experiences. I think we are very very lucky that we live in peaceful countries!!

    The clothes in the photos from the 1940's are the type of clothes my mother would wear and my father used to have to wear a suit to church each Sunday when he was little. I'm very glad that the clothes we wear now are so comfortable!! I wouldn't have loved wearing high heels and stockings every day as women were expected to do in the 1940's.

    And I love your choice of recipe. My friend, Murray, just sent me a photo of a beautiful Pavlova that he prepared for Christmas dinner this week. He lives in Auckland and I live in Canada where our typical Christmas dessert is a variety of cookies.

    What a delicious treat Pavlova would be! And it's so pretty to look at.

    I hope that you've had a lovely holiday week and that you're enjoying your warm and sunny weather.

    I'm reading your blog from Canada where we're having an unusually cold winter. It's -20 degrees here - brrr...

    Keep up your good work!


  2. Malo lelei Davarni,
    Im so glad that your participating in the Summer Learning Journey.I really enjoyed all of your work especially your Outfit choices and your recipe for your amazing looking cake.Well,Keep up the good job.

    - Nitaa

  3. Hi Davarni,

    Ruby here from the Summer Learning Journey team! It's great to be reading another one of your awesome activities. Keep up the great work! :)

    Activity 1: That sounds like a great idea! Gathering around with all your friends and family would have been lovely. What sorts of games would you have played?
    My Grandpa says that he remembers VE day from when he was a kid, everyone went to town and he drove around sitting on the top of his dads car waving a flag. He says it was a happy day!

    Activity 2: The clothes we wear today do look much more comfortable, don't they! Everyone looked so formal and proper in the 1930s and women were only just starting to wear trousers. It was a very different fashion from now. I think our clothes will change over the next 65 years as well, but I have trouble imagining what they will look like!

    Bonus Activity: Yum! Pavlova is such a yummy dessert. I haven't ever made my own one before (I normally stick to making small meringues) but I've eaten homemade pavlovas plenty of times and they're always so delicious. What sorts of fruit to do you like to have on your pavlova? At my house, we like to put strawberries and blueberries on ours.

    I look forward to reading more great blog posts like this!