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Denmark: Lego's, Vikings, Paper Hearts, and Meatballs: Hands-on Lesson for Children

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

Frederiksborg Palace or Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Palace or Frederiksborg Castle

Do you want to know more about Denmark? I've compiled all you will need to locate Denmark on a map, cook a Danish meal, watch YouTube clips on Denmark, color the flag, create a Danish craft, read a great book about Denmark, and more! This is part of a fun series of lessons covering world geography. You can find the links for all the countries at Around the World in 26 Letters.

Map showing Denmark's location

Map showing Denmark's location

Where is Denmark?

Locate Denmark on this map of Europe. Use this map of Denmark to label the capitol, Copenhagen. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark to easily find all this information.

Great Belt Fixed Link (Storebæltsbroen)

Great Belt Fixed Link (Storebæltsbroen)

Fun Facts About Denmark

The national flag of Denmark, known as the Dannebrog, claims to be the oldest country flag in the world which is still in use today.

The Roskilde Music Festival of Denmark is the biggest music event in all of Europe.

The Danish royal family is amongst the oldest uninterrupted monarchy in Europe.

The Great Belt Fixed Link, a suspension bridge in Denmark, has the second longest free span (1 mile) in the world.

The 'Danish exodus' in ancient and medieval times has resulted in most people in countries like Germany, Northern and Eastern France and Britain claiming Danish ancestry.

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Danish Meal

Prepare and serve Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller), mashed potatoes, Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker), Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde), and hot chocolate.

Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)

Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

35 min

1 hour 5 min

8

Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or use a meatloaf mix which combines ground beef and ground pork)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork (or use a meatloaf mix which combines ground beef and ground pork)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • paprika (to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the meat, salt, pepper, eggs, onion and cream. With moistened hands (this will be sticky), shape the meat mixture into 1 inch balls. Roll the meatballs in bread crumbs until well coated. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on shallow baking pans. Drizzle melted butter over the meatballs. Bake at 375 F, turning 3 or 4 times, until evenly browned, about 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the creamy dill sauce by melting the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour till smooth. Gradually stir in the chicken broth. Continue stirring until thickened and bubbly, then blend in sour cream, dill and seasonings.
  3. Place meatballs in a serving dish and cover with the sauce. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)

Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)

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Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

2 hours 50 min

3 hours

4-6

Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)

  • 2 thinly-sliced cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced dill

Instructions

  1. Place the cucumbers in a glass bowl. Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper; pour over the cucumber slices. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, at least 3 hours. Drain; sprinkle with dill weed. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

30 min

35 min

6

Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

  • 4 cups red berries (strawberries or raspberries or currents)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup potato starch or cornstarch (Find potato starch in the Jewish Foods section.)
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • Sugar for sprinkling
  • Whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Bring berries and water to a boil. Strain the seeds out using a cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Pour the red berry juice back into the pot and bring to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the potato starch with cold water until it is syrupy. Then add it to the boling berry juice, stirring constantly. As soon as it thickens, remove the pan from the heat and pour it into individual glass dishes. Sprinkle the tops with sugar to prevent a skin from forming.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with whipped cream just before serving. (This recipe came from experienceplus.com.)
Lego flag of Denmark

Lego flag of Denmark

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Danish Activities: Lego's and Paper Heart Baskets

Lego's was founded in Denmark in 1932. Use red and white Lego's to construct the Denmark flag.

For Christmas Danish children will create paper heart baskets called Flette Jule-Hjerter. You'll need two different colors of construction paper, scissors and a pattern. (You can use this pattern from craft-ideas-for-kids.com.) After you cut out the pieces from the pattern, weave them together. Use glue to help hold the pieces together if desired. The two sides of the heart open up to form a basket. Add a strip of construction paper for a paper handle.

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Pray for the people of Denmark

To find out about the religious nature of Denmark and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to http://www.operationworld.org/country/denm/owtext.html .

Flag of Denmark

Flag of Denmark

Denmark's flag

Print and color the flag of Denmark and learn the history and meaning of it from Flag_of_Denmark.

Visiting Denmark on YouTube

Where is Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark?

Other countries starting with the letter D

Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Tour bus in Paris

Tour bus in Paris

Go to Around the World in 26 Letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!

© 2011 Shannon

Comments, questions, or ideas? - Thank you for visiting! Please leave me a note to let me know you dropped by!

Shannon (author) from Florida on January 06, 2013:

@carolweez: Yes, children can definitely slow down travel plans a bit. We'd love to visit that area someday.

carolweez on January 06, 2013:

A good few years ago we spent 2 lovely weeks in Sweden, but unfortunately we missed our chance to visit Denmark. Now with 3 small children, life is not as simple anymore. Beautiful country and lens too.

Shannon (author) from Florida on August 21, 2012:

@MelanieMurphyMyer: Thank you!

MelanieMurphyMyer on August 20, 2012:

@DonD LM: I recently returned from a totally unplanned and unexpected trip to Denmark (Copenhagen). Did you have your vacation there yet? I would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have.

DonD LM on January 19, 2012:

What are the most visited places in Denmark? I'm listing all the places in Denmark but only the most visited landmark, we are planning to have a vacation. Cool lense very informative.

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