Category: Global Culture Education

Q is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft



The equator is an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.  Although there are continents and some countries that are in both the eastern hemisphere and the western hemisphere Ecuador takes pride in having a Middle of the World Monument in Quito.

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Celebrating Peru’s Independence Day


July 28 marks Peru’s Independence Day also known as Las Fiestas Patrias. To celebrate this day,  I am honored to share with you a lovely essay from my friend, and author Mariana Llanos.  It’s a short essay on her love for Peru.

You will also find some quick historical facts, and activities to do with your kids for Peru’s Independence Day.


Peru in the Heart by Mariana Llanos 

Not long ago, an acquaintance who doesn’t have any ties to other cultures  besides the United States told me how he didn’t mind people migrating to this country for a better life.  However, he truly didn’t like these people celebrating their culture.

“They’re in America.” he said, “They should celebrate what Americans celebrate.”

Imagine my face as he said this to a Peruvian immigrant who proudly celebrates her traditions and culture. The conversation could have turned sour; instead, I chose to understand his point of view and explain mine.

“The fact that we celebrate our traditions doesn’t mean that we don’t love the United States or its culture. It just means that we want to keep our cultural identity alive. We’re merely adding another ingredient to the melting pot. Celebrating keeps us connected with the world we left behind, and helps us bear with this constant adaptation process. I imagine if you lived abroad, no matter how much you loved your new country, you would be the first in line to celebrate 4th of July.”

“Well, that’s true.” he said cocking his head, but we quickly changed subjects. I only hope that some of what I said had an impact in him.

In spite of my acquaintance, this July 28th, as Peruvians around the world commemorate the anniversary of our independence from Spain, I’m planning on celebrating with my friends as I do every year. We’ll cook our food, we’ll listen to some “música criolla”, and just rejoice in the fact that are lucky to had been born in a country with such richness of culture, history, and traditions. We’ll cherish our red and white flag, while we’ll remain grateful to the land that fosters us and allows us to be free to embrace our cultural identity.


Historical Facts about Perú:

  • One of the most important civilizations of the American continent developed in Perú: The Inca Empire. It extended from the south of what is now known as Colombia through Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Chile and the north of Argentina. It was called TAHUANTINSUYO. The capital of the Tahuantinsuyo was the city of Qosqo, or Cusco, now in Perú. One of the most impressive remains of the Inca Empire is located in Cusco. Machu Picchu attracts tourists from all around the world who rejoice in the mysticism of its history.
  • The story of Perú doesn’t start with the Incas. Prior to the Inca expansion, an array of cultures lived in what is now the Peruvian territory, including Nazca, Moche, Tiahuanaco, Wari, Recuay, Chimu among others. These cultures were absorbed by the dominant warrior spirit of the Quechuas, giving origin to the Inca Empire founded by Manco Capac, the first Inca.
  • The Inca Empire was conquered and invaded by Spanish conquistadores around 1532, when they captured Inca Atahualpa. The Spanish brought horses, swords, guns, and diseases the natives had never known.
  • The Spanish conquistadores, led by Francisco Pizarro chose the valley of Lima (called Rimaq at that moment) for the capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty. The city of Lima was founded by Pizarro on January 18th, 1535. It became the capital of Perú after the War of Independence.
  • In the late 1700’s, Tupac Amaru an indigenous leader, descendant of one of the Incas, led a rebellion that shook the core of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Tupac Amaru was not successful, and eventually him and his followers were decimated, but his rebellion left open an important window for future independence movements.
  • On July 28th, 1821, José de San Martín, an Argentinian general and prime leader of the independence movement in South America, declared the Independence of Perú (after declaring the Independence of Chile and Argentina). His words were: “From this moment Perú is free and independent by the general will of its people and by the justice of its cause defended by God. Long live our Land! Long live our Freedom! Long live our Independence!”
  • After several wars led by valiant Peruvians and their allies, Perú was finally free from the almost 300 years of Spanish occupation. A new Republic was born, one as diverse, rich, and culturally colorful as the flag of the Tahuantinsuyo.

Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian writer who has published several children’s books in English and in Spanish. She studied acting and has worked as a preschool music and art teacher for the past years. She advocates for literacy and the inclusion of multicultural characters in children’s literature. Mariana visits schools around the world through virtual technology.

To learn more about author Mariana Llanos you can visit her website Maria Llanos and her Amazon author page for more information. Follow Mariana on Facebook and Twitter!
You can also read my review on her newest poetry book Poesía Alada here.

Books about Peru (aff.links)

Kusikiy a Child from Taquile, Peru

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita

The Children’s Book of Machu Picchu: The Amazing Story of the Mysterious Inca City in the Clouds

Kids activities and resources:

Discovering Peru with Kids


Peruvian Bird Gourd Craft for Kids


Lomo Saltado: Beef Stir Fry from Peru


Sprouted Quinoa Milk and Resources to Study about Peru {Around the World in 12 Dishes}

Machu Picchu with Kids: Step by Step Tips

History of Peruvian Potatoes, A Recipe + Link-Up

Llamellín, Peru’s Colorful “Fiestas Patronales”

Peru with Kids: 10 Things to Do with Kids in The Sacred Valley





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Frida Kahlo: Spanish Videos and Resources for Kids

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On July 6, 1907 Frida Kahlo was born.  She’s considered one of Mexico’s greatest painters, and she was well known for her self-portraits.  Her story although tragic is one of overcoming personal struggles.   She was an activist and married fellow painter Diego Rivera.   Today many celebrate her as a feminist icon.


Many of her paintings revolve around her life so I would suggest you take a look at her paintings before sharing with kids.   Luckily, I found these Spanish videos that are appropriate for kids.


** As you can see below the title on the video itself has the name spelled incorrectly but the title of the video is not **


Below you’ll find Spanish resources:

Unidad didáctica: Frida Kahlo y los niños

Frida Kahlo para niños – Mundo Primaria

Frida Kahlo para niños

Actividades sobre Frida Kahlo 

Children’s books on Frida Kahlo (affiliate links):


New Years Eve Global Traditions

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For as long as I have been married we have never celebrated New Years Eve how it is celebrated it in Puerto Rico.  In Puerto Rico families gathers to eat, sing aguinaldos, light up fireworks, and after the clock hits 12 midnight everyone listens to El Brindis del Bohemio.

Here at home, on New Year’s Eve, little one would crash way before midnight.  Hubby, and I will stay up to watch the Times Square New Years Eve Ball Drop on TV, give each other a kiss, and give our sleeping child a kiss too, then we’re off to bed.

Last year, we were in Puerto Rico but little man was out by midnight. The year before that I had a New Year’s Eve at noon party for kids. 

Babysitting two of his friends during the holiday break was a perfect opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon.  We made masks, they colored sheets, and made ornaments. I was lucky enough to have some hats from a clearance sale from last year, and that’s what we used.

A video posted by Latina Blogger, Writer (@discoveringtheworld.frances) on

We also counted down the New Years with this fun video below:

King Julien New Years Eve countdown from Shine on Vimeo.

This year we are home, and we’ll probably do the same as years past. Watch TV, and then crash. On the following day we’ll eat a Traditional New Years Day Meal.

In the meantime, I will enjoy these New Years Global Traditions with ideas for kids, books, and more!  

New Year is Coming to Town by Russian Step by Step Children

Everything You Wanted to Know about Grandfather Frost by Russian Step by Step Children

Happy New Year by Crafty Moms Share

New Year’s Bonfires in Scheveningen by Expat Life (With a Double Buggy)

Happy New Year: Scheveningen and Oliebollen by Expat Life (With a Double Buggy)

New Year’s Eve Traditions In Ecuador by Hispanic Mama

Happy Yennayer 2966 (2016) by A Crafty Arab

New Year’s Eve in Mexico by Kid World Citizen

Bali: Celebrate New Years 5 Times by Orana on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Celebrating New Years with Kids by Mama Smiles

From And Then We Moved to shares a Danish tradition:   “My favorite was in Denmark: Danish tradition on New Years Eve is to stand together on a sofa or a coach or a chair and then you all “jump” into the New Year at midnight! The concept was to literally jump from the old to the new year.”

All Done Monkey shares Kid-Friendly New Year’s Traditions from Around the World with a Free Printable!

Looking for children’s books for New Years?  What Do We Do All Day has an amazing list!

Hope you have a wonderful 2017!

Hanukkah Resources for Kids

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Two years ago, my son received a precious gift from a Jewish pen-pal. 
It was a package with two dreidels (a small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side), chocolate coins with the Hanukkah menorah engraved on it, erasers, a letter and other fun goodies.  
To this day, we still have the contents of the gift bag (except for the chocolates 😊 that are long gone!). We used the contents to learn more about the Hanukkah Jewish festival an eight-day celebration, and I also researched some helpful links, too.  
Today, I’m excited to share with you our favorite Hanukkah resources for kids. 

To learn about Hanukkah, it’s important to learn about Israel first.  

  • JewishKids.Org has tons of games, songs, videos, and recipes to celebrate Hanukkah.  
  • Little Passports has Israel in their world subscription.  This package includes: a letter from Sam and Sophia, a wooden dreidel, an  activity sheet for the country, a picture from the country, a passport stamp, a map marker, and a sticker for the suitcase. 
  • YouTube videos are also a wonderful resource to learn about the The Story of Hanukkah. 
This post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Hanukkah Blog Hop.  Make sure you stop by to check the participating blogs and read more about this beautiful festival.  
Hanukkah for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
Welcome to our second annual Hanukkah for Kids blog hop! Be sure to visit all the participating blogs for create ways to share this special time of year with kids. Plus you can find all these and more on our Hanukkah Pinterest board! (And don’t miss last year’s series!)

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Diwali for Kids: Rangoli with Glass Marbles

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Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, held during the period October through November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and it is the biggest holiday of India.  Diwali is considered just as important as Christmas is to Christians. 
Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days.  
On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powdered or sands.  
Today’s post is a kid’s craft of a rangoli made with glass marbles.  Instead of making a rangoli on our floor we are putting it up in a frame to display.  
All you need is:
  • 8×10 picture frame 
  • a rangoli print 
  • a bag of assorted color half marbles
  • colored glue (white glue with a few drops of food coloring) 
Little one had a friend over. We talked about Diwali and the Indian folk art called rangoli. We discussed the beautiful and intricate patterns that are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. 
Before they made their very own rangoli I showed them various images of rangoli, and they sorted the marbles by color. 
Now it was time for the kids to get creative, and make their own patterns with the half marbles. 
For their rangoli they used a dab of glue on the bottom of the marble, and they would place on the pattern.  Once completely dry colored glue was used around the spaces to add more color to it. 
For more on India read these fun posts: 

Cooking with Kids: Kulfi a Frozen Dessert from India
Discovering India with Kids

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in Canada 
Weaving Ideas: Paper Plate Rangoli Idea for Kids 
ArtsyCraftsyMom: Accordion Fold Paper Diya Craft 
Maple and Marigold: Rustic Indian Peda with Roasted Pistachios 
Creative World of Varya: Diwali Inspired Ideas for Kids 
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Rangoli with Glass Marbles 
My Little Moppet: 20 Tips to Organize a Diwali Party for Kids 
All Done Monkey: Diwali Books for Kids 
Growing Up Gupta: 7 Amazing Multicultural Diwali Gift Ideas 
Kidzlens: DIY Bandanwar 
The Educators’ Spin On It: Making Flower Rangoli with Kids

Discovering Ecuador with Kids: Espumillas Ecuadorian Street Food

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Every country has it’s own traditional sweet treat, and Ecuador has espumillas!  Espumilla is a guava meringue cream and a very popular Ecuadorian street food.  
Little one had a few friends over, and together we learned about Ecuador’s delicious espumilla. We watched a video in Spanish on how a local lady makes her espumilla for a living.  She does the whole process by hand!!!  Amazing!!

Of course, we used a blender.  

The original recipe calls for pureed guavas, sugar, and egg whites. For our version, we didn’t have fresh guavas. So I improvised and used guava paste.  Since the guava paste is already sweetened I cut back on the sugar used for this recipe.  

The kids really enjoyed making their very own espumilla!  They took turns mixing, and using the blender. LOL 
They loved adding sprinkles on it, and of course there were mixed reviews on how it  tasted.  I think when you put something on a cone you’re thinking “cold” ice cream.  However, espumilla is not ice cream, and it is not cold.  One of the girls loved hers, the others including my son not so much.  I enjoyed it! It’s a yummy sticky treat! 😉 

While some of the kiddos savored the espumillas they learned some fun facts from Ecuador: 
  • Ecuador is named after the equator which runs through the country. 
  • Ecuador is the only country in South America that does not share a border with Brazil. 
  • Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas. 
  • Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar. 
  • Ecuador’s official language but there are also 13 other languages! 
This post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs monthly Global Learning for Kids series featuring Ecuador.  

Still fascinated by Ecuador?  
Make migajones from Ecuador by Kid World Citizen. If you’re planning to visit Ecuador read Hispanic Mama’s 12 places In Ecuador that you should visit or drool with another of her posts on Ecuadorian candy
Last but not least, read  about Ladydeelg’s train ride in Ecuador: From Quito to Machachi, and her post on 10 Fun Things to do with Kids in Ecuador
For more facts about Ecuador read National Geographic for Kids.
¡Hasta la próxima! 

Mexican Culture: Mini Donkey Piñata Craft Activity

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I created a little group called “Let’s Travel the World Virtually” where my son and his friends will learn about a country’s culture. Today we’re learning all about Mexican culture, and the kids will be making their very own mini donkey piñata  craft activity. 

We had a fun-day of learning, creating and laughter!

The night before his friends came over,  I prepped for our mini donkey piñata  craft. I cut out of cereal boxes 6 mini donkey piñatas. I traced them on the cardboard, and then cut them out.  I didn’t have masking tape,  so I used what I had which was clear tape.   I cut various strips of colored tissue paper, and gathered the glue sticks and some googly eyes.  I set-up the craft area, with tissue paper, glue, and kiddie scissors for the kids to decorate their piñatas. 

Before our craft session,  I used the Little Passports Mexico kit that included a  letter from Sam and Sophia that I read out loud to them. The kit also includes a souvenir balero which is a  Mexican cup-and-ball game, a picture of the country, and an activities sheet with a mole recipe.  We all played the balero and it was loads of fun, and we had plenty of laughs!
We talked about Mexico’s flag, and I shared with them other Mexico souvenirs that my sister brought from her travels as we located Mexico on the globe. 

I read the book If you were me and lived in… Mexico: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World for them.  They were quite fascinated with the book especially two of the girls whose Mom is from Mexico, but they’ve never been to this beautiful country.

After the kids finished decorating their piñatas I filled them up with M&M chocolate candy. They loved it!!! 
Hope you enjoyed this post, as much as we enjoyed having little one’s friends over.  
For more posts on Mexico take a look at this one on making some home-made tortillas that the kids can help make or paletas? Also, read our first post on Mexico, or about our Cinco de Mayo cultural play date
Until, next time! We’ll be discovering one country at a time,  once a month. Learning about the world through stories, hands-on learning, crafting and food.
This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Global Learning for Kids Series. This month featuring Mexico. Do you have a post on Mexico? Be sure to link-up below!

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