Category: Mexico

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):

 

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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Homemade Corn Tortillas Cooking with Kids

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My child came home one day, super excited about a story he read at school! He pulls out his school book from his backpack, and shows me the page of the recipe.  
He says, “¡Mamá let’s make tortillas!” It’s a short story from his school text book, and I can’t remember the story line but it surely made an impression on him.  
Of course, I’ve never made homemade corn tortillas. So this was going to be a challenge especially since I didn’t have a tortilla press.  So I improvised with two plates, and some saran wrap (plastic wrap).  My sweet mom later on sent me a two tortilla press that I now use instead of the plates. 🙂 
Here’s the tortilla recipe: 
  • 2 cups masa harina (traditional corn flour) 
  • 1 tsp. sea salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda 
  • 2 cups very warm water 
  • 1 tsp. oil 
In a large bowl, mix corn flour, salt, baking soda, warm water and oil. Stir until dough stays together and does not break apart. Knead until dough forms a large ball. It should be soft and not sticky. Cover and let stand for two minutes. Pull off balls of dough, and roll each one into a small ball circle. Flatten with the press or (like we did with two plates).  Heat a heavy iron pan (or an electric skillet).   Cook the tortillas until both sides are golden brown.  
Makes 12 tortillas. 
I have to admit these came out yummy although the texture was just missing something…. but I’ll figure it out. Practice makes perfect, no? 
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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Discovering Mexico with Kids: Paletas

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If there’s something that yells “Mexico” it’s the famous paletas! The paletas represents Mexico’s cultural tradition of frozen treats.  Also known as popsicles they are a popular  in many countries. The traditional Mexican paletas are made with real fruit juice, and sometimes chunks of fruit in it.

Although we’ve never been to Mexico, little one and I ventured to learn more about Mexico by making our very own paletas.   A while back, we had a lesson on Mexico. This included using Little Passports Mexico kit, and little one’s ended up making a beautiful art work depicting life in Mexico.

Now on to the paletas! Please note that I “eyeballed” these recipes, and tasted the mixtures as I made the paletas. You can find tons of recipes on the web when you google “paleta recipes.”

A grape and cherry paleta:  In equal parts we blended grapes and paletas together with  vanilla yogurt. 

Coconut paleta:   Mixed one can coconut milk, and one can coconut cream, and I sprinkled cinnamon on the bottom of the mold. 

Orange creamsicle paleta:  Orange juice, with chunk of oranges; and vanilla yogurt.  
Of course, if you don’t want to go through too much trouble you can purchase the paletas at a Mexican store. You can find various flavors like arroz con leche! We may have to buy that one on our next visit sounds like a yummy combination.  

What’s your favorite paleta flavor??

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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Discovering Mexico {Global Culture Education}

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This past May 5th was Cinco de Mayo!  Although we didn’t celebrate with a cultural playdate like we did last year;  we did focus on learning some more about the holiday and Mexico. 
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Little one recently received a package from Sam & Sofia (Little Passports) from their visit from Mexico. So we were excited to explore the package together. I also had a wooden pen souvenir from Mexico, and two cute Mexican boy finger puppets. 
From Little Passport we received the activity sheet, letter, a wooden toy game, stickers, and the boarding pass. 

We supplemented the lesson on Mexico with a book, and resources that I found on-line. (See below)

We both absolutely love the book Mexico in Colors. It’s lively, and very colorful!  This series of the book has a color for each page with the description of things, food, costumes, or building from each country.  For example, a gray pyramid, a green iguana, and the orange, blue, and pink paint on houses. Little one was inspired to draw everything he saw in the book. 
He learned about the bull fights, mariachis, Aztec dancers, the Mayan pyramid, Oaxaca wooden dream animals, etc. As you can see by his beautiful art work that he really enjoyed learning about Mexico.  He had fun playing with the wooden toy from his Little Passport package, and putting up the stickers on the map, and his passport. 
Page of the book Mexico in Colors. 
I used a few other resources to learn about Mexico: 
I used Open Wide World’s Daily Writing Spanish Prompts. It has themed writing pages to encourage little one to write in Spanish.  We loved the Cinco de Mayo theme pages.  
We played a Cinco de Mayo game from Bilingual Classroom Resources on Teachers-Pay-Teachers. The game has a map and flag of Mexico. 
We also had fun reading on National Geographic for Kids on Mexico. We learned about some fun facts, and information about it’s people, and culture. 

OFFICIAL NAME: United Mexican States
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Republic of federated states
CAPITAL: Mexico City
POPULATION: 106,202,903
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Spanish
MONEY: Peso
AREA: 758,449 square miles (1,964,375 square kilometers)
MAJOR MOUNTAIN RANGES: Sierra Madre
MAJOR RIVERS: Rio Grande, Yaqui 

Mexico is the product of a rich Indian heritage, three centuries of Spanish rule, and a shared border with the world’s richest country, the United States. Today, most Mexicans are mestizos, which means they have a mix of Indian and Spanish blood. 

Throughout its history, Mexico has been home to great artists. The Maya and other Indians made impressive murals, sculptures, and jewelry. Modern Mexican artists include great painters, photographers, sculptors, and muralists. 

Mexicans take sports seriously. In ancient times, losers of a ritual ball game were once put to death. In some dangerous sports, like bullfighting and rodeo (which was invented in Mexico), competitors still put their lives on the line. 

I also came across this heartfelt post on why we should celebrate Cinco de Mayo even though we’re not Mexicans. Being that little one is bicultural it was important for me to read this to him so he can understand how important it is to have Latino heritage in this country.  Bebe Lanugo expressed it beautifully in this statement:  “The fact that this day is observed in the United States means that we have a presence in this country.”  

Check out the countries we’ve been learning about in our Worldwide Culture Swaps, and Little Passports Countries.