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.
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and do I have a treat for you! Hispanic inspired crafts for kids from countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain! With 30+ kids craft you’re sure to find a favorite for your kids to make. It’s a great way to learn about each country.
For the third year in a row, I have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with friends, and with our community.
We are mid-month through Hispanic Heritage Month so you can still plan a party or a community event before October 15.
This is our last and fourth installment of our series Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry. In our recent trip to Puerto Rico we bought a great selection of books in Spanish.
Our favorite is Kiki Kokí La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí). It’s fully in Spanish which is a perfect complement to our son’s language learning. This book is also available in English.
The story tells of a Taíno boy who does not cooperate or help his tribe. He prefers to play then to help his around the tribe. Therefore, since he didn’t help the tribe he wasn’t allowed to participate in the festival. He is really upset, and storms out into the jungle upset. However, the moon goddess to teach him a lesson turns him into a golden tree frog. Kiki Koki redeems himself when he saves a village of frogs from rat pirates earning his right to become a boy again. This is a beautiful story of redemption, and of making things right. To finish off our story time, we made coquí crafts out of small paper plates. Little one painted them, and glued on the eyes.
|Our coquí craft, and little one insisted on making one as an alien coquí with four eyes. 🙂
During our stay in Puerto Rico this past summer every night we would hear the coquíes sing. It was music to my ears, and little man enjoyed the beautiful song that they sang. I recorded them singing. Just click on the video below. It’s dark, because it was recorded during the night time. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
To read more about the coquí click here
. I hope you’ve enjoyed our series Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month activities. Don’t forget to check out my initial post here
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¡Hasta la próxima!
During our past summer vacation I really, really wanted to take little man, and my husband to the La Cueva del Indio
to see first hand the Taíno petroglyphs. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we weren’t able to go.
|This is a picture of a petroglyph in La Cueva del Indio. Photo credit: Neyda S.
However, on our return back home we had a lesson on Taíno petroglyphs. Little man even made his own Taíno petroglyphs.
Petroglyphs (or ‘stone symbols’) were carved on rocks all over Puerto Rico by the Taíno indians to record their lives, and daily life. For our lesson, I printed a sheet with Taíno symbols from here so little man can draw the symbols for the petroglyph.
|He practiced before drawing the petroglyphs on the rocks.
|Taíno petroglyphs found in different places in
We had lots of fun making the petroglyphs, and we learned the meaning of some of the symbols, too. We’re looking forward to our next installment about our beloved coquí.
In the meantime take a look at our previous post on Discovering our Taíno ancestry here
, and here
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