Since we seemed to get REALLY behind schedule with our ’round the world project we decided to cover Guatemala and Honduras together, mainly because they are close both geographically and alphabetically. We were able to check out a couple of really good books from the library with a lot of wonderful pictures. Deirdre was particularly enchanted with the colorful outfits worn by many of the Guatemalan girls in the book. We spent most of our time talking about the wildlife indiginous to these countries. The kids were especially interested in looking at pictures of jaguars, toucans, blue morpho butterflies, and sea turtles. The kids also decided that Diego might live in this area since these seem like the animals that he hangs out with! This gave us a good opportunity to talk a little bit about wildlife conservation and sustainable farming practices which wasn’t exactly what I intended but was covered in the book. Not a bad lesson to learn!
For our project, we made worry dolls.
Legend has it that Guatemalan children would make these worry dolls out of scraps of thread and fabric. At night, they would tell a ‘worry’ to each doll, and the doll would help make that worry disappear. Here are some basic intructions to make your own!
- Twist ties
- Fabric Scraps
- Marking Pen
- Bend twist-ties into basic T-shape for your doll’s body
- Fold a piece of fabric over the top of the “T” for the head
- Wrap yarn around the neck to secure head; wrap yarn around body, arms, and legs.
- Tie on a dress or serape
- Use marking pen to draw on a face
For our snack, we tried making dulce de leche cookies.
Although not specifically Guatemalan or Honduran, they are still somewhat regional. (we substituted corn flour for the corn starch). What did I learn? Dulce de leche is REALLY hard to make. Seriously, you need to stir it for, like, 3 hours. The cookies came out tasty, but we probably won’t be making them again.
Next stop, by popular demand, India!