The first stop on our Latin American tour is the exciting country of Mexico! I asked my older Imaginators what things come to mind when they thought of Mexico just to get a feel for what they knew or the associations they already made with this terrific place. I got some answers I expected like spanish and pinatas and others that were really quite... unexpected... like "Miss cheap food!" and "Miss that's where Trump wants to build the wall".. sheesh Thanks Trump. :/ After we got all that out of the way and of course we found Mexico on our Map of the World mural (so proud of that ;) we took a look at this little video to expand their view a bit.
Mexico is known not just for bright and lively colours but also for terrific crafts! We took a look at pictures of typical Mexican markets and the children were in awe of all the colourful and beautiful things on display.
We focused on making a Mexican-styled bowl using papier mache so the bowls were made today and they will be painted later in the week to allow ample drying time! Take a look at the Imaginators as they manipulate the oooey gooey papier mache paste! Thankfully I had child sized gloves as well so my campers didn't have to have the flour paste all over their fingers, although at least two of my older kiddos opted for no gloves and wanted to feel the paste! eek. lol!
I didn't get a single shot of my little campers because they did the same thing and well flour paste, newspaper and pint-sized very active hands are not a very easy formula so we quite literally needed all hands on deck! Can't wait for them to be painted!
Check out what they did at The Reading Garden.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)