Friday, October 21, 2016

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island's national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it's
natural environment on the island.

"El flamboyán" in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.  
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Diwali for Kids: Rangoli with Glass Marbles

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. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #44

Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Online Piano Lessons: Busy Kids Do Piano Review

I have a confession to make. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but I don't have a musical bone in my body!

Now my son on the other hand, he does have an innate talent for music. His late Grandfather was a musician and played the piano superbly. Excited to continue his legacy we signed him up for piano lessons! However, piano lessons at $70 an hour proved to be a bit too steep for our budget. After 2 months, sadly we had to end his piano lessons.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is observed annually from November 1 through November 2 in Mexico, and many Latin American countries. However, I bet you didn't know that it's also celebrated in other parts of the world as well.  Intrigued? 

Photo Credit Via Creative Commons

Well you're in luck!   I'm over at Multicultural Kid Blogs sharing a post on Day of the Dead Around the World.  

See you there! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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.  

Don't know where to start? Well, have I got news for you!  I'm thrilled to share some ideas on how to get your party started  over at Mommy Maestra!   Click here:  How to Host a Children's Hispanic Heritage Month Party

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Children's Book about Puerto Rico

When my child was born 8 years ago, I had a goal in mind: to find as many children's book about Puerto Rico so I can share with him.  Little by little, I started  building up my child's home library. Some of the books listed here we own, others are on my wish list.    On the books that we do own, you'll see an additional post on how we used it such as an activity or craft or a review on the book.   

Since there are so many books on this list,  I broke them down into ten sections with a header: Notable Figures, Taínos, Flora and Fauna, Popular Culture, Christmas, Folk Tales, Geography, Picture Books, Chapter Books,  and Fiction. 

I hope you enjoy this list!  If there's a children's book that is not listed here please share in the comments below so I can add it. ¡Gracias!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mexican Culture: Mini Donkey Piñata Craft Activity

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. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Homemade Corn Tortillas Cooking with Kids

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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