We are getting ready for our school’s International Week at our house, and I have volunteered to set-up tables for Ethiopia and Mexico, and also will contribute to the China table. This weekend we began to make some materials for our “touch tables.” You might have seen 3D Salt Dough Maps before- they are made by mounting self-hardening dough onto cardboard, forming the mountains and other physical landforms, and then allowing it to dry so you can paint it. Kids (and adults!) learn just as much in the process- or more- than from the final product, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade display item that is just perfect for an International Week at school. Continue reading
Migajón (pronounced “mee-gah-hone) clay has 2 simple ingredients that you probably have at home right now: bread crumbs (migas) and regular glue. Contemporary crafters in Ecuador use it to make miniature figures such as flowers, decorations for weddings, quinceañera parties, or baptisms. You might find some delicate flowers on an invitation, or tied onto a candle, figures as a wedding favor, or even miniature migajón sculptures made into a Christmas tree ornament. This is a sticky craft for kids who don’t mind getting their hands messy. Continue reading
Diwali is a 5 day festival of lights celebrated in India and other countries with Hindu populations. The name Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps,” because during the festivities people light up their homes with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas or diwas. It is easy to make your own diyas with clay and some decorations.