We were sent a subscription box from Little Global Citizens, for our kids to learn about Peru! Like our own mission at Kid World Citizen, they hope to foster open-mindedness and compassion in young children, by building an understanding of the world and a love for the people in it. Each box a new country is brought to life with books, cultural activities, interactive crafts, language, music, toys, and themed recipes. Peru is just an incredible country to learn about, with diversity in its culture, food, music, and extremes of climate and landscape. From the biodiversity of its rainforests, mountains, and deserts, to its warm people- kids will love to learn about Peru with these hands on activities.
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Materials to Learn about Peru
First, we read this book that was included: Up and Down the Andes, by Laurie Krebs and Aurelia Fronty. It is a sweet book about children from all over Peru (from the mountains to Lima to Lake Titicaca) that are heading to Cusco to celebrate Inti Raymi, the Incan New Year.
Next, we learned about alpacas, and made this adorable alpaca garland! Llamas are one of the most common animals in the Andes, perfectly adapted to the harsh environment and rough terrain.
We played a memory game with beautiful animals from the rainforest, and another game called “Juego de Sapo” (or in Quechua, “Pukllay Sapu”). Legend says that the royal Inca King used to throw pieces of gold into the lake, hoping to catch the attention of the magical “Sapo” (toad). If the sapo would come to the surface with gold in his mouth, the person who threw it would be granted one wish and the frog would turn to gold!
I am always looking for ways to incorporate geography for kids at home; one way we learn about the world is through flags of the world. While flags began as decorative banners that were easy to carry, and slowly gained popularity and respect as symbols of ideals. People often display flags as a sign of pride or patriotism, and when traveling abroad the sight of one’s national flag is a reminder of home. I love teaching my kids about flags- and I love when they recognize them when we’re out and about. They hadn’t seen that Peru’s flag was red-white-red, and the loved that there was a vicuña (a cousin to the llama and alpaca!).
Finally, we colored Inti, the Sun God of the Inca. We had learned a lot about Inti when we visited Peru a couple of years ago (see here for tips). The box also included a Peruvian friendship bracelet, a child’s guide to Peru, a flag, and a yummy recipe for Causa Rellena de Pollo. There are lots of other fun activities on their website, such as photos, music, and dances.
Additional Resources to Learn about Peru
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We are so excited for our seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!
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October 4: Kid World Citizen: Learn about Peru!
October 5: Mama Tortuga
October 8: Kids Spanish Book Club
October 9: La Clase de Sra. Dufault
October 10: Embracing Diversity
October 11: Recetas Latinas Veganas