Guatemala Unit Study: Quetzal Bird Toilet Paper Tube Craft

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The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala, and known for its bright green and red plumage. Traditionally, the quetzal is incredibly important to the indigenous Maya of the country. Representing freedom, the quetzal is known to die in captivity. Sadly the quetzal has become endangered due to the destruction of it's habitats. I thought … Continue reading Guatemala Unit Study: Quetzal Bird Toilet Paper Tube Craft

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Ancient Egypt Masks & Paper Plate Jewelry

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Arts and crafts are one of my favorite pastimes and I like to incorporate this into my country learning activities. For our Egypt Unit Study, I wanted to allow my kiddos to create jewelry and death masks like the pharaohs and queens wore in photos and were found in their sarcophagus. Except for the slaves, … Continue reading Ancient Egypt Masks & Paper Plate Jewelry

France Unit Study: Marie Antoinette Cotton Ball Craft

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I love activities that combine art and learning. My girls love to create art with different materials and as I was prepping for our France unit study, I thought an activity to study Marie Antoinette would be interesting. Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was married at the … Continue reading France Unit Study: Marie Antoinette Cotton Ball Craft

Notre Dame Rose Window Paper Craft – FRANCE Unit Study

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As a mother of two young children, I go through a lot of paper. Construction paper, tissue paper, printer paper, coloring page paper... A year or so ago, a friend of mine did an activity with tissue paper and clear contact paper which were cut into hearts for Valentine's Day. As I was thinking of … Continue reading Notre Dame Rose Window Paper Craft – FRANCE Unit Study

Icelandic Troll Dolls – Dried Apple Art / Craft.

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Icelandic Folklore has a rich history of trolls & elves - during the long dark winter nights of old, storytelling was the chief form of Icelandic entertainment, with each region fostering its very own bulk of tales and legends that were passed down from generation to generation throughout the centuries.  These creatures were commonly referred to as Huldufólk, meaning … Continue reading Icelandic Troll Dolls – Dried Apple Art / Craft.

Jamaica Unit Study: Dyed Rice Jamaican Flag Craft

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The Jamaican flag is such a bold dramatic color combination and has such amazing meaning behind it. "The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colors of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural beauty of the … Continue reading Jamaica Unit Study: Dyed Rice Jamaican Flag Craft

England Unit: Paper Plate Royal Crowns

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A study of England is not complete without a discussion about the crown jewels. When my husband and I visited London in 2012, we visited the Tower of London and in a small room in a part of the wall was a few crowns, and we thought we had seen them and were already impressed. … Continue reading England Unit: Paper Plate Royal Crowns

England Unit: Double Decker Bus Craft

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One of the most iconic features about London, England is the bright red double-decker buses that shuttle people around the city. When my husband and I visited London in 2012, we spent a lovely afternoon riding these buses and just seeing the city. While the locals may not find it such fun, we enjoyed it … Continue reading England Unit: Double Decker Bus Craft

St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

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I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic "sheets" to upcycle into fun crafts. This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

Japan Unit: Water Painting with Soy Sauce Fish Bottles

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I love to use my creative side and so does my oldest, who really enjoys activities that she can be creative. I found these adorable little soy sauce fish bottles at a oriental store, and thought they would be perfect for my Japan unit! I filled them with food coloring and water in three different … Continue reading Japan Unit: Water Painting with Soy Sauce Fish Bottles