Spain

Some Family history

This afternoon we sat down and I told Button a story about my Nan. She was born in Spain and moved over to England when she married my granddad at 18. I tried to explain how the houses were built with flat roofs back then, so the children could build on top once they marry. I was explaining the types of jobs my Nan had- a dressmaker then a maid. I went into the fact that my Nan's family were too poor to send her to school so she couldn't read or write. I didnt call her my Nan, I used her name. So Button was shocked at the end to find out it was my family and she was fascinated all the way through. 
  Daddy and Button then went and made my favourite Spanish dish that my Nanny would make me growing up, tortilla. It's an egg and potato dish. Button became bored quick with this part as it was limited what she could do but she was excited to taste it. Unfortunately shes not egg mad so didnt like it, but more for mummy hehe.

You will need:

Sand,
Yellow and red paint,
Brushes,
White paper, 
A picture of the Spanish coat of arms,
Pencil and ruler.

Mix sand into each colour of paint. 
Draw two lines across the paper to make the stripes of the flag. 
Let your child paint the flag. 

We used sand to add a different texture to the paint and also because of the lovely sandy beaches Spain has to offer. 
  Button found it quite hard to paint with.  I think because I added too much sand, but the end result was amazing. Once it was dry we added the coat of arms and laminated it so the sand didnt go everywhere. We also went through some general facts like what money they use, the capital etc. We also talked about the weather as we sat in our garden in the sunshine while we did our painting. We compared the weather we were having to Spanish weather and why they have a siesta in the afternoon.

Yum Box- Spain

This week we recieved our second yum box from www.universalyums.com. This is a monthly box of treats and snacks from a different country each month. We use it as a starting point to select which country we are going to study that month. This month was Spain and not only was Button excited as she loves trying new snacks, but Mummy was excited too as her Nanny was from Spain.

The day we decided to taste our Yum box was beautiful and hot. So we decided to do it in the garden in the Spainishesque weather and go in the pool after. It helped set the scene nicely.

Button was so excited and certainly was not disappointed, scoring the first three snacks 10/10. Although, Button did not enjoy all the snacks quite so much, Mummy and/or Daddy seemed to like the ones she didn't. There was one exception that none of us was keen on but thats just our tastes.  Either way, it was a successful and enjoyable yum box, and the snippets of information included in the booklet were also interesting and just the right amount. Although Button tends to struggle to concentrate on the information as she just wants to try the snacks lol

Piñata

You will need: 
Two paper cups,
Sellotape,
Scissors,
Crepe paper,
Glue,
Sweets,
String.

Start by putting some sweets in one cup and then selloptaping the other cup to it so that it's closed up. 
  Then you need strips of crete paper or tissue paper. We did a rainbow colour theme as we are also learning about Noah's Ark this month, but any colours will do. 
  Put the glue on one long edge of the crepe paper so you are only sticking half down, then  add the next layer on top so its flares out like a shirt. To be honest you can decorate it however you like, painting or even using already decorated cups. 
  Then leave to dry. Add the string and hang it. Then destroy it. 

While Button decorated her piñata we talked about the history of them. 
  The tradition arrived in Europe in the 14th century where it was associated with the Christian celebration of Lent: in Spain, the first Sunday of Lent, "Piñata Sunday", became a celebration known as the Dance of the Piñata. As the word's Italian origin indicates ( pignatta meaning "earthenware cooking pot") the Spanish initially used a plain clay container, before starting to decorate it with ribbons, tinsel and coloured paper. The origin of the Italian word is thought to be linked to the Latin word pinea, "pine cone".
 The shape for piñatas is a spherical shape with seven conical points symbolizing the seven deadly sins—greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, anger and lust. Inside the piñata, however, the sweets and treats, represent the forgivness of sins. The stick represents love. As you hit away the sins with your love you are rewarded with forgivness. 
  Button found this really interesting and has always loved piñatas so I think the fact it had a religious element excited her. She had a little trouble getting her crepe paper where she wanted it so she glued it and I stuck it down. This was a lovely way to celebrate Spain and a nice start to introducing some history into her learning. 

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