Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Cultural exchange package: Mexico

We are still in England  following the birth of Henry but my husband returned to France the other day to check our post box and guess what he found?  A post box full of cultural exchange packages!

This one is from Mexico, a country that I must admit I know very little about, and here's what was inside the package.........
  • A Mexican flag, small wooden maraca and a chilli shaped piñata.
  • Lots of information about Mexico including a letter from the family, national dress pictures to colour and some facts and figures.
  • A map of Mexico (which is always useful for the children to help them find the country on their map or globe). 
  • Pictures of costumes, places and animals from Mexico.
  •  Mexican money and bead craft.
  • A monarch butterfly finger puppet to colour in and a celebration banner.  I find it really interesting that this butterfly featured in the American package as well. 
  • A superb example of a traditional craft - the 'God's Eye' craft which consists of lolly sticks and wool to create a decoration.  I'm looking forward to trying this with Freddy.
  •  A beautiful little bowl and sandal.  I would love to know more about these; are they examples of local craft?
  • A set of picture cards to copy and make a matching game from.  Each picture has a Spanish word underneath so it's nice to use as a language game.  
  • A wonderful picture (perhaps a self portrait of one of the children).
  • A flower mask with instructions for decoration.
  • Corn husks which are used to wrap tamales in before they are cooked [note to self: find out what a tamale is].
  • Lots of sweets and colourful foam shapes.
I'm impressed that there was so much squeezed into this package and I really feel like it conveyed a great deal about Mexican culture.  Freddy will love looking through all of these packages when he is a little older but until then there is still time to connect with more families around the world and share a little bit about our lives.
Sign up for the 2012 cultural exchange here.


  1. Hej!

    Jag skulle tycka det var kul att vara med i ett culture exchangeprojekt. Jag skulle dock vilja göra det med inriktning på lite äldre barn, 11-13 år. Gärna med skolklasser i olika länder. Är det något du kan fixa?
    Jessicas klass kanske vill delta?


  2. Hi Mia,
    I am trying to think of a good way to do this for the older children. I have a few ideas so I'll get back to you soon.

  3. Just fund your blog thru the Continent swap yahoo group. My daughter is 3 yrs old but I have been collecting things from different places to put together the continent boxes for her. The swap is a great idea

  4. Thanks Airamty,
    Drop me an email if you would like to participate to rachael (at) mjolkig (dot) com


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