During this month little one, and I have been discovering Peru. We learned about the ocarina musical instrument, played with hand-made finger puppets, and even cooked a tasty pollo a la brasa, and lomo saltado.
Today, we're sharing with you an easy Peruvian Bird Gourd Craft for kids!
My go-to reference book is A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series) (affiliate link).
In this book you can find many activities to do with your children. One of the activities to learn about Peru was a gourd. A Peruvian gourd is usually carved and it's an art tradition practiced for many generations. Andean people used gourds to store their food, and today they have many uses. Artisans use these for storage and decorative pieces.
Gourd carving in Peru has been practiced for more than 4,000 years. They would be used for story telling, and it also served as a record of celebrations, oral traditions, rituals, myths, and weddings.
Little one didn't carve the gourd. We actually used paint to color it. The suggested colors were a deep red, and brown; but my 7 year old insisted he wanted blue! Anyways, I think it was an awesome activity to learn about a centuries old tradition in Peru.
This post has been shared as part of the Global Learning for Kids series on Multicultural Kids Blog, and Made with Happy's Kids Crafts from Around the World.
All month long you'll be able to see some awesome posts on crafts from around the world from a group of crafy mamas! Click on the image below to see the other countries from around the world.