I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Kid Activity: Mexican Pyramids using Moon Sand


Here's another Cinco de Mayo activity with depth as we are trying to move beyond the sombreros and donkeys. 

Let's take a peak into the world of Mayan Pyramids. Your children may be familiar with the Egyptian pyramids because they studied it in school as my child did.  When my oldest walked in the door and saw our pyramid he said, "Cool mom, I like that pyramid!" I quickly jumped at the chance to share with great pride about our Mexican pyramids. He said, "We studied Egyptian pyramids but I didn't know about Mexican pyramids."

Today Teotihuacan is one of the noted archaelogical attractions of Mexico well known for it's Mesoamerican pyramids built in pre- Columbian Americas.

This activity can be tailored for children as young as 2 and on up as you can adapt the historical information and pyramid building to their age and development.

History:
The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest structure at Teotihuacan.

The Maya:

The Mayans were an ancient civilization dating back to 2600 B.C. The Mayan people were very skilled mathematicians and astronomers, creating their own calendars and pyramid temples by using these skills.

The Pyramids:

The materials used to create the Mayan pyramids consisted of adobe mud and stone and mica, an insulator, imported over 2,000 miles away from Brazil. The largest temple is the Pyramid of the Sun which stands 210 feet tall, the temple is made of wood. Many elaborate designs are found inside the pyramids including murals and hieroglyphics.
Sources for information above: E-how and Wikipedia and you can find more information here for kids. pyramid image via GoMexico.
How to make your own pyramid

If you have moon sand or any other type of mouldable craft material would work. You can even use playdough. We used moon sand since I have been itching to make it after I wrote the article on 25 Homemade Sensory Play Recipes. Which is really challenging me to step out and make fun happen in our home.  Moon sand is really easy to make, there are some recipes that use flour instead of sand. I have heard of buying craft sand but we just used beach sand for ours.

Moon Sand recipe:

3 cups of sand
1.5 cups corn starch
1/2 cp of vegetable oil
1/3 cp of water

Mix all of the ingredients above. You may need to add a bit more oil to make it moldable if it's still too soft.  You don't want it to be too wet or too dry otherwise you won't be able to build with it.



You can use 3 or 4 different sizes of tupperware to build each layer.  My youngest loved building it and knocking it down and then building it again.

1 comment:

  1. I love this project - found it from "Beyond Donkeys and Sombreros" and just what I wanted to share something truly about Mexican culture with my kids for Cinco De Mayo! Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to try it.

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