Culture Club: Nicaragua

Yesterday was my day to host our monthly culture club. (I did not get many pictures, because I was busy leading the group, so this post might be bland.) I gave a presentation on my birthplace, Nicaragua.

We first looked at the Nicaraguan flag and made a human replica of the flag (the kids held up different parts of the flag, like a human puzzle).

Then we worked on filling out a giant map of Nicaragua on the wall, that I had made with painter’s tape. We learned about the lakes and numerous volcanoes, some of the important cities/areas of the country, animals, and ways of getting around the country. The kids took turn sticking things on the big map. We pretended to drive in Nica style (fast and honking our horn), rowed down a river, and even weighed ourselves before getting on the airplane, in true La Costena fashion.

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After the presentation, we went outside to make our own volcano erupt (the classic baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction).

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Next, the children worked on a paper volcano craft.

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And them we ate delicious Nicaraguan food! I so wish I had taken a picture of the spread, but there was Indio Viejo (a beef stew), Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), Arroz con Piña (pineapple rice drink), platanos (fried plantains), mangoes and pineapples, and Tres Leches (a cake). Yummy!

We had a lot of fun exploring Nicaragua with our friends. The weather cooperated by making it very hot.

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