Last week we did a mini topic on Africa.
The reason for this is that last week it was’ Kwanzaa‘.
Now although you may think the celebration of ‘Kwanzaa’ is irrelevant to my children (and indeed it is…!)
– it is important for me that they learn about different celebrations and cultures, so I though we could do a little celebrating of Africa ourselves, at home!
So, over 7 days, tying in with the 7 day celebration of Kwanzaa, we discovered….
So what did we do?
On the first day we talked about Kwanzaa and the relevance of the Kwanzaa colours….
Now Leon and Maya will tell you,
“Red is for the struggle of the people.
Black is for the colour of their skin.
Green is for the future.”
On the second day we played with our African animals…..
You see the amazing batik featuring elephants?
My mum gave me that – straight from her days of living ‘in the bush’ in Uganda.
Would it surprise you that Leon, aged ten, thought that lions and tigers were more or less the same animal?
And that tigers lived in Africa?
So now he knows the truth!
On the third day we read lots and lots of books about Africa and african animals.
Having spent some time in Kenya as a child, I’m lucky to have so many!
These are our favourites….
‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne
‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes‘ by Mary & Richard Chamberlin
‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ by Verna Aardema
‘Hungry Hyena‘ by Mwenye Hadithi & Adrienne Kennaway
‘The Hippo Who Couldn’t Stop Crying‘ by Susie Muthoni
‘Mole Rat and the Mountain’ by Wahome Ruhiu
(The last three books are originals from when I was a child, and I think the last two are now out of print…)
On the fourth day we tasted all the fruits we could find from the book ‘Handa’s surprise’.
Mango, passion fruit, pineapple, banana, orange, tangerine and avocado.
We couldn’t find a guava, so we tasted coconut and lychees instead.
On the fifth day we listened to, danced to, and played musical instruments to THIS!
Fantastic music indeed!
On the sixth day we went to an OUTSTANDING photography exhibition.
Black and white photographs of African animals by Nick Brandt.
Check out his images here.
The kids LOVED it!
And on the seventh, and final day, we had an African feast!