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Mexico: Corn’s Native Land: an activity for children of all ages. The origin of corn, or maize, has been traced back to Mexico. In this activity, children will learn a few distinguishing characteristics about the culture of Mexico.
- Read one (or more) of the following books:
- Children Just Like Me by DK (p. 16-17) – recommended for children ages 7-10.
- Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey – recommended for children ages 7-10.
- Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto – recommended for children ages 4-8. (R)
- Off We Go to Mexico by Laurie Krebs – recommended for children ages 5-8. (R)
- A Family in Mexico by Tom Moran
- Mexico by Karen Jacobsen
- Consider also reading this online article by Ingrid Cruz entitled, 10 Fruits and Vegetables that You Have Mexico to Thank For
- To learn more about Mexico, consider watching the following video:
- Draw the flag of Mexico and the map of the country.
- Cut pictures out of magazines of food (notice the influence of corn in many of the dishes of Mexico) and dress common to the culture and attach them to the notebook page.
- Ask your child why they think corn is so important in Mexico? How does the food in Mexico compare to the food in your country?
- Choose a meal to make for supper that originated in Mexico such as Huevos Rancheros, Tamales, or Taco Soup (an activity included in this lesson).
- Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.