Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Contenent Swap

I feel like I have been absent from school all month!  I have been so busy working on project Contenent Swap that I have had NO time for blogging!  So I am going to start with a blog abot the Contenent Swap!
I was invited by to participate in a Montessori Contenent Swap. 
This is how it works...

There are 7 Contenents, there for there are 7 participants.  Each person picks a contenent....Obviously I wanted N. America since I live here!  Unfortunatly someone eles got it first...I got Asia!
My first reaction was "Oh great what do I know about Asia!"  I soon found out that I didnt know that much, but I have learned ALOT!  Each person puts together a BOX with 7 of each item they find about thier contenent.
For example...I ordered coins on Ebay and each participating family will get a coin (7 coins), same with stamps....

I spent the 1st week researching everything Asia, countries, culture, festivals, food, clothes, transportaion,animals, music, houses, kids, games, climate.ect....
I tried to save every website I found to add to the CD's that went in the box.
I also made a ton of 3-Part Cards that are on the CD about Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and I added Honey's India cards too.
If you are interested in any of the cards leave me a comment with your email and I will try to send you the file?

Next I reached out to everyone I knew to see if they have been to or know someone in Asia
(which includes, Russia, China, Japan, the Middle East, Turkey, India ect....

Here is what I put together for the swap...

My friend Paul gave me 6 Sky Lanterns (click link for more info) these are traditional illuminated paper lanterns used in China for the lantern Festival.  We accually used them in Vermont.  They flew very high and away over the trees for miles! Sky Lantern launtch in Vermont check out the video of us in Vermont...listen for my boys doing the count down, then the youngest cryng because he didnt want the "balloon" to go

Asia Pin Map
In this pic you can see the Pin map and Flags I made, I think I made oveer 300 little flags!
(The globe & 3 part cards are not included in the swap)
I will post a blog on how I made the pin maps....

Stamps from Russia

Stamps from all over Asia


Coin from Asia

Green Tea from China

Chinese New Year Red Envolopes


Paper Lantern

Misc item brought back from my friend Craig!

Over all I had a great time putting it all together, I think I could have done so much MORE!  Like finish the bean bags made with different kinds of materials from Asia! So all in all I am back to blogging with a lot to catch up on!!!


  1. I can't WAIT to use that pin map! And...those flaps?! God BLESS you for creating them cause that's just seriously amazing!!!

    Plus I'm REALLY glad I don't have to make them! ;) 'Cause that's a LOT o' countries!! :)


  2. You put together a great assortment. I'd love your three part cards. My email is juliecerdas at gmail dot com. Thanks.

  3. I think we did the same swap! Maybe Honey has already sent you the Europe stuff I made? She and I are getting together in about a month, and she is delivering my stuff to me then, so I will look forward to seeing all your fabulous Asia things! : ) Oh, and I'm so glad you like the Peace cards. I hope they're useful! : )

  4. Wow, great work, particularly the flags you've put together. I too would love the 3-part cards you've put together. My email is: pselever(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au
    NOw if only I can find some participants in Australia to do a continent swap!!!

  5. Hi there, I would love a copy of your 3-part cards. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Waaaaa... what a beautiful Asia box you have. I am jealous... I have only started making mine. I am SO far behind!

  7. It is amazing i need your help to send me this file as my project about Asia contienent.
    my e-mail:

  8. HI there. I know this post is old but I am only in the process of making my own continent boxes. And I would be so grateful if you could email me the 3 part cards for Asia... I really wish I had as many items as you have in my Asia box. So interesting.. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi! I'm from Argentina in South America and I've started doing some swaps for my kids this year. I'd love to have a copy of your 3-part cards. Thank you very much for sharing your hard work. God bless you and your family!!! My e-mail address is

  10. I love the continent box idea. I've lived in Canada, Japan and Northern Ireland, so I will start here. I would love a copy of your cards to get us going, please!
    Thank you,

  11. I would love a copy of your 3 part cards! I am putting together continent boxes starting with Asia because I lived there for 4 years so have lots of suveniors to add:-)
    susieholtsb at

  12. I would love a copy of those 3 part card. ITS great! :-)

  13. Hi, wish to have a copy of those 3 part cards. It's great! My email: TIA!