I was invited by http://mondorfment.blogspot.com/ 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
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!!!