swahili counting book and kenyan flag craft project

June 8, 2010

My husband works for Compassion International, so from time to time, we have the honor of meeting some graduates of the sponsorship program. 

A few weeks ago, some Kenyan graduates currently a part of Compassion's Leadership Development Program came to our house for dinner. 

Juliet was very excited at the prospect of new people coming to her house--especially so because they were coming all the way from Kenya. I've mentioned before that we sponsor a child in Kenya and Ben has had the opportunity to travel there several times--so we often hear stories about this beautiful country. 

I wanted us to create some sort of decoration that would welcome our guests, so we made these Kenyan flags and hung them from the light fixture. 

I printed out some Kenyan flags from the Coloring Book of World Flags (I love this site and used it in my felt flags of the world project earlier this year.) and tried to think of a good way for Juliet to enjoy the project. She is not at the point where she likes to color in the lines, but she can glue things down in sections. So we went with the puffball embellishment technique in the the flag's three colors. 

For the second flag, she glued black, red, and green feathers onto the flag. And that was the end of her patience for the project. I scrapped the third idea--and just printed out a colored Kenyan flag to hang in the middle. 

I also got out some of our Kenyan children's book like this Swahili Counting Book: Moja Means One by Muriel Feelings. 

We read through the book, practicing our Swahili (we got an official lesson when our guests arrived!) and looking at the beautiful illustrations. 

While books are a great way to learn about other countries and cultures, nothing beats meeting real people! We had a great time with our guests and hope they come back to visit with us again soon. 


Jen said...

What a wonderful hostess you are and what a wonderful experience for your daughter!

Creative and Curious Kids!

Ana Degenaar said...

My husband would love those books! They are beautiful. thanks for sharing!

Phyllis said...

What a unique and lovely experience to have such interesting people for dinner guests. We love that counting book at our house too.

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