My family doctor back home in Canada was from the Philippines, but I didn’t know a lot about his home country. I knew his daughter, Crystal danced in the Philippine Pavilion at Mosaic and Phil and I watched her during our honeymoon and the dancing was very interesting. Recently Tristan and Kallista have been learning All About The Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids, thanks to Tuttle Publishing.
All About The Philippines is exactly what the title says it’s about. This 64 page hard cover book is packed full of fun and interesting facts about the Philippines! You can’t read this book in one sitting – well, you probably could, but you certainly wouldn’t be able to fully digest all of it.
This book introduces you to Mary, Jaime, and Ari. They are cousins whose mothers are sisters, but they are growing up on different islands. The Philippines is a diverse country and you’ll learn about how it was settled and thus why all three children look very different from each other and lead different lifestyles.
The book follows each of these children and you’ll learn about their lifestyles from local transportation, jobs, food, festivals, and much more. The children found it interesting to learn that the Philippines has more natural disasters than almost any other place on earth due to it’s unique location. This location also means it’s home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, many of which are unique to these islands.
It’s interesting to learn about how life differs so much for the cousins in their different locations, and what brings them together are their strong family ties.
We still have many games, songs and recipes to try from this informative book, but I thought I’d share what we have already completed.
Tristan and Kallista were interested in making the simple parol, the real version of which would be used to hang in windows or be used to light the way as folks went to church. This version doesn’t have a candle in it, so it’s just a fun craft. Well, mostly. The children needed a little help stapling the straws together as it was quite tricky, but they enjoyed the rest of the craft.
Last weekend we had a little celebration after we put away our Christmas decorations and I started to organise our attic. To commemorate this occasion, I made (with some help from Kallista) a recipe from the book; Pancit. Ours was slightly different as I couldn’t find rice noodles anywhere so I used egg noodles, but it was so delicious that the children are now requesting it for their birthdays!
I wanted to share a dance with my children. I wasn’t able to find footage of Crystal, but I was able to find this version of the Tinikling. It was originally used as punishment for workers who were too slow. I’m sure you can imagine how painful it would be to have the bamboo poles slam against your ankle. However, today this dance is beautiful and imitates the tikling (heron) which is thought to be a menace in the fields.
All About The Philippines is a fantastic introductory book for children, and there are so many ways that it can be used as a jumping-board into learning more about the Filipino culture. It’s certainly whetted my apatite to learn more about this colourful country.
All About the Philippines won GOLD for ACTIVITY BOOK — EDUCATIONAL, SCIENCE, HISTORY