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Guatemalan Crafts and Activities for Kids

Today, September 15th, Guatemala celebrates it’s independence day.  Here are some fun activities and printables that you can enjoy making with your children so they can learn more about Guatemala, it’s culture and it’s history.

Photo from DLK’s Crafts for Kids

Quetzal Toilet Paper Roll Craft from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.  Love this cute craft of Guatemala’s national bird, the beautiful quetzal.



Photo from Denna’s Ideas

These super cute cupcakes from Dena’s Ideas are great way to celebrate Guatemala’s Independence in a festive way and sweet way!  Check out her blog, there are other cute ideas and I just love her crafts. 🙂

Image: Monja Blanca printable coloring page from MiBlogChapin.com

Over at MiBlogChapin.com you can find lots of printable coloring pages of all the national symbols including Guatemala’s national bird: El Quetzal, Guatemala’s national flower: The Monja Blanca, Guatemala’s national hero Tecún Umán, Guatemala’s traditional instrument: The Marimba, Guatemala’s national tree: The Ceiba and Guatemala’s flag and coat of arms.

Photo: Denna’s Ideas

This cute and festive guatemalan inspired centerpiece, another beautiful creation by Denna’s Ideas, is the perfect decoration for a Guatemalan Independence Party!

Photo 4CrazyKings.com

I loved flying paper kites when I was a little kid in Guatemala so I was very excited to find this DYI paper kite idea at 4CrazyKigs.com.  If you want an easier option you can buy a kit for making the kite at The Drachen Foundation Online Store.  This is also a great idea for the Day of the Dead.

Photo: Denna’s Ideas

These guatemalan paper flags or banners are a great decoration for a classroom or a Guatemalan inspired fiesta. Another great craft from Denna’s Ideas!  She has even included the printable patterns for these so go and check them out!

Worksheet and image from Denna’s Ideas

Here is a printable activity sheet that includes information about Guatemala’s Independence as well as a Guatemala word search. This is just perfect for a classroom activity. Grab it from Denna’s Ideas here .

Guatemala independence day free party printabes, activities, crafts and ideas Free Guatemala Party Printables

Celebrate Guatemala’s Independence Day with these free party printables. The set includes cake banner, cupcake toppers, and cupcakes liners with the national symbols, flag and colors of Guatemala.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

Permanent link to this article: http://growingupbilingual.com/2012/latino-parenting/guatemalan-independence-crafts-and-activities-for-kids/


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  1. denna's ideas

    Hi Paula! I ended up making a Guatemalan flag craft from paint chips to celebrate el 15 de septiembre, and was very pleased that it was mentioned on NBC Latino here: http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/27/resources-for-exploring-hispanic-heritage-with-your-kids/ . Are you going to be posting about Hispanic Heritage Month?

  2. Jade

    I just founded your blog.! and its very interesting. On one thing, I want say: The spelling of Tecun Uman, does not have “H”.
    Since this name its not Spanish, the most common accepted spelling are: Tekum Umam, Tecun Uman, Tecum Umam.
    The name comes from the K’iche’ language and its meaning more or less is: “Black butterfly, grandson of”.

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Jade! I fixed it!! Really appreciate it.

  3. denise

    my last name is diaz too

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