Here are some fun Guatemalan crafts, activities and printables that you can enjoy making to with your children to celebrate Guatemalan’s independence on September 15th or any day. Making these kid-friendly Guatemala crafts is a great way for kids to learn more about Guatemala’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!
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 .
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.
To celebrate Guatemala’s independence day we usually make some of our favorite Guatemalan traditional dishes. Here are some traditional Guatemalan recipes that you can try.
Traditional Guatemalan Recipes
If you crave traditional Guatemalan foods, add these delicious recipes to your menu. They are the perfect touch for a Día de La Independencia party or as a show-and-tell recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Enchiladas are one of the most popular Guatemalan foods. They are a mixture of vegetables and ground meat piled high onto a crunchy tortilla.
If you want to learn how to make traditional Guatemalan food, these Guatemalan tamales recipes are definitely for you! From the savory tamales rojos to the sweet taste of tamalitos de elote, you will find these Guatemalan recipes simply divine.
This easy and healthy recipe for Pollo en Jocón is a heartwarming tomatillo and cilantro chicken stew. It is a traditional Guatemalan dish, the ultimate cold-weather comfort food.
One of Guatemala’s more staple dishes, Tostadas, are deep-fried corn tortillas with different toppings to create delicious concoctions full of flavors. You typically spread Guatemalan tostadas with recado salsa (tomato sauce), refried black beans, and guacamole, topped with onion slices and cheese.
Shucos is a Guatemalan-inspired hot dog, but unique ingredients and flavors make them different from any traditional American hot dog. It has delicious toppings like guacamole, repollo (sauerkraut-style cabbage), and meats (sausages and chorizo are the most common). Pile everything, including condiments like mayo, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, chimichurri sauce, or anything else you like!
Buñuelos Guatemaltecos are the quintessential Guatemalan comfort food for cold weather. A fritter-like ball of dough soaked in a rich syrup, buñuelos dulces (or bunuelos) is a popular Guatemalan food commonly sold by street vendors, at state fairs, and during the holidays.
Empanada de Manjar is a traditional Guatemalan dessert, crusty on the outside and creamy on the inside! They are usually eaten during Lent and many Guatemalan holidays.
If you have a craving for something sweet, then Guatemalan torrejas should be at the top of the list. Torrejas are sweet bread or brioche soaked in a milk or eggs mixture before being fried in oil. Then, you bathe them in a sweet syrup made from boiling water and spices into a golden brown sauce.
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7 thoughts on “Guatemalan Crafts and Activities for Kids”
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?
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”.
Thanks Jade! I fixed it!! Really appreciate it.
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I am a Spanish Teacher, kindergarten – fourth grade. This year we are learning about Guatemala. We are a public school but want to include a song, craft, book…. in my teaching in order to teach the students about Guatemalan Christmas. Any ideas would be helpful.