Greetings from California!

The cultural exchange sponsored by the Little Red Farm is still going on and we are still waiting for two more packages to come. Nevertheless, I decided to post some more details about the packages we’ve sent. Rachael, from the Little Red Farm, asked people from the US to focus on the state we are from rather than the country.  In our package, I tried to create a balance of  both, sending information from the US as well as California.

Below, pictures of things related to California:

Reproduction of an orange crate label from our county, Orange County;

A Hollywood key chain;

A couple of little handmade booklets about California;

Seed package of California Poppy, California’s state flower;

Some delicious California raisins;

and a Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears craft.

In addition, we sent some postcards and brochures from Southern California and coloring pages with facts about our state. To the US family, we also sent a California quarter , a California flag, a map and brochures from Yosemite National Park.

The US puzzle (above) , the American flag, and the US currency (below) were sent only to the families overseas.

I hope this post is useful to those just starting the exchange. Start gathering all the stuff and have fun!


An update on our cultural exchange

There were four families in our group: ourselves, one family from Australia, one from South Africa, and another family from the United States. Unfortunately, we only received one package back, and that was from Australia. We never heard back from the family from South Africa, and the US family emailed me back saying they were sending the package within the next few days, but they never did. So, even though we really enjoyed preparing our packages, the whole experience ended up been very disappointing (specially for my older son who would ask me almost everyday where were the packages.) Anyways, keep that in mind. Not everyone will really honor their word. So, if you decide to participate, that’s a risk you’ll have to take. Good luck!



Cultural Exchange

We are participating in a cultural exchange sponsored by Little Red Farm. The exchange is a great way to introduce the kids to other cultures and also learn a little bit of Geography. We sent packages to Australia, South Africa, and to Iowa, USA. Below is a picture of things we included in the package. I might post a detailed description of it later, once the exchange is over.

My kids got really excited when we received our first package from Australia!

They opened the package and here is what they saw:

A boomerang magnet,

Australian chocolate and, below, a small Australian rodent (I’m still trying to figure out what animal this is);

We also got a book, coloring pages, a pencil, some brochures, flag stickers, an animal mask, and a letter with more information about Australia.

What a nice way to get in touch with people from all over the world! It was a really worthy experience for all of us. We are still waiting to receive the other packages, and I’ll certainly post about them also. If you would like to join the cultural exchange, I believe you can still sign up. Just click on the Little Red Farm link above for more information.

An update on our cultural exchange

Unfortunately, we only received this package from Australia. We never heard back from the family from South Africa, and the US family emailed me back saying they were sending the package within the next few days, but they never did. So, keep in mind that not everyone who decides to participate in this exchange honors their word. That’s a risk you’ll have to take. I wish you good luck!


Ninja party

Nico has been practicing Karate for a year and, as a result, has become very much fond of the Japanese culture. This year, for his birthday, he decided he wanted a party with a ninja theme. So I looked online for a few simple ideas to give the party a little bit of an Asian flair. You don’t find many birthday ideas for this type of party online, but I did find a couple of websites with some very cool decorations. Since my time was limited, I just used a couple of their projects. Below, Dan is making “sushi” with rice krispie and fruit rolls, as seen on this website.

This project was so much fun! She did a great job assembling the “sushi” and, once she was done, she placed them neatly on the tray. The kids at the party ate these treats with a super ninja lightning speed…

I found the templates for the water bottle labels over here. The cake and cupcakes were ordered from our local bakery. I just added the figures and some candy on top of the cupcakes.

The mandarin oranges were just a natural, colorful, and delicious addition to the table. In the Chinese culture, they are traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.

As a party favor, I made some headbands and stamped them with acrylic paint in Japanese motifs.

The girls had the option of painting the flowers with fabric markers and adding other design elements to it. Some decided to make their own design altogether using a blank headband.

The party was fun and Nico had a great time. He absolutely loves having the family and friends over to celebrate his birthday.