This culture box embraces the country and culture of Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, features the stately National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The Mayan peoples are known for their brightly colored yarn-based textiles, which are woven into capes, shirts, blouses, and dresses.
A favorite holiday of this country is the International Day of Friendship, celebrated at the end of July each year. The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like woven wrist bands is a popular tradition on this occasion.
Each Guatemala Box includes:
- The Wheels on the Bus
Written by Stella Blackstone, Take an exciting bus ride from a Guatemalan village to a market town with this fresh approach to a favorite song. Features a Guatemalan-inspired, marimba-flavored singalong and educational endnotes about life in Guatemala. Includes audio singalong and video animation.
- Guatemalan Country Puzzle
Enjoy putting together a puzzle that shows the country outline and remarkable highlighted areas in Guatemala.
- Worry Dolls
According to the legend, Guatemalan children tell one worry to each doll and when they would go to bed at night they would place the dolls under their pillow. In the morning, the dolls would have taken the worries away.
- In the Know Flash Cards
Help your kids learn 20 of the most popular words in the K’iche language. K’iche is one of the 28 dialects spoken in Guatemala. According to tradition, one ties a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The history of the Friendship Bracelets goes way back to protests about the disappearance of Mayan Indians and Guatemala Peasants
- Friendship Bracelets
Hand woven, handmade rainbow cotton block friendship bracelets. According to tradition, one ties a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The history of the Friendship Bracelets goes way back to protests about the disappearance of Mayan Indians and Guatemala Peasants
- Woven pencil case with diversity pencil
Guatemalan weaving originated over 1,500 years ago with the ancient Maya civilization. According to legend, the Maya were taught to weave by the moon goddess and cosmic weaver, Ix Chel. For the Maya, woven textiles were not just practical, they were also symbolic, demonstrating wealth and status.
- Cuerdas (Jump Rope)
Cuerda, or jump rope, is a fun playground game as well as a great way to get some exercise and impress your friends with your jumping abilities.
- Chamuscas Street Soccer Ball
Chamuscas is a street soccer game, which originated in Guatemala in the 1900s
- Canasta Guatemala
A craft project that lets your kids make a version of a passionate Guatemalan woven basket
- In KidZ Passport & Country Sticker
A place for your kids to capture all they’ve learned about the countries and cultures they’ve explored.
- Collectible Sticker Sheets
Kids love stickers! Let them decorate notebooks or water bottles with these Guatemala themed stickers.
- Guatemala Flag
Wave it proudly!