Argentina: Gauchos y Glaciares

Many meat loving cultures around the world have cowboys, Argentina has gauchos. A rugged nomadic man who sleeps under the stars and cares for cattle, they are as romanticized as the American cowboy. Much like the cowboy they have a certain esthetic that is instantly recognizable- especially their hats. Flat brimmed and more rigid than the American cattle hand’s hat but perfectly suited for the conditions in Argentina.

Gaucho Hat Craft

We set out to make our own gaucho hats! I got the idea from homeschoolrealm.com, she does an amazing job of breaking down the steps of how to make this hat.

You will need…

  • large piece of cardboard
  • scissors
  • exacto knife
  • hot glue gun
  • tape measure
  • crayons, markers, glitter, etc to decorate it

Start by measuring your little gaucho’s head and cut a strip the same length- be sure to cut it against the grain! Once cut, roll it up to make a circle. Glue the ends together to secure.

Using your ring as a guide, trace the inside of the circle and measure out how large you want the brim. Before cutting add some teeth to the inside of the circle. Cut it out. Score the inner circle and bend the teeth up. Secure the teeth to the inside of the first piece you made.

Trace the outside of the original ring for the top of the hat. Cut it out and secure it to the top of the hat with hot glue.

Give your gaucho the tools to express themselves and you have colorful, wearable, and durable gaucho hats!

Perito Moreno Glacier

At the very southern tip of Argentina you can find 3 massive glaciers. A glacier is a very slow moving river of ice and it is quite a beautiful natural wonder to behold!

When I was doing my research in preparation for this week I wanted to include the Perito Moreno Glacier but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I found a cool science experiment but I didn’t have the means to do it nor did I think it would hold Martin’s attention very long. You can find the experiment here.

Then as I delved deeper into the google rabbit hole I stumbled across something I did not expect. In our own backyard- literally less than 10 minutes from our house is a “glacial park conservation area”. The glacier melted 12,000 years ago but the entire landscape was formed by the glacier.

Sadly, it is way too cold to venture out on a hike in an exposed wind swept valley, but visiting our glacial park is at the top of my list after the thaw. By focusing on learning about other countries we learned something new and exciting in our own backyard! I encourage you to branch out, what is around the corner that you never knew? There is so much to explore in the wold, even within our own towns!

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