Ethiopia: መግቢያ

We are heading back to Africa but this time our destination is in the the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia!

Ethiopia is rich in history, resources, culture and food. Here are some fun facts!

  • The hottest place on Earth is in Ethiopia, the Danakil Depression, it’s more than 400 ft below sea level and averages 100℉.
  • In 1974 the oldest believed ‘human’ remains were found, they named her Lucy and she is more than 3.2 million years old.
  • The Queen of Sheba from the Bible came from Ethiopia, she brought with her vast riches of gold and spices and gave them as gifts to King Solomon in Jerusalem.
  • The current prime minister won the noble peace prize in 2019 and although it is one of the poorest countries in Africa it is poised to make massive improvements thanks to the leadership of people like Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
  • Coffee is their largest export.
  • The Lion is the national animal

Flag Craft

The flag was more in depth but still easy to make. We started by folding the paper into thirds. then I traced a circle in the middle.

Martin wanted to take a break from painting the flag so I got to paint this week! I started with the red and green, then the blue circle. Once they were all dry I painted the yellow stripe and finally the star.

Lion Pillow

Inspired by the national animal of Ethiopia, I thought it would be fun to make a pillow! There is no sewing involved, just some gluing and a whole lot of tying.

You will need….

  • Yellow and White or Orange fabric (I chose yellow cotton and white fleece… because that’s what I already had)
  • Pink and white felt
  • Black fabric paint
  • Batting, pillow filler
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  1. Start by laying your two fabrics on top of one another, good sides facing out, and cut out a circle or square. I used what I had so that dictated the size of my pillow, but it is roughly 24″ by 24″

2. Place a large plate or other heavy circular object in the center of the fabric. Cut slits all the way around (Martin was able to do this cutting with some guidance) be sure to keep the plate in place.

3. Once you have cut all the way around, keep the plate in place as a guide. Now it is time to tie! Going around the whole pillow tie the two matching strands together, this will hold your pillow together and be the lions mane. Be sure to leave 3-5 strands untied so you can add your stuffing, you will tie them later.

4. Next cut out two white ovals for eyes, a large white rounded diamond for the face, a pink heart for the nose, and small pink ovals for the cheeks. Glue these in place, stick your hand into the pillow to make sure that the glue did not seep through to the other side- you don’t want to accidentally glue your pillow together in the center.

5. Now comes the stuffing! Fluff your batting by pulling it apart in your hands before stuffing it into the pillow. Move it round to make the lions face flat and not lumpy. Tie off the open section.

6. Time for the finishing touches! With the black paint add small circles to the eyes, dots next to the nose and an upside T for the mouth.

We had a lot of fun making our lion pillow and I think it turned out great! I’m excited to see what all we will do this week in Ethiopia!

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