Colombia: el Inicio

We are leaving Africa and heading to South America to the northern country of Colombia! 50% of Colombia is covered with forests and it is the second most biodiverse country in the world. It is also one of the best places on the planet to see birds, butterflies and orchids! The national language is Spanish and they share a border with 5 other countries- Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

The country’s flag is so bright and cheerful- we had a lot of fun making it!

Flag Craft

The flag consists of 3 colors- yellow, blue and red. They are arranged in horizontal stripes but this flag is unique because the stripes are not equal- yellow makes up 50% where as blue and red are 25% each.

To make the flag start by folding the paper in half, then fold one half in half again.

Paint the top half yellow.

Paint the middle blue and the bottom red.

There you go! The flag of the Republic of Colombia.

Emerald Sun Catchers

Colombia is responsible for mining 70-90% of the world market’s emerald stones. The emeralds mined in Colombia can cost just as much as diamonds of the same size. I love emeralds, so to create our own, we turned to crayons 🙂

You will need…

  • crayons- green, yellow, and blue of varying shades
  • pencil sharpener
  • wax paper
  • hair dryer
  • tape
  • scissors
  • thread and a stick to hang it from

Start by having your artist twist the crayons in the sharpener- if your crayons are like ours you can just dive into the sharpener but if you still have the papers on you’ll need to take them off.

Collect the shavings and place them on top of a piece of secured wax paper.

Secure another piece on top and make sure it is taped down good! Now comes the heat, use a hair dryer on the hottest setting and melt the crayon.

Leave to cool and harden.

Now it’s time to turn this green blob into emeralds! Cut out the wax paper into rectangles with diagonally cut corners.

Tie 3 pieces of thread to your stick (I used a skewer) and tape your emeralds to the thread at varying heights.

Finally secure your mobile in front of a sunny window and enjoy your hard work!

For more sun catcher crafts check out our Antarctic animal sun catchers!

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