I was so delighted to learn that the focus of this month’s MKB Global Learning series is Mexico. As a Mexican-American, I’m always looking for ways to help my children learn about their heritage so I’ll be eagerly following along with this series. One of the best ways to help children learn about a particular subject is to give them a hands-on activity. So when I was asked to write a post on Mexico, I thought that a free download was in order.
After a bit of thinking and looking through my growing collection of clip art, I decided I just had to create and share this Mexico coloring activity with all of you. And don’t forget: If you have older kids, you can still download this free Mexico Country Study. It’s a sample of our Summer Games Unit. (See? You can learn so much from it even though the Olympics are over!!)
Mexico Coloring Activity
Notice I call it a “coloring activity,” not a “coloring page.” That’s because there’s more to it than just a picture to color in. It actually comes with one coloring page and one page full of fun facts about the country. The images on the coloring page are numbered to help your child find the information about that particular subject on the following page. Don’t worry. It’s not heavy trivia, just fun tidbits of information to give your child a feel for the country.
There are so many wonderful things to learn about Mexico that it was really hard to select just a few pieces of trivia for your kids. But I hope they’ll enjoy the mix of people, traditions, and wildlife information in this Mexico coloring activity.
Oh! And I wanted to be sure and share a few fun facts for adults, too.
5 Fun Facts about Mexico
- Did you know that according to a global survey in 2014, Mexicans are the happiest people in the world? They can’t help it. Apparently, it is in their genes!
- Guillermo González Camarena, a Mexican electrical engineer, was the inventor of color television, and who also introduced color television to Mexico.
- The largest pyramid in the world is actually found in Cholula, Puebla. And even more amazing is that the Quetzalcoatl Pyramid wasn’t discovered until 1910!!
- Oh, you thought they only spoke Spanish in Mexico? You might be surprised then, to learn that 68 different languages are recognized by the Mexican government and are spoken by more than 15 million people in the country.
- The nation’s capital, Mexico City, was built on top of a lake…and it’s now sinking! Actually, it was built on top of the ruins of the defeated Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, which was built on an island in the middle of a lake. The latter was eventually drained and the canals used for roadways, but the ground isn’t exactly the most stable of foundations. Oops!
This post is part of our series Global Learning for Kids. Each month we will feature a country and host a link party to collect posts about teaching kids about that country–crafts, books, lessons, recipes, etc. It will create a one-stop place full of information about the country.
This month we are learning all about Mexico, so link up below any old or new posts designed to teach kids about Mexico – crafts, books, lessons, recipes, music and more!