Monday, January 3, 2011

Día de los Reyes Lesson Plans, Books, Activities

With Día de los Reyes Magos, or Day of the Magi, quickly approaching, here are some great resources for families and schools.



Lesson Plans

• Two of my favorite authors, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, have a delightful book out on this holiday (more books are listed below) and they also have lesson plans available online for K-2nd and 3rd through 6th. You can download their lesson plans in either English or Spanish.

The Tucson Children's Museum has an excellent set of lesson plans that you can download for K- 6th, which includes activities and reading resources.


Books


Los Tres Reyes (a caballo) (Serie Raices) (Nueve Pececitos) (Spanish Edition) 
by Carmen Rivera Lassen, Victor Maldonado Davila

Una muneca para el dia de reyes by Esmeralda Santiago

Amahal y Los Tres Reyes: Amahl and the Three Kings (Troquelados Clasicos Series) (Spanish Edition) from Combel Ediciones Editorial Esin, S.A.

Los Reyes Magos (Spanish Edition) by Lourdes M. Alvarez

Los reyes magos de Oriente by Lluis Farre


Wise Men Coloring Pages, Arts & Crafts

Crayola has a craft in which children can create free standing Reyes Magos. (See picture at right.)

DLTK has some okay crafts for the holiday. I thought the wiseman and camel silhouette was actually pretty smart.

“The Gifts Of The Wise Men” Legend Craft Kit by Oriental Trading

Nick Jr. has some cute crafts for Three King's Day including this king's crown, goodie bag tags, party invitations, and this Dora coloring page.

Family Education has a simple crown pattern for your kids to cut out and decorate. But I also really like the ones from First Palette, and their post on creating more durable foam crowns.

Dibujos.org has a banderita template you can print and color. String several together and you have your own Día de los Reyes banner!

Buena Navidad has some adorable patterns you can download, print, cut out, and assemble to create your own Reyes 3-D paper dolls.

Family Fun has a slightly more challenging craft for older kids: Wee Three Kings beanbags!

Jinky's Crafts has the cutest three kings gift boxes

Las Manualidades also has an easy craft teaching you how to create Reyes from common art supplies.

• You can also find patterns for creating your own Reyes out of felt on Como hacerte.

• I really like this Paper Three Kings Chain from First Palette.

Activity Village has a really fun Cup and Ball Kings craft that is easy for little hands to make and use.

2 Pequeños Traviesos also has an easy Reyes craft.

• And check out the following websites for lots of coloring pages: Hello Kids, Kidopo.com, and DailyColoringPages.com

YoDibujo also has some great activities...en español, of course. (Thanks, Lori!)


Camel Crafts

Coming soon

Videos, Music & Apps

Los Reyes Magos App for iPad and iPhone.

Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day! on DVD.

• Latin Cinema Classics produced this 1974 DVD, Los 3 Reyes Magos. (I have not previewed this movie.)

• Another DVD recently released is this one. However, I have not seen it, so read the reviews and choose for yourself.

• Here are three of MommyMaestra's favorite MP3 downloads available for Reyes.

• Also, take a look at these beautiful videos.

Foreign Language Fun shares songs in Spanish for Día de los Reyes

MisCositas has posted this adorable video of Niko singing "Campana sobre campana"


Websites

El Boricua has a good description of the day and its history in Puerto Rico.


Recipes

Nibbles & Feasts has this incredible Rosca de Reyes recipe.

• I LOVE this post and recipe by From Argentina With Love.

• The Muy Bueno Cookbook has shared a list of rosca recipes that they love (and you will, too!).

Con mucho cariño...

3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your kind words about Isabel Campoy and myself and posting one of our books of the series Cuentos para celebrar/ Stories to celebrate. It was a nice birthday gift for me to see this posting this morning.
    And congratulations on your wonderful site!
    All best wishes for you and your family on this new year.

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  2. I love Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy's books and the book about Three Kings Day is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for bringing more attention to this holiday and helping those of us who celebrate with more resources. Gracias!

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  3. Gracias, Alma Flor. You know I am always happy to share yours and Isabel's wonderful work anytime. Feliz cumpleaños!

    Laura, you're welcome! Happy to be able to share!

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