Our story for this country was The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola.
I wanted a craft to go along with it, and although the obvious choice was to make paper poinsettias, I was looking for something that was more of an authentic Mexican handicraft.
After a bit of Googling, I found the perfect project for us - Ojo de Dios or "God's Eyes". This art form was originally done by the Huichol Indians of Mexico and involves the weaving of brightly colored yarn in between two sticks. The finished design represents the all-seeing eye of God. I think it's a wonderful reminder of how God is constantly watching over us with love.
The Ojo de Dios is a great tie-in with The Legend of the Poinsettia because in the story a little girl and her Mother are weaving yarn to make a blanket as a gift for the baby Jesus.
This is the best set of instructions for making them that I have found. I also watched a couple of YouTube videos that gave me an idea of how to do the weaving.
Our finished projects...
This is Sweet Pea's. Poor thing is too sick right now to hold it and have her picture taken.
After learning how to make them, Giggly Girl set off to make several all by herself.
After watching me demonstrate, Superman had the hang of it and was an extremely fast weaver.
In fact, I was amazed at how quickly all the kids caught on to the weaving process, and at how willing they were to stick with it - even the 5 yr. old! It really was a fun project, and I enjoyed making some as well.
These will go on our Christmas tree, but in Mexico they are used as decorations during Cinco de Mayo.