Learn more about Argentina with some amazing Argentina Crafts for Kids! Celebrate this country’s Revolution Day with gauchos, Maradona & more!
One of the first flags I could identify as a child (besides my own country’s) was that of Argentina. This is thanks to all the World Cup matches I watched with my Dad, whose favorite team was – you guessed it – Maradona’s Argentina!
The blue and white stripes became my favorite team too, and is now my daughter’s as well! Guess some things inevitably get passed down generations! But why are we talking about football and Maradona today? Because we’re heading into May, which is the month of Argentina’s Revolution Day.
What is Argentina’s May Revolution?
Argentina was under Spanish colonial rule for several years when Napolean Bonaparte took over Spain and made his brother the new King. The locals did not like this and they decided that enough was enough – it was now time to fight for freedom. They declared the start of their war of independence on May 18, and took back their freedom by the 25th of the same month! Argentina’s May Revolution was on May 25 in 1810
It’s worth noting that the war was completely peaceful and saw no bloodshed. Today, this day is celebrated with free public transport rides, special TV shows, and outdoor activities.
When is National Day celebrated in Argentina?
We’re also going to join in this year, with some fun Argentina crafts for kids to make and learn! Here are some fun facts to get you started.
Fun Facts about Argentina
- Argentina means ‘The Land of Silver’, getting its name from ‘Argentum’, which is Latin for silver
- Both the lowest and highest points of the Southern Hemisphere are in Argentina
- Argentina is the home of the Tango, one of the most popular dances in the world
- There are more cows than people in Argentina
- Argentina’s most popular drink is Mate, made from a herb called Yerba Mate and sipped through a straw called bombilla
- Argentinians love their meat and make the best steaks in the world
- In Messi’s hometown Rosario, parents are banned from naming their child Messi, to avoid confusion in the future
Okay, that’s enough to what your appetite is, now it’s time to get down to our Argentina crafts and activities!
10 Amazing Argentina Crafts for Kids
This unique handprint art from Creative Family Fun is inspired from the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) in Argentina. The cave gets its name from the outlines of hands in the cave, which appeared to be stencilled over 10,000 years ago. It’s amazing that the cave art has been mostly untouched and un-restored all these years!
Gauchos are the Argentinian equivalent of cowboys, and they tended to cattle and did other farming tasks. Gauchos were often nomads, traveling from estate to estate for work. Like cowboys, gauchos also have their own unique style, including a belt to tuck in their knife. This belt generally has a large buckle, which Kid Frugal has tried to recreate in this fun project which you can customize!
We started talking about Argentina crafts by mentioning the flag, so it goes without saying that we need to include a flag craft! This one from Art for All is perfect to learn about the Argentinian flag, which was adopted even before the country got its independence. The flag’s colors were decided by Manual Belgrano, the leader of the revolution, and represent the blue sky separating to reveal white clouds.
If you look closely, you’ll find that on the white band of the Argentina flag, there is a small sun logo. This logo is called ‘Sol de Mayo’ or the Sun of May. The ‘sun’ part represents Inti, the Incan God of the sun and the ‘May’ part refers to the month of the revolution day. We love how all these details are captured in Argentina crafts like this one by My Virtual World Trip.
Yes, we’re talking about gauchos again, and about another aspect of their attire – their hats! Gauchos wear sombreros, a hat with a wide brim that protects them from the sun when they’re doing all that outdoor farm work. If you’d like to turn into a gaucho yourself, check out this DIY project from Homeschool Realm. You can also paint it or decorate it to make it completely your own!
This beautiful art from Creative Family Fun is inspired by La Boca, a colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires is a city that’s a gorgeous mix of cultures, and is often called the ‘Paris of South America’. The Caminito street in particular, is a happening place with amazing architecture, artists and street shops.
Any study of a country should include a look at its wildlife, which is why this list of Argentina crafts includes the armadillo! The name translates into ‘little armored one’ in Spanish, owing to its thick, leathery shell that resembles armor. Did you know that their shells are used to make musical instruments? Learn more such fun facts while you make this colorful armadillo craft!
We know that Argentina gets its name from Argentum, the Latin for silver. But did you know how this came about? It is believed that the Europeans had heard great stories about the riches of silver in South America and they came hoping to find some. You’ll get more interesting facts like these from this printable coloring pack by Kindergarten Worksheets and Games.
You can’t have a list of Argentina crafts for kids without mentioning the ultimate Argentinian icon – Diego Maradona! Maradona is such a big deal in his country that there is an entire religion dedicated to him! The church is in Rosario city, and the religion even has its own commandments! Learn how to draw the world-renowned football icon with this tutorial from My Hobby Class.
Doesn’t it feel great to learn about a country that you’ve often heard about, but didn’t really know that well? Many of us know Messi and Maradona, but not many of us knew about those hand stencils that are 10,000 years old! Once you’re done with these crafts, maybe you can go on YouTube to watch some videos about this country or try out some fun recipes. Tip: be sure to try some chimichurri, empanadas and dulce de leche!
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