Bilingüe Book Buddy: Round As A Tortilla
Updated: Oct 17, 2019
Bilingüe Book Buddy is a monthly publication to promote biliteracy and activities for children ages 2-8. The activities that accompany each featured book are called "Libro-Tivities". Libro-Tivities are academic and fun activities to help families re-engage with bilingual books.
Reading bilingual books can promote biliteracy, inclusivity, and multiculturalism through storytelling, expressions or sayings, and illustrations. So pick up a book and have some fun!
Book Title: Round Is A Tortilla A Book of Shapes
About the Author: Roseanne Greenfield Thong wrote her first poem at the age of four. Her daughter inspired her first book while living in Hong Kong. Other titles in this series: Green Is A Chile Pepper & One Is A Piñata.
About this book: Children discover the world filled with shapes through Latinx iconography, rich illustrations and rhythmic text.
3.a Search, Find, & Stamp: Literacy Activity
Materials Needed: Toilet-paper rolls, Paint, Construction Paper
On a large piece of white construction paper write letters using a thick black marker. If you have a letter you focus on for the week, you can write uppercase and lowercase. If you are reviewing a few letters you can write 3-5 different letters at random. For older children, you can write 3-5 different sight words repeated throughout. Shape the ends of the toilet-paper rolls into different shapes: circle, square, heart, rectangle etc. Have your child dip the ends in paint and stamp each letter or word with a different shape/color.
3.b Shape Mosaic: Math Activity
Materials Needed: Contact Paper, Construction Paper, Masking Tape
Cut the contact paper into desired shapes: Circle, Triangle, Rectangle etc Using the masking tape, tape the contact paper shapes on a wall making sure the sticky side of the contact paper is facing you. Cut the colored construction paper into those same shapes, in a variety of sizes. Provide your child with a basket of colorful shapes. Instruct them to name each shape and match it to the same shape on the wall. The more shapes and colors they stick, the more their project looks like a mosaic.
3.c Hand-made Tortillas
Materials Needed: 1/2 cup corn-masa or cornmeal (corn starch for a stronger flavor), 1/2 cup warm water, Wax Paper
Combine the two ingredients in a bowl. Kneed to make a compact ball. Let the masa ball sit for 2-5 minutes. Roll out the dough using a pin or tortilla presser. Using a round cup or cookie cutter cut your mini tortillas. (You can also make tortillas in any shape you’d like. ) Warm the tortillas on a comal or skillet - eat plain or make a quesadilla or taco.
This recipe is gluten-free.
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