Printable Activities Make Travel Fun

Paper Maracas

Here's a fun activity the kids can make before your family vacation to Mexico: Print and fold paper maracas!

Directions:

1. Print maracas on card stock paper.

2. Cut out along solid black lines.

3. Fold tabs and assemble with tape, leaving square top of maracas open.

4. Fill maracas with a few dried beans, then tape top closed.


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Alabama, the Yellowhammer State

Color the Alabama State Flag:


Admission: 22nd State (December 18, 1819)
Capital: Montgomery

Nicknames:
The Heart of Dixie (unofficial)
The Yellowhammer State (originating from the Civil War)
The Cotton State (unofficial)

State Motto: Audemus jura nostra defendere (We Dare Maintain Our Rights)
State Song: Alabama, lyrics by Julia S. Tutwiler, music by Edna Gockel-Gussen

State Amphibian: Red Hills Salamander
State Bird: Yellowhammer Woodpecker
State Bird (Game Bird): Wild Turkey

State Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

State Fish (Freshwater): Largemouth Bass
State Fish (Saltwater): Fighting Tarpon
State Flower: Camellia

State Flower (Wildflower): Oak-leaf Hydrangea
State Gem: Star Blue Quartz
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
State Mammal: Black Bear
State Mineral: Hematite
State Reptile: Red-Bellied Turtle

State Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Origami, Mississippi State Butterfly

This black swallowtail butterfly can be found in the eastern United States, and occasionally as far north as southern Ontario and south to Cuba. Caterpillars feed on spicebush or sassafras, while adults feed on nectar from azaleas, milkweed and thistle flowers.

The spicebush swallowtail is the official state butterfly of Mississippi.




Difficulty: Easy

Directions:


For the next few steps, follow instructions to Monarch Butterfly Origami:
2a. Print and cut out your two-tailed swallowtail origami. With printed side facing down,
2b. Fold in half diagonally along B.
2c. Unfold and repeat the diagonal fold along C.






3a. With printed side facing up,
3b. Fold in half horizontally along A.
3c. Unfold. Your origami should be creased as illustrated.






4. Carefully fold along creases, forming a "tent" as illustrated.






5a. Fold the right "tent" corner up along D, as illustrated.
5b. Fold the left "tent" corner up along E, as illustrated.






6. Your Origami Swallowtail Butterfly should look like this:





7. Turn butterfly origami over, printed side down.






8a. Fold up along F. Note that corners will pull in to either side.
8b. Crease corners flat, as indicated by arrows.





9. Turn your origami butterfly over.






10a. Fold butterfly in half vertically, so wings are together.
10b. Crease one wing down, diagonally, to form body.
10b. Fold down the other wing, diagonally, as shown.





11. Open wings up. Your butterfly is done!




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Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Origami, Arizona State Butterfly

Arizona's official state butterfly, the two-tailed swallowtail, can be found throughout Arizona and in parts of California, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Nevada.

Found in canyons feeding on chokecherry, rosewood and sycamore, it can easily be mistaken for the tiger swallowtail--however, unlike the tiger, the two-tailed swallowtail has thinner black stripes on its wings, and has two tails on its hind wings.






Difficulty: Easy

Directions:


For the next few steps, follow instructions to Monarch Butterfly Origami:
2a. Print and cut out your two-tailed swallowtail origami. With printed side facing down,
2b. Fold in half diagonally along B.
2c. Unfold and repeat the diagonal fold along C.






3a. With printed side facing up,
3b. Fold in half horizontally along A.
3c. Unfold. Your origami should be creased as illustrated.






4. Carefully fold along creases, forming a "tent" as illustrated.






5a. Fold the right "tent" corner up along D, as illustrated.
5b. Fold the left "tent" corner up along E, as illustrated.






6. Your Origami Swallowtail Butterfly should look like this:





7. Turn butterfly origami over, printed side down.






8a. Fold up along F. Note that corners will pull in to either side.
8b. Crease corners flat, as indicated by arrows.





9. Turn your origami butterfly over.






10a. Fold butterfly in half vertically, so wings are together.
10b. Crease one wing down, diagonally, to form body.
10b. Fold down the other wing, diagonally, as shown.





11. Open wings up. Your butterfly is done!




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Mexico

Fun Facts:


Color the Mexican Flag:
 
 
Mexico is not only the third largest and the second most populous country in Latin America, it is also home to the most Spanish speakers in the world.

Name: United Mexican States
Capital: Mexico City

Holidays
Fun Stuff:

Origami
Cinco De Mayo Boy
Cinco De Mayo Girl
Paper Projects
Print and Fold Paper Maracas

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China

Chinese history spans thousands of years, spanning the early habitation by Peking Man 300,000 to 780,000 years ago, the 4,000 year-old Xia Dynasty, the establishment of a unified Chinese state under the "First Emperor" Qin Shi Huang in 221 BC, to modern day China.

One of the great cradles of civilization, China was one of the few to invent writing, alongside the Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Mayans.

Fun Facts:

Color the flag of China:

  • Name: People's Republic of China (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo)
  • Established: 1949
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Language: Standard Chinese or Mandarin
  • Meaning of the Flag: Red symbolizes revolution, the large gold star symbolizes communism, while the four small stars represent the people

    The Chinese Zodiac
    Chinese astrology can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago when Emperor Yao ordered court astronomers to create a calendar so people would know when to plant and sow. 2,000 years later during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), astrology gained popularity when court officials were ordered to construct a Chinese almanac or Tung Shu. The almanac listed auspicious days to open a business, marry, embark on a journey or make other personal decisions.

    There are 12 signs in the Chinese Zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar . People born under a certain sign will inherit some of the personality of that animal. Thus, those born in the year of the Tiger are courageous and dignified, like the Tiger, while those born in the year of the Dog are loyal and devoted, like the Dog.

    Fun Stuff:

    Paper Crafts
    Chinese Lion Paper Bag Puppet
    Dragon Fortune Teller
    Origami Chinese Dragon Puppet





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