Recently, some friends lent us a DVD about an orphanage in Sri Lanka. Having seen this, the children were keen to find out more about the country. I must say that this proved easier said than done!
First, we looked for children's books.
How to make apple pie and see the world talks about Sri Lanka as the source of cinnamon and shows its location on a map.
The other book that we used was very old but did have a clear description about the tea growing process, even if it talked about Ceylon and I had to do rapid conversions from Imperial to SI units!
The younger children coloured flags-the components of the flag represent the Singalese, Tamil and Moor populations.
Youngest Daughter coloured her first map and we made the discovery that the capital is not Colombo but Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte named by a president, after himself.
Middle Son and I worked on Asian countries and then Asian capitals on Seterra. The capitals took a fair amount of work!
Middle Son was set to research the challenges facing the country using information from the World Bank and Wikipedia.
We all looked at photographs of this beautiful country; both from this source and from this travel site.
Youngest daughter painted elephants.
Traditional food often involves fish and coconut so we made a curry.
The recipe I followed was rather sparing with chili so this was surprisingly mild and of course, there is tea-still known as Ceylon tea.
Please do let me know if you know of any more Sri Lanka resources as I found that there was a relative paucity of child orientated information.
This is linked to the history and geography meme and Living Life Intentionally.