Saturday, March 15, 2014

German Fasching Fest

We didn't do as much to learn about Germany as we have with other countries. We were distracted by Valentine's Day, and the Olympics. So, other than going to Leavenworth and making a German dinner at home, we just did the party this time. But the party was super fun.

Davis helped me make the potato balls, which didn't turn out to be such a good thing to eat on their own. I guess I should have payed attention to the recipe where it said to put them in sauce. He had fun mashing the potatoes and stirring. Then he got really tired and ended up napping for most of the party.

Bavarian photo
Moira and I decided to display the "Bavarian" photo we had taken at Leavenworth. I tried searching for German decorations, but other than a few flag things, the results got scary pretty quickly. We ended up with some german flag toothpicks and used them to serve the sausages Lauren brought.

Mask making
The kids decorated blank masks with glitter glue, feathers, and pens. Most kids went over the top, but one of them decided to color her mask entirely black to go with her witch costume. We had a slight problem getting the glue to dry in time for the Fasching parade.

Exciting conclusion
Lauren read "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" in German to everyone. The noises are really awesome. If you want to hear her read it, you can watch this video. She also showed us "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" and then one of the kids wanted to tell us the alphabet in German.

Fasching is the German Mardis Gras celebration, and it's traditional for kids to dress up in costume and parade around throwing candy at spectators and/or having candy thrown at them. We didn't want to do candy due to various allergies, so I bought a giant pack of mini bubbles for everyone. It was a rainy day, so we paraded around the house and visited my Mom. Much less dangerous then our parade with candles, but just as fun.

German books
We did have lots of books and lots of people brought their favorites from home, but I didn't get a chance to record what they had. It was hard to find books that were actually in English (although I did find a couple of books about Germany in Mandarin at our library) or super depressing. Moira and I talked a little bit about WW2, but she didn't ask a lot of questions about it, so we didn't get to in depth. There were a couple of books we loved about the rebuilding of Germany after the war that we liked, but we didn't look at anything from the actual war time period.