Moira has been very frustrated with my unwillingness to make a new outfit for her every month, due to a lack of time and a bunch of stuff around cultural appropriations. She has a Vietnamese Ao Dai I found at a thrift store and every time we study an Asian country she tries to convince me that it's "close enough" and I try to explain how disrespectful that is. Trying to teach Moira how to be sensitive and not just co-opt someone else's culture has been an interesting struggle when I'm still learning. At any rate, we didn't have time to make anything or the ability to buy an outfit, so Moira decided that this dress reminded her of one of the story The Girl Who Wore Too Much.
The party for Thailand was hosted by one of our group's members who had been in Thailand in the Peace Corps. It was great because she had photos from her life there playing on a slideshow. The kids were excited because most of what people brought was various kinds of rice (black sticky, white sticky, jasmine, coconut rice), along with spring rolls and a great stir fry made by our host. We brought an herbal Thai iced tea.
Our first activity was to make krathongs out of banana leaves and paper flowers. We talked about what they mean and how they are made in Thailand. Moira wanted to make lots of these.
We also made little elephants out of heart shapes. This was Davis' favorite thing.
Our krathongs didn't survive the trip home due to excited children, so Moira made this one out of a frisbee and things she found in the garden. She didn't want to find a river to float it on, however.
Moira really wanted to paint her own umbrella like in many of the books we had read, but because I didn't plan very well we had to make do with these totally not at all the same ones from Amazon. The kids enjoyed it, and Moira systematically colored in all the different drawings, which was a first for her.
Lastly, here are some of the books we read. Not all of them, because, again, I forget. But the favorites are all on this list.
We didn't end up finishing this book. My 6 year old really wanted to, but there were no pictures and so I think it just didn't hold her attention the way she wanted it to.
We listened to this story as an audio book, and my 6 year old really loved it, even when she was younger.
My 6 year old wanted to read this over and over. It has nice, easy to understand explanations of various holidays in Thailand.