Thursday, January 24, 2013

This week a friend invited me, N and H for an "Africa Activity Day"--part of a geography unit she and three of her children are studying at home. Another friend, who grew up in Kenya, joined us along with her two little ones.

We examined maps and read a Maasai storybook.

We passed around samples of major exports like cotton, dates, millet, and coffee.
We made play dough animals and ground peanuts with a mortar and pestle.
We tried, with scant success, to walk balancing baskets on our heads.

We tried on Maasai beads and clothing.

 After a few races up and down the frozen lane, lunch--the crowning activity--included peanut soup (Kenya), rice pilaf (Kenya) and dried mango, papaya, and pineapple.

Of course we made barely a scratch in the surface of all the richness of an enormous continent; still, the morning provided a fun freezing-weather diversion and a tangible connection with loved ones in that part of the world.


  1. Yes, I was amazed when the Nicaraguan woman, after milking the cow, hoisted a five-gallon bucket (with about four gallons of milk) onto her head. She did steady it with one hand.

  2. hey that's great! sukuma wiki is another reproduce-able staple in Kenya- chop onions and tomatoes fine, saute in oil, dump in finely shredded kale in a large amount on top, cook and stir in the sauteed veggies.