Today's continent box -- Europe!
Since I've never traveled outside of the US, I really didn't have a lot of hands-on/interactive resources for Europe, other than what I've found online for free. Thank goodness to the Mondorfment swap, which really changed a lot of that!
So, what's in my Europe box?
- a LOT of resources from the Swiss Embassy. What I love about these resources is that it includes over 40 documentaries, 2 DVDs full of pictures, and a free CD of music.
- books: Madeline series, Kids London and A school like mine: Europe books from Chick Fil A, Aesop's Fables from the Imagination Library, Monet art book, DK travel guide for Spain
- stamps from Karen at Little Acorns
- landmark cards from Target and calendar from Michaels
- Eiffel Tower miniature and Stonehenge rock from my cousin Jason (see the upcoming Asia post for more from him! He ROCKS!)
- Eiffel Tower bowl, picked up from Goodwill
... with everything stored neatly in these 2 adorable Irish boxes and a pink Subway (Paris-themed) kids meal bag.
Honey at Mondorfment hosted a swap, and Karen, Sandra, and Elly sent me items to represent Europe.
Karen at Little Acorns chose Western Europe and posted about her stuff on her blog.... check it out here. She is AMAZINGLY creative, and my favorite thing that she came up with is an interactive Stonehenge... VERY cool! Oh, and if you haven't already done so, check out her free "I Spy" DaVinci art cards.
My dear friend Sandra chose to represent Eastern Europe. She sent some very special and unique items, and I feel very blessed that she was in this group, since she is from Serbia. She sent swan feathers, pressed violet, European Easter Egg wraps, tea, birch, stamps, postcard, bank notes from Yugoslavia, perfume from Bulgaria, music, lace, and a medley of shells and pine cones that she entitled "A taste of the Adriatic Sea." She also made a TON of 3 part cards, list of activities, and even matching cards!
Elly at Child and Me also did Europe. She has also posted about her items from the swap on her blog. Wow... I would have never thought to make an "art bingo" game (posted in the middle of the page), but it is really neat! PLUS, you can download it for free! And I am secretly excited that I got a Russian nesting doll in the swap... I always wanted one of these as a kid, and I can't wait for my son to explore it.
All I can say is that these 3 ladies REALLY think outside of the box, and I feel honored to receive some of their awesome-cool stuff from the swap!
Stay tuned for more links and freebies that I can find for Europe, and join in tomorrow as we travel to ASIA!