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  1. Cereals

    Cereal is more than just breakfast food, it is an important group of grains, including wheat, rye, and oats, from all over the world. The cultivation of these staples has a long and varied history, and its present uses include everything from nourishment to laundry starch to straw hats. Learn More
  2. Metate (Grinding Stone)

    The metate is a volcanic flat rock used in Mexico and Central America for grinding corn and other foods products. Students can experience grinning corn into meal. Learn More
  3. West African Fabrics and Symbols

    Explore West African textiles and symbols. Five different types of West African textiles are included in this box. In addition, a traditional calabash stamp and set of rubber stamps depicting West African adinkra symbols can be used for decorating your own textile. Learn More
  4. Day of the Dead

    El Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an important holiday in many Latin American cultures. It centers on remembering and honoring deceased family members and the cycle of life. Marvel in the vibrant decorations and art used to adorn homes and altars during this holiday; infer cultural beliefs about death by looking at the details of masks, rattles, and other decorations; and make your own altar to commemorate a deceased historical figure. Learn More
  5. Vamos a Comer

    Latin American cuisine displays great variability. Different regions within Latin America are known for their distinct styles of cooking and signature dishes, made with local crops and tools both ancient and modern. This Experience Box introduces students to a few of these dishes by exploring the ingredients and tools used to prepare them. Along the way students can: research the history of various foods, including their introduction to new consumers and transport into new markets; interact with the culinary tools to predict their uses; and act out what it would be like to fry a plantain or grind dried chile peppers. Learn More
  6. Living Together: Shoes

    By examining shoes, we can explore the needs and desires of individuals around the world. This box contains various shoes from diverse cultures. Use them to discuss measurement by analyzing and comparing different shoes and their sizes. Practice classification and categorization by sorting the shoes into different groups. Finally, analyze Van Gogh's shoe paintings and create your own interpretation of his work. Learn More

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