Tag: Tradition
Getting the house ready for the Three Wise Men
January 5, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Whether you live in Spain or not, the story of the Three Wise Men is a beautiful one you can share with your children. You might even want to celebrate it, the Spanish way. A fun and different activity you can do with them at home. In Spain, kids get their presents from the Three Wise Men, not Santa Claus. And parents and children make sure their homes are ready to receive them. Even if you don’t celebrate the tradition, it´s good for the little ones to learn how Christmas is celebrated elsewhere. Keep reading to discover all the magic behind the Three Wise Men!

How to celebrate St. John´s Eve with children
June 23, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Saint John´s Eve or Midsummer (June Solstice) is celebrated on the 23rd of June. The shortest night of the entire year and a date which marks the beginning of summer. Even if you don´t usually celebrate it, it´s a wonderful occasion to do something fun with the kids. In some parts of the world, people celebrate it by jumping over bomb fires and engaging in other fun rituals, which were intended to chase the evil spirits away. So, what activities and games can we do with our children? Here are some ideas.

12 Grapes, 12 Alternatives
December 31, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

They say the Spanish custom of eating 12 grapes to the rhythm of one for each bell strike at midnight on December 31st, , dates back to 1895 and is said to bring good luck. Also known as the ”12 Lucky Grapes” this tradition has already been adopted in many Latin American countries. But, should we let our children join in? Despite the fact that they love to participate in these fun traditions, the danger of chocking due to the rhythm of the bell strikes or the size of the grape is considerable. If your children are too small to eat 12 grapes within a minute but you still want them to take part of the tradition, here are some alternatives. After reading, you might also change the classic grape for one of our suggestions. Here is our list of 12. From Toy Blog, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

1 The most loyal alternative to the real thing is have your children eat 12 grapes, previously peeled and seeded and cut into two.

2 12 raisins, like they do in Argentina. They are smaller than regular grapes and their sweet taste will be appreciated by the little ones.

3 Sweet tooth. Prepare a cup of 12 small gumdrops. 1 of each color and flavor.

4 Nuts. For children older than 5, prepare a cup of 12 peanuts or pistachios, already peeled.


5 A healthy alternative is to prepare a plate of 12 small pieces of cut apple or pear. They’ll also enjoy 12 small berries.

6 Crazy about Chocolate. Cut 12 small pieces of chocolate, according to their age and size and serve on a plate.

7 A la italiana. La Notte di Capodano is what Italians call the last day of the year and they celebrate it by eating a plate of lentils, believed to bring good luck. An adaptation of this would be to serve a plate with 12 pre-cooked lentils.

8  Corn. 12 grains of corn is our 8th alternative to eating regular grapes. Sweeter than lentils and easy to eat.

9  Cheese. Cut 12 small pieces of their favorite cheese.

10 Cereal.  12 pieces of their favorite cereal. Depending on the size, you can cut them in two.

11 12 small pieces of quince fruit. Sweet and mildly tart.

12  An assortment of all of the above.

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