For Creative Week we chose to learn about Bolivia. We started as geography detectives and looked at some images of the landscape and we discovered that Bolivia is in the Andes and has some of the tallest mountains in the world. We also discovered that Bolivia has a salt desert, a sand desert, a large lake (Lake Titicaca) and jungle.
We have also learnt that the women traditionally wear a 'pollera' (pleated skirt), a 'manta' (shawl) and a bombin (bowler hat). The men wear a 'poncho' (shawl), a 'chulla' (woollen hat) and 'pantalones' (trousers).
After learning about the geography of Bolivia we looked at some Bolivian musical instruments and had a go at playing them. Our favourite was the charango which is made from the body of a dead aardvark! But don't worry they don't kill the aardvark especially to make the charango, they use the bodies of aardvarks that have died naturally.
Did you know that in Oruro they hold a yearly carnival called 'El Carnival de Oruro'? It is a very special event and the Bolivian people will spend months preparing their costumes. Some of the men wear the 'diablada' mask. We got the chance to see a real one. they are very colourful and are made of paper.
Inspired by the 'diablada' mask we made our own carnival masks and held our own carnival.