Thursday, 19 December 2013

Artesanía de Navidad or Christmas Crafts - Review

Two Sundays ago, we spent the afternoon making some Christmas crackers that were sent us in the post as part of a review we'll be doing for Rosetta Stone. We're going to be learning Spanish. I can remember some Spanish from my years spent living in Spain and Mexico but I am rusty and I could definitely do with some practise. Wee Z loves languages and can already count in Spanish, German and French.

The Christmas crackers came in a box with everything we needed to make them. The only thing we did need to add to them was a sweet or a toy. I had loads of sweets leftover from Halloween, so I decided we would use those.


Husband rolled the crackers and stuck the "snap" inside and then tided the string around one end to secure it. The kids filled the crackers with a Christmas hat, a joke and a sweet. Husband then tied the other end up to close the cracker. The kids enjoyed sticking a carrot sticker on the snowman for his nose and calling him Olaf after seeing Frozen the day before. I stuck the beards on the Santas.

It was such a fun activity and it meant we had some crackers to give away to friends as the box contained five Santa crackers and five snowman crackers.

 
Rosetta Stone is an interactive site that makes learning a new language easy and fun. There are quite a few languages to choose to learn from their site including French, German and even Chinese. Our course is set over five levels and includes pronouncation, grammar, writing and reading. Each section indicates how long it will take so you know how much time you'll have to set aside. They range from five minutes right up to thirty minutes. There are reviews to complete throughout the course to make sure you've remembered what you have learned. You can also schedule a live chat session with someone who is a native speaker of the language you are learning to practise your speaking and pronouncation.

We're going to get started with learning to speak Spanish (again) in the New Year. In the meantime, Feliz Navidad which I know is Merry Christmas in Spanish.

We are reviewing Rosetta Stone and in return we received the Christmas crackers activity to do together. The opinions expressed are my own.

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