The equator is an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.  Although there are continents and some countries that are in both the eastern hemisphere and the western hemisphere Ecuador takes pride in having a Middle of the World Monument in Quito.

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The monument is 30 meters tall and was constructed between 1979 and 1982 by Pichincha’s Province Council to replace an older, smaller monument built by Government of Ecuador under the direction of the geographer Luis Tufiño in 1936. It is made of iron and concrete and covered with cut and polished andesite stone.

The actual placement of the equatorial line was defined back in 1736 during a French expedition mission.  Apparently, thanks to modern technology the actual equator is off. However,  like Diana from Ladydeelg suggest when in doubt you should just “Visit the Middle of the World, the historical one and the ACTUAL one (aka the Museo de Sitio Intiñan)”

However, since a trip to Ecuador is not in the future little one and I decided to make our very own Middle of the World Monument.

All you need is craft foam, paint (I ended up using gold spray paint), hot glue, plastic ruler, and/or butter knife.

  • Measure 5 inches of the large foam and cut with either the ruler or butter knife.
  • From the medium rectangular foam cut off an inch and cut into 4 small pieces.
  • The remaining medium rectangular. Trim off the sides at the top.
  • Hot glue the pieces and then spray paint! It’s super easy!

If you’re doing this with younger kids (mine is 9 yrs. old) make sure you supervise them with the hot glue, and butter knife.

The most fun part for my son was spray painting it!  You can also have the little ones paint with a painting brush too.

If you’re planning a trip to Quito Ecuador take a look at these links:

From Inspired by Family: 14 Things to do with kids in Quito, Ecuador

From Ladydeelg: Train ride from Quito to Machachi

From Hispanic Mama:  Recommended places to visit in Quito 

For more resources on Ecuador visit Activity Village Co UK for some free printables

This post is part of Leanna from All Done Monkey’s 31 Days of ABC 2017 edition!

31 Days of ABC 2017 |

It’s time again for another fantastic month of alphabet fun with the 31 Days of ABC! All this month you can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their ideas with us in the coming days. So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Find more great resources in our series from past years: 31 Days of ABCs 2013, 2014, and 2016!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!

31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Early Literacy – Getting Started Teaching the Alphabet

A – October 2

Creative World of Varya: A Is for Aromatherapy for Kids

B – October 3

Hispanic Mama: B Is For Bilingual Baby Books

C – October 4

Witty Hoots: C Is for Cool Fingerprint Castle Keyrings Tutorial

D – October 5

Teach Me Mommy: D Is for Dinosaurs DIY Sensory Bin

E – October 6

E Is for Environmental Print to Develop Literacy

F – October 7

Look! We’re Learning! F Is for Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets

G – October 8

All Done Monkey: G Is for Go

H – October 9

All Done Monkey: H Is for Hello/Hola

I – October 10

Jeddah Mom: I Is for Ice Cream Craft and Sorting Activity

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: J is for Jirafa (Giraffe) – Spanish Coloring Page

K – October 12

Pennies of Time: K Is for Kindness

L – October 13

Schooling Active Monkeys: L Is for Lion Craft

M – October 14

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

N – October 15

All Done Monkey: N Is for Nature Crafts

O – October 16

Kitchen Counter Chronicles: O Is for Owl Bookmark Printable

P – October 17

Creative World of Varya

Q – October 18

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Q Is for Quito

R – October 19

JDaniel4’sMom: R Is for Robot

S – October 20

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: S Is for Spanish

T – October 21

Sand In My Toes: T Is for Truck

U – October 22

The Educators’ Spin On it: U Is for Unicorn

V – October 23

CrArty: V Is for Van Gogh

W – October 24

My Story Time Corner: W Is for Wheels on the Bus

X – October 25

The Mommies Reviews: X

Y – October 26

Teach Me Mommy: Y Is for Yarn Letters

Z – October 27

Bambini Travel: Z Is for Zoo Animals

123’s – October 28

Creative World of Varya: Montessori Inspired Printable

Prewriting – October 29

Witty Hoots

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

Witty Hoots: Top 5 List

Printables – October 31

Royal Baloo and Logi-Bear Too

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