As in years past we are getting ready to celebrate Three Kings Day or El Día de Reyes.  Last year we hosted our very first cultural playdate. This year I didn’t plan to have another Three Kings playdate, but I couldn’t help but use this theme for little one’s very first Spanish playdate! (More about that in another post).  
We read the Los Tres Reyes (a caballo) Spanish Edition. This is a sweet and old tale of how the Three Kings arrived in Puerto Rico! They reach the island by flying on a cloud, and with the help of a horse, they visit all the children’s homes delivering gifts on the eve of January 6.  I love the simplicity of the story and the colorful images that capture children’s attention. 
 
To keep them entertained, I made copies of a coloring page, and the children colored “Los Reyes y Pastores” coloring sheet. Then for the fun part! Decorate a shoe box! They used puffy paint, stickers, and markers to decorate the boxes. The shoe boxes are said to be placed under the child’s bed with grass/hay for the camels or horses, and some water. The Three Kings in exchange will leave behind gifts and treats for the little ones.  
 
In addition to decorating a shoebox, the children can write a letter to Los Reyes Magos. This letter template below is available in Spanish and English, too.  
 
 
Do you celebrate El Día de Reyes?  Let me know! Comment, like, share, or pin! 
 

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  1. I love this post. I love this craft and I really am in love with the idea of themed playdates. WOW! What a great idea for homechoolers. Thank you so much for sharing. I am pinning this craft project. I don't know much about 3 kings day, but perhaps we will get out and learn.


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