Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and through October 15. We celebrate the beauty of the Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, music, food, and language and embrace our new normal: bilingual, bicultural, and multicultural families.

We celebrate the contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from: Spain,  Mexico, The Caribbean,  Central America, and South America.

September 15th also commemorates the Independence Day of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica; on September 16  Mexico celebrates its Independence Day, and Chile on September 18.

To commemorate Guatemala and Mexico’s Fiestas Patrias I had the girls make their own colored rice flags in a bottle.  They made a Mexican and Guatemalan flag. 

I love how the girls feel so proud of their heritage and how excited they were to show their parents.

Now on to the instructions. It’s a super, duper easy kids’ activity! 

What do you need? 

  • Small empty and dry water bottle (this one was 6 oz.) 
  • Food coloring 
  • White glue 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Small resealable plastic bags (Ziploc) 
  • A small funnel 
  • Brown bag paper or paper towel 
  • Measuring cup
  • Quarter-size print-out of the flag’s emblem 

In a resealable plastic bag pour 1/3 cup of rice, squirt 4-5 drops of food coloring, and a squirt of hand sanitizer. Seal and have the kids mix and mix.

Pour colored rice over the brown bag paper or paper towel. Let it sit and dry. *We were out in the yard on a bright sunny day so they dried up quickly. Repeat with the colors of the flags.

For the Mexican flag, we used red and green food coloring; and for the Guatemala flag, we only used blue.

With a small funnel pour into an empty water bottle and “seal” with white glue. We use the glue to set the colored rice just in case someone decides to shake it so they won’t get all mixed together.

Glue the emblem on the outside of the bottle and voila! You have yourself a colored rice flag!

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