Peruvian Andean Celebration



Activity Description

In this activity we will get to take an imaginary trip to Peru though our guide Pam, who will share some rhythms and folk tales that will teach the moms and toddlers about Peruvian culture and history.  Everyone will get to learn some Spanish words, which we will get to practice as we sing them in easy, repetitive songs. Children will sing, dance and drum along to Peruvian music.

This activity is lead by Pam, a native of Peru. She is original from Lima, which is a coastal city, but she grew up surrounded by the many influences in the Andean community.

Host will bring pan flutes to give the children the opportunity to experience Peruvian artifacts up close.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable clothing to be able to move in and wear shoes.

Toys that can be shared during  open play afterwards.

When and where?

Event was hosted during summer 2016. We hope to repeat it soon.

Mommies that are planning to attend need to RSVP the  Facebook group.

All information will posted in the Facebook page invite.

Suggested Outline and song list:

Song: usual “Hello” song but sung in Spanish

Hola (Baby’s name)

Hola (Baby’s name)

Hola (Baby’s name)

Hola y Como estas?

  • Warm up:

We will practice the song together and then sing again following the movements in the song.

Song: “Me Pongo de Pie” which means “I stand up”

Me pongo de Pie , Me pongo de pie

Me vuelvo a sentar, Me vuelvo a sentar

La La La, La La La

 Song: “Salta Pequena Langosta” Salta means “jump”, pequena langosta means “little lobster”

Salta, salta, salta
Pequeña langosta,
La La La

La La

  • Trip throug history:

Song: “Lando” comes from an Angolan dance brought by African slaves. It is  an Afro- Peruvian song from the coast.

Lyrics: Lando, Lando, Lando

We will do the percussion with our hands taping the floor. We will move our shoulders along the rhythm.

Song: “Gatito Mia Miau” comes from the area of the Inca Empire, the fist Andean settlers. There were the inhavitants prioir to the European conquest.  People from the Andes sing about their daily routine, nature that surround them and their loved ones. This song is about a cat’s day.

Lyrics: Ai mi gatito Miau Miau

Song: “ La Flor de La Canela” belongs to the coast and is considered a Peruvian waltz.

Everyone get a partner (your baby) to dance.

  • Closing GAME:

Lean about Andean and Amazonean wild animals.

Song: “Andes del Peru”

Every mom gets a picture of an animal taped on their back. The game is to guess which animal they are. The other moms could help each other guessing by doing the animal sounds and movements. No words used.  After everyone has discovered which animal they are, there is the impersonation time. Each mom will explain to their childre and others next to about that animal’s life using the animal language.

  • Relaxing:

Song: “El Condor Pasa” is the most famous Andean song.

Everyone holds and snuggles with their babies and imagines the clouds and mountains. We use guided imagery to connect our bodies with the wild nature of the Andes.

The main instrument used to play Andean music is the panpipe which is made from aquatic reeds from the Amazon. Toddles and moms play imaginary flutes as you inheal and exhel.

Here is the class playlist Andean Party Playlist