There are some Latin American traditions I like to continue with my family back in the UK – El Día de los Reyes is one of them. With young children and after having spent so many years in South America it would be difficult to let this special tradition go by without celebrating!
El Día de los Reyes is celebrated in most Latin countries on the 6th January and represents the visit of the Three Kings to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
On the evening of the 5th children leave a shoe outside (remember Southern hemisphere so it’s warm outside) and grass and water for the camels. On the morning of the 6th (or midnight on the 5th) the children find the Kings have left a gift in their shoe.
Los Reyes Magos is instead of Father Christmas. Below is an image that I found on Mundo de Pepita Blog showing the differences (in Spanish) between Navidad (Christmas) and Reyes (Kings):
I prepared a list of some of my favourite activities you can to do with children on the run up to Reyes:
- Rosca de reyes (king’s cake) – this is a Spanish and Latin American king’s cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany. I like the simplicity of this recipe from From Argentina with Love (Scroll down to the end of the page).
- Make Kings crowns – you can make your own or use these templates I found on FamilyEducation.com.
- Letter-to-the-Three-Wise-Men-Spanish – use this template to write a letter (In Spanish) to the Three wise men telling them what gift you would like.
- Three Kings coloring pages from Daily Colouring Pages.
- This is a great Activity Sheet from mommy Maestra for younger children Reyes Activity Sheet
- Send a digital letter to The Three Kings via email and receive a reply!
- There’s a Dora the Explorar DVD “Dora Celebrates Three Kings day” available to buy on Amazon.
- Three kings paper chain template courtesy of First Palette
- Mommy Maestra has prepared a great Activity book available at Teachers Pay Teachers Los Reyes Bilingual activity book
There are some great books out there about Los Reyes Magos too. Most are in Spanish, although there are English versions. Here’s a selection along with some digital stories as well as free printable options:
Los Reyes Magos – is a lovely short story in Spanish about “Los Reyes Magos“. Just click on the pages to read through the story online at Pasitos de Colores.
“La Estrella de Belén” by Estefanía Esteban. Is a beautiful short story in Spanish that can be read online.
“Las Aventures y desaventuras de los Reyes Magos” by Guillermo Canovas. Available on Amazon (UK).
“Verde Navidad” by Mrinali Alvarez Astacio y Juan Alvarez-o’neill. Available on Amazon (Spain).
“Celebra El Navidad y El Día de Los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos” by Alma Flor Ada y F. Isabel Campoy. Available on Amazon (UK).
“Los Reyes Magos llegan de Noche” by Manuel Fernandez Juncos and Braulio Dueno Colon. Available on Amazon (UK). With CD.
“Los Reyes Magos de Oriente” (with CD) by Xavier Carrasco and Illustrated by Pep Montserrat. Available on Amazon.
I hope you enjoyed the post. I’ll be adding more resources so please call back again!