Tuesday, March 25, 2014

International Day project: Hungary

My son's school had International Day about 2 weeks ago. He naturally wanted to represent Hungary. We do not own any traditional clothes, but I found a Primark fedora type straw hat which I embellished with Hungarian tricolor ribbon (sent by mail by my grandma) and waistcoat at a charity shop. My son wore some black trousers and his school shirt underneath. We also got some cocade (kokárda) from our friends. I pinned one on the hat and one on the waistcoat.
In preparation for International Day, A also made a poster. We brainstormed ideas about what he wants on the poster and than found pictures online to print.
A came up with the idea of having a flip-the-flap bit with some Hungarian inventions

 He was very excited about making the poster and it  was a great way for him to practice his English writing and show his own culture to his teachers and friends.

Interestingly there was a bit of confusion about the Biro pens at school. A girl claimed that they came from her country. I googled it, and found that  Laszló Biró presented his first ball-point pen invention in Hungary  at the Budapest International Fair in 1931, patented it in 1938. Later, he moved out of the country due to anti-Jewish laws first to France later to Argentina where he modified it and set up a company that manufactured it. He also invented a lot of other things, many of them in Argentina.

(more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3_B%C3%ADr%C3%B3)

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