It's here! The 2013 Spanish Christmas card. It represents the Roscón de Reyes, the cake that is traditionally eaten in Spain on 6th January, el Día de Reyes. The Roscón is made with a rich dough flavoured with orange and lemon, and has brightly-coloured candied fruits on the top. Inside is hidden a little figure or toy (in 1986 I found a minute china vase in a Roscón!) and also a bean. Whoever finds the figure is crowned king or queen for the day, and whoever finds the bean has to pay for the Roscón the following year.
Here's how to make the card:
|You will need: a piece of A4 card, scraps of red, gold, green and silver shiny paper (Christmas wrapping paper is ideal and much cheaper than packs of foiled card!), scissors, glue, a pen and colours. Most importantly you'll need a copy of the Roscón on roscón-coloured paper, a copy of the crown on card to use as a template and a copy of the title banner, which will be fine on white paper. Download the Roscón, crown and banner from here.|
|1. Fold the A4 card in half. Cut out the Roscón and stick it on the middle of the card. Don't throw away the scraps of Roscón paper - you'll need them later.|
|3. Colour in the lettering on the banner and stick it on the bottom of the card.|
|4. Use the scraps of red, gold and green paper to make round shapes and lozenge shapes to represent the candied fruits that are put on top of the Roscón. Stick them on, leaving one space.|
Before the children make these, we are going to look at the ingredients, probably as a pair exercise with dictionaries or even a Tarsia, and watch this video of a baker making roscones. There are also lots of photos of Roscón ingredients, like this one.