All About Peru for Toddlers

Stella Landeo is a Peruvian lifestyle blogger, and I was just thrilled when she offered to introduce my littles and I to Peruvian culture. Her posts on her blog and videos on her YouTube channel are full of encouragement and inspiration to intentionally be present with our families and make our houses homes. I have really been blessed by her posts, and I know you will be too! Check out her blog and YouTube channel for more inspiration.

PERU

Peru is a South American country, made popular by its award-winning gastronomy, and its history as the center of an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. You may have heard of Macchu Picchu as one of the wonders of the world. Or perhaps about its richly diverse flora and fauna in the Amazon Rainforest. Or maybe its deliciously unique ceviche

PERUVIAN TEQUEÑOS

This is a delicious and super easy recipe that is fun for kids to help prepare!

I am positive your family will love these golden fried wonton wraps filled with cheese and deli meat with a side of mashed avocados to dip them in.

Ideas for Tequeño fillings are: mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, queso fresco, hot dog strips, or rolled deli meat.

Little fingers can help roll the chosen filling into the wonton wrappers and seal the edges we a light touch of water from a small bowl. They can also help mash the avocados. Parents do the frying. The whole family can enjoy the new favorite movie or game night snack!

Ingredients

Tequeños:

  • 12 square wonton wraps (you can find these in the refrigerator section at Target)
  • 8 ounces cheese, cut into 12 sticks OR deli meat
  • 2 cups oil for frying

Avocado Dip:

  • 3 large avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 6 tbsp lime juice
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Tequeños:

  1. On a flat surface, place a piece of cheese on a wonton wrapper, approximately 1/4 inch from the top.
  2. Fold in each side of the wrapper, then roll up.
  3. Use a little water to seal the edges
  4. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers
  5. Heat oil in a deep skillet.
  6. Fry tequeños until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  8. Let cool 10-15 minutes. It may be hard to wait, but they will be hot, especially for little diners!

Avocado Dip:

Mash the avocados. Add lime and mayonnaise. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving:

Stack up like a Jenga tower for extra visual appeal, serve with the avocado dip, and if you are feeling fancy, garnish with chopped cilantro, tomatoes, or chives.

¡Buen Apetito Mis Amigos!

Peruvian Music Playlist

If you are curious about the different kids of music you may find in Peru, Stela Landeo YouTube channel has a playlit to enjoy while you are complete any of the activities in this post!

Click Here for: Peruvian Playlist

Peruvian Animal Puppets

Peru is full of diverse wildlife. Learn about the wonderful animals in Peru using this FREE DOWNLOAD. Simply print and go!

Book Recommendations:

The Llama’s Secret: A Peruvian Legend

(Spanish: El Secreto de la Llama: Leyenda Peruana).

by Argentina Palacios
Marnacocha, the angry sea god has a secret that only the llama knows– he’s going to flood the earth! Can the llama warn the animals and save the earth?

How Llama Saved the Day: A Story from Peru

By Janet Palazzo-Craig
These easy-to-read stories, based on the Legends of the World series introduce the youngest readers to the magic and adventure of multicultural legends.

Llama and the Great Flood: A Story from Peru

By Ellen Alexander

In this Peruvian myth about the Great Flood, llama warns his master of the coming destruction and suggests taking refuge on a high peak in the Andes.

Maria Had A Little Llama/ Maria Tenia Una Llamita

By Angela Dominguez
Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know about Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will still your heart.

Peru

By Michael Burgan
Just slightly smaller than the state of Alaska, Peru his home to ocean beaches, snow-capped mountains, humid jungles, dry deserts, and more. Readers will cross the country’s incredible landscapes and visit its towns and cities as they learn how Peruvians live today. They will also explore Peru’s fascinating history, learn how it is governed and how its economy works, and much more.

Peru: The Cookbook

By Gastón Acurio
The definitive Peruvian cookbook, featuring 500traditional home cooking recipes from the country’s most acclaimed and popular chef, Gastón Acurio.

One of the world’s most innovative and flavorful cuisines, Peruvian food has been consistently herald by chefs and media around the world as the “next big thing.” Peruvian restaurants are opening across the United States, with 20 in San Francisco alone, including Limon and La Mar.

Acurio guides cooks through the full range of Peru’s vibrant cuisine from popular classics like quinoa and ceviche, and lomo saltado to lesser known dishes like amaranth and aji amarillo. For the first time, audiences will be able to bring the flavors of one of the world’s most popular culinary destinations into their own kitchen.

Praying For Peru

Dear Father,

Thank you so much for giving us brothers and sisters all around the world who can teach us so many beautiful fun things.

We pray for all the Peruvian people, especially for little children.

We pray that you will bless Peru very much, and that they may be generous with their gifts, bringing wonderful food, animals, and traditions to the world.

Thank you for the animals and all the plants.

And lastly, thank you for creating us in different shapes, sizes, and colors, but especially for creating us all in your image.

May we see more of our similarities than our differences.

Through your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray that your will be done. And if you will it, that we may see and understand your will be done.

Amen.

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