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Mexican Art

On Thursday 27th February class 4/5B worked with Liz and Devinder to produce a piece of Mexican Art work. Our theme for the art work was based around recycling and all the material used had been recycled.

 

  • Mexico generates 26,700 tonnes of refuse every day.
  • Only 3.3% of Mexico's rubbish is recycled.
  • Mexico city only recycles 12% of the rubbish it produces.
  • Only one third of Mexico's 3.8 million tonnes of plastic rubbish is recycled every year.
  • The average Mexican drinks and throws away 2 large bottles of Coca Cola everyday.

 

To encourage people to recycle in Mexico a company offers incentives to schools by awarding prizes from soccer balls to computers. The more items that are recycled the larger the prize.

 

We were also shown a Metate stone. These stones are made from porous volcanic stone and are used to grind corn. Ancient metates have been found in sites dating back 6 or 7 thousand years.

 

A Molinillo is a traditional Mexican turned wood whisk (see photo). The dark pattern which you can see in the picture is burned on not painted on. A molinillo is used when making hot drinks such as hot chocolate. It is held between the palms and rotated by rubbing the palms together, this rotation creates the froth in the drink.