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Creative Kids Cultural Ideas and Activities

I am happy to share some of my thoughts as a guest blogger on cultural activities ideas for kids and the importance of multicultural games for our children. From learning about different cultures music, various foods, new languages, national sports and loads more. This really is a fun and important activity for the children to learn. Learning something culturally different has never been more important. Learning to appreciate cultural diversity is a gift to your child that they will take with them through life and reap the benefits.

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However, let’s be frank, teaching children about cultural diversity is daunting and it’s not surprising. There are so many different countries to think about, cultural norms to respect and each of those has its own style of expression within each, so yes, it can be hard just to get started, but hopefully by sharing a few easy-to-do cultural games/activities this will be a great place to start with your kids.

Why is it important to teach multicultural activities?

There is growing complexity in the world we live in and the once well-defined boundaries are now coming down, due to the ever-increasing interconnectedness of the world we live in. Therefore, equipping children with the right tools to be able to question racial slurs and national rhetoric, which is all too common all over the world is crucial for us as a whole.

 

Multicultural Games and Activities for Kids

There are fun games and cultural crafts for kids to explore which help make learning a joy. From great books exploring other countries and what makes them special to learning how to meet and greet in a different language. There are some great simple ways to get children learning while exploring creative ways to learn about the world.

Introduce kids to music from another country 

Listening to music is part of most family’s daily routines whether in the car or at home doing some house work, but when is the last time you played some music from Botswana? Or how about the Aborigine didgeridoo? Well, this simple activity is a great way to learn and share about a new sound, talk about the people and some of their cultural norms.

Eat out and get the kids trying new food from another country

We all love to eat out and kids are no different. Take the whole family to a new restaurant and try some new cuisine.

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Books that teach kids about other Countries

There are some amazing books that help children to learn about other countries and contain interesting facts about the spoken language. These explore simple ideas like: what does money look like, facts about the places and what do people from that country typically look like.

Cultural crafts for kids

By exploring racial differences through arts and crafts can be a good way of sharing the concept in a hands-on-approach. Drawing activities and making your own people with cut-out carboard can be an excellent way of showing preschoolers that we are all cut from the same cloth.

Learn the world map

The world is a big place, but with a print out of the word and some colouring pens this can be a great way to ensure they know the difference between each country.

Make a recipe for another country

Show your children how to make food is always a good idea. One fun idea is to make each dish something unique from a different country – Pizza from Italy went down well with my kids!

Listen to YouTube and hear people speaking different languages

This is a really easy activity to do with the kids and something that can be filled with laughs. I would always recommend try to pick a few good videos before go randomly selecting, but with a children filter on it’s fine.

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Conclusion

Whether multicultural activities for preschoolers or cultural crafts for older kids – there is something out there to begin exploring with your children the diversity of the world!

 

Reference:

10 Cultural Diversity Activities For Elementary Students

The Importance of Teaching Multiculturalism & Diversity

https://familymaven.io/kidsactivities/kidsactivities/14-fun-multicultural-education-activities-vzhjYA0r402Q3OsaCcVAUg

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cultural-education

 

About the Author

Matt Morrisey is a former teacher who has travelled all over the world teaching children English, from China to the UK Matt is well known. Matt’s parents are teachers and his only brother works for a children’s charity in UK.

Matt currently is a contributor at STAR WALK KIDS and loves to write about new tech toys, outdoor games for kids, parenting hacks and fun future facts for kids that range from national geographic topics to gaming at home. He loves techy drones and can’t wait until he opens his window to allow a drone to enter with an Amazon package. Not long now.

His work has been read by readers all over the world and features on blogs and websites all over the world. Matt recently decided to go back to university to do his PhD where he looks to continue his career.

 

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Cricket Media Offers Variety and Fun!

We really felt like it was Christmas when our Cricket Media package arrived. What a collection of stories, activities, magazines, and poetry, all with such colorful and exciting illustrations! We have slowly started to make our way through all of our samples. Sometimes we have bedtime stories. Sometimes, we just browse through the magazines to see what all there is to do. My daughter, who is almost five and is starting to use inventive spelling and reading looked at the magazine with the lollipop, and made up her own title: “How do you eat a lollipop?” I loved that!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our samples in exchange for this review. And here
is great information from Cricket Media:

About Us

At Cricket Media, we believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting kids to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity. That’s why we are dedicated to providing award-winning media on a safe and secure learning network to engage, enlighten and educate children everywhere.

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For Families

We offer eleven award-winning magazines for kids ages toddler to teen, including BABYBUG®, LADYBUG®, CRICKET®, MUSE®, COBBLESTONE, FACES, DIG INTO HISTORY®, CLICK®, CICADA®, ASK®, and  SPIDER®. Our popular reading bundle packages our printed magazines with digital companions that can be read on all devices.  We also celebrate the creativity of our young readers with regular challenges and contests featuring their extraordinary work.  Our latest digital app, Story Bug, allows children and their loved ones to “read together even when you’re apart®”.  Through our partnership with Neumedias in China (a division of China’s largest IT services company, Neusoft), we offer dual English-Mandarin language versions of Cricket Media brands for toddlers and young children on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

 

For Educators

Our ePals Global Community® pairs educators and students around the world in exciting project-based learning for language learning practice and cultural exchange.  Our global challenges bring together learners to apply important concepts, from STEM to cultural studies, through events such as the Smithsonian Invent It! and Folklife challenges. Our acclaimed In2Books® program matches mentors and students to build reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Through these programs, we connect millions of students, parents and teachers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together—and from one another.

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For Companies

Cricket Media licenses our award-winning content to partners for Pre-K-12 curricula, assessments and educational products. Our content is unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies.  We also offer corporate partners access to our platform and community, powering language learning practice and cultural exchange experiences in their own products. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities, from supporting your company launching a global educational challenge to our international community.

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Holidays in Hemming: Give the Gift of Education

Looking forward to representing Fundanoodle and Oh BaBee! Originals at Holidays in Hemming this Saturday from 11-3. I scoped out my vendor spot yesterday and it looks great. It’s supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny. Perfect!

Here’s a little preview of what I will be selling. All items can be ordered on line and shipped in the U.S. Give the gift of education!

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Big floor pad with loads of activities and reward stickers in the back. Ages 3+
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Activity block with pegs and hammer for development of fine motor skills. Age 3+
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Cutting activity book with specially designed safe scissors. Age 3+
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Animal action cards with letter tracing for fine and gross motor skills. Age 4-5
Gift tag designed for a BIG present!
Gift tag designed for a BIG present! Free with purchase of Floor Pad or Pound Kit.
Card for little girl. Comes with large decorative envelope. Free with Pound Kit or Floor Pad.
Card for little girl. Comes with large decorative envelope. Free with Pound Kit or Floor Pad.
dancing fun

Such fun!!

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We hosted a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate yesterday and had such fun!

I received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.

The prep was almost as much fun as the party. Unpacking the box and discovering all the fun things inside was exciting. Poor Emma had to “keep out” for way too long, but it was a lot to sift through, so I was thankful to have started early. We received all sorts of cool stuff:

  • Sofia the First plates, napkins, cups, snack stand, centerpieces, tablecloth, stickers, and tiaras.
  • Cheezy Crisps, Chocolate Mint Protein Bars, and a few recipes.
  • Materials for games/activities: Bingo, Matching Game, Fortune Teller, and Twirling Tiaras
  • Goodie Bag Prizes: Luggage tags, Chore Chart, Bracelet, Travel Game Card, Tinkerbell Gummies, Coloring Pages, and Straw Banners
  • Bonus Toys: #MegaBlok Fairy House and Kinetic Sand Box

 

getting ready for fun

I asked the girls to help me set the table. I let them pretend that we were in a big castle and we had to do our part to get the table ready for lunch. They were awesome helpers!  Our lunch was delicious and our princesses worked on their good manners.

Our Menu:

  • Sofia Tea Sandwiches (shaped like tea pots, cups, and cupcakes)
  • #Crunchmaster Cheezy Crisps
  • Fiona’s Fancy Fruit Salad
  • Clif Chocolate Mint Protein Bar
  • Apple Juice

fun with princesses

After lunch, we had such fun playing games. We adapted a few of the games to make them age appropriate and fun. We added one simple game I created. Hearing the squeals from the girls during Disney Side Bingo was precious! They loved finding the pictures and covering them with cereal.

We played:

  • Find Your Amulet (I hid a purple gem for each princess to find and keep)
  • Disney Side Bingo
  • Prancing Princess (Dance and Freeze)
  • Matching Disney Cards

princess party games

Finally, it was time for goodie bags and goodbyes. They had lots of fun discovering their goodies. We made a few extra bags for the girls who couldn’t make the party and delivered them today. We certainly had enough to share!

fun with goodie bags

Thank you, Disney Side Celebrations, for this unique opportunity!

 I received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.