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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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School Made Easier with Label Daddy

Rapunzel Goes to School with Emma

We use our Label Daddy peel and stick custom name labels for school and home. They go on her bags, food containers, water bottles, and books. It is so much easier and more attractive than writing with a sharpie. In addition, the labels are dishwasher safe.

Emma loved being able to choose her design and one of her favorite Disney characters, Rapunzel. I like that they are small and have strong adhesive. Generally speaking, the labels are well-made, durable, and quite handy.

Check out the large selection of themes, sizes, colors, and designs at Label Daddy.

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Thank you to USFamily Guide and Label Daddy for our complimentary labels in exchange for this review. Check out Label Daddy’s sight for frequent discounts and specials.

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“Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! No ironing or sewing . . . just peel and stick. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for school! Remember to label all clothing, books, bags, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These convenient labels are great for adults too! — Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.”

 

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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.

Back to School Party with Fundanoodle!

Back to School Party with Fundanoodle!

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Fundanoodle writing tablets and multi-activity kits create a fun, relaxed learning environment. Short, interesting activities and fun characters Max & Alphie keep kids focused and engaged. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t realize how much they’re learning.

Although Fundanoodle is designed for parents, early childhood educators can use the program to supplement classroom instruction.

Fundanoodle gives parents access to affordable, easy-to-use early learning systems that can be used at home. The Fundanoodle modules not only offer self-directed learning opportunities, but they also allow parents and children to spend quality time together.

This weekend, the savings and the giveaway are HUGE! Go to my Fundanoodle Facebook Page and join the party!

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Music Lessons Made Easy

Music Lessons Made Easy…

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary drums and piano books in exchange for this review.

Easy to read and child friendly, both of these books have unique aspects making it stand out from other music books. The print is large and easy to read. Each song includes a history of the music and composer. Included throughout are photos of children obviously having a great time! And the book concludes with a beautiful certificate of completion. As a former dance instructor, I can easily see how these books would be the first choice for music lessons. I was happy to gift these books to my friends who have little ones learning how to play the drums and the piano. I look forward to seeing their progress with the sticks and keys!

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From Waldmania PR:

Milwaukee, WI — For kids who want to have fun learning to play piano or drums and parents who want to watch their children actively making music, the world’s largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, has the answer.  Hal Leonard’s popular “For Kids” series of method books now includes Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids.

The most successful music teachers are the ones who show students “how easy” rather than “how difficult,” and Hal Leonard’s new Drums for Kids and Piano for Kids follow that same strategy.  Both feature super-clear instructions, fantastic hit songs, and accompaniment tracks that kids will be eager to play along with.

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids can be used with a parent or teacher, or even by a motivated student alone.

And the best part is that both books are loaded with familiar, popular songs that have been chosen for their kid-friendly appeal.

Piano for Kids, by Jennifer Linn, Manager of Educational Piano at Hal Leonard, sets a new standard for clarity of instruction to present a very concise, step-by-step approach to quickly synchronize two hands with a clear mental image of each musical goal, using fun songs like “Let It Go” from Frozen, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and pop classics like “Lean on Me.”

Drums for Kids, by Scott Schroedl, has students quickly building their music reading skills by following easy notation to songs like “Purple Haze,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Wild Thing,” or “Surfin’ U.S.A.”and playing along with easily accessed audio demonstration tracks that can be downloaded or streamed using the unique code inside each book.

This feature, provided with both Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids, includes Hal Leonard’s exclusive PLAYBACK+ multi-functional audio player to slow down or speed up the tempo, change keys, or set loop points, all for the price of the instruction book.

Explains Jennifer Linn, “While most beginning piano methods use obscure melodies that are probably unfamiliar to today’s young people,Piano for Kids breaks new ground by teaching the musical elements through well-known, popular songs most kids already know.  The audio tracks included with this book are a great teaching tool, encouraging kids to listen, learn, and play along!”

Adds Scott Schroedl, “Drums for Kids is the first book of its kind to carefully sequence lessons for drummers of such a young age.  Other drum methods contain mostly public domain folk songs or unknown original song examples.  With Drums for Kids, we want kids to learn to play songs that are fun and recognizable, so we’ve woven popular, copyrighted songs into the lessons.”

Other titles in the Hal Leonard “For Kids” method book series includeHarmonica for Kids (2015), Ukulele for Kids (2011), Guitar for Kids(2010), and Bass for Kids (2010).

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids are available from fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.