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Sprinkle Your Summer With Culture

Sprinkle your summer activities with cultural learning.

Introduce and celebrate the beautiful diversity in our world through books, food, and fun!

Sprinkle your Summer with Culture

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READ

Head to the library or your local bookstore. Choose books that feature diverse characters and communities and that offer a look into other experiences and cultures.

Join or create a book club.

  • Using Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin as a resource guide, readers choose one book each week from a different part of the world.

Give Your Child the World

PLAY

Introduce geographical and cultural awareness through games, music, dance, and art – perfect activities for playdates and rainy days.

Games

Children all over the world enjoy playing traditional games like tag, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and dominoes. However, the names of the games, how they are played, and the materials they use may be different.

Games Around the World

Games Around the World provides students the opportunity to explore and compare a variety of games that children just like them are playing around the globe. Great for a family game night too! Includes 35 game cards representing 23 countries, a world map to track the games you’ve played, and extension activities.

Music & Dance

  • World Music for Children Travel Around the World in Song with Daria, and learn about instruments, watch videos, listen to songs, make crafts, and more.
  • Kid World Citizen shares 25 music videos from around the globe. Try some new moves!

Arts & Crafts

COOK

Try some new recipes, and learn about food in other countries.

 

EXPLORE

Whether it’s on a screen or through personal experiences, offer a variety of opportunities for kids to continue exploring and learning all summer long!

globe trottin' kids website

Globe Trottin’ Kids  Our interactive world map links to country profile pages with infographics, photographs, national symbols, activities and more!

Student resource links provide lots of ways for kids to learn about world geography and cultures. Topics include world flags, currencies, current events, virtual field trips, panoramic world photography, and more!

Head to the zoo. Before you go, print a world map and have your child color and label the oceans. During your visit, use the map to record where some of your favorite animals are from. Use tally marks, draw pictures, or list examples. For older students, print individual continent maps and staple them together to make a booklet. At home, kids can make a book, poster, or presentation about the Animals of Our World.

Visit a museum. Natural history, traditional history, art, science, children’s, etc. Look for exhibits featuring global topics. (We enjoyed a recent visit to a Vikings exhibit.) At home, kids can write and illustrate a description of their experience. Create a “Summer Field Trip” album.

Attend a local cultural celebration. Experience music, dance, crafts, food, and traditions from other cultures. Take lots of pictures to remember the event. Our annual favorite is the local Greek Festival.

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Share some of the ways you plan to sprinkle your summer with culture.

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