Sprinkle Your Summer With Culture

Chances are your kids will be reading, playing, and exploring this summer. Take the opportunity to sprinkle these typical activities with cultural learning – introducing and celebrating the beautiful diversity in our world.

SPRINKLE YOUR summer with culture

Books

Heading to the library, or choosing new books for your own library? Include books that feature diverse characters and communities and that offer a look into other experiences and cultures. Here are a few wonderful resources to guide you in choosing books.

Check THIS out: Read the World Summer Book Club will be exploring the world one book at a time. 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. Registering for the Book Club includes printables (regional maps, reading log, motivational coupons, and a certificate of completion) and links to extra materials (recipes, video clips, and more).  Find out more and register here.Give Your Child the World

Games, Music, Crafts

Are you organizing play dates and rainy day activities?  Introduce geographical and cultural awareness with these ideas:

  • Games Around the World 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.  This product gives students the opportunity to explore and compare a variety of games that children just like them are playing around the globe. Great for family game night too!
    Games Around the World

Global Foods & Cooking

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

Exploring

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!

  • Visit the Globe Trottin’ Kids website.  Our interactive world map links to country profile pages with infographics, photographs, and national symbols.  The 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!

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  • Explore the world with Joy Sun Bear.  Join a curious sun bear cub on his Travel Adventures.  Read about his trips, learn about the world, print fun coloring pages, and discover new recipes and crafts.
  • 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.  Compile into 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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What are ways you plan to sprinkle in some culture?

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