Gift the gift of culture this year to the kids in your life. We all know that kids aren’t lacking in the technology department. There is no shortage of touchscreens, power buttons, cartridges or charging stations. Be the friend, aunt, parent that stands out around the holidays and give the gift that enriches their mind and sparks a new curiosity into something that doesn’t have a plug.
Exposing children to a variety of cultures encourages them to appreciate the differences in traditions and experiences of others. Showing them landmarks of other countries, taste foods from other societies and discuss customs that you’ve never heard of before.
Using art, games and toys are a simple way to bring these new lessons into your own home.
This Ikea World Map Picture serves as a backdrop for any room. It’s HUGE size works more like wallpaper than just a picture. While it’s technically not an educational tool it’s a great guideline to introduce foreign areas of the world.
Matryoshka doll are Russian nesting dolls that date back to late 1800s. The outer layer is traditionally a woman and the dolls decrease in size and sometimes gender till the smallest innermost doll is revealed. These sets can capture all types themes including fairytales, animals, cartoon characters and holidays.
Put together a breathtaking mini version of the Eiffel Tower, the grandest landmark in Paris, France. As you’re putting this 3D puzzle together talk about it’s details and stats and measurements. Doing a little research on the projects and activities your work on can make a difference in turning just a building a puzzle to an architecture lesson.
Arts and Crafts time comes to a whole new life with a lesson in Aboriginal Art. Encourage the kids to explore their creativity using specific techniques and methods while still creating unique and original art.
Get in the kitchen and stir up come fun with new flavors and ingredients that you and your kids may not have tried before. Starting the introduction of classic cuisines can only improve the a growing palate now and for years to come. Start with a kid friendly cookbook that features recipes from all over the world and let them choose what they’d like to get started with first.
Exploring the world doesn’t have to a boring educational lesson. Research of another countries and their heritage and traditions can create a love and passion for the world beyond the game controller.