Here is a wonderfully simple craft that teaches children about the use of henna, a traditional art form that has been practiced in India, the Middle East (especially Pakistan), and parts of Africa (Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan) for hundreds of years.
My 2 budding artists: the hands on yellow were done by my 4.5 year old, while the hands on blue were created by my 7.5 year old. So pretty!
Posted in Africa, Arts and Crafts, Asia, Celebrations, India, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen
Photo credit: Creative Commons.
I recently watched a speech on-line by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who spoke at TEDGlobal in London in 2009 about “The Danger of a Single Story.” (please take 18 minutes to watch the inspiring talk here).
Ms. Adichie spoke about how impressionable people, especially children, are when hearing a story. The invaluable lesson is that, by only hearing a fraction of the truth (whether in the media, in school, or in popular culture), we are creating damaging misrepresentations. Continue reading
The Bogolan cloth from Mali used to be looked down upon, associated with rural, non-Islamic peasants. It has now been transformed into a symbol of national identity in Mali, even reaching mainstream fashion after influencing Parisian designers. Learn about the process, and then paint with real mud on a recycled, old t-shirt to recreate this traditional mud-dyed cloth from Mali. I also included an on-line, virtual mud cloth activity for the mud-averse.
The world has two fields of thought about avocados: sweet or salty. When people in Mexico, the United States, and Canada think of avocados, we think “guacamole with chips.” In Brazil, Morocco, and Ethiopia, the avocado is usually mixed with sugar in creamy drinks. Whichever side of the debate you’re on, you have to try this layered juice drink from Ethiopia, known as “spris.” Continue reading
Photo credit: Agência Brasil 2006, Creative Commons Use.
Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) grew up in the green highlands of Kenyan. When she returned from studying college in the US she discovered that her lush homeland was being destroyed by deforestation which caused water and food shortages, malnutrition, and disappearing wildlife. She began to educate others to care for the land and re-plant the forests and they called her Mama Miti, “Mother of Trees.” Ms Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, which empowered woman around Kenya to help take back their land, planting tree by tree.
For her compassion and efforts she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Here are resources you can use to teach your children about this inspirational, remarkable woman, and her plight to save her country’s landscape. She shows us that one person truly can save the world! Continue reading
Kid World Citizen is starting a series of articles on real families who are embracing and incorporating cultures and languages into their lives. If you you would like to be featured, send us a note. We love learning how you teach your children about your culture, and from families who are multilingual, multicultural, or living abroad. Today’s post is written by Heidi Raki, a mother to Khalil (8), Zaiyd (4) and Samir (1), a wife, teacher, blogger, and resource designer. Last year, she and her husband packed up their three sons and moved from Powder Springs, Georgia, USA to Casablanca, Morocco.
A few weeks ago, I discovered KidsWorldCitizen via Twitter and fell in love with the content and ideas I found! So, to be asked to guest blog here has made my day! I hope you all will enjoy my content as much as the amazing content normally featured on this blog. If you would like to – you can find me at my personal blog: Journey to Morocco and teaching blog: Raki’s Rad Resources or on Facebook or Twitter. Continue reading
My daughter was born an animal-lover. She’s the kind of kid that saves tadpoles from drying up puddles (thousands right now in buckets in my backyard). The type that questions zookeepers why the social lemur was alone in a cage (he had gotten in a fight with his “wife” and had his tail bitten off). She was the one that protected a mother duck’s nest from kids at the park for hours while her friends played.
In a recent school project that involved reading nonfiction books, she requested books on animals or famous animal scientists. With Earth Day coming up, I immediately thought of Jane Goodall: a beautiful role model for animal lovers and kid who want to protect our Earth.
Photo credit: Jeekc, taken in Hong Kong on 24 October 2004. Creative Commons.
Venezuela's Angel Falls, the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall.
My daughters and I spent a quiet Saturday morning making these lovely landscape collages of several wonders of the world. Using a computer (to view the images), paper, glue, and some magazines we created our colorful masterpieces. Continue reading
Posted in Africa, Around the World, Arts and Crafts, Australia, Australia and Oceania, Geography, Tanzania, The Americas, Venezuela
Tagged collage, Earth Day, education, recycling
Our school recently held an International Night, to culminate a week of fun activities: classes did lots of art projects, such as making Multicultural Dolls and Diversity Quilts, every student made a flag of their heritage, they sang tons of songs from different genres around the world in music class, we shared bread from around the world on our International Bread Day, and held a colorful parade of traditional clothes through the hallways.
During International Night, I called for parents to coordinate “Country Tables” that were to be set up in the cafeteria during our spring Open House. I began months before, looking for volunteers to be the leaders of a particular country: we have large populations of families from China, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, and Indonesia, and I needed at least one person to be “in charge” of each team of volunteers. Continue reading
Posted in Africa, Around the World, Asia, Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Palestine, Taiwan, The Americas, UAE, Zimbabwe
Tagged education, international week, multicultural
A trip to the Rio Napo, Ecuador in 1996.
Last year, my kids and I studied a different biome each month. When looking at biomes, the world is generally divided into 5 major types: aquatic, deserts, forests, grasslands, and tundra. The plants and animals in each biome have adapted to their environment with special features that help them survive. Under the forests category, it is sub-divided into different types of forests, such as tropical rainforests, temperate forests, and boreal forests. Because I have visited parts of the Amazon as well as Costa Rica, I was excited to share what I had learned and they were really excited to take a closer look. We took a month to read books, watch films, and do some art projects related to tropical rain forests. Here are the resources we used. Continue reading
Posted in Africa, Animals, Around the World, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Games and Toys, Geography, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Panama, The Americas
Tagged biomes, education, educational technology, on-line activities, rainforest, science
Our family is a multicultural family, including Mexican, white, Chinese, and Ethiopian roots. Among others, our kids love Dora and Diego (yay for Latin culture and Spanish language!), Ni Hao Kai-Lan (another cheer for Chinese culture and Mandarin words!)… but our littlest guy Ricky was feeling a little left out (no African kids on TV!?). Imagine my surprise today when I discovered Bino and Fino- a cartoon produced in Nigeria about 2 adorable kids here from a “modern day city in Africa” to share with us:
African history, African culture, African maps, general black history in diaspora, general educational content such as grammar and arithmetic, life skills, African songs, African languages… fun and games from all over the world (from http://www.binoandfino.com)
I am so excited about this series: an educational, African kids cartoon!!!! Check out a preview of their first episode:
Here’s a recent CNN article, interviewing the Nigerian animator: Adamu Waziri.
We are getting ready for our school’s International Week at our house, and I have volunteered to set-up tables for Ethiopia and Mexico, and also will contribute to the China table. This weekend we began to make some materials for our “touch tables.” You might have seen 3D Salt Dough Maps before- they are made by mounting self-hardening dough onto cardboard, forming the mountains and other physical landforms, and then allowing it to dry so you can paint it. Kids (and adults!) learn just as much in the process- or more- than from the final product, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade display item that is just perfect for an International Week at school. Continue reading
I love using high-quality children’s literature to show them how children around the world live with their families, go to school, and enjoy playing with their friends. Educators and parents can use literature to increase cultural awareness because young children are able to digest new concepts when the information is presented in story form (see journal articles below).
Here are a few books about life in Ethiopia, from children’s perspectives. When I purchased these books, I was looking to enhance my son’s knowledge of his birth country and encourage a positive self-concept of his cultural heritage, without portraying negative stereotypes. We enjoyed the photographs and information presented so much that we decided to purchase extra copies to give to our children’s school, to enrich their library. Continue reading
Adinkra is a printed or stamped traditional cloth made by the Ashanti people in Ghana, especially in the village of Ntonso. Adinkra (ah-DEENK-rah) symbols have been used in Ghana on clothes, walls, pottery and as logos since the early 1800′s, when King Adinkra was a king from the Ivory Coast. The symbols each had a special meaning, and some have been passed on for over 100 years. Show your children these symbols, and talk to them about the meaning, the history, and techniques before beginning the art project below.
Photo credit: Cynthia Samaké ©, www.btsadventures.com