Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts Activities to help kids learn about the world. Multicultural, geography, and science lessons for children in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.

Tie-Dye Shirts and their Cultural History

This post is sponsored by i Love To Create and Tulip Products.

Tie-dye shirts is a typical summer craft- from summer camps to driveway parties. But did you know that it is not a new invention? Even before the 1960s, tie-dye technique has roots in Indian bandhani and Japanese shibori. In both cases, the dyeing techniques involve binding areas of fabric before dyeing to create color patterns (much as it does today!). Learn about the history of tie-dye in other cultures, and tie-dye your summer!

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Continents of the World Map Activity for Kids

One of the first geography lessons for kids is often to learn to name the continents and oceans. In this simple and effective continents of the world map activity, kids will color, cut, paste, and label the continents and oceans.

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Ghanian Kente Cloth Kids Art Project

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For the Multicultural Kid Blogger’s World Cup series, I am presenting on several different countries that are participating. Today’s country is Ghana! Ghana has a rich history of incredible textiles (check out these adinkra prints!). Today we’ll look at kente cloth and create an awesome multicultural art project inspired by kente cloth.

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Geography for Kids: Flags of the World

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I am always looking for ways to incorporate geography for kids at home; one way we learn about the world is through flags of the world. While flags began as decorative banners that were easy to carry, and slowly gained popularity and respect as symbols of ideals. People often display flags as a sign of pride or patriotism, and when traveling abroad the sight of one’s national flag is a reminder of home.

Every month, the Multicultural Kid Blogs hosts a blogging carnival about a topic relevant to our global writers and readers. As this month’s host, I’ve chosen “Flags of the World” and asked my fellow bloggers to share posts about flags. What an amazing collection of articles we’ve come up with!!! :) Continue reading

Book + Craft: Farolitos from New Mexico

I am participating in the “Booking Across the USA” project: 50+ bloggers are each choosing a book and a state, and creating an activity for kids to learn more. We did Texas last year, and this year chose New Mexico because we spent our spring break there! Here are the books we read, and instructions on making your own farolitos, paper bag lanterns used around Christmastime in parts of New Mexico.

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Geography for Kids from Our Home in Pittsburgh

by Mandy Yokim, from Wonderaddo

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I have always loved maps. World maps, grocery store maps, those old city and state maps that you’d unfold and never be able to fold back just right – I like how they present information in a visual way. Now as a parent, I would be thrilled if my kids grow up loving maps. Even if they don’t love them, though, I am determined that they will grow up at least knowing how to understand them and use them to explore the world. Continue reading

Diego Rivera for Kids: Make your Own Mural!

Have you heard of Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican muralist? This multicultural art lesson on Diego Rivera for kids includes a beautiful, collaborative art project perfect for classrooms and large groups! Teaching kids about famous artists can not only be fun, but can result in beautiful artwork.

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“African Sunset” DIY T-Shirt and Bracelet

This post is sponsored by i Love To Create and Tulip Products.

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My kids are all about crafts and art projects, and love it even more if they can wear their art. Next week our school is having International Week, and my girls asked if we could make special t-shirts to wear- specifically something with animals. I was sent some amazing products from Tulip including Tulip One-Step Mini Tie-Dye Kits and these great dimensional fabric paints, and we had an idea to create a t-shirt inspired by an African sunset, with silhouettes of giraffes (one of their favorite animals!). To accessorize, we created some Maasai-inspired beaded bracelets to go with our colorful tees. Continue reading

Sea Turtles: A Movie, A Craft, Books

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15 Chinese New Year Crafts: Preschool through Elementary

Chinese New Years Crafts- Kid World CItizenWe’ve rounded up 15 unique Chinese New Year crafts! Learning about how world cultures celebrate is an easy way to introduce different perspectives to kids. If you’re planning a multicultural art lesson, plan it around major holidays and teach a bit of culture. Scroll through these gorgeous pictures, and follow the links to see the instructions. Continue reading