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.

Geography for Kids from Our Home in Pittsburgh

by Mandy Yokim, from Wonderaddo
Geography Lessons from Home Kids- Kid World Citizen

 
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.

Diego Rivera Collaborative Multicultural Art Project

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“African Sunset” DIY T-Shirt and Bracelet

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

DIY African Sunset Tshirts Kids- Kid World Citizen
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

Sea Turtles- Kid World Citizen
We’ve paired a great movie with a craft to celebrate Sea Turtles!  Continue reading

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

Unity Tree Craft to Celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u'lláh (Bahá’í)

Unity Tree Craft {Baha'i Faith} - Alldonemonkey on Kid World Citizen

The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.

-Bahá’u'lláh, Founder of the Bahá‘í Faith Continue reading

Australian Indigenous Art: Aboriginal Dot Painting

Aboriginal Australians, also referred to as Aborigines, are people whose ancestors were indigenous to the Australian continent—that is, to mainland Australia or to the island of Tasmania. Traditional aboriginal art includes painting on natural items such as leaves, bark, and wood; using sand to “paint;” carving wood (shields, spears, boomerangs), rocks, emu egg, or shells; basket weaving; jewellery making. Continue reading

Using Pumpkins for Learning in Every Subject

Pumpkin Learning Activities for Every Subject- Kid World CitizenDid you know that pumpkins are thought to have originated in North America, and scientists have found pumpkin seeds in Mexico from 7000 and 5500 BC!? Most often pumpkins are planted in the summer, and are ready for harvest in the fall. In fact, pumpkins were an important food source for indigenous people in North and South America (and later the colonists), crucial for their survival through the hungry winter months. Originally symbolizing the harvest, but now associated with Halloween (October 31st), families carve them into jack-o-lanterns: silly faces that light up when a candle is placed inside. During Thanksgiving pumpkin pie is a common dessert. To celebrate “pumpkin season” here are more than 10 ways parents and teachers around the world can teach using pumpkins across subject matter. Continue reading

Using Crafts for Language Learning {Plus PomTree Kids Giveaway!}

Using Crafts to Teach Language- Kid World CitizenI teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and Spanish to kids and families who are just learning the languages. Teaching languages to kids is so different than my adult students, and I am constantly trying to come up with fun ways for them to practice communicating, in authentic and natural ways. I was so excited that PomTree Kids sent me some of their mess-free crafts to try out. Continue reading

People to People International (PTPI) Connects your Class to the World

PTPI Indonesia mural- Kid WOrld Citizen

I had the pleasure of interviewing Paige Badgett, People to People International’s Director of their School and Classroom Program, a free service that links teachers and their students with classrooms in other countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that improve cultural understanding and encourage friendship. I first asked her to share the goals and mission People to People International (PTPI): Continue reading