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Winter Activity #10 - Explore Cultures of the World

By March 15, 2013

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My 5 year old is an international traveler. He's already been to China, England, Mexico and Italy.

A picture of a boy holding a taco
Eating foods from other countries is one way to explore cultures of the world.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
And he's never left the U.S.

We explore cultures of the world right at home. Using 10 activities that teach kids world cultures, we can go anywhere without having to pack our bags.

We bought Chinese fans and made fortune cookies when we studied China. We learned about Big Ben and had afternoon tea and biscuits for England. For Mexico, we dressed up in sombreros and ate tacos for dinner. Italy taught us how to kiss on the cheek when greeted and make our own spaghetti sauce.

We study the country's flags, etiquette and even the weather patterns. Of course, you can't travel to another country without learning the language. We always spend time studying new words from the country we're "visiting."

It only takes a little bit of prep work on your end to be ready to teach the kids about other countries too. Even if you know next to nothing about the country you're exploring, there's so much information you can find online to help you be a master tour guide for your kids. The About.com Travel Channel has you covered, from Africa to Scandinavia.

World Market is an excellent source for finding items related to the country you're exploring. Dollar stores also have great items you can use for your international travels. Search online to find all sorts of goods at a very low price. You'll discover so many props and accessories when you start looking.

When you explore cultures of the world with your kids, you'll be entertaining them while teaching them a lesson they'll always remember. You'll know you've made an impact when weeks later you hear your child tell his friends, "Ciao!"

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