Category: Global Culture Education

Q is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft



The equator is an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.  Although there are continents and some countries that are in both the eastern hemisphere and the western hemisphere Ecuador takes pride in having a Middle of the World Monument in Quito.

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Frida Kahlo: Spanish Videos and Resources for Kids

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On July 6, 1907 Frida Kahlo was born.  She’s considered one of Mexico’s greatest painters, and she was well known for her self-portraits.  Her story although tragic is one of overcoming personal struggles.   She was an activist and married fellow painter Diego Rivera.   Today many celebrate her as a feminist icon.

Many of her paintings revolve around her life so I would suggest you take a look at her paintings before sharing with kids.   Luckily, I found these Spanish videos that are appropriate for kids.

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New Years Eve Global Traditions

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For as long as I have been married we have never celebrated New Years Eve how it is celebrated it in Puerto Rico.  In Puerto Rico families gathers to eat, sing aguinaldos, light up fireworks, and after the clock hits 12 midnight everyone listens to El Brindis del Bohemio.

Here at home, on New Year’s Eve, little one would crash way before midnight.  Hubby, and I will stay up to watch the Times Square New Years Eve Ball Drop on TV, give each other a kiss, and give our sleeping child a kiss too, then we’re off to bed.

Last year, we were in Puerto Rico but little man was out by midnight. The year before that I had a New Year’s Eve at noon party for kids. 

Babysitting two of his friends during the holiday break was a perfect opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon.  We made masks, they colored sheets, and made ornaments. I was lucky enough to have some hats from a clearance sale from last year, and that’s what we used.

A video posted by Latina Blogger, Writer (@discoveringtheworld.frances) on

We also counted down the New Years with this fun video below:

King Julien New Years Eve countdown from Shine on Vimeo.

This year we are home, and we’ll probably do the same as years past. Watch TV, and then crash. On the following day we’ll eat a Traditional New Years Day Meal.

In the meantime, I will enjoy these New Years Global Traditions with ideas for kids, books, and more!  

New Year is Coming to Town by Russian Step by Step Children

Everything You Wanted to Know about Grandfather Frost by Russian Step by Step Children

Happy New Year by Crafty Moms Share

New Year’s Bonfires in Scheveningen by Expat Life (With a Double Buggy)

Happy New Year: Scheveningen and Oliebollen by Expat Life (With a Double Buggy)

New Year’s Eve Traditions In Ecuador by Hispanic Mama

Happy Yennayer 2966 (2016) by A Crafty Arab

New Year’s Eve in Mexico by Kid World Citizen

Bali: Celebrate New Years 5 Times by Orana on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Celebrating New Years with Kids by Mama Smiles

From And Then We Moved to shares a Danish tradition:   “My favorite was in Denmark: Danish tradition on New Years Eve is to stand together on a sofa or a coach or a chair and then you all “jump” into the New Year at midnight! The concept was to literally jump from the old to the new year.”

All Done Monkey shares Kid-Friendly New Year’s Traditions from Around the World with a Free Printable!

Looking for children’s books for New Years?  What Do We Do All Day has an amazing list!

Hope you have a wonderful 2017!

Hanukkah Resources for Kids

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Two years ago, my son received a precious gift from a Jewish pen-pal. 
It was a package with two dreidels (a small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side), chocolate coins with the Hanukkah menorah engraved on it, erasers, a letter and other fun goodies.  
To this day, we still have the contents of the gift bag (except for the chocolates ? that are long gone!). We used the contents to learn more about the Hanukkah Jewish festival an eight-day celebration, and I also researched some helpful links, too.  
Today, I’m excited to share with you our favorite Hanukkah resources for kids. 

To learn about Hanukkah, it’s important to learn about Israel first.  

  • JewishKids.Org has tons of games, songs, videos, and recipes to celebrate Hanukkah.  
  • Little Passports has Israel in their world subscription.  This package includes: a letter from Sam and Sophia, a wooden dreidel, an  activity sheet for the country, a picture from the country, a passport stamp, a map marker, and a sticker for the suitcase. 
  • YouTube videos are also a wonderful resource to learn about the The Story of Hanukkah. 
This post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Hanukkah Blog Hop.  Make sure you stop by to check the participating blogs and read more about this beautiful festival.  
Hanukkah for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
Welcome to our second annual Hanukkah for Kids blog hop! Be sure to visit all the participating blogs for create ways to share this special time of year with kids. Plus you can find all these and more on our Hanukkah Pinterest board! (And don’t miss last year’s series!)

Participating Blogs

Diwali for Kids: Rangoli with Glass Marbles

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Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, held during the period October through November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and it is the biggest holiday of India.  Diwali is considered just as important as Christmas is to Christians. 
Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days.  
On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powdered or sands.  
Today’s post is a kid’s craft of a rangoli made with glass marbles.  Instead of making a rangoli on our floor we are putting it up in a frame to display.  
All you need is:
  • 8×10 picture frame 
  • a rangoli print 
  • a bag of assorted color half marbles
  • colored glue (white glue with a few drops of food coloring) 
Little one had a friend over. We talked about Diwali and the Indian folk art called rangoli. We discussed the beautiful and intricate patterns that are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. 
Before they made their very own rangoli I showed them various images of rangoli, and they sorted the marbles by color. 
Now it was time for the kids to get creative, and make their own patterns with the half marbles. 
For their rangoli they used a dab of glue on the bottom of the marble, and they would place on the pattern.  Once completely dry colored glue was used around the spaces to add more color to it. 
For more on India read these fun posts: 

Cooking with Kids: Kulfi a Frozen Dessert from India
Discovering India with Kids

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in Canada 
Weaving Ideas: Paper Plate Rangoli Idea for Kids 
ArtsyCraftsyMom: Accordion Fold Paper Diya Craft 
Maple and Marigold: Rustic Indian Peda with Roasted Pistachios 
Creative World of Varya: Diwali Inspired Ideas for Kids 
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Rangoli with Glass Marbles 
My Little Moppet: 20 Tips to Organize a Diwali Party for Kids 
All Done Monkey: Diwali Books for Kids 
Growing Up Gupta: 7 Amazing Multicultural Diwali Gift Ideas 
Kidzlens: DIY Bandanwar 
The Educators’ Spin On It: Making Flower Rangoli with Kids