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Multicultural Kid Blogs Summer Games Activity Pack

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Multicultural Kid Blogs has a wonderful Summer Games Activity Pack to get your kids ready for the upcoming Olympics in Rio.

This summer games activity pack is a comprehensive unit that teaches your children on the history of the Olympics,  participating countries, sports played, the athletes, and many more activities. You can read the full product details on Multicultural Kid Blogs <- just click on the link.

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book from Multicultural Kid Blogs for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.

We have been having fun reading and learning about the countries, and the Olympics!

For instance, one of the countries in the packet is Sweden. I made a folder for each country. On the front of the folder I stapled the cover page of each country, and inside added the sheets from the activity pack. Little one enjoyed reading about Sweden,  especially about the wildlife, and the vikings. He even made his very own Dala horses as an extension activity.

For China we ventured into trying the recipe Chinese Almond Custard.  This was such a simple and easy to do recipe. My little one loved the custard, and it gave him an opportunity to try a Chinese recipe.

These are just two of the activities that I’m featuring in this post, and there are much more to do!

This pack has a 109 pages of information on the participating countries, sports being played and about the Olympics.
What I love as a parent, and educator is that this packet is truly hassle-free! No-prep means more time to do the activities than researching for them.  Really, as a busy mom I don’t have time for that! The best thing about this activity pack is that you can use it after the summer games as a resource on sports, and the countries featured in it.
The activities range from the sports being played at the Olympics, to maps and flags of the countries. You can use the packet with children ages 8-12, and you can easily adapt to your child’s interest.
My son was more interested in the recipes than anything else, so that’s where I focused my attention. on.  Learning about a country through a hands-on activity like trying a recipe and eating the food is the best way to learn!
We have yet to finish the summer activity pack. We can’t wait to explore the other countries, and learn about the athletes competing in Rio this year.

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Discovering Sweden with Kids Dala Horse Craft

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We are pumped with the upcoming Olympics and what better way to learn about the participating countries by making a craft and reading about the country.  In today’s Discovering Sweden with Kids Series post we are sharing with you a fun, and simple way to make a Dala horse craft with kids. 

The Dala horse also known as a Dalecarlian horse is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette.  The Dala horse originated as a wooden toy in the Swedish province Dalarna (Dalecarlia).

The Dala horse in bright red with white, green, yellow and blue details has become the symbol of this province as well as a symbol of Sweden. It is said that the image of the horses goes back thousands of years, and it is a symbol of strength and courage. 

For today’s post on discovering Sweden we used:

  • The Summer Olympics Printables Packet from Multicultural Kid Blogs – This pack has a wealth of information on the participating countries. We learned all about Sweden, it’s wildlife, and the vikings. 
  • Print-out of the Dala horse  
    • Cardboard – I used the shoe box cardboard and traced the horse on it. 
    • White glue – I traced the design of the horse on the cut-out cardboard
  • Paint 
  • Pom-poms to decorate 
  • Sweden – brochures, postcards, etc. I got these from a culture swap we did with a family from Sweden a few years ago. 

After a brief discussion using the Summer Olympics Printables Packet from Multicultural Kid Blogs and reading about Sweden. I also looked up on Kids’ National Geographic for some pictures and other fun facts on Sweden. 

Official Name: Kingdom of Sweden
Form of Government: Constitutional monarchy
Capital: Stockholm
Area: 173,860 square miles (450,295 square kilometers)
Population:  9,045,389
Official Language: Swedish
Money: Swedish krona

Sweden is one of the least populated countries in Europe, with a population of only about 9 million people. Most people used to live in the countryside, but as the country became industrialized in the 1900s, many moved to the cities of Malmö, Göteborg, and Stockholm.

During the 1930s, Sweden developed the welfare system, known as “the Swedish model.” Under their system, all Swedes have access to publicly financed health care, help for the unemployed, child care, schools, elder care, and at least five weeks of paid vacation per year.


Then we had tons of fun painting our very own Dala horses! 


Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other crafts from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

South Africa: The Rainbow Nation, Celebrate Diversity Craft – Multicultural Kid Blogs 

Sweden: Kids Dala Horse Craft – Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes 

Chile: Terra Cotta Air-Dry Clay and Wood Crafts Sticks – La Clase de Sra. duFault 

USSR: Traditional Crafts from 15 Soviet Republics – Creative World of Varya

Don’t forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.
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Discovering Pakistan with Kids: The Story of Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai

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Taking a stroll through the library, I came across the book:  Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery  by Jeanette Winter. (Aff. link)
What caught my attention was that the book was a two in one. Two stories in one book, you flip the book and you read about Iqbal’s story, and flip it over again and you can read Malala’s story.  

This children’s book is about two brave kids from Pakistan hailed as heroes because they stood up for the rights to freedom and education. 
I often stress the importance of education with my son.  Reading about the challenges that children in Pakistan (and other parts of the world have) in trying to get an education and freedom is important.  It is something that I convey to my own child so he can value his own education, and freedom.  This book raises global awareness, and  gives him a different perspective of social injustice in certain parts of the world. 
The illustrations are a bit somber (I would suggest you review before showing to your children). My son is 8 yrs. old and I used this book as an opportunity to teach him about the challenges that both Malala and Iqbar had. 

Both Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai are heroes of Pakistan they stood up for the rights to freedom and education. Malala was born in the small town of Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, and Iqbal was born in the village Muridke, near Lahore in Pakistan. 
Although Malala’s ending is happy, she recovers from an attack against her life, and continues to speak out. Iqbal doesn’t have a happy ending. After bravely speaking out against child labor, his life was threatened numerous times, and he was shot and killed at the age of 12.

Kid World Citizen shares an important post on books about girls who are fighting for their education. I highly recommend you check her post out for more children’s book recommendation.
This post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Global Learning for Kids Series and this month we are learning about Pakistan. 

Discovering Singapore with Kids: Wildlife and Reserves

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My child loves anything and everything animals. Just this past week we made a wetland diorama with pond, animals, and all for his school project.  So I found it fitting to learn about Singapore’s wildlife and reserves for this month’s Multicultural Kid Blogs’ Global Learning for Kids Series exploring Singapore. 

For our lesson plan on Singapore’s wildlife and reserves I printed out coloring pages of the animals we were learning about. We made a coloring book, and I added a sheet so little one can write four facts on each animal.  
We researched each animal, and went back to Singapore’s National Parks website. This website  has some very useful teaching and learning resources, and we love, love the live cam feed! Another useful website is Wildlife Singapore We enjoyed the go-to guide on spotting less-common animals in Singapore.  
We would love to one day visit the Wildlife Reserves. Their philosophy is to provide meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences with a focus on protecting biodiversity in Singapore and the region.
More information, and coloring pages on the animals featured in this post can be found below: 
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Four facts:  
  • Have long, slim bodies and relatively short limb
  • It’s carnivorous mammal
  • They have powerful webbed feet used to swim
  • Fish is the staple of their diet
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Four facts: 
  • The giant mudskipper is also the one of the largest mudskippers in the world
  • Frequently found along muddy shores
  • Lives in a burrow in the mud and emerges from the burrow at low tide on sunny days
  • Capable of breathing both in and out of water
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Four facts: 
  • Largest bird in Singapore
  • They have long necks and powerful bills
  • The are birds of wetland areas
  • It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside
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Four facts: 
  • Singapore’s largest kingfishers
  • They are shy and less noisy compared to other kingfishers
  • They eat mainly fish, using their large heavy bills to catch and kill their prey
  • Lives in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers, or coasts
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Four facts:
  • They have a small, lithe-bodied, mostly nocturnal mammal 
  • Usually prowls late at night
  • They give off a distinct musky odour when harassed
  • Mostly found in southeast Asia
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Four facts: 
  • It’s the smallest of the bitterns
  • They hunt small fish, frogs and invertebrates
  • They are solitary birds 
  • They feed on insects, fish and amphibians
Hope you enjoyed our small lesson on wildlife animals in Singapore. For more on Singapore make sure to visit Global Learning for Kids Series.  
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Discovering Switzerland with Kids: Paul Klee’s Color Theory

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Last year, little one and I had the opportunity to visit Switzerland’s booth during an International Festival. We received a flag, travel brochures, and a map of Switzerland. Going through our continent boxes I realized we haven’t explored more on Switzerland.  Eager to learn more I organized a small group of little one’s friends to discover Switzerland!  Unfortunately, little man was sick and we didn’t have his friends over.  Instead of his friends painting, he had me painting with him.  🙂

I checked out from the library the book Welcome to Switzerland that little one and I read together.  In this book we learned about who the people that live in this mountainous country, and that Switzerland is a landlocked country surrounded by France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy. We briefly learned about the the plants, animals, the history of the country, how it is divided into cantons, its government, the immigrant population, its primarily Christian population, city and country life, schooling, the different languages, what people do for work, interesting foods, what people do for fun and the holidays they celebrate. 
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We enjoyed this book for it’s simplicity in pointing out maps, an illustration, and the “Fast Facts” section that can be found throughout the book. You can also find a small three-language dictionary, and glossary. 

Our focus for the day would be learning about Switzerland’s famous painter and educator Paul Klee. 
Paul Klee was a painter born in 1879 in  Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland. He was a Swiss-German artist with a highly individual style influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He died at the age of 60 in 1940.   Klee explored color theory, and tended to think of color in musical terms, making the connection between harmonious sounds and complementary colors, as well as dissonant sounds and colors that clash. In the kids video below you can see how he talks about colors, and music in a way that children can understand. 
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I printed out the following paintings for little one to recreate or create his own paintings.  We watched Paul Klee’s animated short video, and enjoyed creating our paintings with oil pastels.  We simply recreated the painting we saw by drawing the shapes with a pencil and then using oil pastels to color.  
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We thoroughly enjoyed learning about Switzerland and Paul Klee’s color theory.  For more on Switzerland make sure to visit Multicultural Kid Blogs this post is part of their Global Learning for Kids Series exploring Switzerland For more ideas on Paul Klee inspired art projects for kids visit Color Study, Paul Klee Style,  Paul Klee Castle & Sun,  2011: Art Project 7: Paul Klee Castle or  Color theory inspired by Paul Klee.
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Discovering United Kingdom with Kids

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Through the past years we have received worldwide culture swaps from families from England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and from our subscription to Little Passport. 
Although, we did go over all the fun stuff that we received it was boxed away. Now it’s waiting to be explored and played with again. So I had a few of little one’s friends visit and we traveled to United Kingdom. 
We read letters from the families, and looked at the map one of them had sent us. We talked about similarities, and differences from our county, I had them fill in the blanks of the United Kingdom map that can be found here, and we explored the landmarks using this worksheet from Education.com. 
With five very excited kids we headed to the kitchen to make Scotch Eggs!

I followed the recipe listed here, but I used Panko instead, and I used two types of sausages: Italian seasoned and pork sage. I set all of the ingredients on a table in the kitchen. So each child had a chance to make their very own Scotch eggs. After they wrapped with sausage, and breaded their eggs I had them to go wash their hands, and I’d fry them.



Back in January, I had the opportunity to review If you were me and live in… Scotland book for Multicultural Children’s Book so little one already had some knowledge  about Scotland’s culture.   
I also compiled a list of popular British children’s book for the kids to look for at the library. The pictures below are affiliate links. It means that if you purchase using the links below and if you make a purchase I will receive a small monetary compensation. Thank you!

We are truly excited about our virtual tour to UK.  What country or countries have you visited virtually. Please comment below. 

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Spain Summer Camp

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Last year little one had the opportunity to participate in a cultural summer camp. The country they’d be learning about? Spain! 
He was so excited because he learned how to dance flamenco, ate some Spanish tapas, made a cool candle with the colors of Spain, learned about Picasso, too!  

Here a few pictures of his Spain Cultural Summer Camp:

He was so excited of the Picasso portrait that he drew.

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…and he performed in a flamenco dance, too!

This post was created for inclusion of Multicultural Kid Blogs Global Learning Series  featuring Spain this month.

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Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival

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The weather was cool, and the sun was shining. A beautiful day indeed to visit our very first Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival. Upon our arrival we can see the tents set-up with Native American crafts, walking sticks, dreamcatchers, and more. An arena was set in a center circle surrounded by hay bales, and we heard a Native American storyteller accompanied by the beautiful music of the flute.
We were excited to have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture and heritage.

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Peruvian Bird Gourd Craft for Kids

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During this month little one, and I have been discovering Peru.  We learned about the ocarina musical instrument, played with hand-made finger puppets, and even cooked a tasty pollo a la brasa, and lomo saltado
Today, we’re sharing with you an easy Peruvian Bird Gourd Craft for kids! 

In this book you can find many activities to do with your children.  One of the activities to learn about Peru was a gourd.  A Peruvian gourd is usually carved and it’s an art tradition practiced for many generations.  Andean people used gourds to store their food, and today they have many uses. Artisans use these for storage and decorative pieces.
Gourd carving in Peru has  been practiced for more than 4,000 years.  They would be used for story telling, and it also served as a record of celebrations, oral traditions, rituals, myths, and weddings.
Little one didn’t carve the gourd. We actually used paint to color it.  The suggested colors were a deep red, and brown; but my 7 year old insisted he wanted blue! Anyways, I think it was an awesome activity to learn about a centuries old tradition in Peru. 
All month long you’ll be able to see some awesome posts on crafts from around the world from a group of crafy mamas! Click on the image below to see the other countries from around the world. 
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