I was thrilled when the wonderful group of moms from Worldwide Culture Swap grouped together individual families for a one-on-one culture swap exchange.
The family from Scotland sent us the following:
- Bag – This is the Union Jack – the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)
- Kings and Queens wall chart (history)
- Traveler’s map / National Geographic (geography)
- UK map / Facts and figures (geography)
- Cut outs from newspapers
- Advertising holidays in London
- Weather forecast (maths)
- Advert for Tartan Tales (music)
- Picture of cartoon character Oor Wullie (language)
- Cooking savoury fudge (food)
- Food label (food, maths)
- Train tickets (orange and green)
- Bus ticket (white)
- Stamps (geography)
- Postcards (history, geography, food)
- Stamp, post box (history)
- Images of Scotland
- Pictures of Edinburgh
- Coins (maths)
- Bookmark, magazine (language)
We’ve participated in the past, and we have learned so much from the families who have carefully prepared, and put together the swap packages from their countries (read about it here).
This was a one-on-one culture swap package. We signed up for a 4 family swap package, and we’re group 208 swapping cultural packages with Poland, Sweden, Canada, and New Jersey.
We’ll be anxiously waiting for our mailman and hoping to receive a culture swap package soon. Until our next swap!
How do you teach your children about other cultures, and countries? Have you participated in culture swap exchanges?
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10 kids for 5 hours requires a program, and a schedule! And, four extra adult hands! Thank goodness I had 2 moms who are dear friends of mine help me too. We split the children by groups for the activities, and board games. We ended up with three groups which was manageable and organized.
- 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Arrival
- 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. We sat in a circle to sing the intro song ¿Cómo te llamas? by Hap Palmer. After the introductions I explained to them that just as we celebrated Christmas other cultures celebrated different Winter holidays such as Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States observed from December 26 to January 1 each year honoring African culture and heritage. I showed them on the globe where Africa was located and how far it was from where we live.
- 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Special Agent Oso’s Holiday Lights Special on Disney Jr. Oso travels around the world to help three kids prepare for three different Winter holiday celebrations: Celeste in France celebrates Christmas, Noah in Israel celebrates Hanukkah and Brayden in the U.S.A. celebrates Kwanzaa.
- 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Kwanzaa craft- make a mkeka. It’s a special woven straw mat used during the celebration feast. It represents tradition. For instructions on how to make one click here.
- 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Wash-up/potty time
- 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch time
- 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Kwanzaa craft – finish the mkeka and make a kinara. Kinara is a candle holder. It holds one candle for each of the seven days of Kwanzaa. Each candle represents seven principles; unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. For each day a candle is lit. The coloring page was from the book. For the kinara we used half of a paper plate, jumbo red, green and black craft sticks, glue, flame cut-outs, and tape.
- 1:30 – 2:00 p.m Story time: Folktale No Water for Hare and puppet stick craft. During Kwanzaa many families enjoy sharing stories of morals or lessons related to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The folktale No Water for Hare is a story of collective work and responsibility. It is a Nigerian story of a group of animals that work together to dig a water hole-and then all enjoy the end result: drinking fresh water. This story can be found in the book referenced above.
- 2:00 – 2:05 p.m. Dance time! Yo Gabba Gabba’s Freeze Dance
- 2:05 – 2:30 p.m. Board games
- 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Story time and yoga with Sofia en una Aventura por la Selva: A Fun and Educational Kids Yoga Experience (Spanish Edition) adding yoga to a full day of activities was perfect to wind them down for the day.
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