Category: United Kingdom

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. 

Worldwide Culture Swap Discovering Scotland {Global Culture Education}

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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 have yet to sit down, and go over all of the items in our swap package.  However, my son did enjoy eating his sweets, and looking at the animal postcards. He loves animals! In the coming weeks we’ll be going through every single piece of item in the swap package, and learning about Scotland. 

As for us, we sent a swap package with items from Puerto Rico. I had been waiting to participate again since this past summer when we returned from a 2-week vacation in Puerto Rico. I came back with so much goodies, and scouting all the tourist areas for the magazines. 

We included in our package a personalized letter from us, a short letter from little man with petroglyphs drawings that he made. The tourist magazine ¡Qué Pasa!, copy of a traditional children’s games in Puerto Rico found in the children’s book Shake It, Morena!, coquí key chain, Puerto Rico cup holder, maracas, small cemí replica, history fact on Puerto Rico, information on the Taíno indians (natives of Puerto Rico), picture postcard, a capia, and of course, sand from the beach in Culebra, PR. 

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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