Little global citizen summer bucket list
Here in the South, summer break is right around the corner. How am I going to keep our little learner entertained and active? Eek! As I worried about it, one thing gave me a clue. He’s fascinated by the world right now. I’d even call our 5 year old a global citizen.
Do you know any little global citizens? If you read this blog, I bet you do! That’s why I’ve made you a free resource that’s mega jammed with fun projects: Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities.
I also created a summer bucket list for global kids. I can’t wait to see how many of these we’re able to check off this summer!
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Little global citizen summer bucket list
*Starred activities are included in your free Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet
1. Read at least one book from each continent
If you can’t get on a plane and visit every continent, let books take your child there! Not sure where to start? Last summer I created picture book lists for every continent. When you visit these posts, you’ll also find a cute passport themed book log you can download for free.
2. Make your own passport*
Every global citizen needs a passport! Download your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet to get easy instructions on how to make your passport. You’ll also get a page of country stamps that your children can glue into their passport pages.
3. Have a world music dance party*
Here in Memphis, it is usually sweltering in the summer. So when I look for ways for us to get active, I’m thinking indoors. Dancing along with our favorite world music usually leads to lots of laughs. I’ve compiled a list of our favorite world music videos in your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet.
4. Play the game Pilolo*
In Ghana, groups of children love to play the outdoor game Pilolo. It can also be played in a large indoor space like a gym. Learn how to play it in your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet.
5. Try a new cuisine at a restaurant
Take your family to that Ethiopian, Brazilian, or Lebanese restaurant that you’ve been curious about. Not only will you have a chance to try new foods, but you may learn something about the country’s customs as well. If your children are ultra-picky, look for an ethnic restaurant where you could try a new dessert.
6. Write an international penpal
When I was in elementary school I had a penpal in Korea. I loved receiving her letters, and telling her about my life too. Kid World Citizen has an excellent post on where children can find penpals.
7. Learn about a famous artist*
Introduce your children to famous artist from another country, as well as some of his or her works. In your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet, you can learn about the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. There’s also a coloring sheet of Frida, modeled on her famous self-portraits.
8. Visit a history museum
Little global citizens can learn so much about the world by experiencing history. Is there a history museum in your community that would some exhibits about other countries? If you’re going on vacation this summer, be sure to look for museums or special exhibits that could open up the world for your kids.
9. Set up a travel agency pretend play area*
Our 5 year old is all about pretend play. Having the right props can interest him in a completely new subject. In your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet, I’ve made a list of props for a travel agent pretend play station. You’ll also find a printable questionnaire so that kids can figure out what kind of trip they want to go on.
10. Help UNICEF fight childhood hunger
Service is an important part of being a global citizen. One issue that is easy for many kids to empathize with is hunger. You could set up a lemonade stand to fundraiser for UNICEF, or try something less traditional. Our favorite way to help hungry kids right now is by wearing a Kid Power band. For the steps our son takes, he earns life-saving nutrition packets that are sent to malnourished kids across the globe.
11. Learn how to count to 10 in Spanish (or another language you don’t know)*
Even being able to speak and understand a few words in another language can help your child start friendships with kids from other cultures. In your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet, I have a basic Spanish vocabulary guide, including numbers from 1 – 10.
12. Have afternoon tea
When I traveled to Zimbabwe as a seminary student, I fell in love with the tradition of afternoon tea. You can serve biscuits (cookies) with your tea. Or, to make this ritual even more special, bake a batch of scones together to serve at your tea.
13. Make a flag
Gather up construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, and markers for this easy craft. Google flags of the world, and let you child pick our one or two that she’d like to make. Get global citizen bonus points by looking up some info about the country in a children’s atlas.
14. Write a haiku poem
Japanese haiku poems help kids discover the beauty of simplicity. Haiku poems are often about nature.
They have 3 lines each. The first line has five syllables; the second has seven; and the third has five. If you want to get inspired by reading some haiku poems first, What Do We Do All Day has a lovely list of haiku books for children.
15. Start a stamp collection
If your child found his international penpal, starting a stamp collection will be easy. If you want to start your child’s collection in a less labor intensive way, then you could purchase this collection of 500 stamps from various countries.
16. Write a story about a trip around the world
Get your little global citizen to use her imagination and write a story about a trip she’s taken around the world. If your child’s too young to write a story himself, then let him draw some pictures and dictate the story to you.
17. Create a visitor brochure for your community
What would visitors to your community, especially those from another country, most want to see? Make up a brochure with pictures and a description of some of the best places to visit in your city or town.
18. Make a Ramadan craft
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Often, streets are decorated with lights or lanterns. The date of Ramadan moves each year. In 2017 it will be from May 26 to June 25th. The blog A Crafty Arab has tons of Ramadan crafts that kids can make.
19. Make postcards from cities around the world
Cut out pictures from travel magazines or print them off of travel websites. Glue them to the back of an index card to make postcards. Thrift stores are a great source of old magazines; our Friends of the Library bookstore also usually has a lot to pick from.
20. Create a Zen garden*
Zen Buddhists have been creating miniature gardens for centuries. In your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet, you’ll find instructions for a simple Zen garden kids can make. It’s also wonderful for sensory play!
21. Paint a Chinese scroll*
For hundreds of years, Chinese artists have painted panorama scenes on scrolls. Download your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet to find instructions on how to make a simple scroll (and what to do to keep the paint from cracking.)
22. Craft a Zulu hut*
A global citizen is curious about how other people live. Take a bit of time to learn about homes around the world. For example, traditional Zulu homes are called iQukwane and look sort of like beehives. For an easy iQukwane craft, grab your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet.
23. Make salt dough coins*
Coins from other countries can be fascinating for kids. Learn how to design and bake your own salt dough coins in your Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities booklet.
24. Celebrate Midsummer’s Day
Sweden and other Scandinavian countries celebrate Midsummer’s Day in late June. While your kids might not be eager to try the pickled herring that is typically eaten during the festival, they would probably love this strawberry meringue layer cake.
25. Watch a movie in another language
Bring a global citizen twist to your family movie night with a fun foreign family film. Common Sense Media recommends these foreign films for kids (be sure to look at the age recommendation for each individual film.)
26. Cook a Thai recipe*
I’m so thrilled that my dear friend Sharon N’Diaye of Cooking with Kids has included two delicious Thai recipes in Around the World in 12 Kids’ Activities. Sharon chose these recipes because they were some of her students favorite recipes to make. Be sure to check out Sharon’s video, 5 Easy Ways to Cook with Your Kids.
27. Attend a cultural festival
Summertime is festival time! You’ll likely find a festival not too far from your community that celebrates another country or culture. Head there and look for what customs, art, language, dance, and food you can discover. After attending the festival, look for other ways you can keep learning about that country at home.
28. Visit a house of worship of another religion
Religion is a big part of culture, so I believe we should help kids understand what people of different faiths believe. Before visiting a house of worship that you’re not familiar with, be sure to check whether the service you want to attend is appropriate for visitors.
29. Play hopscotch in another alphabet
Put a new twist on the game of hopscotch by numbering the squares from a language that uses a different alphabet. Options include Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, or more.
30. Play soccer
Playing soccer might seem like a random suggestion to growing a global citizen, but it is the world’s most popular game! Of course, it’s also a great way to enjoy beautiful summer weather.
31. Pick a different country to explore each week
Whether it’s through picture books, recipes, games, or just exploring a children’s atlas, find a way to learn about a new country each week of the summer.
Our 5 year old’s favorite resource for learning about the world is Little Passports, a monthly subscription service with options for kids ages 3 – 12. Your child will receive a suitcase and world map, along with monthly souvenirs, stickers, activity books, and more.
Which activity are you most excited to do with your little global citizen this summer? Tell us in the comments!
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