Here at Imprints Press, we are big believers in the phrase, “people are people everywhere.” We think there is a TON of value in learning across cultures and understanding that we can all make meaningful connections with one another, especially across boundaries like language, culture, or location.
Even though at the heart of it we are all people, it’s some of our differences that make this world such a beautiful place. We say, let’s embrace this beauty and take the time to walk in another person’s shoes—and what better way to do that than through some good ole arts and crafts?
Go ahead and take a trip around the world with our 5 favorite global craft projects to do with your kiddos!
This homemade Oware game is a total hit from Marie’s Pastiche. We love when kids experience the joy of making something they can actually play with when they are done. This West African inspired craft will spark your kid’s creativity while they paint colorful designs, and also keep them engaged and entertained while they play with the game they’ve created! Bonus: it’s a great, interactive way to introduce kids to some West African culture.
Although it may not be quite hot enough to need cooling down, the whispering promise of spring has us dreaming ahead to warm summer days where a Chinese fan would be just the ticket to keeping the breeze flowing. We love this Chinese coffee filter fan from Busy Bee Kids Crafts. It’s such a simple and fun way to get your kids crafting and exploring a new culture.
For more information about Chinese fans and some yummy Asian-inspired recipes to try with your kids, head here.
Henna is a traditional art form practiced in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa that involves painting beautiful and intricate designs on the hands and feet. Introduce your kiddos to these dynamic and gorgeous designs by helping them create their own with this craft by Kid World Citizen. Such a fun, creative, and simple project that kids will love!
Peru, which is most notably known for the ancient city of Machu Picchu, also produces gorgeous textiles made from woven and knitted yarn. Making a Peruvian weaving project is a great way to keep your little one’s hands busy while also helping them to appreciate the work (and fun!) that goes into creating such beautiful pieces. At the end, your master weaver will be left with a textile they can use as a bookmark, or even display on the wall! Find all the directions from Whirls and Twirls Around the World.
Sushi is a delicious food that originates from Japan, but is now enjoyed in all corners of the globe. We love this simple and adorable craft to make cotton ball sushi with your kids from the Pink and Green Mama. While your kids are busy rolling their sushi, head on over to Kids Web Japan for some sushi basics! A great lesson and craft for kids—now if only you could eat it!