As an individual who spends much time with children inside and outside of the classroom, I find myself constantly researching and experimenting with new activities to engage kids. It can get tricky coming up with academic experiences that are both meaningful and exciting for children to do at home. For parents and guardians, here are ideas to try at home that we really love and hope your children will too!
Personal journals are a great resource that both teachers and parents can use. Children can personalize their journals with pictures and drawings to make the book their own. This is a place for children to record their thoughts however they choose, such as through images, lists, poems, paragraphs, and any other form. It is an area where children can write down anything, which keeps the text both engaging and appealing to the child.
There are so many different countries and cultures to learn about and so we created an activity that you and your child can use to explore new places. The activity allows your child to choose a country and draw its flag, research facts, and create a Venn diagram comparing the country to your child’s home country. We hope you will check out this free resource for an at-home activity you can use again and again!
Each family has so much history that can be fun and engaging to share. Some ways to do this with could involve constructing a family tree, showing your child a map of where his or her ancestors came from, or even sharing old family photos that you may have tucked away. There are endless ways to go about teaching your child the history of their family, and this information can be so valuable and special to explore.
Writing letters to a pen pal has many benefits, including authentic and purposeful writing. It is also a great way for your child to learn about a new culture and make a new friend! Mailing letters also teaches your child about geography and it can lead to discussion about how the mail travels from place to place. Here are a few sites that can help get the pen pal process started:
Baking and cooking can be a fun and interactive activity to do with your child. It is easy to find new, tasty recipes online too. Visit our Multicultural Food and Recipes board on Pinterest for inspiration. Try making dishes and baked goods that are enjoyed in other areas of the world—you and your child could even create a cookbook with the recipes you really love. A place to start could be Thai fried bananas; the recipe link is in our post “Holiday Treat: Traditional Thai Dessert.” Cooking can teach you child about measurement, reading, and new cultures in addition to an opportunity to try delicious new foods.