Community & Cultures Activities

It's important that your kid grow to appreciate different peoples and places and there's no better way to introduce cultural traditions than hands-on activities and crafts. Whether your focus is on ancient civilizations or present day communities, we have a whole host of creative ideas. We also have plenty of holiday activities that will help your kid learn more about special occasions and the various cultural practices that define them. What's more, our US History activities that are the perfect way to make learning come alive for your student. Check out our selection of activities and find a few that will pique your kid's curiosity about the world around her.

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Use the appeal of the common road sign to your advantage by creating a game with hidden learning opportunities.
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Take advantage of the fact that ink and water don't mix and introduce your kid to suminagashi, a Japanese form of art.
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Learn about the architecture of Asia by building your very own model of a pagoda!
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To pay tribute to the ancient Mexican art of mosaics, your child can craft a colorful mosaic using old magazines, a paper plate and lots of imagination.
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Encourage your child to learn about the Japanese culture as you make a traditional Japanese fan out of paper.
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Put your kid's Internet research skills to the test with this activity that will help him learn more about the history and cultural significance of fireworks.
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Batik is a fabric dying technique usually done with hot wax. This flour-and-water method is kid-safe and easy, and it creates beautiful batik designs.
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Explore African and Asian traditions with this recipe for homemade henna ink!
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Invite your first grader to follow a African tradition by coming up with an explanatory African folktale and assembling a book to go along with it.
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Help your child to make a beautiful Africa mask to help her reinforce important spatial and compositional skills.
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Fish for headlines! This fun and exciting social studies activity is a great way to get your fifth grader reading and understanding newspaper articles.
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Celebrate Irish history and culture this St. Patrick's Day by making a miniature version of the Blarney Stone!
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Help your child construct and author a "sempuyo," a traditional Japanese book with accordion-style pages; she will develop her writing and fine motor skills.
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Get started on an ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos with this easy edible sugar skull project.
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Expand your child's geographic awareness with these fun and easy map lessons.
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Teach your child how to make her own buzzer using only a button and a string.
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Make an initiation shield like the ones from the Kikuyu tribe in Africa for an art project that gets kids to reflect on different cultures!
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Learn more about the fascinating folk art of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs with this easy craft.
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Lots of kids wonder what it would be like to be a police officer. Celebrate the people who help keep our communities safe with this fun craft.
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Washi Ningyo, otherwise known as Japanese paper dolls, make fantastic bookmarks! Encourage your child to read more with this delightful, origami-inspired doll.

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