Promote multicultural awareness and self esteem with this early childhood education activity.
Materials: Paper and a camera.
Description: Make passports by stapling white paper to construction paper. When studying different countries over the next few days or weeks, like, Russia, Africa, Ireland, Israel, China, Antarctica, Australia, Mexico, Japan, France, Hawaii, and Saudi Arabia, have the children wear a hat or a prop from that country (ex: France, beret). Take pictures of each child wearing his or her hat or prop. Then glue the pictures into each child's individual passport and gave it to them along with a world traveler certificate at the end of the time.
Teach pre-k and kindergarten children the concept of "Around the World" with this early childhood project. You may want to take more that one week to accomplish this project.
Materials: Blank booklet and a stamp for each country.
Description: Teachers decide which countries you want your children to visit. Take a sheet of paper for each country and researched facts through books, the internet and guest speakers. Write down important facts and when your are done, make "stamps" from each country (Ex: Egypt = Pyramid) and the children can glue them at the bottom of their sheet. Once the week is up go through your passports and plan a 'Round the world party where each child dressed like the people from one of thecountries you've visited and make native foods and play native games.
Create a bulletin board with this multicultural activity for preschool and kindergarten children.
Materials: Large piece of brown butcher paper, paint, paint rollers, precut symbols (canoe, teepee, turtle, deer etc.).
Description: The teacher will precut a bear or deer shape from the brown butcher paper. The children place precut symbols (cut from tag board) onto the brown butcher paper. The children will roll their rollers into the paint and then they will roll over the symbol. Next, they lift the symbol and look at the designs they have created.
Multicultural: The "Talking Stone"
A preschool education circle time activity. Often during circle time many preschoolers want to talk at once. One way to help children learn how to take turns is to use a visual clue. Teachers might try using a "talking stick" or "talking stone". This is a tradition with some Native Americans. Hold your 'stick' or 'stone' while you speak and then pass it on when it's time for another person to talk. You can use a colorful rock or decorate your stick in a special way. This technique helps young children learn to respect the speaker and to wait and listen. Continue with this idea and soon the children will be reminding each other.
I Am Different
Just fingers. Take all of the children's pictures with a digital camera and decorate your bulletin board with the poem and the children's pictures. The parents and children love it!
This is a fingerplay to do with children during circle time.
I am different from my head to my toes
(point to self then to head and toes)
I am different from my eyes to my nose
(point to self then eyes and nose)
I come from a place that is far and wide
(point to self then spread arms wide open)
A place where we all smile instead of cry
(act like you are tracing your lips into a smile
and bring hands down eyes as if you were crying)
I am very different as you can see
(point to self then at a friend)
But I still have a lot of love in me!
(point to self place hand over the heart
then hug yourself)
Multicultural Puppet - Hawaii
Materials: Brown lunch bags, glue, markers, paper or silk flowers. Description:
Teachers help children cut on opening of bag upward 4-5 inches (for the grass skirt). Have them decorate a face on the flap part of the bag. Then glue flowers under the flap for the Lei. If available, use store bought eyes. Variation: Paint or sponge paint the puppet, then cut the flap.
This multicultural activity which helps children appreciate different cultures and traditions.
Materials: Construction paper or cardboard, old magazines, glue and ribbon.
Ask children to cut out various pictures from magazines (old National Geographic ones are great). Make a book by using construction paper or cardboard. Children glue pictures on to pages. Punch holes, and add ribbon to make the book. They can also dictate their thoughts about the pictures to you. Write their responses down on that particular page. This activity is great for language recognition too!
Chop Stix Pick-up
During this multicultural activity preschool children will use eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
You will need: Enough pairs of chop sticks for everyone in the small group, lots of large cotton balls, paper plates.
Explain to a small group of preschoolers that not everyone eats with
forks and spoons. Introduce the chop sticks and tell children they are used for eating. Let the children help put the cotton balls (pretend food) on their paper plates and ask them how they could use the chop sticks to pick up the pretend food. Permit the children to experiment with ways to pick up the cotton balls. Then demonstrate how they might pick up the pretend food.