By Chelsea Lee Smith
This post is part of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog hop (see details below).
I am excited to share this new page which features 7 posts that introduce the country and culture of Papua New Guinea.
The “Learning about Papua New Guinea” series includes:
Introducing the Country of Papua New Guinea to Children
This post on Kids Yoga Stories gives some basic facts, and a bit about animals, transportation, and traditional dress in PNG.
This post on All Done Monkey shares a bit about the importance of teaching children to learn other languages, and gives phrases in Tok Pisin that you can learn.
This post on Making Multicultural Music shares a bit about traditional and popular PNG music and includes two videos.
This post on Creative World of Varya explains how to make a traditional meal in PNG: potato, vegetables, and meat in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves, and cooked in a pile of hot rocks. There is a step by step poster as well as a video if you would like to learn more details!
This post on Kid World Citizen shares about the typical daily routine of one grassroots preschool in Papua New Guinea, including pictures and a video!
This post on Toddling in the Fast Lane gives instructions to create your own Bird of Paradise, plus some background and video/picture links to learn about this amazing creature.
Bilum Craft: Learning about Papua New GuineaBilums are a popular and beautiful craft in PNG still widely used. See pictures, read about how they are used, and make your own with this post on InCultureParent!
Why Papua New Guinea?
You may be wondering why the focus on PNG. Well my husband’s family moved to Port Moresby when he was 2 and, although he left when he was 18 to go to university in New Zealand, his parents still live there and he considers PNG “home.” I have visited twice – once for 6 weeks before we were married to complete a health education project which contributed to my undergraduate honors thesis, and secondly for 4 weeks in Feb-March 2013 during which my husband was supporting the local hospital and I was volunteering in Rose Garden Preschool (and our kids were having lots of fun with their grandparents!).
I’ve decided to create this resource on PNG as similar materials are not readily available, in the hopes that more families and children will learn about this incredible country, someday visit, and hopefully learn from its culture as well as contribute to its people.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Multicultural Kid Blogs is sponsoring a blog hop, and you are invited! We are celebrating the cultures and peoples of this diverse region by sharing our posts and asking other bloggers to do the same! Our hope is to create a wonderful resource for celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with children. Be sure to visit the co-hosts of the blog hop (listed below) and share your own posts at the linky at the bottom!