How arts and crafts promote global citizens

Why and how to look at art with children

As a former art teacher and museum educator, Cindy Ingram is passionate about the power of art in people’s lives and writes about how to teach art appreciation and enjoy art history with kids of all ages at The Art Curator for Kids. Cindy has an M.A. in Art Education from The University of North Texas. She now works full time writing curriculum and courses at The Art Curator for Kids while homeschooling her two daughters, ages 4 and 6.
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Learning about other cultures through music

World Music children’s performer DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has spent over two decades performing in the USA and around the world, creating music to inspire all the world’s children.  Along with numerous national awards for her culturally diverse music, Daria has numerous teaching resources and even a free APP that introduces very young children  to world cultures through music, crafting simple instruments and musical play. You can find her at Daria Music.
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Global learning through arts and crafts at home

Becky Morales is the creator of Kid World Citizen, offering activities that help young minds go global. Her work has been featured on Scholastic, the U.S. Department of Education, NBC Latino, MSN, PBSKids, Start Empathy and many more. She is a teacher, teacher-trainer, speaker, educational consultant, and author of “Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners”. Becky is the mom to 5 bilingual, multicultural kids through birth and adoption.
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Further reading

… on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Arts and crafts

Make Arpillera with Kids
Art Inspired by Arabic Calligraphy
Teaching Culture Through Art
Toys and Games around the World
Teaching Cultural Appreciation through Fashion.
Calavera Puppets for Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts Ideas.
Rosh Hashanah Tzedekah Box Kid’s Craft
Puhui Chinese New Year Posters
Holi Crafts and Activities for Kids
Ramadan-Inspired Crafts
Globally Inspired Christmas Cards

Music

Wonderful Ways Music Brings People Together
Teaching Kids About the World Through Music
Language and Music: Paying it Forward
Favorite Outdoor Music Activities
Pow-Pow Drum
Make Your Own Vuvuzela for World Cup
Bate, Bate Chocolate
Holiday Gift Ideas: Music
Musical Ways to Explore Asian-Pacific Heritage

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The Color and the Shape by Djibouti Jones
Enjoying local art and meeting local artists

99 Creative Mosque Projects by A Crafty Arab
Mosques are religious centers for Muslims. This list of 99 crafts will help children create mosque projects at home to make them familiar with this space.

Cherokee Rattle Craft by All Done Monkey
Make your own Cherokee rattle

Charamico Dominican Christmas Tree by Discovering the World Through my Son’s Eyes
How to make a Dominican Christmas tree

The Finnish Craft of Himmeli by Eva Varga
Himmeli is a traditional Finnish handcraft that is generally done at Christmas time. Traditionally, himmeli ornaments were made by threading string through cereal straw and creating 3-dimensional sculptures.

Poppy the Proud: Indian Fable and Peacock Craft by Multicultural Kid Blogs
Learning about the national bird of India the peacock with a children’s book and craft.

Tibetan Prayer Flags: an inspiring craft for kids by Our Whole Village
What better way to have kids focus on positive thoughts and intentions than through a fun and inspirational craft? This project also teaches kids about color symbolism while sparking their curiosity about this unique culture.

Decorating Eggs by The Educators’ Spin On It
Have you ever heard of the traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs? Try your hand at this classic wax resist method.

Faith Related Crafts by The Interfaith Observer
Crafts are a great way to introduce kids to other faith traditions. Create your own, based on these suggestions, or take advantage of the many resources already out there!

100+ Kids Projects for Celebrating Chinese Culture by Bicultural Mama
Kids projects for celebrating Chinese culture with Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts

Light and symmetry in art: Notan designs by Smart Tinker
Teaching children about other cultures through exploration of art techniques. Notan Design is a Japanese design concept that embodies light and dark.

Advent around the world by Third Culture Mama
How to make an advent calendar that helps kids understand and love their world

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