Have you ever looked at how holiday traditions are different around the world? Christmas is a wonderful time to do this, because it is a holiday that is observed in many countries around the globe! Kids learn best when they can make a personal connection to new information, and so having a topic in common like Christmas is a great way to get them interested in a new country and culture.
The Multicultural Kid Blogs group has run a series both this year and last year looking at Christmas in different lands, and this year they have also released a printable packet that is great for homeschoolers and after school learning! They are selling this packet to raise funds that are used to run the group, and they sent a copy to me to review (Note: I’m also a member of their board, which is an unpaid volunteer position).
This packet looks at Christmas traditions in six different countries: Brazil, France, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Sweden. My kids were excited to see Sweden and France, because my family lived in both of those countries! Each country includes a nice write-up about the traditions, and then there are one or two activities for each country. Some of the activities (cross word puzzles and word searches) are more suited to upper elementary aged kids – eight-year-old Emma is in third grade, and this packet is perfect for her! Younger kids will still enjoy hearing about country traditions, and there are coloring pages as well as recipes that work for children of any age!
Here are some more great resources from the Multicultural Kid Blogs group to teach your kids about Christmas around the world!
- Christmas in Different Lands 2013
- Christmas in Different Lands 2014
- Christmas Around the World Pinterest Board
Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition? Where did it originally begin? Do you know?