Summertime Brain Hop – Ideas To Help Make Summer Fun ~ WEEK 1

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I want to welcome you to our Summertime Brain Hop – Hopping Around the Internet with Ideas To Make Summer Fun!  Each week we will introduce a new topic at our home,  and I invite you to do the same.  My hope is that there will be something fun for you to do with your kids. Whether you decide to do an activity each day of the week or select one or two to accomplish – the choice is up to you!  It just might help you all weather summertime boredom.  And maybe, just maybe, your kids will learn a few things while you are at it!

Here’s how it will work.  Each Monday morning we will share that weeks’ theme.  We will give you links to printables, lessons, crafts and even some fun new recipes you can try.  There are endless FREE resources on the Internet, and I am simply gathering a small sample of a few I know, trust, used when I was teaching, and will use with my own kids. We will end each theme with a party in our house!!! Use these ideas, and tailor them to meet the needs of your family – but most of all, have some Summertime Fun with your kids!! Let’s get started!!

 

Week 1 – The World Around Us

HISTORY
I know there are times that I talk about another country, and I’m pretty sure my kids think it’s an hour away. What a great opportunity for me as a mom to help my kids learn about The World Around Us!  Learning about world cultures is a great way to teach compassion, diversity, and general awareness that their IS a world outside of their home!

RESOURCES ONLINE
TEACHING KIDS ABOUT RACE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY – quick article to read before you start!
WORLD MAP -introduce and explore countries
EXPLORE WORLD CULTURES -great site full of many different ideas
WORLD HISTORY GAMES, LESSONS, POWERPOINTS, AND MORE
GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
EXPLORE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

PRINTABLES
PRINTABLE PASSPORT – print and create passports to “travel” around the world
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD COLORING PAGE
HISTORY OF THE WORLD COLORING PAGES

CRAFTS

PAPER MACHE GLOBE

MULTICULTURAL CRAFTS

MULTICULTURAL ARTS & CRAFTS (with lesson plans)

MEXICAN METAL TOOLING

CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS

RECIPES
SNACKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD  -perfect for a party!!
INTERNATIONAL GOURMET RECIPES FOR KIDS

PARTIES / OUTINGS
EXPLORE OUR WORLD THROUGH GOOGLE EARTH -AWESOME resource – would be fun for the last day to “travel” to these places while testing snack foods made the day before?
LULLABIES OF THE WORLD – wonderful collection of short videos that introduces children to other languages, as well as allowing them to experience the cultural differences in songs. – show at the end of your week and end the week by sharing your own favorite lullaby! Take this one step further by having your children create their own short film (powerpoint) or book based upon your favorite lullaby.

EXTENSIONS FOR OLDER KIDS
PEACE CORPS VIRTUAL KIDS CHALLENGE