Use around the world crafts for kids to help them learn about different countries and cultures. Incorporating a hands-on activity into your lesson plan will engage your students. Such projects also teach children there is more to the world than their own community. Around the world crafts also help kids develop a basic understanding of diversity.
Australian Dot Art
Australia's aborigines are famous for their dot art. "Aborigines used dot painting as a way of telling a story and recording ritual practices," according to LessonPlansPage.com. To hide secret stories, the aborigines "would paint dots all over the picture as a form of camouflage. Only those 'in the know' were able to decipher the hidden pictures within."
Dot art traditionally is painted in earth tones. Use tiny dots to form patterns and pictures. The dot art craft for kids requires paper, paint and paintbrushes for each child. Kids can use tiny dots to create such simple shapes as hearts and stars, as well as complex patterns, such as colorful zigzags.
While kites are popular around the world, they are considered a historical art form in China. Colorful paper kites come in a variety of shapes, but a diamond is the most common. Kites may appear plain or display such decorations as paintings, streamers or drawings. Popular kite art includes dragons, birds, fish and Chinese calligraphy.
The kite craft requires two wooden dowels, a piece of diamond-shaped paper and paper streamers for each child. Have the children glue the two dowels in a cross-shape. Glue the decorated paper to the dowels. Attach streamers to the bottom of the kite. Hang the kite craft on the wall.
While Egyptian pyramids may have been built thousands of years ago, they still are an important symbol and a source of cultural pride. Pyramids took years--sometimes decades--to complete, but this craft can be completed in one class.
For the pyramid craft, children stack and glue sugar cubes in a pyramid shape. Decorate the pyramids with glitter spray or sand texture spray. Do not use craft paint--it contains too much water and will melt the sugar cubes.
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Creating the assorted paper shapes requires a thin piece of square paper and precise folds.
The need for precise lines makes this craft suitable for older children, such as upper-elementary school students. Younger children may not have the skills and patience to attempt this activity. Teach students such simple origami shapes as the cup, swan, flower and party hat. Provide scrap paper for practice. Give the children colorful paper once they have mastered the shapes.
Ponchos are simple garments popular among South American tribes. The cape-like garment consists of a round, square or rectangular piece of fabric with a head hole cut in the middle. Ponchos usually end at about elbow length so the forearms can move around freely.
A kid’s poncho craft requires a paper bag and decorations for each child. Cut away the sides of the bag. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag. Let kids decorate the ponchos with such supplies as markers, crayons, paint, beads, yarn, yarn fringe and paper fringe.