International Festival Crafts For Kids Part 2

Part 2

Folkmoot festival crafts for kids

I’m happy to be writing about one of the best days of summer around here!  We have attended the Folkmoot Festival for three years in a row.  If you missed my last posting about this cultural peace festival, you can read about it HERE or click the picture.

Folkmoot Passports and Cultural Peace Festival

 

 

 

 

Today I’m going to share with you more fun crafts from The Festival Day that you and your children can make at home.

Please join me under “The Childrens Tent” where my son PJ learned about countries from around the world by making simple yet beautiful arts and crafts at stations.

 

To get started you need:

Passports And Flag Stamps

Upon entering the tent PJ received a children’s passport  to stamp as he completed each countries craft.  This passport was made by Folkmoot.org s supporters and employees.  You can find similar products on Pinterest or at Living Montessori Now.  And you can also help your child create a book of their own with a little imagination! 

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The stamps can be wooden with ink or a sticker stamp set.  PJ used the wooden stampers.

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Printable Maps And Flags For Each Country

At each country station or center area there was a global map that marked the country on the map. A mini replica of its flag was placed on the map.

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First stop was the United States of America station of course.

Native American Dream Catcher

  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Rainbow yarn
  • 3 feathers
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Pony beads 
  • Tape

To make his dream catcher, PJ was given a paper plate with a hole cut out of its center.  The plate rim had already been punched and numbered.  So, you’ll want to do a little prep work to set up your stations or centers before hand.  Children can help with some prep work but we were at a festival; No scissors were given to children.

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PJ used the rainbow yarn to lace the plate rim in numerical order.  He secured the remaining end of the yarn with tape to the plate edge.

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He had help tying 3 feathers to the end 3 short pieces (about 3 to 4 inches long) of yarn. A few pony beads were added to the yarn strings. The opposite end of the yarn was secured by tape to the back of the plate rim as well.

So Beautiful we almost forgot to get his passport stamped!

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French Stained Glass

  • 4×6 Heavy Plastic Sheets 
  • Slightly Larger Piece of Cardstock
  • Markers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Printer to print designs ex: birds, sunflowers,ect. OR permanent marker to draw your own design on the Heavy Plastic.

The station for France was a bit more involved but not an activity we wouldn’t do again at home.  PJ was handed a preprinted heavy plastic sheet with a design.  That maybe a bit difficult to make at home but you can always just draw a pretty design yourself on the sheeting with black permanent marker.

He colored his plastic sheet with marker.

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 Next, cut a 4×6 piece of aluminum foil.  CRUMPLE the foil ever so gently.  Then,  UNCRUMPLE  and FLATTEN it.  This took us both several attempts to achieve a piece of  foil that was NOT TORN.

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PJ put his foil over the card stock and taped the foil edges to the back of the cardstock. 

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With a little team work we added his colored plastic sheet over the foiled card stock and taped the edges together.  I gave him the scissors to trim the edges so that all the pieces would fit together neatly.  He repeated as needed.

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This turned out to be one of the most stunning art pieces PJ has ever done!  Plus, I loved the way he really concentrated on finishing it. A well earned stamp in his passport!

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Ghanaian Mask

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  • Black Construction Paper
  • A Toilet Paper Roll
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pastel Chalk

These masks were very simple to make.  Most of the supplies were precut.  Again you will want to do a few steps before your child can start at the point in which PJ started at the Ghana station.  They Are::

1) Cut a toilet paper roll in half width wise to form two tubes.  Then, cut one of the sides of a small tube in half length wise. Simply cut the corners of the tube at an angle to look like this.

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2) The black construction paper was already cut to fit the size of the TP tube as well.  So, measure and cut a piece of black construction paper by tracing the cut out tube pattern on black paper. Easy peasy!

PJ started with putting his precut mask together.  He tucked the over lapping black paper to match the shape of the TP tube. (As shown above.)  Flip the mask over so that the back paper side is showing.

Next, he used colored pastel chalk and a premodern example to draw his own Ghanaian mask.  It was his first ever try at this sort of craft, but he was VERY CREATIVE!  

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When he was finished, he just taped the open edges of the mask together and he got a stamp for his passport.

 

Mexican Maracas

  • Dried Beans
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Dollar Store Tape with bright colors or designs
  • 2 Plastic Spoons

If you are doing a study on Mexico you can’t go without making Maracas! The kids will love it!  Here is how PJ and I learned a new way to make them.

At the Mexican station, PJ was asked  (by two very nice adolescent twin girls) to fill a plastic egg with dried beans.  

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Then he used two spoon to steady the filled egg between  his spoons.  They gave him small strips of the tape to wrap around the spoons and egg.

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He continued to wrap (from top to bottom) the spoons and egg together until he reached the spoon handles.  

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At this point, he decided to use a different color of tape which turned out nicely against the color of the egg itself! Crafty!

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Japanese Lanterns

Four crafts later, my son was ready to call it quits.  The rest of the Folkmoot Festival Day was left to be seen and a nearby bubble machine had caught his eye.  We didn’t stop to make it long enough to make the Japanese Lantern but I found a really neat take on the Chinese Lantern at 

Relentlessly Fun Deceptively Educational

 

More ideas…

Syncopated Mama-  Passports To Fun Italy 

Creative Family Fun-  Mapping The Olympics

The Educators Spin On It-  Exploring Cultures With Kids

Living Montessori Now– has an abundance of ideas using Little Passports and activities from great bloggers such as herself!  Don’t forget to read the bottom of this post to find exciting links furthering studies of different countries!

PJ and I always look forward to this festival.  There’s so much to learn each new year it comes our way.  I  hope we’ve given you some good ideas to help your child have fun learning about cultures of the world!  Maybe you can have a festival day at your own house.

Special thanks to the staff at The Festival Day, from the Coordinator (for helping Pj in the childrens tent) and volunteers imageright up to the drivers (GREAT Uncle Tom) for making this happen in our part of the world!  We love it! We thank you.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

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Folkmoot Passports and International Celebration

PART 1: International Festival Day

 

Folkmoot Passports and Cultural Peace Festival

 

 

 

 

What is Folkmoot??

 

This is a 10 day celebration of International and Cultural PEACE.  We are so very lucky to have it in our neck of the woods!!  There is a Folkmoot Center and you can read more about that at Folkmoot.org.

Folkmoot Friendship Center

 

 

Folkmoot is celebrated in 7 different counties here in the Western North Carolina Mountains..Appalachain Mountains and Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

 

 

 

This festival features international dance, song, and mountain crafts plus food vendors!  The festival is also valued for educating children about internationl cultures and you can read more on it’s Say Hello campaign here at Folkmoot.org.

 

Our little family attended 2 day long events but the best event of the festival was the International Festival Day. 

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There were over 200 international dancers and performers from all over the world!  They came from China, Finland, Poland, France, Peru, Japan, Romania, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mexico/US collaboration, and the Eastern Band of Cheerokee Indians!!

Footage of one of the many performing groups we saw dancing…

#Folkmoot2016

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Thousands of crafts…

Hand crafted glass air plant homes.  PJ knows the value of  sunlit glass as seen in “Pollyanna”. He mused at them for the longest time.

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Beautiful glass bottle bird feeders…

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This chair.  We have a Reedwood hanging chair for PJ but I am tempted to replace it.

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And a ton of family fun traveling to 12 different hosting communities within the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Franklin, NC
  • Waynesville, NC
  • Asheville, NC
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Lake Junaluska, NC

 

The sights of art, sounds of global music, and smells of tasty treats are just the beginning of our exploration this day.  

COMING UP, go around the world as we share crafts PJ did at the festival (and you can do at home!!) using a Passport.

 

You can also visit Living Montessori Now for more great activities using Little Passports. 

 

Thank you for reading,image

 

Crystal 🙂 

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MLK 4 Day Weekend

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the first ever observed by my son.  Up until this year, he wasn’t able to grasp the complexity of ideas like equality, segregation based on skin color, or advocacy.

 

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Pjs understanding of the world around him, compassion towards others, and ability to voice right from wrong has improved tremendously in first grade.  I’m quite proud of the gentlemen he is growing into!!!

In short, I felt he was ready to absorb why Martin Luther King Day was celebrated over our four day break from school.  

 

 

I always start new learning with a book on the subject rather than a discussion.  

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I chose “The Crayon Box that Talked” to help him  understand problems of  diversity.  The crayons do not get along but eventually are able to appreciate qualities in one another.  

 

 

 

He illustrated and wrote about the book.  We flipped through the book again to look for sentences that described what the crayons were thinking and feeling about one another.

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After writing and sitting, I thought it a good idea to do some hands-on learning about diversity.  I already had the idea to use scented Playdough to represent skin colors.  Apparently it is a great idea because skin tone playdough colors are all over the net!  

Here is the most popular picture from Spoonful via www.racheous.com

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Beautiful isn’t it?!  But I couldn’t seem to link to the direct source no matter where it was shared.

 

 

 

I eventually searched for each skin color from various sites.  He loved that these all have a scent or special texture!!

 

He made various people over a two day period.  He even gave each person a good quality while we talked about how people were different.  

It was suppose to be black colored Playdough.
It was suppose to be black colored Playdough.

 

We didn’t use any sort of pattern but I found these PLAYDOUGH MATS from Picklebums to use next time.

 

On day two through four, I thought we would watch a few readings of books for facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was a holiday so the library was closed.  These are the two readings we watched on you tube.

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I helped my son pause and rewind to write down facts from the books. 

Facts About MLK – Kids Play and Create

The BEST visual resource for this topic was definitely another You Tube video.  PJ was listening and watching intently to this creative children’s biography.  The characters time travel!!

Next, I drew an outline of Dr. King and PJ colored it in…image

I wasn’t sure if he would be interested in watching the famous “I Have a Dream” speech so I saved it for last.   Don’t know why I was worried?  He listened and watched the entire speech!! Not only that, he asked questions “What’s that?” and “What’s he say?” when he didn’t know the meaning of a word.  It was the perfect opportunity to use the dictionary so I wrote a few words down to look up. 

“I Have A Dream” speech – Teacher Tube

Examples of terms and words we defined…..

  • sweltering in the heat of oppression
  •  Segregation
  • brotherhood

We finished learning about MLK’s most famous speech with copywork.  I just drew a bubble and a few lines using a ruler for him to write on. 

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He is reading the speech out loud to himself here:)
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More Martin Luther King Jr. Resources….

Activities – Moments A Day

Crafts – Kids Fun Review

 

 

 

Thank You for Reading!!

Crystal 🙂

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