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.
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!
The stamps can be wooden with ink or a sticker stamp set. PJ used the wooden stampers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
French Stained Glass
- 4×6 Heavy Plastic Sheets
- Slightly Larger Piece of Cardstock
- Aluminum Foil
- 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.
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.
PJ put his foil over the card stock and taped the foil edges to the back of the cardstock.
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.
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!
- Black Construction Paper
- A Toilet Paper Roll
- 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.
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!
When he was finished, he just taped the open edges of the mask together and he got a stamp for his passport.
- 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.
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.
He continued to wrap (from top to bottom) the spoons and egg together until he reached the spoon handles.
At this point, he decided to use a different color of tape which turned out nicely against the color of the egg itself! Crafty!
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
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 right 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!