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June 23rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

4 Ways To Use The World Cup To Teach Your Kids About Culture

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One of the most amazing things that has happened since the World Cup 2014 started — besides the excitement, yelling and cheering — is that my kids have started to recognize several of the flags and the names of the 32 countries playing the most important soccer tournament in the world. I love that apart from passing on what I consider part of my Latino culture to my kids, I can use the World Cup as an opportunity to teach them about culture, history and geography.

Luckily, there are a ton of activities, crafts and worksheets online to help me do that. Check out some of the ones we love:

Duck Tape World Cup Flags: My 7-year-old adores using Duck Tape to come up with all kinds of crazy creations. She’s made wallets and flowers and when I told her we’d be making some World Cup flags using Duck Tape she jumped right in.

World Cup 2014 Flag Cookies: What kid wouldn’t want to work on decorating a bunch of cookies using jelly beans, gummies, chocolate chips and any other small candy they could get their hands on? The best part is that they get to learn without even realizing it because they’re having so much fun!

World Cup 2014 Geographical Location Map: Don’t just teach your kids about the flags of each country playing in the World Cup, teach them about the geographical location of the 32 countries involved using this nifty map.

World Cup 2014 Languages Worksheet: Similarly, you can teach your kids about the languages spoken in the countries with teams at the World Cup by using this worksheet. In my house, I first asked my kids take a guess about the languages spoken in each country and I was happy they got most of the Spanish-speaking countries right. We then researched together to get the answer for the rest of the countries.

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