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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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October 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The Benefits of Cultural Travel for Kids

My kids and I just got back from a trip to San Diego and since we were so close to the Mexican border, we decided to take a day trip over there. We’re lucky that the family we were staying with for the weekend is Mexican-American and they’re used to traveling from one side to the other all the time.

Although we were only there for one day, my kids got to live a completely different experience. First of all, Spanish was spoken everywhere and by everybody. From the stores where we shopped to the restaurants where we ate and the places we visited, my kids loved being able to speak in Spanish to everyone in sight. My children even got a chance to play with the daughter of one of the employees at a coffee shop where we hang out for a bit.

Secondly, they got to experience some real authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks. I mean, it’s not like many of the dishes are not available in the U.S., but there’s something about eating certain foods at the places where they come from originally. We had some tasty tacos de barbacoa and some delicious and very fresh seafood.

We also got a chance to go to a couple of bookstores where I bought my kids some books and board games in Spanish and we were able to visit a local market, which made for a very fun and colorful time. The whole trip was also a great opportunity for me to talk about the border, what it must be like to live there and how culturally different (and similar) San Diego and Tijuana really are. Once back in San Diego, my kids couldn’t stop talking about the experience!

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.


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