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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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June 9th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

4 Books About Soccer To Teach Your Kids About The World Cup

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The World Cup 2014 kicks off on Thursday and I can’t wait to share this experience with my kids. Since I grew up in Peru where soccer is the most popular sport, the World Cup has always had a special place in my heart.

Both my kids play soccer and though they’re still little, they’re not completely oblivious to the upcoming soccer event of the year. To help them learn more about it, we’ve checked out some books about soccer from the library and we’ve bought at least one of them. I figured now would be a great time to share them with you.

1. For the Love of Soccer —  Written by one of the sport’s most prominent and talented stars, three-time World Cup champion Pelé tells kids how he got started and why he loves fútbol so much!

2. The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Kid’s Handbook — This is the perfect companion for your kids to have while watching the World Cup. It includes info about the host country, Brazil, and everything your child needs to know about the teams, the players, the stadiums as well as a bunch of fun activities.

3. The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book — This book is perfect for kids that want to learn about the rules, the techniques and the strategies used to play this game successfully.

4. National Geographic Kids Everything Soccer — I love anything done by National Geographic and this book is not the exception. Children will learn anything and everything they need to understand the game of soccer, including fun facts, and the illustrations are excellent too!

 

Photo Credit: USAG – Humphreys

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April 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Outfit of the Week

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This outfit of the week is a cool 3-piece set from our infant/toddler boys line. We know that every child has a variety of interests, so having the ability to mix and match their clothes and choose outfits that fit their mood is great for self esteem! The ribbed waist cargo shorts are comfortable and durable, with pockets for carrying all sorts of things! When they’re feeling edgy, the “loud rock” guitar tee with striped sleeves is the way to go. When they’re feeling sporty, the casual blue henley tee with soccer graphic works perfectly!

You can find this set at your local Walmart and on Walmart.com!

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Boys 3-Piece Tee and Short 

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July 16th, 2012 at 5:00 am

It’s Not Whether they Win or Lose, its How they Play the Game!

This past weekend the soccer season came to an end for our family. After 10 weeks of practices and games it came down to this weekend,  the annual Soccer Saturday tournament. All teams started fresh and could go all the way to win a medal. This is our third year in the tournament, but it was different this time.

Both boys were in the tournament and several of their games were at the same time which meant my husband and I splitting up to cover various ends of the park. My younger son, Connor, is in the lowest age range  that plays two games just to be part of the action.  They don’t count wins and loses, just play to play. His favorite part of the day was getting his hair colored.

My older son, Ian, was playing in the actual tournament for a medal, which brings me to the next difference.  Ian was playing to win, so he could advance. This meant it was much more intense this year. In previous years he played in the age range that Connor was in. Ian also had to play several more games than in previous years if he advanced.

As a parent, I think I felt the pressure more than my son. After a season of tremendous improvement and teamwork I wanted them go all the way. But, I learned a huge lesson from watching the grace with which my son handled it all. He never had nerves, unlike myself who had a sour stomach the whole day. I loved to watch him smile just from having fun with friends playing soccer. His confidence was overwhelming; he knew his team would do their best and what would be, would be.

The most amazing part was watching him during one of the games when he got hurt. A boy kicked a ball and it came flying at his forehead pretty hard. It hit him and he was in shock, so the ref told him to sit down, which causes an injury timeout. He started crying as the coach helped him off the field and I was worried if he was okay. He sat on the sideline holding a cold juice box to his head. I watched him and saw him cheering for his other team members after a while and knew he was okay. After the game I asked him if it really hurt and was that why he was crying. His response, “No, I was sad that they had to take me out of the game.” He truly loves soccer and playing with his friends.

It reminded me that it truly isn’t wether they win or lose……it’s how they play the game!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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