Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

G is for Games | A - Z of Raising Global Citizens

I'm joining a group of bloggers to share with our readers the many aspects of raising global citizens with A - Z of Raising Global Citizens. Be sure to follow along during the month of June for insight and inspiration.
I'm sharing a fun & easy way to incorporate other cultures into your family's life: with games!

We have had a lot of fun over the years adding to our roster of games and toys that have come from or been inspired by world cultures. It's an easy way for our kids to connect with other children the world over - through the love of play.

Here are some resources to bring in new games into your home:

Have fun discovering new places through the fun of play with your kids!

Global mini
In these Series 24 bloggers of Multicultural Kid Blogs Community got together to share ideas and tips on Raising Global Citizens. Follow us from June 1st to June 26th as we share a letter of the alphabet and an idea associated with it over at Raising Global Citizen Series page!
Creative World of Varya = Bilingual Avenue = The European Mama = Melibelle in = Smart Tinker = Good To Be Mom = Marie's Pastiche = Third Culture Mama = Tiny Tapping Toes = All Done Monkey = Russian Step By Step = Multilingual Parenting = In The Playroom = Rue Du Belvedere = Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes = La Cité des Vents = Faith Seeker Kids = World Languages = The Piri-Piri Lexicon = Healthy Child, Global Mind = Mama Smiles = The Art Curator for Kids = Words n Needles = Multicultural Kitchen = Crazy Little Family Adventures

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sundays in France: Recipe for French Crepes

Crepes, a type of thin pancake, are a quintessential French snack. We are no strangers to crepes in many guises, and in France they can be stuffed with sweet (nutella, jam, bananas) or savory (ham, cheese, eggs) fillings. They are such a popular street food in Paris that you can find a crepe stand on almost any street. Towns throughout France have "creperies", quaint little restaurants with crepes - and many possible options for fillings - as their main menu items.

Crepe stand in ParisPhoto Credit: Serge Melki (CC)

The French don't typically eat crepes for breakfast, but as a snack or lunch. As a snack, a French crepe is most often enjoyed in its simplest form, with a dusting of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice (ok, Nutella's a pretty big hit too). 

Sundays in France: Get to Know the French language

When learning about a different country, it's fun to learn a few basic words. You likely already know that French is the official language, but did you know there are other regional languages still spoken in different areas of France? There's Breton in Brittany, Flemish in the Northeast, German in the Alsace region, Spanish dialects in the Southwest, and Corsivan in Corisca. Prior to learning more about France, I hadn't even heard of some of these languages. 

Having said that, with French being the official language, here are a few resources with basic words to introduce kids to French. And if they show an interest in learning more, it's worth encouraging as it's the 6th most widely spoken language in the world, and the official language in 29 countries.

French was international language of diplomacy for 3 centuries

French greetings

Bonjour is the most basic French greeting, and it's used all the time, in many different situations in France. It means Hello, but it's also considered an important word for proper daily etiquette. It's important to start an interaction with the word Bonjour and wait for a reply before launching into whatever needs saying. It's also considered proper etiquette to say bonjour as a general greeting to all those present when walking into a shop.

Here's a video to hear how bonjour is pronounced.

Here's a cute video with different French greetings for kids in song.

Basic words

Here are two printable resources for kids with basic French words: 

Here's a printable I put together.

Here's a printable from Happy Adventure.

A bientot!

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop | #27

Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! This month I'll be joining Multicultural Kid Blogs and various excellent bloggers in co-hosting a blog hop featuring what I love most: learning about different cultures with kids. This link up is an excellent resource for virtually traveling the world - I hope you'll join us.

The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time! 

Created by Frances of Discovering the World through My Son's Eyes, the blog hop has now found a new home at Multicultural Kid Blogs.

This month our co-hosts are:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exploring Switzerland with Kids | Poya Festival & Folk Art Inspired Project

As part of our afternoon jaunt in Switzerland, we learned about the Swiss living tradition of the poya and did an art project inspired by Swiss poya folk art. 

Poya in Gruyere region
Photo Credit: Pierre Schwaller (CC)

Each spring in Switzerland, it's traditional to take dairy herds up to the mountain pastures when the weather turns warm. This ascent is called the poya. In celebration of the cattle and their new found freedom, the cows are decked out with flowers and large cow bells, often with beautifully embroidered belts that have their owners initials on them. 

Traditional Swiss cow with bell
Photo Credit: Gerald Davison (CC)

In the town of Estavannens (in Gruyere), every few years they hold a large festival in honor of poya. Thousands attend for the parades of cattle herds and bell ringing, festivities and food. 

Poya painting
Photo Credit: Romano1246 (CC)

Poya also refers to simple folk paintings that depict this seasonal ascent. These paintings began in 1800 when herdsmen painted them during the procession up to the mountain as an inventory of the herd. They were then hung on their home's facade or over their windows as a sign of prosperity. There are nearly 800 of these paintings today in the Gruyere area.

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