There are so many things that children can benefit from by learning about other cultures. You don't need to travel to another country to learn about another culture; with a little creativity, your child can spend a day in another country... right in your own home! Here's how my daughter and I spent a day in Nicaragua...
How We Did It
My daughter's father's family is from Nicaragua, so we decided to spend the day exploring that country.
First, my little girl put on a dress that her grandma had given her that was made in Nicaragua. In my mind, there are two things that vary from one culture to another and defines it: music and food.
I turned on some authentic folk music from Nicaragua, and we listened and danced to it. We got silly and had great fun dancing together.
Next to explore the culinary aspect of the culture, we decided to make homemade flour tortillas--a staple at every meal. These tortillas are very easy to make. First we got together our ingredients...
...then my toddler added the flour and salt to a medium bowl. Then I helped her add the water.
She stirred the mixture well, and then I finished off the mixing. (You should stir for about 2 min until you create a soft dough. If it feels too dry, add more water.)
We divided the dough into small golf ball-sized balls. (This recipe makes about 4 tortillas.) Then we took the balls and flattened them with our hands using some thick plastic. (I used a sandwich baggie.) Have your child pound and flatten the tortillas, making them as round and thin as desired.
I then transferred the tortillas to a skillet on medium high heat and cooked for 50 seconds on each side. We then enjoyed our delicious homemade tortillas!