Learning Objectives: 

  • Research skills
  • Multicultural understanding
  • Art
  • Design
  • Cooking
  • Foreign languages

Materials:

  • Books, internet, or other research materials.
  • Art supplies
  • Useful junk such as cardboard, paper or plastic bags, cardboard tubes, etc.
  • Grocery items

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Glue, staples, etc
  • A functional kitchen
  • A table and chairs
  • Paper and pencil
  • Adult permission and assistance 

Steps:

  1. Choose a country or culture, past or present, that you are interested in.
  2. Research that culture, specifically; special costumes or dress (like Scottish kilts or Japanese kimonos), what they eat, unique designs they use or crafts they make (like Dutch delft or Japanese origami), and a few simple phrases in their language (like greetings, names for food and clothes, “How are you?, “Let’s eat.”).
  3. Design and create an authentic costume. Be creative in using materials you already have (a jug from liquid laundry soap could be cut to make a Pharaoh's headdress).
  4. Decorate using colors, designs and crafts from that culture, possibly a flag, or other symbols they use.
  5. Learn and be ready to teach your guests some simple phrases in the language of your chosen culture.
  6. Create a menu of some simple recipes that showcase the kind of food they eat. 
  7. With adult help and permission, cook these foods.
  8. Invite family and friends to enjoy what you have created and teach them about the culture or country you researched.