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Multicultural Games & Activities

Create A Multicultural Passport

Help draw kids into the fun of travelling to different cultures right within the classroom.  Ideal for children of all ages.

 What To Do:

  1. Make each child a booklet which can be used as the passport. Then have each child decorate the front of it.
  2. Next you will need to either take a photo of the child, or have them bring one from home to stick on the first inside page of their passport.  Write their name beneath it.
  3. Each week choose a culture to base your lessons or activities on.
  4. At the end of the week give the child a picture of something from that culture to stick in their passport.
  5. At year's end you can then present all the kids with their filled passports and a certificate congratulating them on becoming “World Travellers”.

 The Talking Stone – A Class Circle Time Activity

Often during this time kids tend to become a bit noisy, all talking at once and clambering to have themselves heard.  It is a custom in many Native American cultures to use a “Talking Stone” which is passed around the circle, and the only one allowed to speak is the one holding the stone, or whatever object you would like to use.  It can be a stuffed animal, a painted stick, or a ball.

 1, 2, 3 Dragon - A Game To Teach Co-operation & Team Work

 1, 2, 3 Dragon is a game played in China by small children to celebrate the Chinese New Year in which the traditional Chinese Dragon plays an important role.

 The Object Of The Game

For the person who is the “Head” of the dragon to tag the “Tail” of the Dragon as many times as possible during their turn.  A point is awarded each time the tail is tagged.

 How To Play

Form a line of 10 or more children with their hands clasping the shoulders of the child in front of them.  The child at the front of the line is the “head” of the Dragon, while the child at the back is the “tail”.

 The tail shouts 1-2-3 Dragon, and the head must then lead the body of the Dragon (the line) to try and catch the tail.  The line must not break, or the Dragon dies.

 A round is over when either:

  • the line breaks, or
  • the head tags the tail 5 times

 Once either of these outcomes occur, the head moves to the back of the line to become the tail, and the next child in line becomes the head.

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