Jasmin only just turned six but suddenly has the ability to do entire craft projects on her, from conceptualization to set up and actualization. Tonight she decided to just "make a pinata" after dinner. First, she assembled her materials: balloons, newspaper, a bowl, glue and water. She cut strips of newspaper, added the glue to the water and then started pasting the strips on the blown-up balloon.
All the flavor of sushi, with half the effort. A favorite with my children!
Healthy smoothies for summer your kids will like.
Since when is Moroccan food a quick weeknight meal? Since now!
Let your child journal their summer days!
Crafts, recipes, books, games and more to make the most of this joyful Baha'i celebration.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with dragon crowns, Vietnamese spring rolls, lesson plans that don't stereotype and much more!
Here's part two of our 12 days of multicultural musical activities as a fun way to wrap up 2013, welcome 2104 and prepare for Chinese New Year coming in late January.
Here are 12 different ways you can make the holidays bright by exploring diversity and making music.
Awesome recipe for yummy Mexican wedding cookies.
Gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin chia pudding that is equally awesome as a breakfast and dessert.
Here are a few resources for African songs and rhymes that can be used as a starting point to learn about African culture.
Put all those crayon scraps to good use in the easiest pumpkin decorating craft yet!
Paletas offer some of the most unique popsicle flavors and are always made fresh. Try some of these new popsicle combinations like rice milk or pine nut today!
A creative approach to to helping my kids count the days of Ramadan until Eid, with an added bonus of helping with their Arabic numbers.
One bite of this recipe will transport you to a sidewalk cafe in Paris.
I used some of my kids' art and other recycled materials to make this fun, dangling star and moon craft for Ramadan.
Best somen noodle recipe for the whole family to cool down on hot summer days
The best present my kids have received year after year.
Tanabata is a time when people make wishes for the year ahead and hang them on a bamboo branch.
Most days, dinner prep is a rushed affair around our house happening in the 30 minutes between arrival and ruined appetites. Injera pizza is the latest quick dinner creation that was instantly successful and even faster than regular pizza!
Talofa! You just said 'hi' in the beautiful language of the Samoan people. I learned my first Samoan song about a month ago and since then I have been fascinated with the music, language and culture. Here are two songs to share with your children.
Pan de yuca is one of the greatest Ecuadorian snack foods. Here's an awesome recipe, simple and gluten-free too!
One thing you will likely notice upon arriving in Papua New Guinea is that the majority of people are carrying around bright, woven bags called “bilums.” These bags are made all over the country, although in different styles and patterns, and are worn by men and women (and children!) alike. Follow these instructions to make a bilum craft with your child.
Have you ever played a passing game as a child? Even if you don’t remember, chances are you did! Passing games are present in almost all cultures. These games are usually accompanied by a melody and involve passing a...
Enjoy this great Indian dal recipe with very subtle flavors, which blend together smoothly. It's a sweet variety of spices to introduce children to complex flavors in a healthy dish.
A favorite of my kids, these cookies have the texture of a brownie squeezed into a cookie with traces of coconut. We brought them to two different spring celebrations one weekend and they were a success everywhere. The ultimate test of gluten-free cooking in my mind is when no one can tell something is gluten free. That was certainly the case for these cookies.
Do something extra fun and a little bit messy with your kids using eggs, dirt, seeds and papier mache—the kids will love this project that will put you on your way to becoming a guerrilla gardener.
By putting two wonderful things together—recycling and creating instruments—we can get into the habit of reusing or remaking objects that might otherwise find their way into the trash. And making music is a fun way to spend time with your family or friends, express yourself, play with rhythm and dance or just be silly with the folks that you love!
Is anything better than chocolate and making music? Teach your kids some Spanish with these Mexican and Peruvian nursery rhymes about chocolate.
I come from a family of Italian-Americans, at least on one side. This recipe comes to me via an amazingly talented chef, my Aunt Valerie, who learned it from her Italian Aunt Angie.
It was love at first ring! I can still remember the first time I ever heard the beautiful sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl. I had never seen or heard of one before and the tone that it produced was immediately calming and intriguing. Children always have a lot of questions about where the sound is coming from and how it works.
Bulgarians wear a martenitsa, red-and-white talismans usually made of yarn, in the form of bracelets or of little dolls to welcome spring.
Here’s a recipe for a simple family dinner that is always a top favorite with my kids: yummy Korean barbecue with our own twist. And it is gluten free too!
An easy and fun craft for the Lunar New Year, made with materials you already have around the house.
The lotus flower is a well-known symbol of Buddhism, representing the journey from darkness to light. To explain this concept to a child you could make this simple lotus flower using pipe cleaners.
A very cool Lunar New Year lantern for kids made from a balloon and tissue paper.
Traditional Japanese music is quite different from Western music. With a sparse rhythm and periods of silence, the music tends to calm and tries to inspire feelings of nature. I am personally fascinated by the sounds of the Koto and the Taiko drums and the dreamy sounds of Japanese folk music. In this article I would like to share with you some songs and a dance I introduce to all my preschool classes.
The first time I encountered preserved lemon (l'hamed marakad in Moroccan Arabic) was on my second trip to Morocco. My sister-in-law pulled a beat-up glass jar out of the drawer and dropped something slimy-looking into the chicken and olive dish on the stove. It looked old and like it had potentially been sitting in the drawer too long. What the hell was that?
Fukuwarai, roughly translated as lucky laugh, is a traditional Japanese game played during the New Year's celebration.
All kids like dressing up, especially as royalty, so indulge their pretend play aspirations and make some crowns, in celebration of Three Kings Day.
Did you know that music can be beneficial to language learners because it stimulates parts of the brain conductive to learning a foreign language? Music activates both the right and the left side of the brain, so if you remember something to a tune, you are more likely to recall the information than if you just read it or heard it spoken.
Glühwein is popular in all the German-speaking countries, the Netherlands and the Alsace region of France as a traditional holiday drink. The secret of glühwein is the more you heat it up, the less alcohol remains in. In other words, if you want to make it a spiritual drink for adults you should make sure that the glühwein is not boiling.
As an early childhood music and movement specialist, I like to start each school year by exploring music and dance from the continent of Africa. In Africa, music is deeply integrated into daily activities, it is used to convey news, to teach, to tell stories, for religious purposes and a lot more. Music and dance often overlap and in some languages, the same word is used to represent the two.
Make a bright, colorful lantern in celebration of Diwali all from materials you already have around the house.
Colcannon takes mashed potatoes to the next level.
Papel picado (perforated paper) is a popular Mexican folk art crafted out of tissue paper. This delicate and colorful art decorates home and streets during the Day of the Dead celebration.
Eid is a time for food, family and celebration. Lamb is a popular dish because of the animal that is sacrificed.
Nine years ago I made the long journey from Italy to California to chase what many call the “American Dream.” I left my family behind, my culture, my language and pursued my dream of one day becoming a music...
Every year, my mom would make nasi tumpeng, a unique Indonesian rice combination. She would start by making rice flavored with coconut, turmeric and other herbs, which she would shape into a conical pyramid and place on a bed of folded banana leaves. Here is how you can make this Indonesian classic.
Apples and honey are the symbolic foods of the Jewish New Year. So make something sweet to celebrate!
A tasty way to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year with your family, these snacks are great for lunchboxes, after school snacks or appetizer nibbles at your next dinner party.
Cool down in style with these fun, Gullah-inspired fans.
In celebration of Jamaica’s Independence on August 6, make this quick and easy Jamaican favorite. It’s a traditional Jamaican breakfast that is often used with other forms of starch such as boiled banana, yam, potatoes, plantain and breadfruit. Codfish or saltfish is a major component of Jamaican cuisine and is very easy to make.
Simple, Moroccan and delicious: slow-cooked lamb that falls off the bone
A simple star and moon banner for Ramadan for all your doorways or windows
This Chinese sweet treat took less than ten minutes of kitchen time!
A Laotian classic--one of the best grilled chicken recipes out there!
A quick, gluten-free entree or snack, which can be made using pantry staples.
Paper lanterns shaped like lotus flowers are a common decoration in the incredible lantern festivals on the Buddha's birthday in Korea.
Celebrate one of the most important Buddhist holidays with something scrumptious.
How we made a Korean sogo drum with kids that they could play right away, was cheap and not too loud.
My children found a new favorite with this Beltane dessert. Who can resist sugar pie?
Beltane is celebrated in Gaelic and pagan cultures as the beginning of the summer season. We made a Hare Princess mask for my daughter, and for my son, a version of the Green Man--a "vegetation diety" who appears in cultures the world round when summer arrives. Just need tin foil and masking tape to make it.
A simplified version of this classic tandoori recipe is a pleaser for both children and adults!
This colorful Easter craft uses the Polish tradition of cutting paper into intricate designs.
Make special Seder placemats to help your kids remember the foods and where they go.
This Passover classic, gefilte fish, is simple to make from ground fish.
As the mom of two Turkish-American boys, I’m always on the lookout for ways to expose my kids to their Turkish heritage, especially the amazing arts and crafts.
One of the items found on the Haft Sin table for the Persian New Year is sprouted grains. What follows is a fun craft project with kids since these seeds germinate quickly so kids can watch the growth almost daily.
This dish was my childhood favorite; we called it red rice (because of the tomatoes in the rice). It was also my childrenâ€™s favorite when they were growing up.
These fragrant sweets for Holi are easy for kids to help make!
Grab some paint and straws and let your kids make a painting for Holi.
These classic Purim cookies have been elevated to epicurean status, as chefs experiment with creative fillings.
A traditional emblem of St. David's Day is the leek. In the past, the Welsh wore actual leeks pinned to their clothes on St. David's day--but you can make a leek or two with your kids out of wool.
Because Ayyam-i-Ha does not have specific celebration rituals attached to it, there is no limit to the things you can do with your children to honor the essence of God. We chose to bring nature a little closer to our home and build some pine cone bird feeders.
Brazilian pao de queijo make a fabulous and gluten-free addition to a family menu!
No matter where you celebrate Carnival, be it Brazil or Trinidad, there will always be a street parade. You can have your own parade by creating mini-floats at home.
Nirvana Day is celebrated with simple, vegetarian dishes, such as this easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly soup.
Use pipe cleaners and ribbon to make this beautiful pagan decoration to welcome the first signs of spring.
These Irish (mashed) potato pancakes are a perfect conduit for fresh Irish butter or a host of other toppings.
This Vietnamese dish is traditionally eaten on Tết, the country's New Year's celebration.
Rosca de Reyes is the traditional pastry bread eaten on Three Kings Day across Latin America and beyond.
Snakes are an important symbol for the Hopi Indians and make an appearance during the winter solstice ceremony. So let's make a snake! All that’s needed is an egg box to start.
A hearty corn stew for long winter days
Holiday stuffing inspired by the flavors of Morocco, with cumin, dates, almonds and pears. Yum!
Tired of Santa and other Christmas crafts? Here's the most non-Santa, original craft around--guaranteed. And it will even help your kids to behave.
Children across Europe leave their shoes out on St. Nicholas day for St. Nicholas to come and fill them with candy. This is a fun craft which can double as a neat decoration or gift "box" in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day.
Star and moon card for Eid-al-Adha.
Pan de muerto is a sweet bread, flavored with anise, orange zest and cinnamon and decorated with bone shaped pieces of dough, given as a snack to the dead.
Pheasant in a creamy wine reduction sauce with sauerkraut--lighter than a sausage but every bit as German.
Collect some freshly fallen leaves, not yet too brittle to make a fall-inspired picture frame.
Search the spice rack to create this perfect recipe for the whole family, with basic ingredients and a low-prep time.
This craft takes inspiration from Ethiopian geometric patterns and encourages kids to make their own geometric art.
I can remember when I was little my parents would feed us early and send us to bed to get some peace during iftar. I am now having to deal with the same from my children.
A soup where taste equals love with lentils, cilantro, parsley, chickpeas and spices.
Flashcards, banners, garlands and more
A mask is a must for celebrating the Virgen del Carmen. Make your own fun mask out of a plastic milk jug and other items you have around the house already.
Mongolian children have traditionally played many different games using animal bones but don't worry, we're not going to suggest you save your animal bones for this game.
A Peruvian recipe for lomo saltado that is simple and so tasty.
Simple and delicious Mongolian recipe for Khuushuur to celebrate Naadam.
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than making a sun-inspired craft. These sun catchers will look awesome on your windows and your kids will love watching the sun filter through them.
A popular symbol of Quebec is the snowy owl (the national bird). To celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste day, let’s make something fun and representative of Quebec.
The flashing-neon preface to this recipe is that this is our InCultureParent twist on poutine, the popular Canadian French fry specialty. Because we always try to feature healthy recipes, it didn’t feel right to us to encourage you to eat French fries, even if they are Canadian French fries. So we made our own variation...
Hoddeok is a “traditional” Korean street vendor food. Korean people love to eat this delicious snack especially in the cold winter. It tastes best when it is warm.
A popular craft for kids on Vesak is making a lantern out of popsicle sticks and tissue paper.
The Sam Taeguk symbol is found on traditional Korean fans. It is a variation of the Taeguk symbol, similar to a yin yang. Make one with the kids!
Editor’s note: On Vesak, it is prohibited to kill any being, so everyone eats vegetarian. Here’s a recipe from Malaysia that is popular on Vesak.
Sarson ka sag is traditionally a Punjabi dish, often made on Vaisakhi but not exclusively. It's totally delicious, vegetarian and incorporates one of the world healthiest veggies—mustard greens.
Dyeing Easter eggs is one of the most popular Easter traditions, found in many parts of the Christian world. Here's an American way to decorate eggs that I learned growing up, with the twist of using natural dyes.
One element of the celebration of Vaisakhi is a parade. A fun thing for kids to do is make their own Nishan Sahib, the Sikh holy flag, to carry in the parade.
Let your kids get messy and colorful in the spirit of Holi.
Thandai is a refreshing milk-based drink, accented with bold flavors. It is traditionally consumed in Northern India during the festival of Holi.
Yuanxiao, or sweet rice balls, are traditionally eaten on Lantern Festival, which is the last day of the two-week Chinese New Year holiday.
Ayyam-i-Ha is the time of the year for gift giving, celebrating and performing acts of charity. Here's an advent type banner with 4 pockets--1 for each day of Ayyam-i-Ha that one crafty mama created for Ayyam-i-Ha. Each morning her...
Persian recipes are very appropriate for Ayyam-i-Ha. This recipe for fesenjan, also called fesanjoon depending on the regional dialect, combines chicken with pomegranates and walnuts for an amazing explosion of taste.
Some of the best crafts for the Chinese New Year.
This is a traditional Armenian Christmas recipe. In the early days, at every Armenian feast, Anooshabour was a traditional must!
More than its rich history, artists or cuisine, Armenia is probably best known for its carpets. This is a fun project for kids and also good for fine motor skills. Materials Scissors Glue Various types and colors of paper Instructions 1. Take one sheet of...
Pomegranates are the Armenian national fruit and you could easily say that vodka is an Armenian national pastime. Combine the two together and you have an explosively delicious cocktail, with Armenian flavor.
Ozoni, or mochi soup, is a Japanese holiday meal traditionally prepared on New Year's Day. After baking, fresh mochi is put into a bowl, and soup and cabbage are ladled over it.
The Yiddish translation of kugel is any baked pudding in Eastern European Jewish culture. My favorite is a noodle kugel, also known as noodle pudding. There are two types of noodle kugel: a sweet kugel and a savory one (which has no sour cream or cottage cheese).
Here's a quick and easy Hanukkah craft for kids. We made Hanukkah candle magnets by painting a couple of those promotional business card magnets that seem to breed behind our refrigerator.
As much as Diwali is a festival of lights, it is also a festival of sweets. There are so many amazing sweet dishes made in celebration of Diwali. Here we present one of them, Kheer, an Indian rice pudding.
Apricots are a traditionally Armenian fruit. If you haven't had apricots in Armenia, you haven't tasted the sweet juiciness that apricots can be. What follows is a wonderful apricot tart, inspired by the Armenian fruit.