Make a bright, colorful lantern in celebration of Diwali all from materials you already have around the house.
Star and moon card for Eid-al-Adha.
Tanabata is a time when people make wishes for the year ahead and hang them on a bamboo branch.
Collect some freshly fallen leaves, not yet too brittle to make a fall-inspired picture frame.
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.
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.
Image Source: firstpalette.com 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 Required: Scissors Glue Various types and colors...
Fukuwarai, roughly translated as lucky laugh, is a traditional Japanese game played during the New Year's celebration.
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...
Some of the best crafts for the Chinese New Year.
Let your kids get messy and colorful in the spirit of Holi.
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.
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.
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.
An easy and fun craft for the Lunar New Year, made with materials you already have around the house.
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!
A popular craft for kids on Vesak is making a lantern out of popsicle sticks and tissue paper.
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.
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 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.
Flashcards, banners, garlands and more
This craft takes inspiration from Ethiopian geometric patterns and encourages kids to make their own geometric art.
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.
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.
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.
All kids like dressing up, especially as royalty, so indulge their pretend play aspirations and make some crowns, in celebration of Three Kings Day.
A very cool Lunar New Year lantern for kids made from a balloon and tissue paper.
Use pipe cleaners and ribbon to make this beautiful pagan decoration to welcome the first signs of spring.
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.
Bulgarians wear a martenitsa, red-and-white talismans usually made of yarn, in the form of bracelets or of little dolls to welcome spring.
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.
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.
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.
Grab some paint and straws and let your kids make a painting for Holi.
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.
Paper lanterns shaped like lotus flowers are a common decoration in the incredible lantern festivals on the Buddha's birthday in Korea.
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.
Make special Seder placemats to help your kids remember the foods and where they go.
This colorful Easter craft uses the Polish tradition of cutting paper into intricate designs.
How we made a Korean sogo drum with kids that they could play right away, was cheap and not too loud.
A simple star and moon banner for Ramadan for all your doorways or windows
Cool down in style with these fun, Gullah-inspired fans.
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!
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.
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.
I used some of my kids' art and other recycled materials to make this fun, dangling star and moon craft for Ramadan.
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.
Put all those crayon scraps to good use in the easiest pumpkin decorating craft yet!
Crafts, recipes, books, games and more to make the most of this joyful Baha'i celebration.
The best present my kids have received year after year.
Let your child journal their summer days!
Here, we are going to provide you detailed instructions on how your kid can make a Sun Catchers Ramadan Craft. Before you start with the instruction get the following materials (required). Materials Suncatcher template Tissue paper Scissors Contact...
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with dragon crowns, Vietnamese spring rolls, lesson plans that don't stereotype and much more!
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.
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).
Eid is a time for food, family and celebration. Lamb is a popular dish because of the animal that is sacrificed.
Pheasant in a creamy wine reduction sauce with sauerkraut--lighter than a sausage but every bit as German.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a traditional Armenian Christmas recipe. In the early days, at every Armenian feast, Anooshabour was a traditional must!
Yuanxiao, or sweet rice balls, are traditionally eaten on Lantern Festival, which is the last day of the two-week Chinese New Year holiday.
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.
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.
Thandai is a refreshing milk-based drink, accented with bold flavors. It is traditionally consumed in Northern India during the festival of Holi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
A Peruvian recipe for lomo saltado that is simple and so tasty.
Simple and delicious Mongolian recipe for Khuushuur to celebrate Naadam.
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.
Best somen noodle recipe for the whole family to cool down on hot summer days
Search the spice rack to create this perfect recipe for the whole family, with basic ingredients and a low-prep time.
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.
A hearty corn stew for long winter days
Holiday stuffing inspired by the flavors of Morocco, with cumin, dates, almonds and pears. Yum!
Rosca de Reyes is the traditional pastry bread eaten on Three Kings Day across Latin America and beyond.
This Vietnamese dish is traditionally eaten on Tết, the country's New Year's celebration.
These Irish (mashed) potato pancakes are a perfect conduit for fresh Irish butter or a host of other toppings.
Nirvana Day is celebrated with simple, vegetarian dishes, such as this easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly soup.
Brazilian pao de queijo make a fabulous and gluten-free addition to a family menu!
These classic Purim cookies have been elevated to epicurean status, as chefs experiment with creative fillings.
All the flavor of sushi, with half the effort. A favorite with my children!
These fragrant sweets for Holi are easy for kids to help make!
This Passover classic, gefilte fish, is simple to make from ground fish.
A simplified version of this classic tandoori recipe is a pleaser for both children and adults!
My children found a new favorite with this Beltane dessert. Who can resist sugar pie?
Celebrate one of the most important Buddhist holidays with something scrumptious.
A quick, gluten-free entree or snack, which can be made using pantry staples.
A Laotian classic--one of the best grilled chicken recipes out there!
This Chinese sweet treat took less than ten minutes of kitchen time!
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 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.
Apples and honey are the symbolic foods of the Jewish New Year. So make something sweet to celebrate!
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.
Colcannon takes mashed potatoes to the next level.
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?
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!
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.
Awesome recipe for yummy Mexican wedding cookies.
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.
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!
Pan de yuca is one of the greatest Ecuadorian snack foods. Here's an awesome recipe, simple and gluten-free too!
One bite of this recipe will transport you to a sidewalk cafe in Paris.
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!
Gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin chia pudding that is equally awesome as a breakfast and dessert.
Since when is Moroccan food a quick weeknight meal? Since now!
Healthy smoothies for summer your kids will like.
Tired of crackers, cheerios and raisins? Try one of our snacks from Mexico, Germany, Colombia, Morocco, Palestine, Brazil and more!
This super healthy cookie recipe is perfect for afterschool snacks and lunch boxes. For anyone gearing up for Ramadan, this is also an ideal cookie for dessert after long days of fasting. When I...
Image Sources: needpix.com 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...
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.
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.
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.
Is anything better than chocolate and making music? Teach your kids some Spanish with these Mexican and Peruvian nursery rhymes about chocolate.
There are so many fun games from around the world, and so many countries have their own version of a passing game. Did you ever play a passing game as a child? Even if you don’t remember, chances are...
Here are 12 different ways you can make the holidays bright by exploring diversity and making music.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few resources for African songs and rhymes that can be used as a starting point to learn about African culture.