8 Exciting Ways to Explore the World From Home With Kids
Traveling is a wonderful way to introduce children to the beauty of the world’s diverse cultures and traditions. However, circumstances may prevent us from embarking on global adventures. That’s where creativity and technology come into play. In today’s world, you can explore the world and appreciate the world’s rich tapestry right from the comfort of your own home. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 10 creative and educational ways to help your children embark on global journeys without leaving home.
1. Travel with Music – World Dance Party:
Traveling through music is a captivating way to immerse your children in global cultures. Music transcends language and is cherished worldwide. It’s not just about listening; it’s about moving to the beat. Plan a World Dance Party at home with a playlist that features music from different parts of the world. Dancing to these rhythms allows children to develop motor skills and enhances their coordination. If you have musical instruments or decorations, bring them out to make the experience even more immersive. Your kids can explore the world while burning off their energy through the joy of dance.
2. Explore with Maps:
One of the most traditional ways to explore the world with children is by using maps and globes. These tools are not only informative but also offer a hands-on approach to learning about geography. If you have a multicultural family, you can point out where grandparents and friends live worldwide, giving your children a sense of connection to the global community. Using toys like airplanes, cars, trains, or animal figures can make this exploration even more engaging. You can get creative by turning it into a storytelling activity, where the journey becomes an exciting adventure.
3. Get Creative with Arts & Crafts:
Arts and crafts are not only a delightful way to spend time with kids but also have numerous developmental benefits. Engaging in activities like drawing, painting, and crafting can help children:
- Develop fine motor skills
- Improve hand-eye coordination
- Boost creativity
- Promote innovative thinking
- Encourage self-expression
- Enhance decision-making and problem-solving skills
You can take your creative journey to a global level by using art to explore the world. Create projects that revolve around landmarks, famous leaders, or geographical features. Let your children color in globes, make paper airplanes, or play with playdough to create continent shapes and landmarks. You can also design matching games with international flags or travel flashcards. These activities combine artistic expression with an educational twist, making learning an enjoyable experience.
4. Virtual Tours for Real Adventures:
In the digital age, virtual tours provide an incredible opportunity to explore the world such as museums, historical sites, national monuments, and famous places worldwide without leaving your home. Whether it’s the Louvre museum in Paris, the Great Wall of China, or the Pyramids of Giza, your little explorers can virtually visit these iconic locations and learn about their historical and cultural significance. Google offers 3D animals that bring lions, tigers, or pandas to your home, making for an engaging and educational experience that can keep your children entertained for hours.
5. Discover the World Through Books:
Books have always been a gateway to different parts of the world. Reading stories set in various countries or picture books depicting far-off cities can be a great way to introduce your children to new cultures and traditions. There is an abundance of children’s literature that provides fascinating insights into different countries. Whether it’s a pop-up book, a children’s storybook, or a travel picture book, these literary adventures can spark your child’s imagination. Take a journey to English Big Ben, Taipei 101, or the Amazon rainforest in Brazil through the pages of these captivating books. Reading can be a wonderful way to nurture a love for exploration and storytelling, all from the comfort of your home.
6. Culinary Adventures at Home:
With lockdowns in place, cooking and baking have become some of the most popular activities at home. These culinary adventures can also be a wonderful way to explore the world culture through global cuisine. If your kids are old enough to participate, involve them in simple activities like preparing ingredients for dishes from around the world.
For example, you can make Chinese fried rice or soak beans for a traditional Brazilian feijoada black bean stew. Cooking as a family can be a fun and educational experience, especially if your have a multicultural family. Explore recipes online, check out cookbooks, or follow YouTube cooking tutorials that focus on world cuisines. By doing this, your children can take a gastronomic journey around the world without leaving home.
7. Movie Nights with a Twist:
Movie nights are a beloved pastime in many households. Why not use this time to introduce your child to films from different parts of the world? Online streaming services like Netflix and HBO offer a wide selection of movies with multilingual options. Watching a familiar movie in another language can be an excellent way to expose your child to the nuances of different cultures.
Japanese animation by Hayao Miyazaki, for example, is a delightful choice that can transport your family to a different world. Dim the lights, prepare movie night snacks, and choose a film from a different culture. It’s a cozy and educational way to spend time together.
8. Travel to Your Backyard:
You don’t have to venture far to have an exciting travel experience. Create your own adventures right in your backyard or living room with these creative ideas:
a. Camp Out:
- Pitch a tent in the backyard or build a fort in your living room.
- Set the mood with camping decorations, campfire ambiance, and string lights.
- Prepare camping food favorites like hot dogs, cotton candy, and s’mores.
- Encourage your kids to use their imaginations and create their own camping experiences.
- If the weather is beautiful, organize a family picnic in your yard.
- Pack picnic baskets with your family’s favorite sandwiches, potato chips, snacks, and drinks.
- Lay down a picnic or beach towel and enjoy a relaxed, non-traditional mealtime together.
c. Exploring the Garden:
- Gardening provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to connect with nature.
- It engages their senses as they dig, plant, and water.
- Gardening allows children to observe the natural world more closely and develop an appreciation for nature.
d. Mini Sports Tournament:
- Even during lockdown, it’s crucial to keep your bodies moving.
- Plan a family sports tournament and create short, fun games.
- Incorporate your family’s cultural background or interests into the games.
e. Scavenger Hunt:
- Scavenger hunts are exciting and educational activities for children.
- Organize themed scavenger hunts based on your children’s age and interests. Here are a few ideas:
Color Hunt: Create a list of specific colors and objects for your kids to find around the house or in your yard.
Famous Landmark Photo Hunt: Print out photos of famous landmarks from around the world and hide them for your children to discover.
International Flags Scavenger Hunt: Challenge your children to find and identify flags from different countries.
For younger children, you can simplify the scavenger hunt by providing them with a list of items to find, while for older kids, you can make it more challenging by hiding clues or riddles that lead them to the next item.
A “stayhomecation” can be just as enriching and eventful as a traditional vacation. By taking advantage of the resources available within your home, you can engage your children’s imaginations and encourage a love for learning and exploration. Whether you’re dancing to world music, reading books about far-off places, embarking on virtual adventures, or hosting movie nights with a global twist, these activities foster a sense of curiosity and appreciation for exploring the world’s diverse cultures and traditions. Embrace these experiences and start ‘exploring the world’ with your kids today!
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