Free puzzle games, stories, crafts, and printable activities for kids ages 4–12.

Celebrating Our DifferencesCelebrating Our Differences
World travel may not be in the family budget, and certainly it’s not possible during the pandemic. But it’s important for kids to learn about other cultures if they are to be empathetic people and think of themselves as global citizens. In this new Highlights@Home collection called Celebrating Our Differences, in honor of Global Diversity Awareness Month, we’re issuing you virtual passports to explore some of the food, dances, stories, and symbols of people who live in different places around the world. Our hope is that as you and your child explore the traditions and beliefs of others, your kids will see that our differences should be celebrated.
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1. Celebrating Our Differences

Watch now for how to get started with your family.

solve a puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

Travel to India, visit the Taj Mahal, and search for the objects in this Hidden Pictures puzzle. Then learn the objects’ names in Hindi!

 

read a story

3. Read a Story

In rural Nigeria, Jatto discovers a special way to share stories with his mom, despite a language barrier. Read this story to find out how.

 

learn a polynesian dance

4. Make Polynesian Poi Balls

Make Polynesian poi balls, then swing and twirl them in a dance from New Zealand. Invite your child to invent their own dance moves.  

korean fan

5. Craft a Korean fan

Make a fan featuring the sam taeguk, a Korean symbol that signifies the world in balance. Then talk with your child about what that might mean. 

Do something for others

6. Do Something for Others

What languages did your child pick? Invite them to tell us on HighlightsKids.com

Write, Draw, or Talk About It

7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

We’d love to hear about your child’s choice! Ask them to share their thoughts on HighlightsKids.com

learn facts

8. Learn Far-Flung Fun Facts

In what country do kids eat fairy bread on their birthday? Learn the answer and other worldwide fun facts from The 2021 Almanac of Fun!

solve a logic puzzle

9. Solve a Logic Puzzle

Use the clues to figure out which country each traveler is heading to. Then ask your child where in the world they would most like to visit.

mexican horchata

11. Make Mexican Horchata

Work together to make this delicious, cinnamon-y Mexican Horchata. ¡Está muy bueno! 

maori pendant

12. Craft a Maori Pendant

The spiral koru symbol stands for hope, new life, and personal growth in Maori art. Your child can make extra to give as gifts.

 

find the hidden objects

13. Find the Hidden Objects

Hang with a sloth and search for hidden objects in this Central American rainforest. Then ask your child which rainforest animal is her favorite.

play a game

14.  Play a Game

Get ready to hop, skip, and squawk around the world with this fun DIY game! 

share family food traditions

15. Share Family Food Traditions

Vivi told us about her family’s tradition of making Norwegian lefse. Do you have a special food tradition in your family? Tell us about it!

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