Kids Around the World Create! The Best Crafts and Activities from Many Lands


Travel the Globe with These Fun and Easy Projects!

There's nothing like the thrill of finding out about faraway places. Now you can meet the people and share the customs of different countries by creating some of the things that keep their cultures alive.

You'll make a bookmark with a Guatemalan design using a cardboard loom, or an Egyptian bead necklace using dough or store-bought clay. Learn how prehistoric people told stories by making your ...

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Travel the Globe with These Fun and Easy Projects!

There's nothing like the thrill of finding out about faraway places. Now you can meet the people and share the customs of different countries by creating some of the things that keep their cultures alive.

You'll make a bookmark with a Guatemalan design using a cardboard loom, or an Egyptian bead necklace using dough or store-bought clay. Learn how prehistoric people told stories by making your own version of a cave painting, or make a good-luck charm in the form of a Tibetan goodwill message flag. Kids Around the World Create! is full of fun crafts and activities that will teach you about the customs of cultures around the world.

Every country has something special to offer, and all the activities in this book help you enjoy and explore this diversity. All the crafts are easy to do and the supplies are made up of simple household materials. Have fun as you journey to distant and exciting lands!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A book that encourages interest in and respect for cultures and crafts from around the world. Braman begins with craft recipes, shopping tips, and helpful hints, followed by an instructional section that is organized by the crafts' functions-from celebratory to utilitarian. Some projects are for decorating; others are for parties and good luck, record keeping or holding things. Ancient and modern crafts are included. The directions and black-and-white drawings and photographs are clear and easy to follow. With care, children can achieve results that resemble the photos with the exception of the Amish quilt and the Zulu woven basket. While Amish women appear in a photograph sewing a quilt, instructions only provide for making a single quilt square and ask children to paste instead of sew. In the case of the basket, the picture clearly shows a girl wrapping raffia around a coil of reed to make a basket, while the instructions utilize a small, ill-shaped yogurt cup as a loom. A "Culture Link" appended to each activity includes a photo and brief description of a similar craft from another culture. While these links are informative, they may prove to be confusing or disappointing as they do not include instructions. Nevertheless, many cultures, including Inuit, Caribbean, Chinese, Egyptian, Ghanaian, Greek, Guatemalan, Japanese, Incan, Sudanese, and Tibetan, are represented in this welcome addition.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471290056
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Kids Around the World Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.93 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLETTE N. BRAMAN, a former teacher and developer of international thematic units for students, has written articles for such magazines as The Friend, Pen & Ink, and Manic Moms.

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047129005X Braman/Kids Create--> Note: The Figures/and or Tables mentioned in this sample chapter do not appear on the Web.


Eye Dazzlers

D esigns are everywhere. They dazzle the eye with color and shape. Designs can create interesting patterns like the kind found on your striped T-shirt, or they can be symmetrical like a snowflake or abstract like clouds.

All cultures create designs in the houses they build, the clothes they sew, the baskets they weave, the clay they sculpt, and the jewelry they make. A traditional house from Torajaland, in the republic of Indonesia, uses a boat-shaped design for the roof. The traditional dress of Jordanian women incorporates lines of color at the bottom and along the sides of the dress. While all cultures make similar items, each bears the distinctive design representative of the culture. A Puerto Rican seed necklace and a Sioux bear claw necklace are both jewelry. But each has a unique design.

The activities in this section will dazzle your eyes with designs from different cultures. Look all around you. You're sure to see a design somewhere.

Welcome to My Room


M any cultures use symmetry (balance in which one side of a design is the mirror image of the other side) in the designs they create on their clothing, pottery, weaving, and jewelry. The English who first settled in America couldn't buy wallpaper, so they decorated the walls of their homes with stenciled designs, many of which were symmetrical. A popular design, the pineapple, meant "welcome." Early Canadian settlers made symmetrical cut-paper leaf designs as decorations to remind themselves of the coming spring.

In southern India, mothers and daughters begin their day with an interesting custom. At sunrise, they go outside and clean the porch or front steps of their home with water. After it dries, they draw a symmetrical design, called rangoli (pronounced ron-GO-lee), with white powder. First they make dots, then they connect the dots with lines. This design welcomes people into their home.

Each morning the women make a new symmetrical design. Some use chalk so they don't have to change the design every day. On special occasions the inside spaces of the design are filled with colors. Then the mother or daughter writes a welcome message under the design.

Look at the symmetrical Indian welcome design shown here. You can make an Indian welcome design for your bedroom door. When it's taped to your bedroom door it means "come in." If you take it off, it means "stay out."

  1. Here's What You Do

  2. Using pencil and scrap paper, practice a few designs of your own, or copy the design shown at the beginning of this activity. Make dots in a symmetrical pattern first. This means you make a dot on the left side of the paper, then make a dot in the same place on the right side of the paper. Connect the dots with lines.
  3. Make your design on the construction paper with chalk. Remember to start with the dots. If you make a mistake, just use the back of the paper. Blow off any excess chalk dust.

    Here's What You Need

    • pencil
    • scrap paper
    • colored construction paper
    • white chalk
    • colored chalk (optional)
    • masking tape

    F or special occasions you can fill in the spaces of your design with colored chalk. Remember to keep the colors symmetrical, so that what you do on one side is done in the same place on the other side. You can also write a message under your design.

  4. Tape your finished design to your bedroom door with a small piece of masking tape. Check with an adult before you do this. You can change your design every week.

Culture Link


In Poland, people hang symmetrical cut-paper designs called wycinanki (pronounced vih-chee- NON-key) inside their homes before Easter. Because farmers' wives started this tradition in the early 1800s, many of the designs are of animals, trees, or flowers. The designs remain on the walls until the following year, when they are replaced by new wycinanki.

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Table of Contents

Eye Dazzlers.

Never Forget.

Good Luck Always.

Hold Everything.

Masters of Disguise.

It's Party Time.

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