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Cultural Photo-Book
Type: Projects   Skills: Critical ThinkingLanguage & LiteracySocial & Emotional Skills
If you and your spouse come from different cultural backgrounds, you know how important it is to try to expose your child to both of your cultural traditions. In this activity, you’ll learn how creating a scrapbook can introduce cultural awareness to your children. Cultural Photo-Book
What We Learn
Cultural awareness
Develop acceptance
Cultural competence
Supply List
Hole puncher
Magazine photos
Small artifacts from different countries (money, jewelry, paper designs, etc.)
You can use an ordinary notebook for your cultural scrapbook or you can create your own from scratch by taking several sheets of paper and punching holes along one side of the pages. Attach those pages using yarn or another fastener type, such as brass braids.

Find photos from magazines or from travel brochures which depict your child’s cultural heritage. If your child has parents with different cultural backgrounds, make sure to find photos representing all of the cultures represented in your family.

You can also use personal family photos of ancestors in the cultural scrapbook. If the photo is delicate or fragile, you might want to place the photo in a protective plastic coating before placing in the scrapbook. Another option is to scan the photo using a computer, and then printing out duplicates on a printer.

Help your child cut out, glue and place these various photos into his or her scrapbook. Try to find images to cut out representing not only icons of the country, such as flags or monuments, but also photos representing the people, traditions and customs of that culture. For instance, find words written in that country’s native language or images of meals commonly prepared. The possibilities are endless.

In addition to gluing photos, find small personal objects that can also be included in the scrapbook. These small items might include paper currency, coins, medallions, handcrafted jewelry, printed designs or fabrics.

Finally, be sure to label all of the images or objects included in the scrapbook so that your child understands the meaning behind everything there. Even if your child is not old enough to read, the labels reinforce a print-rich environment, which will develop your child’s language skills.

Remember, this activity is all about building cultural awareness. As children are exposed to their own culture and to the backgrounds of others, they begin to build an understanding of that culture.
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