Crafts, Arts and Drama

red = preschool,
purple = primary schools,
green = secondary schools & youth groups,
blue = adult & community sector

  Age Group Country Topics Reference
Adinkra
Using the symbols and other artefacts as a starting point to learn about Ghana’s traditions and contemporary life, this handbook provides an inspiring learning resource which challenges stereotypes students may have of Africa, gives opportunities for mutual learning within school links and, overall, educates students for global citizenship. 
5-11 Ghana Global Citizenship, Identity, School linking, Values Arts 1
Africa – Activity Book
Loads of fun-filled activities great for home-schoolers and youth group leaders complete material lists and easy to follow directions affordable projects from recycled materials
12-16 Arts, Crafts Arts 2
China – Activity book
The book has been designed to help you bring culture to life in your classroom.
12-16 China Arts, Crafts, Cooking Arts 3
Great Craft Projects from around the World
Great Craft Projects from Around the World features projects from diverse cultures including Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe.  Each of the more than 70 projects features background information, a materials list, explicit instructions, and helpful illustrations.
12-16 Arts, Crafts Arts 4
heArt of West Africa – textiles and global issues
This resource book presents several art and textile designs from different West African countries. Exploring different textiles, designs, forms, materials and fabrics it highlights the cultural identity, political stands, social and personal beliefs and ways of expressing them through art.
5-14 Mali, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Black history, Diversity and Inclusion, Fair trade, Identity, Interdependence, Peace Arts 5
Know Yourself – Know the World
The Know Yourself – Know the World Programme is a a complete beginner’s guide to teaching drama, one which will enthrall and thrill your children as they explore the magic of drama and live performance.Know Yourself – Know the World begins with the following question:
What if a ‘rogue’ computer virus were to succeed in making the seemingly impossible leap into the human body? This intriguing science-fiction scenario invites an imaginative response and serves as a stimulus for creative activity. The dramatic journey will begin for the children as they step into role, as a team of intrepid micronauts in combat training, preparing themselves for their extraordinary mission:
 To enter into the bloodstream and locate the virus before it activates and the human race is literally ‘shut down.’
8-12 Drama Arts 6
Picture the World – Children’s art around the globe
Picture the World takes us on a unique and wonderful journey around the world of children’s art. We discover colourful creations – abstract, figurative, serious, fun – all made by children of different ages and from different countries. Picture the World celebrates children’s art and the ways children express themselves – uniquely yet universally – around the world! In a beautifully designed and easy-to-follow format, Picture the World highlights eight countries and features stunning artwork and photographs, lively and informative text about the countries and cultures, and a do-it-yourself art activity from each country.
6-12 Japan, Vietnam, India, Turkey, Russia, Kenya, the United States and Ecuador Arts, Culture, Geography Arts 7
The optimistic classroom – Creative ways to give children hope
Is childhood harder now than years ago? What will children of today remember of their childhood, poverty, drugs, family discord, violence, racism? Is it possible to teach hope to children today?In The Optimistic Classroom, authors Deborah Hewitt and Sandra Heidemann examine these questions and argue that the important issue is not whether life is harder today, but rather how we can learn from the struggles of children in the past to help children meet the challenges they face today.
4-8 Self-esteem, cultural competence, identity and expression of feelings Arts 8
I have a dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this beautifully presented picture book fifteen award winning artists including Jerry Pinkney and Leo and Diane Dillon have created pictures to accompany the words that Martin Luther King Jr. made on that momentous day. Quotes from the speech annotate the art to great effect and the pictures themselves illustrate Martin Luther King’s words beautifully showing the suffering of the African American people and giving readers a picture of what Martin Luther King Jr. hoped for in the future.Illustrated version of his famous speech in Washington, August the 28th in 1963.
5+ Anti-racism Arts 9
Hands Around the World
Hands Around The World invites young readers to experience some of the fascinating cultural traditions that shape people’s lives around the world. Readers can participate in an entire year’s worth of ideas and celebrations, helping them appreciate both the diversity and the similarities they share with all of Earth’s children.
6-11 Culture Arts 10
Diversity Through the Arts
This new resource pack highlights some of the ways the arts could be used to promote inclusion, build participation, challenge discrimination and celebrate diversity in today’s classroom, with a particular focus on drama, music, visual arts and storytelling. The creative processes of the arts provide an ideal way in which children can express their own ideas, values, and feelings. They provide enormous scope for experiential learning and exploration.
6-11 Diversity, Interculturalism, Anti-racism Arts 11
The Aztecs – Crafts from the Past
Make elegant objects based on priceless relics from ancient Mexico and Egypt. The past comes beautifully to life as kids explore these vanished empires with more than a dozen hands-on projects. Text and photos introduce the stepped temples, stone calendars, and feathered shields of the Aztecs, as well as the pyramids, mummies, and hieroglyphics of the Egyptians. Easy, step-by-step instructions help young artists make gifts, masks, games, jewelry, and more using inexpensive materials.
4-8 Mexico, Egypt Arts, Crafts, Culture Arts 12
Masks – the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Here are some of the most spectacular masks from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: a fierce samurai mask, a toothy Nigerian mask, an eerie skull mask from Papua New Guinea, a puffy-cheeked pre-Columbian mask, and a German helmet from the early 16th century. Each mask pops out of the book and can be worn and re-inserted onto the page for storage. Accompanying each mask, which are reproduced here with exceptional fidelity, is rich informative text which places these works of art into their larger historical and cultural contexts.
9-12 Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Germany Arts, Crafts, Culture Arts 13
Welcoming Babies
A discussion of the various ceremonies used to greet newborns: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Hopi; Korean, Greek, Nigerian, and Latin American. Most of the methods include singing, kissing, touching, blessing, naming, dedicating, holding, and honoring the infant. Boldly painted, strongly colored double-page pictures in a combination of realism in the foreground and sketchiness in the background show the babies being cherished in special ways by family and friends. The text describes each occasion simply, with helpful amplification given in the notes at the end that identify the cultures and geographic settings represented. The obvious value and beauty of each type of welcome should expand children’s appreciation for and understanding of peoples other than themselves and of the joy that new births bring.
4-8 Korea, Greece, Nigeria, and others Culture Arts 14
Shops and markets
The Activity Pack includes one full-colour A1 Poster, six full-colour A3 posters, teachers’ notes and activities
4-7 Arts 15
Growing good Kids
Created by teachers and classroom-tested, these fun and meaningful enrichment activities build children’s skills in problem solving, decision making, cooperative learning, divergent thinking, and communication while promoting self-awareness, tolerance, character development, and service. Kids create books, write stories, resolve to help others, explore their own values, discover why mistakes can sometimes be beneficial, practice patience, and more in projects that combine enjoyment with learning.
9-11 problem solving, decision making, cooperative learning, divergent thinking, and communication Arts 16
Thinking Art – Making Art in Development & Human Rights Education
This resource explores the use of art in human rights and development education within a number of different settings
12-16 Arts, Human Rights Arts 17
Creative Resources for the Anti-bias Classroom
This resource presents information in a simple straightforward manner. Hundreds of activities are demonstrated to represent an integrated curriculum approach.
5-12 Arts, Diversity, Anti-Racism Arts 18
Crafts Material
Includes: African Textile Craft Papers in different shapes and patterns, Smile Stickers and a Hand Pad
4-8 Arts, Crafts Arts 19
Latin Playground
Putumayo invites children of all ages on a fun and educational musical journey through Latin America with Latin Playground, a collection of upbeat songs by well- known artists from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and more. Putumayo’s highly successful and critically acclaimed series of world music for kids has introduced children to world music from more than 20 countries andLatin Playground continues in the same tradition. Latin Playground is a wonderful way to celebrate and discover the richness and beauty of Latin American music and culture. With songs selected to appeal to a wide variety of listeners, from toddlers to grown-ups, Latin Playground is a musical fiesta for all ages that you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy. (includes music CD)
4-12 Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay Music, Culture Arts 20
Daily Warm-Ups – World Cultures
This book contains 180 quick activities that allow students to practise and review their knowledge of world cultures. These activities can be used as a check on knowledge and skills that are built and acquired over time, or to develop students’ research skills using research books, almanacs, atlases and the internet. Using these activities, students will examine transmission of culture (proverbs, myths, customs); language and literature; important historic events; people of note; the arts; how geography affects culture; and the idea of cultures coming into contact or conflict with others, as well as many other aspects of human variation throughout the world.
9-12 Culture Arts 21
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