Crafts on the Cultures of Africa, China, India, Israel, Japan
Most of our geography crafts are listed in chronological order, but not the ones here. These are projects based on a particular world culture, and not necessarily an historical time period.
Learning About Cultures by Teaching & Learning.
The World is Our Neighborhood by Evan-Moor.
World Civilizations and Cultures by Mark Twain Media.
Click here for Paper Lantern instructions.
This Chinese dragon is slightly complex, and looks great! For a much simpler Chinese Dragon for younger elementary ages, try this one made from a paper chain!
Make and fly a Dragon kite.
Print this Dragon boat to cut and color!
Use the instructions for a Chinese fan taken from this card designed by Canon!
For a simple project on China, cut ivory paper in half lengthwise. Have child glue a popsicle stick to the top & bottom of the strip to create a long scroll. Use guides for Writing Chinese Numbers to walk the child(ren) through each number. Have them use a brush and black paint, and draw their characters from top to bottom, then right to left.
This site has a variety of crafts on India in general, including a Diwali lamp, Rangoli, the Indian elephant, and an Indian slipper.
Find some great ideas here for making Rangoli with kids using a variety of materials and some kid-friendly designs.
This site shows how to make a Star of David out of Pipe Cleaners. You need to scroll down the page to see these, since it is part of a longer list of holiday decor items.
This Star of David is made from strips of colorful paper. Nice & easy! Or you could go with the traditional Craft Sticks version!
Download this Star of David template and use String Art Techniques to make it! If you’re not familiar with String Art, clidk here for basic how-to instructions for String Art and adapt it to make a Star.
Celebrate the Seasons within the Japanese culture from these papercraft models from Yamaha.
Make Japanese paper dolls out of posterboard and construction paper. These are really nice!
At this page from the San Diego Museum of Art, scroll down and click on the Kimono-Inspired Landscape Collage. This is for older elementary students up to junior high & high school.
Please e-mail us with any links to add to this collection!