I was thrilled when the wonderful group of moms from Worldwide Culture Swap grouped together individual families for a one-on-one culture swap exchange.
The family from Scotland sent us the following:
- Bag - This is the Union Jack – the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)
- Kings and Queens wall chart (history)
- Traveler's map / National Geographic (geography)
- UK map / Facts and figures (geography)
- Cut outs from newspapers
- Advertising holidays in London
- Weather forecast (maths)
- Advert for Tartan Tales (music)
- Picture of cartoon character Oor Wullie (language)
- Cooking savoury fudge (food)
- Food label (food, maths)
- Train tickets (orange and green)
- Bus ticket (white)
- Stamps (geography)
- Postcards (history, geography, food)
- Stamp, post box (history)
- Images of Scotland
- Pictures of Edinburgh
- Coins (maths)
- Bookmark, magazine (language)
We have yet to sit down, and go over all of the items in our swap package. However, my son did enjoy eating his sweets, and looking at the animal postcards. He loves animals! In the coming weeks we'll be going through every single piece of item in the swap package, and learning about Scotland.
As for us, we sent a swap package with items from Puerto Rico. I had been waiting to participate again since this past summer when we returned from a 2-week vacation in Puerto Rico. I came back with so much goodies, and scouting all the tourist areas for the magazines.
We included in our package a personalized letter from us, a short letter from little man with petroglyphs drawings that he made. The tourist magazine ¡Qué Pasa!, copy of a traditional children's games in Puerto Rico found in the children's book Shake It, Morena!, coquí key chain, Puerto Rico cup holder, maracas, small cemí replica, history fact on Puerto Rico, information on the Taíno indians (natives of Puerto Rico), picture postcard, a capia, and of course, sand from the beach in Culebra, PR.here).
This was a one-on-one culture swap package. We signed up for a 4 family swap package, and we're group 208 swapping cultural packages with Poland, Sweden, Canada, and New Jersey.
We'll be anxiously waiting for our mailman and hoping to receive a culture swap package soon. Until our next swap!
How do you teach your children about other cultures, and countries? Have you participated in culture swap exchanges?
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