End of Program Celebration: What a Wonderful World!
Where in the World?
Many fabric stores sell panels that feature a map of the United States or a map of the world. Use a fabric or paper map or create one to fit your bulletin board by enlarging one from a map book or the Internet. Ask the children to affix a colored dot on a place they have visited or will visit during vacation, or on a place where a relative lives.
Purchase or make flags from other states and countries to put them up around the library or the program room. Ask travel agencies for old brochures for tours to foreign countries and cut out scenes from exotic and colorful places to display.
Use the globe pattern to create nametags.
Serve snacks and treats from other countries. Invite families in the community to share a recipe or look for ethnic and cultural markets where snacks can be purchased. Many traditional supermarkets now carry Japanese crackers, Mexican candies, and Indian sweets.
Books to Display and Booktalk
- Black All Around! by Patricia Hubbell.
- Dear World by Takayo Noda.
- Looking Down by Steve Jenkins.
- Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey.
- Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong.
- What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele.
- You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman.
Tell the story, “The Story of the Rainbow.”
"What is Pink?" by Christina G. Rossetti in Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems by Beatrice Shenk De Regniers.
Play children’s games from around the world. Find ideas at www.topics-mag.com/edition11/games-section.htm or in library books. Many of the games are very similar to ones played in the United States.
- White tissue paper
- Dinner plate or other template to draw circles
- Green and tan tissue paper
- Blue and green colored craft glue (School Specialty Classroom)
- Select(tm) Paint 'N' Glue
- Plastic tablecloths or butcher paper
In advance, cover the workspace with plastic tablecloths or butcher paper to protect the work surface. Cut two squares of white tissue per child that are larger than the item that will be used to cut the circle paper. Pre-cut for younger children if necessary. Squeeze a circle of blue glue onto the white tissue paper and let each child use the paintbrush to spread blue glue to fill in the circle. Have the children tear pieces of green and tan tissue paper and place on the glue to create land masses. Place the second piece of white tissue over the first to seal in the glue and tissue paper. Allow it to dry. Have the children use a plate or other circular object to trace a circle on the tissue paper. Cut out the circle. Punch a hole at the top and hang with string.
Note: Use School Specialty Classroom Select(tm) Paint 'N' Glue or make your own colored glue by thoroughly mixing white glue with powdered tempera paint or food coloring. School Specialty Classroom Select(tm) Paint 'N' Glue has vivid colors that remain bright when dry. They are combined with a special adhesive bond to produce a medium that can be used for holiday decorations, collages, gift tags, posters and memory books. The non-toxic glue washes from skin and most machine washable clothing. A set contains one large 8 oz. bottle each of Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple, Pink, Black and White. 8-Color Set Item #: 30401301, Catalog: School Specialty 2003 Catalog Page #: 0242
- Eyeglass frame patterns or pre-cut frames with a die cut
- Red or pink cellophane
- Tape or glue
- Construction paper
Provide older kids with copies of the pattern provided at the end of this chapter and allow each to trace the eyeglass frame pattern onto construction paper. For younger children, cut out the frames in advance. Use tape or glue sticks to secure the cellophane over the lens openings.
Bluebirds Over the Rainbow Magnets
See Kathy Ross Crafts: Colors by Kathy Ross, pages 24-25, for this colorful craft that uses old jigsaw puzzle pieces, colored pipe cleaners, and magnetic strips to create bluebirds flying over a rainbow.
Postage Stamp Collage
Ask members of the community to donate old postage stamps, the more colorful the better. Try to get various sizes, shapes, and countries. Many craft stores sell batches of inexpensive bulk stamps if you don’t collect enough. If the stamps are still attached to paper, either soak them off, if you have time, or trim the paper. Give the children large index cards, glue sticks, markers, and stamps. Allow them to create a picture using the stamps as collage paper.
- “World Citizen” on Songs for a Healthy World by Purly Gates.
- "What a Wonderful World" on Chicken Soup For Little Souls: What A Wonderful World - Songs To Celebrate The Magic Of Life by various artists.
- Barney: What a World We Share. (54 minutes)
- Dora’s Backpack Adventures. (2 episodes; 25 minutes each)
- Wiggly, Wiggly World. (46 minutes)
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
The free version of the popular detective game teaches geography and world cultures as players chase around the world to find Carmen San Diego.