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Take an Around-the-World Trip with Crafts

I dream of showing my children the world, but I don’t always have the budget for globetrotting. While our summer vacations won’t be overseas, that doesn’t mean our at-home projects can’t reach all corners of the earth. In order to satisfy this wanderlust, I’ve tried to teach them about different countries and cultures through crafts. Here a few of my favorite resources for crafty DIYs and educational tools for creating an at-home cultural experience.

  • North America 1 of 7
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    Go fishing with this all-American pastime craft. Cut out fishies and attach them to a homemade fishing pole for a day of fun. 

    Check out the complete tutorial at Minieco.

  • South America 2 of 7
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    Mimic the sounds of the South American jungle with a homemade rainstick. Recycle old water bottles to make this fun toy.

    Learn how to make a rainstick on Pretty Prudent.

  • Europe 3 of 7
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    Celebrate the beginning of March with this yarn Martenitsa craft. These are based on a Bulgarian tradition that celebrates Baba Marta, aka Grandmother March Day. Wear them all month long, and give them as gifts for friends. 

    Check out this project at The Saturday Market Project.

  • Africa 4 of 7
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    Be inspired by the beats of an African drum circle, and make your own cork drums. Decorate them however you'd like with an assortment of paints and colors. 

    Check out the tutorial at Pretty Prudent.

  • Antarctica 5 of 7
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    Talk about the cold in Antarctica while you make these beautiful paper snowflakes. You can find tips and tricks for how to make unique designs. 

    Learn how to make these paper snowflakes on Handmade Charlotte.

  • Australia 6 of 7
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    Have fun cutting and making koala masks for an Australian-themed craft. There's a whole lot of other animals you can add to the mix with downloadable templates. 

    Download the template at Pretty Prudent.

  • Asia 7 of 7
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    Take your travels around the world with an international adventure kit filled with puzzle books, trading cards, guidebooks, world maps, stickers, and more. 

    Join the Top Secret Adventures travel kit book club at Highlights.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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