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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

World Cup Soccer Family Activities


It’s World Cup Soccer! It is well under way. I received this email chain letter from my father-in-law the other day. As humorous as it is, it is also a statement of how much this tournament singles the father out from the rest of the family.
However, World Cup Soccer can be used as a family learning and bonding experience. It is a great opportunity to learn about the world we live in.
Here are some things that you can do with your children, besides just watching the game:
  • Name the Country. Flag recognition is usually easy in North America; however, the rest of the world can be difficult. You can make little flag cut outs, and try to match the country name to the flag.
  • Where on the Globe. Go pull out the globe or atlas that is collecting dust. When a game is being played, or about to be played, try to find where they are on the map.
  • Learn to say “Hello”. There are 32 countries playing, not all of them speak English. Using the Internet, you can learn to say “Hello” in the competing countries language.
  • Family History. Go through your family ancestry with your children, and find out which country, or countries are in your roots, that are playing.
  • Make a Craft. Get out the scrap paper, scissors and other stationary items and make a soccer craft. Maybe it is a collage of their favorite team. Maybe they’ll construct their own flag.
  • Soccer Snacks. Work together to make a soccer shaped cake, or cookies shaped as countries.
  • World foods. Have a complete meal as if you were eating in Chile, or South Africa, or South Korea.
The ideas are endless. These are just some ideas to get you started. This will help make World Cup Soccer a Family event, not just a Daddy event.
What are some things you are doing together as a family?

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