Five Fun Ways to Explore the World with Your Kids—Without Leaving Home


Exploring a new culture with your family can be lots of fun! Here are five interactive ways you can teach your child about each of the countries COTN serves. Discover new food, fun facts, and more. We suggest you begin with your sponsored child’s country and work your way around the world!


1. Eat Your Way Around the World 

Who doesn’t love food? Get a taste of a country by cooking one of these recipes for dinner or snack time:

2. Create a Collage 

Use the internet, magazines, and books to collect pictures about a country and make a collage. You’ll learn a lot of interesting things along the way! To help get you started, here are some quick facts and photos about the countries where COTN serves: Uganda, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

3. Compete in a Relay Race

Your kids will have fun trying their hands at these relay races that represent some of the chores the children we serve have to do every day:
  • Fill a small bucket with some water. See how fast your child can walk with the bucket on their head without spilling a drop.
  • Children in Africa often help their parents by carrying their baby siblings on their back with a long piece of cloth. Lay out a baby doll and a piece of cloth about the size of a large scarf. How fast can your child tie the baby to their back?  
  • You can’t cook dinner without a fire! Lay out a bundle of medium-sized sticks. Your child must gather up the sticks and carry them on their head without dropping any.

4. Say Hello

Learn how to say hello in five languages! Here's how to say hello in the national and tribal languages our children speak in their countries:
  • Luo, in Uganda: “Itye” 
  • Chichewa, in Malawi: “Muli bwanji”
  • Krio and Mende, in Sierra Leone: “Kusheh”, or “Boo-wa”
  • Creole, in Haiti: “Bonjou!” 
  • Spanish, in the Dominican Republic: “Hola!”

5. Go Shopping 

Almost half the world—over 3 billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. In comparison, Americans spend an average of $20 a day on food. That’s a big difference! To help your child understand what it’s like to live on $2.50 a day, set up a small store in your home using items from your pantry and refrigerator, or take them to the grocery store.