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Cultural treasures: Treasure Jar

This activity gives time to reflect on what is important to you. You can make a treasure souvenir which can be used to help others learn about your culture and background. Depending on the age of the children taking part you can adapt it to drawing or writing on strips of paper.

You will need: 

  • One empty clean jar
  • Paper cut up into strips to write or draw on.
  • Pens and crayons. 

Activity method: 

  • Sit around the table with your family, with the jar in the middle of the table. Give everyone some paper and pens/ crayons.
  • (You could make some nice drinks and food to share together while you do this activity). 
  • Talk about the special things about your family. What are special and important things for you, and for your culture. You can then write or draw some of these and put them in your jar. 

For example, here are some special things in my jar: 

Once you have your treasure jar, are there people you can tell about it? Maybe your friends, teachers and staff at the nursery or school you go to?

Early years teachers like to learn about different cultural backgrounds and what is important to different families. Can you teach us? 

* The activities on this blog will need to be supervised by adults to ensure safety

* In the Early Years Curriculums of England and Scotland, they explain how important respect and understanding of different cultures and languages is. It is a human right that our backgrounds are respected, and it helps enhance learning potential. I hope you have experienced this already, and that the activities in this pack are useful in continuing to grow this understanding and respect. If you have already had a bad experience, or have a bad experience in the future, that is not how it is meant to be. Learning about each other’s backgrounds and celebrating our own helps respect and understanding to grow. Education and learning can be enriched as well by learning about treasures of each other’s cultures.

Photo credit: cookie jar at the top of this post- image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay .

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