What do we know about South Africa? Have you heard of the country before? Do we know anyone there? Pull out your map: where is it located? How could we get there from our home?
Watch this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY7l2M_yzBw
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the selection below:
Colour the Flag
Draw and colour the flag of South Africa. Write the country name in English (and your kid's second language if relevant).
Switch up the material each day - paper, cardboard - as well as the size.
The Rainbow Nation
South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation because of its cultural diversity. With close to 55 million people representing a variety of cultures and speaking 11 official languages, you can understand the metaphor. Celebrate diversity with this tissue paper rainbow craft that is fun for all ages. It provides a wonderful opportunity to have a discussion about the importance of diversity – reinforcing the message that it is our differences (religions, languages, skin color, etc.) that create one beautiful rainbow. Talk about the diversity in your own family, neighborhood, and community.
1. Use the colors of the rainbow tissue paper (ROYGBIV- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Stack them together and cut strips. You can also use any other colourful paper or glitter.
2. Cut the strips into squares. Put them in a bowl.
3. Pour some glue on a paper plate or straight onto your 'canvas'. Scrunch up the the tissue paper into balls and create a rainbow! Kids can add clouds and anything else they think of!
The Big Five
Originally used only by hunters, the term 'Big Five' refers to five of Africa's greatest wild animals - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Today, many travellers regard a visit to South Africa as incomplete without having spotted, and perhaps photographed, the Big Five.
Dress up as safari animals
Play hide and seek
Card and quiz printables if you want
Learn a dance from neighbouring Zimbabwe. Then see where youtube takes you...
Also, Just Dance has a 'Waka Waka...' option ref: Soccer World Cup 2010 in South Africa
Safari (South Africans call it “going to the game reserve”)…search for your local 'big five'. Get dressed for safari, spotting animals. Get a stamp in passport.
Before heading out, draw each animal on a piece of card. When they go out, they can place a tick the animal. They can also tally how many of each animal they see - you can start your walk by asking them to guess which animal they think they'll see the most of - and then comparing that guess to the end result.