Teaching children about their heritage and lineage in important for many parents, especially those who have emigrated. If you are from the Netherlands, you may want to teach your children about your homeland by making some Dutch crafts. This will help your children understand Dutch icons and history. Consider telling stories about the Netherlands while the children are making their crafts.
Hand Painted Tulip
The Netherlands is known for its tulip fields and annual tulip festivals. Celebrate the Netherlands by making some tulip crafts in your home with your children. One way to do this is to make hand prints with finger paint on a large piece of paper. Tell the children to close their hands so that the tops of their fingers look like the tops of the tulips. Then, wash the children's hands and draw stems and leaves with green finger paint. Tell your children about the Netherlands tulip-growing heritage and show them pictures of tulip fields.
Draw and cut out a paper boy and girl for your children to play with. Also draw and cut out traditional Dutch clothing for your children to dress their dolls. Show your children pictures of Dutch boys and girls in traditional Dutch clothing. Explain the origin of the clothes and when it is popular for people to wear them.
Toilet Paper Roll Windmill
Dutch windmills are another icon from the Netherlands that is steeped in Dutch history. Collect toilet paper rolls from your home to complete this craft. Show the children pictures of windmills and have them draw a door and windows on the toilet paper roll windmill. While they are doing this, cut out a windmill blade. Ask your children to colour the blade brown and attach it to the top of the toilet paper roll with a brass tack so that it will spin. While your children are working, explain to them how wind energy works.
Show your children pictures of the Dutch flag and have them draw their own versions. While they are doing this, explain the importance of flags to national identity. Teach them the meaning of the colours and stripes in the Dutch flag. Have the children create their own flags for a fictional country. Encourage them to use symbolic colours.
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