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Culture - Day 1 grades K - 3 learning activities

These activities will help youth build cultural awareness and learn to identify their roots. They can be done alone, but work best with friends over a video chat such as Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.

Mindfulness Activity

Trivia question: Think of the answer in your head. What is one thing that living things need?

A. Sunglasses
B. Water

Mindfulness activity:

  • Slowly raise your hands in the air, and take a deep breath in.
  • Hold it there for 3-5 seconds).
  • Now slowly lower your hands to the floor, and let all the air out of your lungs.

My Culture and Traditions



  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Blank paper

There are many things that can make up a culture. These are things like food, language, clothing and traditions. Culture is how a group of people behave and work together as a society. In Canada, we are very lucky because there are many different cultures that we get to share and explore. With your child, recreate the worksheet below on a blank piece of paper to explore your culture and your family traditions.



*this image was created by Calgary Neighbourhoods based on similar activities found on the web.​​​

Stick Family



  • Sticks
  • Yarn, thread or wool
  • Glue

How many people are in your family? Thinking about your culture – are there any traditional outfits, patterns or dresses that your family wears? Let’s recreate them using the sticks that you find near your home!

  • Go to the back or front yard, or a nearby park or green space.
  • Find small sticks that can be used as the body and the arms.
  • Use yarn or thread to tie two sticks together so that one is the body, and one is the arms.
  • Wrap yarn or thread around the body to make clothes, and glue some to the top to add hair.

Stick Family Culture


Using your new stick family, lets play and create a new world and culture for them!

  • What kinds of food does your new stick family like to eat?
  • What kind of clothing do they prefer to wear?
  • Do they have any special holidays that they celebrate?
  • How do they celebrate as a family?
  • Where do they live? Is the weather there warm, cold, rainy?
  • What kinds of food do they like to grow?
  • What are your stick family’s names? Do they have any pets?

Review Questions


Ask your child:

  • What do you like about your culture?
  • What do you want to learn about your culture?
  • How does your culture make you special?

Trivia Answers


Mindfulness Activity 1: Trivia answer: Water​