How learning about other cultures benefit wellbeing

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Celebrating other cultures is a wonderful way of teaching children to be compassionate, curious, and globally aware. Many of our loved food dishes, fashions, and even music is influenced by other places around the world. It is a wish for most parents that their little ones will grow up with a desire to travel and experience new things, and this can be encouraged from a young age.

Get Creative in the Kitchen

There’s nothing quite like a delicious home cooked meal where the entire family gets involved. Why not dedicate one night a week to celebrating international cuisine? It is well known that allowing children to get hands-on when learning is the best way to keep them engaged and excited.

Check out our ideas below:

Chinese Pork Dumplings

Classic Tomato Spaghetti

Andhra Chicken Curry

Learn a New Language

Though many parents are not bi-lingual, learning a new language together can be easily integrated into daily life.

There are many benefits to learning a foreign language, here’s a few you may not know of!

  • Improves academic performance
  • Boosts memory
  • After learning one, it becomes much easier to learn another!

Nowadays, there are many free apps and online learning resources that make starting a new language accessible to anyone with access to a phone or computer.

Duolingo is a great example of an interactive language app.

Visit Museums & Cultural Centres

New Zealand has a rich cultural history, and it is important that children grown up aware of Te Reo Maori as well as other cultures. We have some incredible galleries and museums in our country that celebrate our unique heritage. Next time you’re visiting Auckland, Wellington, or Tauranga, be sure to visit the following:
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Art Gallery
Te Papa Tongarewa
Tauranga Art Gallery