Teaching Holiday Diversity To Small Children

A celebration of diversity during the holidays can be a fun way to teach children of all ages about the world around them. There are many religions that celebrate major holidays during the winter, and learning about these different cultural traditions can add so much to the season. Acknowledging different groups and their traditions instead of focusing on just one can make the holidays more exciting for everyone. There are many books that help highlight these celebrations. Each one is a fun way to help with teaching holiday diversity to small children in the holiday season.

Books For Teaching Holiday Diversity

Sneezy The Snowman

Sneezy the Snowman is feeling a little cold. But everything he tries to do makes him melt, and that doesn’t help! Stephen Gilpin spins a silly, chilly tale that will put some giggles in your kiddos as they learn interesting and empathetic problem solving skills. The illustrations add humor to an already funny story, enchanting adults and children alike.

The Legend of the Poinsettia

The poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night in Mexico. The bright and beautiful plant blooms around Christmastime making it a favorite holiday decoration. In the book The Legend of the Poinsettia, Newbery honor-winning author Tomie dePaola, weaves a Christmas tale that weaves the story of the Christ child while capturing the brilliant colors of Mexico.

The Shortest Day

Wendy Pfeffer has penned a lyrical explanation of the changes that occur as the winter solstice approaches each December. The book includes a look at various celebrations across cultures as they prepare for longer evenings. This charming tale covers not only the cultural significance of the day, but also offers resources for would be astronomers to understand more of the science behind the solstice.

The Story Of Hanukkah

The eight day celebration of light is masterfully told by author David A. Adler. This Jewish holiday, celebrated in December, honors the story of the Maccabees and the miracle that occurred over 2,000 years ago. The bright illustrations by Jill Weber help to round out the book, which also includes a recipe for latkes and instructions for playing with a dreidel.

Kevin’s Kwanzaa

teaching holiday diversity

Kwanzaa is a seven day festival, observed from December 26th through January 1st, honoring African heritage and culture. These celebrations focus on seven principles; including unity, purpose, and creativity. In this charming book, all of the seven principles behind Kwanzaa are shared in an easy to understand way. Additional resources including crafts, a glossary, and links to books and websites are also provided.

Adventure Learning Center Celebrates The Holidays

At Adventure Learning Center, we are proud to promote diversity among the children entrusted to our care. Holidays around the world are taught during the season, in addition to Christmas traditions. We love the uniqueness and diversity of our community, and we know we are all better for practicing inclusivity. We invite you to check out our holiday curriculum and schedule a tour at your convenience. Visit us at 850 New Ballwin Road or call today at (636) 394-0600.