Share a Rama 2011
One World, Many Stories ideas – Karen Hankala, Satilla Regional Library
These ideas are culled from the web, from Library Journal’s online seminar Libraries are Essential:
Connecting to Youth in Your Community, from DIY Programming and Book Displays by Amanda Moss
Struckmeyer, and from me!
I like to have a bunch of all-ages random activities--not always related to the theme--to burn energy
Feather races: blow and walk with feathers. Music in the background helps!
Musical countries: cut out paper country shapes and laminate. Use those instead of chairs and
stand instead of sit. You need space and music for this one!
Play Around the World with indoor basketball! I hang a hula hoop and have kids throw a beach
ball through the hoop.
Pass the Box: Wrap up gift several times with paper. Play like musical chairs with music
stopping and person unwrapping ONE layer of paper. The player who unwraps the last layer
keeps the gift!
Make a life size board game with a travel/country theme and then play the game: Need paper
plates spaces, large paper die. To make die: http://www.puam.be/freedice/D6.pdf
Around the world bingo—with or without prizes. There are tons of online bingo generators:
Around the World Programming
Peanut or almond Butter and Jelly sushi, of course!
Make your own manga (pre-make the boards to draw on) or Comic Strip
Japanese hanging fish
Kimmel, Eric A. “Dohaku’s Head.” Sword of the Samurai: Adventure Stories from Japan.
Mexico craft: piñata with foam cups
o Place candy and toys in large foam cut and tape another foam cup to the end. Decorate
with tissue paper, streamers, etc.
Storytelling: tons out there…here’s one site that lists some: http://nancykeane.com/rl/682.htm
Chinese lanterns—plenty of these easy crafts online
Dragon puppets on a stick: I use the template for the head and tail from
http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org Print them out and then glue to a length of folded
accordion-like paper. Add straws or sticks….voila! puppet.
Books: Round is a Mooncake by Rosanne Thong
Storytelling: I like to tell Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong, though it’s also a book
Craft and activity: hacky sacks are popular in Korea. From: