Japan Lesson Plan for Younger Children
Make an origami paper crane, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, a Japanese doll, and more! This lesson is geared toward preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade level children. I created this to do as a two hour "play date" with a few friends. Even if you're not meeting with friends, you can still use this fun lesson with your family or class!
1) Read "Japan" by David F. Marx.
2) Read "Yoko's Paper Cranes" by Rosemary Wells about origami and paper cranes.
3) Make origami paper crane using PRE-FOLDED paper.
This is a cute picture book about Yoko, who makes origami cranes every year with her grandfather. They move to America from Japan. Yoko misses her grandfather. Guess what she makes!
We loved how this describes what life is like for children living in Tokyo. It was difficult finding books that do not describe many of the religious beliefs that some Japanese people hold to. I wanted to avoid much of that discussion when presenting about Japan to very young children, so this was a good option as it does not focus on the religious aspects of daily life.
7) Snack: Make "sushi" by putting sticky rice in ice cube tray, pushing finger through the middle, stuffing deli meat and a slice of carrot in the middle. If your children like vegetables, you can use pieces of broccoli stalk or broccoli slaw. Also serve iced green tea and Japanese snack mix. Use chopsticks to eat "sushi."
8) Read some of "Japanese celebrations : cherry blossoms, lanterns and stars!" by Betty Reynolds about Girl's Day and kimono.
9) Make Japanese dolls.
10) Read "Count your way through Japan" by James Haskins and practice counting in Japanese.
Family Field Trip
Go to a Japanese Festival. My children loved seeing the Japanese dancing, crafts, and arts performed here. They also loved tasting the various foods. International festivals are such a wonderful way to bring a culture alive without ever having to hop on an airplane!
Japan on YouTube: Visiting Japan
Japan - National Geographic Traveler
Learn Japanese: Counting in Japanese
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