Exposure to different cultures can enhance creativity and problem-solving skills. Here’s how to explore new cultures–even if you’re not planning a trip abroad anytime soon.
Try ethnic eats
Been eyeing the new Turkish cafe downtown? Bring your family in to sample new flavors, or try re-creating a recipe from an ethnic cookbook at home. While you eat, talk about how the food compares to your family’s standard fare.
Music from other countries can expose kids to new rhythms and instruments. Browse world music on iTunes, or look for a local cultural festival with live music.
Explore new languages
Practice new phrases by labeling household objects in a foreign language or reading bilingual stories. Languagelizard.com offers contemporary children’s stories in over 40 languages.