Monday, April 16, 2018

Japan Activites for Kids!

Are you looking for Japan activites for kids? We had the most fun learning all about the Japanese culture in our classroom.  We learned about Mount Fuji, the Japanese cherry blosom festival, sushi, origami and more! Come along as I tell you about our journey to Japan!

We follow the Journeys Reading Series and our story of the week was called "A New Friend" - a story about a little boy that moves from Japan to the United States.  I decided this would be a good opportunity to learn about the country of Japan!

We have a wonderful family, from Japan, that lives in our school district.  They were gracious enough to start off our week with a great presentation about the country of Japan.  They brought in props like books and a kimono to show my students, which gave them a really great background to begin our week.



Each day we learned something new about the country of Japan.  We completed a page each day in our Let's Learn About Japan mini book and did a special activity to go with it!

We used Epic books to read several stories about Japan and we focused on a different aspect of the country each day.  To begin, we talked about Japan being an island and it is famous for all of the volcanoes in the area....the most famous being Mount Fuji.  We created our own Mount Fuji with a directed draw, which we painted with watercolors.  

The next day we learned a little about the history of Japan and we made our own Japanese flag.

Next it was time to learn about the people of Japan. We learned about their special holidays called Boys Day and Girls Day.  We learned that sometimes girls wear an outfit called a Kimono for special holidays.  I found a cute FREEBIE on (you can pick it up here) of a doll dressed in a kimono.  I loved the idea, but didn't want the kids limited to the pattern on their freebie, so I created a simple square for the firsties to create their own design.  

We used our Smart board to visit a virtual Japanese house, where we could drag pictures to create a Japanese home. It was really fun and the kids LOVED it!  

Next we learned about Japanese food.  We watched a cool YouTube video that showed the kids in Japan helping to prepare, serve and enjoy their school lunch.  After this, we made our own Bento Boxes.  I made the actual paper box for the firsties ahead of time and then the kids filled them with sushi, rice, fish, and veggies - made of paper, cotton balls and fun foam!

Finally, it was time to try out our own Japanese cuisine....Kid Style! We made some kid friendly sushi - Banana Roll Up Sushi and Peanut Butter Sushi!  We also added some "fish" (Swedish fish candy) and some authentic Japanese cookies and crackers to our meal.  As an added treat, I purchased some real California roll sushi for the kids to try....not all were brave enough, but some did try it and they liked it!

Our Japanese meal:



We had a fantastic time learning all about Japan.  Do you want to learn about Japan with your students?  Grab your copy of the "All About Japan" mini book here. 

Want to try all the other activities?  I put them all together in a little freebie that you can grab here! Have fun!