Celebrating Jamaica with Children

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I LOVE celebrating Jamaica Day with kids. Our island’s culture is naturally full of sights, smells, sounds and movement….THE perfect combination for little ones.

Here’s a glimpse of what we do at my #LearnTheFun centres when we discover Jamaica. 

  – We Dress Up

Clad in black, green, yellow and/or the traditional bandana fabric we love to “dress up” and show off what we’re wearing. But it’s just as important to see what our friends are wearing too.

Suggestions:

Playing dress up with anything black, green, yellow and/or traditional bandana

 

– We Sniff Things Out

Yes we work our nostrils. Sometimes sneezing, sometimes crying, either way we learn what smells nice and what smells…well, not so nice. From coffee beans to spices. We begin to associate scents that will later be linked to our earliest memories of this land.

Suggestions

Spices & scents for smelling 

 
– We Open Our Ears

We learn the lyrics to any and every song in a heartbeat. We can hear it on the radio, or just hear someone else singing it, it doesn’t matter, we’ll learn it in no time. From Bob Marley’s songs of freedom to the Jah Bouks’ pleas to call Angola, we open our ears and memorize lyrics and learn about beat, rhythm and tone.

Suggestions:

Traditional Folk songs

Reggae songs

 

– We Ska

We can’t keep still, we have to move; whether in unison or simply because we’re inspired to. We have rhythm (at least we feel as if we do). We dance, “pon di river and pon di bank” and we have no shame doing so. We just keep on moving.

Suggestions:

Games like Dandy Shandy, Ring Games & Hand clapping activities 

 
– We Touch It

Fingers serve a purpose. We have to touch, we have to feel so we can make associations and in the process develop our fine motor skills.

Suggestions:

Play Dough minus the food coloring

And just like that we start falling in love harder and faster with this amazing little island.

Ismells…well not so nice. From coffee beans to spices. We begin to associate scents that will later be linked to our earliest memories of this land. Suggestions Spices & scents for smelling

  – We Open Our Ears We learn the lyrics to any and every song in a heartbeat. We can hear it on the radio, or just hear someone else singing it, it doesn’t matter, we’ll learn it in no time. From Bob Marley’s songs of freedom to the pleas to call Angola, we open our ears and memorize lyrics and learn about beat, rhythm and tone. Suggestions: Traditional Folk songs Reggae songs

  – We Ska We can’t keep still, we have to move; whether in unison or simply because we’re inspired to. We have rhythm (at least we feel as if we do). We dance, “pon di river and pon di bank” and we have no shame doing so. We just keep on moving. Suggestions: Games like Dandy Shandy, Dandy Shandy, Ring Games

  – We Touch It Fingers serve a purpose. We have to touch, we have to feel so we can make associations and in the process develop our fine motor skills. Suggestions: Play Dough without food coloring And just like that we start falling in love harder and faster with this amazing little island.

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