Discover great activity ideas to entertain your children and bring your family together during this season.
6 Apr, 2020
As the world locks down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, families are suddenly spending an unprecedented amount of time inside the four walls of their homes. If you need a hand preventing the kids from bouncing off those very same walls, weâve got you covered!
Here are six ideas aimed at not only entertaining your children but bringing your family together as you learn about different culturesâand have a whole lot of fun doing so.
1. Make a meal from your sponsored childâs country
Get creative in the kitchen with Rose's recipe for Filipino Noodles.
Grab the kids and discover another culture in a hands-on, delicious way, by preparing a meal together! Pick a recipe from the country the child you sponsor lives and you can tell them about your culinary experience in your next letter. A quick Google search will reveal hundreds of recipes to choose from. Why not try making one of these iconic traditional meals?
Peanut Stewâa delicious west African dish often served with maize.
Pancit noodlesâdiscover how to make Pancit Bihon or Filipino Noodles with this step by step guide by Compassion graduate, Rose.
Pupusasâthe stuffed flatbread is El Salvadorâs national dish.
Nasi Gorengâliterally meaning âfried riceâ, this is a popular dish in Southeast Asia.
Matookeâboiled and mashed plantains are a staple in Uganda.
Lugawâthis rice porridge with chicken is a favorite breakfast for Filipino children.
Empanadasâturnovers stuffed with delicious fillings are common in South and Central America.
2. Watch this fun video
Children in northern Colombia were given video cameras to document their day.
Have you ever wondered what the child you sponsor experiences at their Compassion project? Experience it for yourselfâthrough their eyes. We gave children at a project in Colombia video cameras so they could record their day and share it with you.
Watch the children as they learn, play, eat and pray.
3. Play a game from another country
In the Philippines, Anthony and his friends enjoy a game of Tumbang Preso.
Call the children over because itâs time for PE classâPhilippines style. Tumbang Preso is a popular game played across the country, requiring only an empty can, bottle or milk carton, and flip flops.
These are the rules:
One player is âitâ and guards the can, while the others stay behind a line.
The objective is for players to knock the can over with their shoe, and for 'It' to turn the can upright before trying to tag one of the children.
If It can tag a child before they retrieve the shoe and make it back to safety behind the line, they become the new It.
If a player is unable to retrieve their shoe, others can âsaveâ them by hitting the can with their shoe.
4. Take a family photo
In Brazil, 14-year-old Ana Maria has eight brothers and sisters.
Take advantage of everyone in the family being in the same place at once by snapping a few pics! Not only will grandparents love them, so will the child you sponsor!
âIâm convinced that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the prayer of a child.â âWess Stafford
This season is a great opportunity to spend time praying with your family. Together, why not write a list of the things youâre grateful for. Then write anything youâre concerned about. As a family, commit these things to God by praying about them.