Halloween Science Activity for Kids!

Static Ghost Experiment

Costumes and candy? Been there, done that. This year put a little more trick than treat into your Halloween festivities. Teach the kiddos about positive and negative electrons with this simple science activity.



What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Tissue
  • Tape
  • A balloon





Using your tissue paper cut out a ghost. (Tried tip: the smaller the ghost the better, we recommend about 2-3 inches max!)

Tape the tail end of the ghost to a hard surface.

Blow up your balloon and tie the end.

Rub the balloon on your head vigorously for about 10 seconds to build a static charge.

Hold the balloon just above the ghost, if your balloon has enough static charge the ghost will rise. BOO!






















How it works:

When you rub the balloon on your head electrons with a negative charge gather on the surface, those electrons have the power to pull a light object with a positive charge (such as the tissue ghost) toward them!

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Learning Languages in the Classroom

Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen has a fun way to get kids excited about learning languages and world cultures in the classroom. Read on to see examples of her creative idea!

As a teacher and as a mom, I’m always looking for ways to deepen learning, and to expose my kids to the world beyond our doors. Here’s a fun idea to introduce your kids to world languages and encourage global citizenship!

In my children’s school, we start the year with a “Meet the Teacher” event, where students and their families can come and explore the school together. This year, I
wanted to attract a diverse group of people to volunteer for our International Club, so I created a sign: ”Can you say FRIEND in another language?”

Our little table in the cafeteria attracted both students and their parents, who stopped by to write down how they say “friend” in their language, or a language that they have learned. As people visited, I talked to each of them about our International Club and asked them to leave their email if they were interested in helping out. The response was tremendous! Close to 200 families left their emails, and we collected the word “friend” in about 25 languages! Learn some of them below:

Przyjaciel – Polish

Amigo – Spanish/Portuguese

Arkados – Turkish

Prijatelj – Serbian

Ami – French

Kaibigan – Tagalog

Vriend – Dutch

Mitra- Hindi

Nanpar – Tamil

Péngyǒu – Chinese

Learning how to say “friend” (or “peace,” “love,” “hello,” or any word you choose) in different languages  is a great way to get children thinking about the world and other cultures. This activity can be done  in many ways, such as interviewing families, friends, neighbors, or doing some research online.

Once you’ve collected the words, creating  a fun way to display them can act as a reminder that kids around the world have different ways of expressing the same ideas. Schools that create a hallway exhibit can demonstrate that they are accepting of students regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or native language.

As kids pass the displays (whether at home or at school), you will find them trying to pronounce the different words and even trying out their new vocabulary with native speakers. One great memory happened minutes after hanging our “peace” display; a shy child smiled and pointed at the Urdu sign and said, “That one is mine! I say it like that!”

Becky Morales  is a mom of 5, teacher, and creator of Kid World Citizen, where she shares activities that ‘help young minds go global.’  With a BA in Spanish Education, an MA in Teaching ESL, and an MA in School Counseling, Becky has always focused on cross-cultural communication, and integrating cultural lessons into her teaching.


Raising Global Citizens in Pakistan!

We love talking to moms around the world. We find it fascinating to learn about how families spend their days, and how it compares to what we have at home. It is also a great inspiration for thinking up new activities to do with the kiddos, or even a way to learn about kid-friendly destinations when planning our next vacation!

Each country and culture is filled with wonderful new adventures, so when guest blogger Zareen Rahman reached out about her kiddo’s adventures in Pakistan, we couldn’t wait to ask her a few questions!  Hear her story below.

Little Passports: What is it like to raise a famlily in Lahore, Pakistan?

Festival in Lahore

Zareen Rahman: Raising kids in Lahore is exciting and fun! Lahore is considered to be the heart of the country, often referred to as the city of gardens because of its lush greenery and historic gardens. Two common Lahori traits are that we are extremely family oriented and huge foodies! Naturally, most of our outings include getting together with extended family to cook, eat, and watch the little ones run around. When we aren’t gathering at each other’s homes, it is easy to find some sort of festivity happening, whether it be a food festival, a farmers market, or just stepping out to view the beautiful seasonal decorations around the city.

LP: What does a typical day out with the kids look like?

ZR: On a typical day out with my daughter, I have many things lined up for us. The Lahore zoo is definitely our favorite place to visit since we are both animal lovers. It also happens to be one of the oldest zoos in the world. It was established in 1872 as a small aviary, and today it houses about 1,381 animals! Along with the excitement of the many different animals, the Lahore Zoo is also filled with 1,280 trees of 71 species. When we get tired of walking around, we love to rest under the shade of an old tree and enjoy a snack.

There are also a number of parks for kids that include activities such as horseback riding, paddle boating and riding trains. However, since Lahore is on a plain, the weather is not always great. Our summer is long and dry which restricts a lot of outdoor activity. To cool off during the summer, we love to visit water parks that have wave machines and slides for kids.

LP: Whats has been your favorite kid-friendly place to visit in Pakistan?

Outpost Playground

ZR: My favorite kid-friendly place for my 2 year old is definitely my brother’s restaurant, Outpost. It’s a lovely outdoor space in a secluded neighborhood with huge empty grounds which makes the ambiance very rustic and peaceful. There is an large play area for kids that she absolutely loves to explore with her cousins. Some of her favorite things to do include jumping on the trampoline, climbing the jungle gym, and playing in the sand pit. Along with all the fun, she loves their food as well; she is definitely a little foodie in the making!

LP: As a mom, how do you encourage your kids to learn about the world and other cultures?

Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan.

ZR: My daughter will be turning two this August and she has just now started forming sentences on her own. We are finally at an age where I can take her out and share the culturally rich history of Lahore. Recently, my family and I visited old town Lahore, where you can see many different influences such as Mogul and British.

The second thing is traveling. There’s nothing more exciting than visiting a place with a culture so completely different to the ones that you’re used to, whether international or domestic. In fact, there are many different cultures represented in Pakistan that people aren’t aware of. There are places that I myself have never visited that tell tales of the past, and I would love for my daughter to know her own country well. Besides being so culturally affluent, the north of Pakistan is considered to be one of the most scenic places in the world. I definitely want her to be able to visit these places as much as she can.

Zareen Rahman is a stay at home mom from Lahore, Pakistan where she is raising her spirited daughter. On any given day you can catch her getting into new adventures with her toddler, running a household, working out at the gym or volunteering at her brother’s restaurant.



Loved this? Check out the rest of our Raising Global Citizens series below:

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Traditional South Asian Clothing: Sari

What is a Sari?

Sofia picked up a sari on her visit to India!

A Sari is a traditional South Asian garment that can range from five to nine yards! It’s usually wrapped around the waist withthe excess material draped over the shoulder. Typically, two long decorative borders run the length of the sari. Underneath the sari, a petticoat is typically worn and on top is a tight fitting blouse. Sari’s are available in a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, silk, satin and chiffon.  Some special occasion sari’s are even embroidered with real gold or silver thread!

Who wears Sari’s?

Women all around the world wear this beautiful 3-piece garment, but it is mainly worn by women in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,  Nepal and Afghanistan.

When are Sari’s Worn?

It takes art and time to skillfully place each corner, border and pattern of a sari correctly. That’s why, today, women typically save the effort for  attending special occasions such as a traditional puja ceremony, a wedding, or a lavish party.  Silk saris are usually preferred for grand traditional occasions and are meant to portray poise and sophistication.

However, there also women who wear sari’s in their day to day life as it is perfect for the hot climates of South Asia. The drape bares the midriff and creates a breezy feel for the wearer.


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Learn About Surfing in Australia!

How Did Australians Learn to Surf?

100 years ago, in the, summer of 1915 at Freshwater Beach, competitive swimmer Duke Kahanamoku wowed a crowd by showing them the art of wave riding. He skillfully cruised the water with a solid surfboard modelled after the one he used in his home country of Hawaii. This event officially brought surfing to Australia! Today, Duke’s board is still kept at the Freshwater Surf Club in Sydney, Australia.

After Duke’s demonstration, the news about surfing spread throughout the country. Soon the waters were filled with people wanting to give surfing a try, and it’s now a sport most commonly associated with Australia. There are several competitions annually and approximately 2.7 million Australians consider themselves recreational surfers!

Surfing comes natural to Australians since most of the population lives close to a coastline. The beach has always held a special place in their hearts.  Not to mention, the Australian coastline is where three of the world’s great bodies of water meet: the Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans!

Let’s  all grab our surfboards and head down under!

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3 Simple Ways to Inspire a World Traveler!

We asked travel expert Amy West to share with us how she inspires a love for travel in her daughter. Check out Amy’s 3 simple ways below! 

When I was fourteen I caught it. That itch you can’t scratch, a curiosity that won’t be tamed, an unquenchable desire they call wanderlust. I took my first trip overseas on a youth group trip without my parents. It was scary, it was thrilling, it completely turned my world upside down, and ultimately defined my future.

When our daughter was born, my travel thirsty husband and I knew we wanted to raise a world explorer. How to do that in the “bubble” that is our little beach community was the question. It’s not always possible to take a small child overseas. So how do you show them the world? My philosophy has been to create a culture in our home that embraces the world. Here are 3 Simple Ways to Inspire a World Traveler:

Lead by Example

The best way I know to inspire my child is to blaze the trail for her. Sometimes it’s more about what’s caught than taught, and in my willful young one’s case, she wants to be just like mom. That’s why instead of letting my limitations hold me back, when my daughter was two I launched my own travel brand. Pushing my own limits, setting off into the world, and continuing to travel (most of the time without her) teaches my daughter that the world is bigger than our neighborhood, and proves to her that if mom can do it, so can she. Not everyone can jet off into the sunset, but we can all start with the small things, such as enjoying a diverse ethnic meal. Use that meal-time as a chance to discuss the culture it derived from, and what that part of the world is like. Show your kiddo that there is a world of flavor out there and it’s exciting to try new things.

Surround them with the World
One of the things I love about Little Passports is the giant map that comes with the subscription. We immediately put our daughter’s up on her wall and every night we talk about where we live, and where other things are happening in the world. We’ll relive a history lesson, talk about major landmarks, and tell her stories of the far off lands we have visited. You can incorporate travel and exploration into your home with small accents like decorative planes or trains, globes, posters, or enlarged pictures of your own travels. These little suggestions seep in and ultimately those things won’t be foreign, but comfortable and nostalgic.

Take Advantage of Every Little Moment
Window shopping is a great opportunity to talk about items we purchase and how they gain inspiration from the world around us. Where did that pattern originate from? How was that made? Or, does your family visit the Zoo often? We love pretending we are on a safari when we visit the African animals. At the library we make sure to visit the non-fiction aisles and pick up a book on a foreign country, even if it’s just to look at the pictures.

Raising a world traveler is about creating a culture within your home that makes it normal to explore. Inspiring adventure with every moment you can seize, and ultimately by practicing what you preach. Keep getting out there, keep enriching your young ones with a diverse knowledge of the world, and one day, they’ll be inspired to set off on their own adventures, and hopefully catch wanderlust for themselves.


Jacksonville, FL based Amy West is the creator of amywesttravel.com, a travel and lifestyle brand including TV show “Like Love Want Need”. As a travel and lifestyle expert Amy writes for USA Today’s 10Best.com and appears as a guest on several media outlets including WJXT News 4 Jax Morning show and WJCT NPR Radio show “First Coast Connect.” Look for Amy on “Amy West Travel the Blog.”

12 Days of Christmas Around the Globe

Day 12, Wales: Making Taffy


Once upon a time Christmas Eve was known to the Welsh as Noson Gyflaith, or toffee evening, an occasion when friends and families gathered to share a meal, tell stories and play games, as well as take part in a Northern Welsh Christmas tradition—making toffee, or taffy as it known more commonly called in the U.S.

The toffee, made from brown sugar and butter, was especially chewy. It was boiled and then pulled so it became nice and glossy. Many traditional foods of the Welsh were born out of hardship and a need to be practical. The holiday toffee is a good example of this. Because sugar was once very expensive, making toffee on Christmas Eve was quite a special event, and a way of providing a festive treat for Christmas. Though the tradition is rarely practiced today, toffee remains an important traditional part of Christmas history in Wales.


12 Days of Christmas Around the Globe

Day 11, Mexico: Breaking the Piñata and Cutting the Rosca

Mexican Christmas celebrations begin on December 12th and end on January 6th (Epiphany). Children awake on the 6th of January to find gifts or toys that were left for them by the three kings. At midnight on Christmas Eve, fireworks, bells and whistles announce the birth of Christ. These sounds call families to Midnight Mass. Once mass is over, people return home to enjoy a traditional Mexican Christmas dinner. Many special dishes may be served, but some of the main traditional ones include tamales, bacalao (dried salted codfish), pozole (pork soup), menudo (beef soup) and atole (a hot, sweet drink made with corn).

On Christmas Day, blindfolded kids take turns trying to break open a clay piñata filled with sweets. Children who have been good will also receive gifts on Epiphany (January 6th). That is also the day when families take part in the  beloved tradition of cutting the rosca de reyes (“ring of kings”), a ring-shaped Christmas cake decorated with candied fruit and named for the three kings. The cake is often served along with corn tamales and hot chocolate. Hidden inside the rosca is a figurine of the baby Jesus, symbolizing a safe place where he could be born. Each person cuts a slice of the rosca, and whoever finds the figurine will be the host and invite everyone to celebrate Candelaria (also called Candlemas Day) on February 2nd.


12 Days of Christmas Around the Globe

Day 10, India: Decorating the Mango Tree


Though the majority of Indians are Hindu, Christmas (called Bada Din, meaning “big day”) is still celebrated around the country by millions of people. A special tradition is attending Midnight Mass with family and friends. Churches in India are decorated with poinsettia flowers and candles especially for this important service. Afterward there will be a feast of different delicacies (often biryanis, a dish made with rice and meat), and gifts will be exchanged. Some families display small clay oil-burning lamps and decorate their homes with banana or mango leaves. Mango leaves are an important tradition because the mango tree is considered sacred, and its leaves are used to decorate for every special occasion.

Many people will start preparing for Christmas as early as a month ahead by cleaning their homes in preparation for guests. They will also make a traditional cake, or a sweet rice pudding called kheer, to be shared not just with family, but with neighbors as well!


12 Days of Christmas Around the Globe

Day 9, Greece: Keeping the Kallikantzaroi Away

On Christmas Eve in Greece, children, especially boys, go out caroling, playing drums and triangles. Sometimes they will even carry small decorated boats, which is a very old custom in Greece. The boats honor St. Nikolas, the patron saint of sailors. The children go from home to home singing carols, and in return they are given dried figs, walnuts, candy and other small gifts.

Christmas trees are becoming more popular in Greece, but almost every house will have a shallow wooden bowl holding a little bit of water, with a piece of wire hanging across its rim. A wooden cross, wrapped with a spring of fresh basil, hangs from the wire. Each day for the twelve days of Christmas, someone in the household (usually the mom) will dip the cross and basil into holy water and sprinkle it in each room of the house. This is to keep Kallikantzaroi (bad spirits) away.  Having a fire burn through the twelve days of Christmas is also thought to keep the Kallikantzaroi away.

Typically on Christmas day, only a few presents are exchanged. Instead, it is an occasion to show generosity to those in less fortunate situations, like patients in hospitals or children in orphanages. Gifts are traditionally exchanged on January 1st, St. Basil’s Day.