Your toddler is still quite a blank slate. Whether you are part of a different culture or not, we think it’s a beautiful thing to introduce them to other cultures! Here are some ways you can do so!
Taking a Trip – I know this one is easier said than done, but going to another country or even another state opens your toddler’s eyes to another world! It exposes them to different foods, languages, interactions, and more!
Museums – Often museums such as the Museo Del Barrio in Spanish Harlem or Museum of Native American History downtown near City Hall offers celebrations and music classes to introduce different cultures to little ones. It’s a great way to have them a get a taste of the traditions and beats they’ve never heard before!
Bilingual Storytimes – If you get a chance check out one of the local libraries or playspaces for storytime opportunities in a different language. Often they will use puppets, finger play, repetitive stories, and songs from the specific culture. Even if your child learns a couple words it’s great way to show them that there are other cultures out there and we should embrace them.
Classes – If you see your child is interested in other languages or you want them to speak a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) language that your family speaks it’s never too early to bring them to language classes. Teachers often make it fun and hands-on so they can generalize new words quickly!
Overall, our goal to introducing Roman to other cultures is to increase his cultural awareness. We think it is important for him to know that people live differently, interact in various ways, celebrate in unique styles, and more! This is what makes the world a beautiful place!