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1. Adinkra Printing
Cross curricular collection using a textile tradition from Ghana to explore children’s values and identity.
2. Mexican Day of the Dead
A collection exploring this ancient festival with opportunities for teaching Spanish.
3. Chicken Surprise!
What was the result of a plastic bag ban in Cape Town, South Africa? Make your own chickens from old plastic bags and find out about Jamela’s own chicken.
4. Toys and Children’s Rights
A wide range of activities to learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through global games and toys, picture books and design and technology tasks.
5. Kente Cloth
Touch this beautiful, hand-made cloth and learn how Kofi learns to weave in Bonwire, Ghana. The magical ‘Spider Weaver’ tells the legend of the cloth and ideas given for classroom weaving activities.
6. Children’s Rights: Toys and Play (Funded by the Ernest Cook Trust) (download)
Children everywhere find creative ways to make and use toys whether bought or made from available materials.
A range of handmade recycled toys inspire children to make toys from waste materials and learn about production and waste in the toy industry.
How can pupils or the school find ways to reduce toy waste?
This collection includes solar circuits children can put together to learn about harnessing the power of the sun.
7. Sustainability and Campaigning – India (deforestation) (Funded by the Ernest Cook Trust) (download)
The Chipko movement in India focused on ways to prevent deforestation and its effects on the local environment and communities.
Beautiful picture books explore traditional tales of women who literally ‘hugged the trees’ to protect them and save them from being destroyed.
8. Wangari Maathai’s Seeds for Peace (Funded by the Ernest Cook Trust) (download)
Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Kenya through its reforestation.
Her organisation planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This collection tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.
9. Powerful books to challenge stereotypes (funded by the Chalk Cliff Trust)
It is common for children to have stereotyped ideas about gender and ethnicity.
These ideas have an impact on how children play and relate to each other and in discussion about job roles.
Stereotypes also have an impact on how children view themselves and their abilities. They affect their sense of self-worth and self–esteem.
- Do girls underrate their abilities?
- Are boys being encouraged to develop emotional literacy?
- Do children have positive aspirations about their future roles?
10. Moving Homes (funded by the Chalk Cliff Trust)
This book collection explores the experiences of many different people moving homes for a variety of reasons.
- What was life like before people moved?
- What did they experience on their journeys
- What challenges did they face in their new homes?