Different people have the ability to see different things, at different times. What do you see in the picture above? Is this a parrot, or is it something else? Because we all look at things differently we may see beauty in very DIFFERENT ways.
It is cool, and a good thing, that we don't all see the same thing because we can invent, create or improve things that others cannot see immediately.
Diversity. What is It?
The world has many variations of the same thing which makes life very interesting. Each variation of something has something to offer that is DIFFERENT. Learning how things (and people) are different can help us find better ways to sue each others skills, talents and desires. Here is an example with apples. Are all apples created alike? Do they have the same taste and the same purpose? The answer is surprising. The attached graphic can be downloaded to your computer.
Games and Activities
Hello in Different Languages
Fun, warm-up activity. With as many people as you can try to come up the word(s) for "hello" in as many different languages as possible.
Get to Know my Name
All of our names are very special. We are proud that our parents gave us a name that tells the world who we are. If other people's names seem hard to say, ask them to teach you how to say their name right. Practice until you get it right. They will really appreciate you and it may help you to learn another language some day. Would you want someone to not say your name right, or to call you by another name you don't really want because it is easier for the other person?
Where does my/your name come from?
Share the story of where your name comes from and what your name means. If you do not know the meaning of your name you can go to Oh Baby Names. Explore the meaning of your name, your family and your friends.
Multicultural Music and Songs that Build an Appreciation of Diversity
Parents, Are They The Same Around The World?"
What would it be like to be born into another family, another culture, another part of the world? We would certainly see and experience different things but maybe some things would remain the same no matter where we lived. Ask your friends if they have heard some of the same things parents say in the video below.
Skeletons and Shells
Smiling is the universal language that ALL people understand. They may not speak your language and they may not be from your own country but everyone understands a smile.
A smile says a million words. It is inviting, warm, friendly and a great way to begin a friendship.
My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are grayish blueish green,
But I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it's silver when it's wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.
What does this poem mean?
Colors Poem by Shel Silverstein
Small as a peanut
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.
Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.
So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!
What does this poem teach us?
No Difference Poem by Shel Silverstein
In space our astronauts cannot see nations, neighborhoods or different looking people like you and I see on land. Astronauts do see a wonderful world though with no boundaries, free flowing oceans and land to grow crops, work and live. It is a beautiful place suspended in space, in a vast universal neighborhood that ALL humans call home. Let's protect our home, and each other.
"For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands
more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we
share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us."
Donald Williams Former NASA Astronaut, Retired US Navy Captain