Uganda Cultural Activities for Young Kids- Crafts, Games, and More!

We’ve officially completed our activities for our Uganda preschool unit! And my kids had a blast learning fun facts about Uganda and doing cultural crafts and activities. These activities are perfect for preschool and kindergarten-aged children whether at home or in the classroom!

Our last learning unit was on Japan. We loved playing our Japan matching game, making a cherry blossom tree out of tissue paper and a paper towel roll, doing origami, and eating sushi and mochi ice cream! And then, after putting a stamp in our passport, we were off to Uganda!

I had the chance to spend some time in Uganda during college and it has been one of my favorite places ever since. So I was very excited to share this beautiful and often underappreciated country with my kids.

Introduction

Uganda Activity Bundle

To start off, you can introduce the country of Uganda with our Uganda Activity Bundle, available in our Etsy shop! (Or you can scroll further down for more free Uganda activities!)

In this bundle we have all sort of fun printables to help kids learn more about Uganda.

Uganda Overview and Review Worksheets

Uganda fact sheet

First we have our Uganda at a Glance page, which provides some basic facts about Uganda and shows where it is on the map.

Then we also have a review sheet to be completed at the end of the unit, where kids can fill in the information that they learned about Uganda.

Matching game

Uganda matching game

This matching game is a great way for kids to learn fun facts about Uganda. It includes a fact sheet explaining what the pictures on the cards represent in Uganda.

Right now we’re offering the Uganda Matching Game as a freebie, so be sure to get your copy!

I Spy and Word Search

Uganda I Spy and Uganda Word Search

Also in the activity pack you can find an I Spy worksheet and a Uganda-themed word search.

The I Spy game has two versions, an easier one that uses numbers 1 through 5 and an easier one that uses numbers 6 through 10. This allows you to choose the correct worksheet depending on the age and understanding level of your child.

Uganda Flag Craft

Ugandan flag craft

With this flag craft, also included in our Uganda Activity Bundle, you can make your own miniature version of the Ugandan flag.

This craft is simple to do and turns out so cute. My kids always love making our flag crafts.

Crafts

Magazine beads

Next, we made magazine beads. These beads are super cute, easy to make, and great at engaging a child’s creativity!

You can find the instructions in this post.

Making paper beads with kids

Hand-rolled beads made from recycled magazines and paper are a craft commonly made by entrepreneurs in Uganda.

The completed beads are formed into bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry and sold for income. These beads come in different colors, shapes, and sizes depending on the paper used and the intended purpose.

Once my almost-four-year-old got started, the trickiest part was getting him to stop! He just wanted to keep on making more beads!

And he loves wearing the completed product knowing he made the beads himself!

Binoculars

In preparation for our safari game (see below), we made these super cute binoculars! All you need is the free template, some toilet paper rolls, and colored pencils and paint to decorate your craft.

Get the free template here.

This craft is so much fun to make and is great for all sorts of creative play. And the cardstock frame makes it very durable, so it will last. Which is great, because my son wore his all around the house for days!

Safari hat

Next up to prepare us for our safari game, we got to make our own safari hats. This is a simple craft made out of a paper bowl, but it turns out really cute.

Find the instructions for the hats here.

This was another one that my boys had a blast painting and then wanted to wear all day long.

Lion Paper Plate Craft

Another fun craft that kids will love is this paper plate lion. This craft is so easy and fun to make and the end result is so cute!

Lion paper plate craft

Lions are an integral part of Uganda’s diverse wildlife, and they primarily inhabit national parks and protected areas.

Culturally, lions are often symbolic in Ugandan heritage, featured in folklore and representing strength. Ecologically, lions play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem by controlling prey populations.

Uganda is also unique as it is one of the few places that you can see tree-climbing lions. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why they do this, but hypothesize that it might be to escape biting insects, to cool off in the breeze, or to have a better vantage point to survey their surroundings.

Game

Safari animal look-and-find

Finally, we were ready for our safari game! This game is so easy to set up, but my kids had so much fun playing it! And it was a great opportunity to talk about the different animals found in Uganda.

First, I printed out the game (you can get the free printable here). Then I cut out the animal pictures and hid them around the house.

I gave my son a clipboard with his safari animal checklist. Wearing his safari hat and using his binoculars, he went searching for all of the animals.

As he found them, he would mark them off of his list.

My two year old also loved this game, although instead of using a checklist he would just run around and start pointing and shouting every time he found an animal. To each his own!

And of course, once we finished they both immediately wanted to play again!

Book

For our book, I chose Beatrice’s Goat. This is a sweet story about a family in rural Uganda whose lives are changed when they receive the gift of a goat.

I love that this story shows kids what day to day life looks like for a family in a country very different from their own. And the illustrations are vivid and gorgeous.

Food

Rolex

For our snack, we made the Ugandan rolex!

This was a food that I ate all the time when I was in Uganda. It’s basically a veggie omelette wrapped in a chapati. This delicious dish is a classic street food in Uganda. It can be found pretty much everywhere you go and can be eaten at any time of the day.

A rolex is a fun food to make with young kids because they can help pick and add their veggies and help you beat the eggs. The actual frying you should probably handle.

Some traditional filling choices are cabbage, tomato, and onion, but you can really customize it however sounds most delicious to you!

How to make a rolex

To make your rolex, start by cooking your chapati (I used the premade kind that you just have to fry).

Next, beat two eggs and add your chopped vegetables. Add oil to your pan and pour the egg/veggie mixture into the pan. Fry it until the underside is golden brown.

Then flip and fry it on the other side.

Once your egg is cooked, place your chapati on top of it and flip it out onto a plate.

Then roll up your egg inside the chapati. And just like that, you have a delicious meal!

My boys loved their rolexes! As soon as my four year old finished his, he immediately asked if we could make another one.

It was fun sharing this treat with my kids and it brought back good memories of times in Uganda.

Wrap up

All of our preschool activities helped us to really feel like we were immersed in the culture of Uganda. It was fun seeing my boys learn so much about another culture very different from their own and they loved learning fun facts about Uganda.

Finally, we were able to put our Ugandan flag sticker in our passport!

Putting the Uganda flag sticker in his pretend passport

For our next cultural learning unit we will be exploring the island country of Singapore!

Be sure to check out our other cultural preschool units:

France Crafts and Activities for Kids

Philippines Crafts and Activities for Kids

England Crafts and Activities for Kids
India Crafts and Activities for Kids
Japan Crafts and Activities for Kids

Mexico Crafts and Activities for Kids

2 thoughts on “Uganda Cultural Activities for Young Kids- Crafts, Games, and More!”

  1. Very nicely done. The activities look so fun as well learning about another culture. I would like to bite into one of those rolexes about now.

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