El Jarabe Tapatio – Mexican Hat Dance

Laura Meraz Rafin from Mexico This dance is characteristic and representative of Mexico. It symbolized the man’s courtship of the woman who in the beginning rejects him, but then accepts him. The woman’s full, brightly colored skirt is decorated with flashy ribbons and lace. The man’s costume is a traditional “charro suit” that consists of … Read more

Traditional Children’s Games – Games of Marbles

Marbles is a traditional popular game that is popular all over the world. In games of marbles, players shoot their marbles—small, colored glass balls—at their opponents’ marbles. If they hit the other marbles, they win them. Traditionally, games of marbles have been played in countries all over the world, including Turkey, Cyprus, and Indonesia. Marbles … Read more

Traditional Children’s Games – Jump Rope Games

Jump Rope games have always been popular in countries around the world. One version of a jump rope game played with rubber bands connected together to make a long rope is played in many countries. In this section, students from China, Colombia, and Indonesia describe how they played jump rope in their countries. Rubber Band … Read more

Outwitting a Crocodile – A Traditional Malaysian Folktale

Outwitting a Crocodile

Retold by Chok Yoon Foo from Malaysia Sang Kancil is a clever, tricky mouse deer who is always finding himself in predicaments with animals that want to eat him or harm him, but he cleverly manages to escape each time. In this story, Sang Kancil outwits a big, bad crocodile. The mouse deer outwits the … Read more