This virtual field trip exploring Malaysian culture will take help your children explore the music, dance, and crafts of Malaysia plus so much more. A wonderful addition to a homeschool unit or as part of a fun global education at home.
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Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia near Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is a small country with a lot of diversity due to the three main races, Malays, Chinese and Indians.
There is also Western influence due to colonization by the British and a large expat community.
Note for parents: Before you share with your children, listen to the podcast episode Exploring Malaysian Culture and learn more yourself before embarking on an exploration as a family.
Visit Malaysia video: https://youtu.be/oOQ1SbkU_c4
I loved this artistic presentation of the diversity and blend of cultures in Malaysia and if you know about Lunar New Year you will see some familiar items: https://www.behance.net/gallery/4306721/Promoting-Malaysia
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy (the britannica article above gives more info about that) and the video below discuss that and shows the installation of a new monarch.
Malaysia’s Royal Rites-Negeri Sembilan: https://youtu.be/YQtFGjmSzrY
My mother’s kitchen by Emila Yusof: https://amzn.to/39xxCjw
read aloud: https://youtu.be/C7DEoZoDaYY
Where are you, sun bear? by Eun-mi Choi: https://amzn.to/39um9RK
read aloud: https://youtu.be/eQrSRNlSbMA
Where in Asia is Malaysia: https://amzn.to/2PqeeOl
- Puteri Gambus / Princess of the Lute by Awang Fadilah: https://destinationgood.com/products/a-fadilah-puteri-gambus-princess-of-the-lute
- Land Below the Wind by Awang Fadilah: http://www.yusofgajahlingard.com/awang-fadilah.html
- Atuk’s Amazing Sarong by Lim Lay Har: https://www.oyezbookstore.com/reviews/atuks-amazing-sarong
- Legendary Princesses of Malaysia: https://www.oyezbookstore.com/reviews/legendary-princesses-of-malaysia
- Siti the Elephant by Rossiti Aishah Rashidi: https://www.oyezbookstore.com/reviews/siti-the-elephant
Arts and Crafts
Famous handicrafts overview: https://www.kualalumpurhospitality.com/blog/famous-handicrafts-and-arts-of-malaysia
50 Traditional arts, crafts, and trades: https://www.lokalocal.com/blog/culture/traditional-malaysia/
Batik is quite a popular fabric craft here. Artists use wax to draw patterns on the fabric, then the fabric is painted or dyed. https://jadibatek.com/batik/
Craft projects for kids
Various projects including wau paper mobile, Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry), and batik cloth napkin: https://www.kiddy123.com/article/kids-craft-ideas-national-craft-day-2019.html
Paper garland and batik painting: https://weefolkart.com/homeschool/tag/malaysian-crafts/
The diversity of the different cultures (Malays, Chinese, Indians) are reflected in their food. This list by CNN covers the different types of famous dishes quite well: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/malaysian-food/index.html
Malaysian food trailer: https://youtu.be/vtIZ84_iP9k
10 Best Foods in Malaysia: https://youtu.be/pPGuFhuW5jI
Kopitiam restaurant: https://youtu.be/gtnkzyRatSU More in depth look at the restaurant https://youtu.be/2zzi7wLbLyQ
Americans and Malaysians swap snacks: https://youtu.be/vttZ2AETjWw
Highlighting different Malaysian dishes: https://youtu.be/6I4g9qI72o0
5 Malaysian dishes you need to try: https://youtu.be/9ZK2ve1zI4Q
Recipes to try