Join us as we journey to the incredible country of Nigeria! During this virtual tour of Nigeria for kids, we’ll enjoy fun and inspiring Nigeria activities. This Nigeria virtual field trip is a perfect way to explore and also serve the world right from home during this holiday season!
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Nigeria Activities for Kids and Service Ideas
SERVE AROUND THE WORLD
Featured Organization Doing Good: UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund provides humanitarian and developmental aid to kids in 192 countries and territories around the world. It has helped reduce child mortality, worked to support quality education, assisted in emergencies, made strides to alleviate child poverty, and more.
How Families Can Help in Nigeria
- Consider if there’s some way you can donate or fundraise at least $1 for UNICEF. Here are some ideas for either fundraising online or outdoors:
- Sell 4 cups of lemonade
- Sing a holiday song in a parking lot and collect donations
- Host a virtual fundraiser
- Teach a 10 minute kids class on Zoom (baking? LEGO building? Star Wars origami?)
- Share a UNICEF story
- Help with mental health services for children
- Simple service at home: Reach out to a local official to advocate for support for children in your community
Supporting Nigerian Individuals
Featured Nigeria Book
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora (Author)
Book Read Aloud
Thank You, Omu! Picture Book Discussion Questions
- Have you ever shared food with someone or has someone shared food with you? How did it make you feel?
- Have you known someone to give of their own stuff even when they didn’t have a lot?
- What is something you could share with someone else? This could be things like your time or your talents, like making a card for someone.
Other Nigeria Books for Kids
Languages in Nigeria: Nigerian Activities for Language Arts
English is the official language of Nigeria, although Hausa is the most widely spoken language. Yoruba, Igbo, Fula, and many other languages are spoken in Nigeria. There are over 520 spoken languages in Nigeria!
NIGERIA SOCIAL STUDIES:
NIGERIA VIRTUAL TOUR OF HISTORY & LANDMARKS
History in Nigeria
- The capital of Nigeria is Abuja.
- The official name is the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Muhammadu Buhari is the current president of Nigeria.
- Nigeria is located in west Africa and bordered by Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin. It also borders the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.
- English is the official language of Nigeria, but Hausa is the most widely spoken language.
- The currency in Nigeria is the Nigerian naira. $1 USD ~ 380 naira.
- Nigeria has a tropical climate with rainy and dry seasons.
- Christianity and Islam are the main religions in Nigeria, with each about 49% of the population. Many include indigenous beliefs, as well.
- The primary industries are petroleum, tourism, agriculture, and mining.
- Nigeria is the 7th most populous country in the world.
- Nigeria has its own film industry called Nollywood.
- The country has the largest economy in Africa.
- Many Nigerians consider the left hand to be unclean.
Map of Nigeria
Color in Nigeria on this map of Africa!
Nigerian Flag Activity
Flag from HERE
HERE is a fun printable Nigeria flag coloring sheet!
Nigeria Virtual Tour to Featured Landmarks
Yankari National Park
Yankari is a wildlife park in Nigeria. It’s the most popular place for tourists in Nigeria and is home to over 350 species of birds, African elephants, the West African lion, the African buffalo, and many more.
Featured Important Nigerian Person: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-born economist who worked at the World Bank as a development expert and was also the Finance Minister of Nigeria. She is the first woman to become the Finance Minister of Nigeria.
NIGERIAN ACTIVITIES: ARTS & CULTURE
Featured Nigerian Artist: Ben Enwonwu
Ben Enwonwu (full name Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu) was a Nigerian painter and sculptor and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He worked on a commissioned portrait sculpture for Queen Elizabeth. He also created the paintings, “Christine” and one of an Ife princess Tutu, often called, “Africa’s Mona Lisa.”
Nigerian Craft & Culture Activities for Kids
Here are great instructions for making a simple Nigerian drum!
Other Nigerian Kids Activities
NIGERIA ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Nigeria Movement Activities
Children’s Games in Nigeria
You can learn to play this fun dara math game for kids from Nigeria!
Nigerian Folk Dance
Sports in Nigeria
SCIENCE + MATH
Cooking activity, Nigerian animals
Featured Nigerian Food: Nigerian Recipes for Kids
Jollof rice is a reddish, one-pot rice that is common in West Africa. It’s a very popular party food in Nigeria. It has a smoky flavor from being cooked over our fire and being allowed to burn slightly on the bottom.
Here’s a great recipe for classic Nigerian-style jollof rice!
Animals in Nigeria
VIDEO + FURTHER LEARNING & DISCUSSION FOR NIGERIA VIRTUAL TOUR
Kid Videos About Nigeria
Nigeria with Kids Discussion Questions
- Rice is a staple in Nigerian food. Do you consume a lot of rice in your home?
- What is an animal you’d be interested in seeing in Nigeria?
- Do you ever like to have dance parties in your home? Is the way you like to move your body similar to or different from these forms of Nigerian dance?
Thanks for Taking a Virtual Visit to Nigeria With Us!
We’ve loved putting together this resource to virtually visit Nigeria. We’d love to hear if you do any of these activities for a homeschooling Nigeria unit, or if you visit in person!
We hope to inspire curiosity and connection through exploring and learning, and we hope this guide helps you and your families. Please share any activities you do with us over on our Instagram. And we’d be delighted if you passed this Nigeria for kids virtual tour and homeschooling resource along to others, as well!
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