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Using Hand Gestures

Learn about how Italians use hand gestures to communicate.


Pasta Limone

The Almalfi coast in Southern Italy is known for the delicious lemons that grow there. Almafi lemons are almost twice as big as other lemons and are a key ingredient in many recipes. This recipe for lemon pasta came from an Italian grandmother who lived on the Amalfi coast and loved to cook delicious food for her family. Make this dish for your own family, using your favorite pasta; we used casarecce!

Biscotti Con Nutella

Many kids around the world enjoy Nutella, a delicious chocolate and hazelnut spread that was invented in Italy. After World War II, cocoa was hard to find, so an Italian man named Pietro Ferrero combined ground hazelnuts (which Italy has a lot of) with a little cocoa to make a sweet, spreadable treat. Mmmm...delizioso (that means “delicious” in Italian)! If you love Nutella, you are sure to love these cookies!


Sculpt like Michelangelo

Michelangelo was a famous Italian painter, sculptor, poet and architect! Some of his most famous works of art are the Pieta and sculpture of David. It’s time to channel your inner artist and sculpt like Michelangelo! 


Uno, Due, Tre, Stella!

Do you like to play street games with friends? “Uno, Due, Tre, Stella” is a common game that children in Italy play together. Uno, due, tre means “one, two, three,” and stella means “star.” Gather a group of friends and get ready to play!


Francesca And Gabrieli Meditate

This guided meditation features a story about a girl named Francesca and a boy named Gabriele who live in Almalfi, Italy. Their Nonna Claudia helps the family relax after dinner by leading them through a whole body relaxation exercise. Find a quiet place to lay or sit down so you can enjoy Nonna Claudia’s relaxation too!



This book list will help you explore Italy's culture through picture books. Read the summaries with your kids to help you decide which books to read. Find the books below at your public library or online.

KidCulture Journal Questions help your child reflect on what they learn as they read. Journal entries can be adapted to a younger age by having the child draw their answers or explain them to an adult.

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Enjoy three Italian folktales!

Note: stories from third parties may contain ads

The Hat, The Horn, And The Purse

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Shortie: The First Ring

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Encore: The King’s Face

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