Non-Fiction | 6 July 2016Summer Activities: International Inspiration! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Feel stuck in a rut with your summer activities? Check out countries around the world for some inspiration on how to liven up your plans! Atlas of Adventures, an atlas filled with vibrant illustrations and worldly fun facts, takes you from freezing Antarctica to the winding Zambezi River and shares exciting adventures specific to each country along the way. Although most of us can’t hop on a plane to go surfing in Hawaii or shower with an elephant in Chiang Mai, you can easily recreate some of the world’s adventures in the comfort of your own home! Here are some fun ways to “travel the world” this summer. Brighten your backyard with lanterns In Hong Kong, city dwellers celebrate Chinese New Year with elaborate parades, firework displays, and the world famous Lantern Festival. Lanterns are hung all over the city, and on the last night of the celebration everyone lights a lantern until the entire city seems to glow. Turn your backyard into a lantern festival by making these easy paper lanterns (craft idea from WikiHow) and stringing them throughout your garden! Learn to Samba dance Carnival is Brazil’s most famous festival and takes place before Lent each year. Hordes of people flood the streets to celebrate with floats, parades, and traditional music and dancing. One of the most popular events is the samba dance competition, in which different samba schools perform Brazil’s iconic dance style. For a fun afternoon, learn basic samba steps (like from this video tutorial), put on some Latin tunes and start grooving. Throw a Festival of Colors In India, the Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Colors, is held each spring to celebrate new life. Celebrators make sacks filled with colored powder and balloons filled with colored water, and throw them at each other, creating a burst of rainbow! Everyone emerges covered in tie-dye and smiles from head to toe. You can easily hold a festival of colors in your own backyard! To make colored powder, mix 2 parts flour with 1 part water until it forms a thick paste. Mix in food coloring and roll the paste into a flat disc. Let the disc sit overnight until dried, and then use a blender to break up the disc into powder! Hold your own Highland Games Each year during the last weekend in August, Scotland’s toughest and fittest compete in the Highland Games. A celebration of Celtic culture and tradition, this sporting event dates back to the eleventh century and includes events such as the caber toss and the stone put. Gather your friends and set up a Highland event of your own! Your backyard competition can include a tug-of-war, frisbee hurling, and a Scottish dance-off. Hopefully these international activities give you a taste for adventure! Check out Atlas of Adventures for other exciting and educational ways to spend your summer days. Excerpted from Atlas of Adventures – part of a series which includes new title Animal Adventures, coming out this September 2016. Atlas of Adventures Author: Rachel Williams Illustrator: Lucy Letherland A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page. US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.