Activities for Afghanistan

Note to teachers. I recommend trying some of the recipes at Afghanistan Online. Choose culture and find the recipes!

Language Arts

  • Note to teachers: This site has some depressing poetry. You may want to print the poems for the students to read instead of letting them explore. You could also use it to come up with other things to pray for. Visit Afghan Poetry and read the poem about the love of a nation. What can you learn about what Afghanistan is like? They've had a lot of war. It has barren deserts. Write a poem about your country that will give others an idea of what it is like. Answers will vary.
  • Visit Afghanistan Online and listen to the national anthem. Write your reaction to the music. Then read the words to the anthem. What is similar to the words of your national anthem? Answers will vary.


  • Visit Afghanistan Online and look under Culture. Look for the traditional instruments used in Afghanistan. List them, then name the instrument group they fit into. For an extra challenge, have the students name which of our instruments it looks like.
    • Daira Percussion
    • Richak String
    • Zerbagali Percussion
    • Surnai Wind
    • Tula Wind
    • Sarani String
    • Waj String
    • Sarinda String
    • Dhamboura String
    • Tambur String
    • Shashtar String
    • Rebab String
    • Dolak Percussion
    • Dol Percussion

Social Studies

  • Visit Afghanistan Online and look under Culture. Visit the Kabul Museum. What religion used to be strong in Afghanistan? Buddhism What else can you learn about the country from the museum?
  • Visit Afghanistan Online and find the maps. What is the capital? Kabul Where are most of the mountains? North Where is the desert? South Name 4 countries that border Afghanistan. Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan
  • Here's another Map of Afghanistan, but much larger.
  • Visit Afghanistan Online and look at the photo gallery and movies (mostly from the news). Describe the climate, the main problems, the ways people make a living, and what you found interesting. Talk to your teacher before looking at the war pictures. Heat, war, and poverty are the main things I get out of the pictures. There is a picture of a "little mujahid" of a young child with a gun. Also pictures of the horrors of war. Look at these before you allow your students to view them!
  • Afghanistan Today has much more information too.


  • Visit Afghanistan Online and look under Culture. Try the Afghan riddles and brainteasers. Can you solve the puzzles without looking at the answers? Answers are on the page.


  • Visit Afghanistan Online and find the essay on the environment under geography. What other prayer needs did you learn about? Their poverty based on the land problems What can we learn from their plight? To take care of our environment or other answers. You could do more with the science here, but science isn't my strength. I'm open to suggestions here!
  • *Read this ADRA News about the earthquake in Afghanistan. What can you pray for?

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