Culture Definition: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:05 What is Culture?
  • 0:34 Religion
  • 1:04 Language and Art
  • 1:57 Fabulous Food
  • 2:47 Music and Dance
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Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

What makes a group of people special and different? In this lesson, learn the definition of culture and how different practices and traditions come together to create culture.

What is Culture?

You may have heard the word culture before, but do you know what it actually means? Think about what makes you and your family special. What language do you speak? What traditions and beliefs do you have? Do you enjoy special foods and wear clothing to represent your family or history? The culture of a group of people is the traditions and beliefs that they practice in their daily lives. The fact that there are different cultures found throughout the globe is what makes our world so wonderful!


Religion is a set of beliefs and practices, usually focused on how people live their lives and what happens after life is over. Most religions believe in one, or several, supreme beings or gods. There are many different religions throughout the world. Religion is a huge part of culture because it often influences people's behavior and daily life. Some major religions of the world include Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism.

Language and Art

The world is full of thousands of languages, and this is an important aspect of culture. Written and spoken words have been used for many years to pass down stories and ideas from one generation to the next.

Language is used to create literature, another element of culture. Literature is writing that is created as a form of art. Poetry and fiction are examples of literature. In Ireland, a special type of poem called a 'limerick' is a symbol of Irish culture.

Art can take other forms besides writing. Many cultures are known for their amazing artists and styles. For example, mosaics are works of art created by placing tiny pieces of stone or glass together to create a picture. This art form is believed to have begun in ancient Greek and Roman cultures.

Fabulous Food

By far, the most delicious part of culture is the food! Different cultures have traditional dishes that are prepared, and often recipes are used for hundreds of years. Many times, the types of dishes that are prepared are influenced by the area where a group of people live. Japan is an island country, and because it is surrounded by water, seafood is common in Japanese dishes. If you travel to Japan, you might enjoy a meal of sushi. Be careful not to drop these bits of raw fish with your chopsticks!

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