Explore this virtual field trip by discovering Ukraine facts for kids! Go on a virtual adventure learning about famous landmarks, virtual tours, children’s books, and recipes from the Ukrainian culture.
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As I sit in shock watching the news of the Russian military invading Ukraine, I feel incredibly helpless and filled with such sadness and fear for those impacted by this event. My heart is with those families, especially the children, trying to seek safety and protect their loved ones who live in these territories.
It can be hard at times to assure your child everything will be okay. There are some things to consider on how to talk to kids about tragic events.
In an effort to send positive energy to a country and region that needs our thoughts and prayers during this time of war, I thought it might be helpful for each of us to learn as much as we can with our children about this beautiful historic country and its Ukraine citizens.
I want my children to learn more about Ukraine.
Are you ready for a virtual journey to Ukraine?
Fun Facts About Ukraine for Kids
Ukraine is an Eastern European country known for Kyiv’s churches, the port of Odessa & the Carpathian Mountains.
It is the second-largest country by area in Europe.
Ukraine also shares borders with Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; Romania and Moldova to the south.
It has a coastline along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
The capital is Kyiv.
Ukraine has some of the world’s longest caves – the world’s longest caves in gypsum. These unusual caves have beautiful crystals, stalactites, and other cave formations.
It’s population is 43,302,531 (2022)
The Ukrainian flag consists of two horizontal bands of yellow and blue, the colors represent the wide blue skies and the yellow represents the wheat fields that characterize the country.
The national flower of Ukraine is the sunflower.
Ukraine proclaimed its independence on August 24, 1991.
The Ukrainian President is Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Virtual Field Trip of Ukraine for Kids
I’ve created a virtual guide to Ukraine for Kids. It includes famous landmarks, virtual tours, children’s books, and recipes from the Ukrainian culture.
Think of this as a virtual field trip to Ukraine. Are you ready to explore from your computer?
PLUS! You can track your virtual tours with our free Printable Ukraine Virtual Field Trip Log!
Popular Landmarks in Ukraine
Here are many popular landmarks in Ukraine. You’ll find many of our virtual tour videos of Ukraine feature these specific locations. There are many churches and castles to explore!
- Akkerman Fortress – historical and architectural monument of the 13th-14th centuries
- Dniester Canyon National Park – includes two of the longest caves in the world.
- Feofaniya Park – landscape art park-memorial of national importance
- Golden Gate – Reconstructed medieval city gate
- Independence Square – Historical hub for political rallies
- Kamianets Podilskyi Castle – Classic medieval fortress
- Kherson Cliffs – known as the grand canyon of Ukraine
- Khotyn Fortress – complex of fortifications on the hilly right bank of the Dniester
- Khreschatyk Street – Shopping & historic buildings
- Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – Landmark monastery & cave system
- Kyiv’s Founders Monument – erected to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of Kyiv
- Lutsk High Castle – one of the largest, oldest and best-preserved castles in Ukraine
- M.M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden
- Mariyinsky Palace – serves as the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine
- Mezhyhirya: Former Presidential Palace
- Motherland Monument – War museum & sword-bearing statue
- Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War
- National Art Museum of Ukraine
- National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine
- St. Andrew’s Church – Green onion-domed Orthodox church
- St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery – Lavish complex of Orthodox buildings
- St. Sophia’s Cathedral – 11th-century Orthodox church & museum
- St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral – 19th-centery mother cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
- State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine
- Sudak Fortress – complex of the monuments of medieval archaeology and architecture of the 6th – 16th centuries
- Swallow’s Nest – decorative castle located at Gaspra
Take a look at the Seven Wonders of Ukraine that their experts voted for in 2007!
Here’s a look at the Best Castles in Ukraine.
Ukraine Virtual Field Trip Videos
Discover the various popular sites to see in Ukraine by watching these kid-friendly videos of famous landmarks in Ukraine.
- The Most Beautiful Churches in Kyiv
- The Most Beautiful Places of Ukraine
- Virtual Tour of Ukraine
- Ukraine Country Tour | City Kiev, Odessa, Lviv, Carpathians
- Kyiv (Kiev)- The Capital of Ukraine
- Kyiv Pechersk Lavra , Monastery Of The Caves In Ukraine
- The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra | Kyiv’s Architecture: History And Myth
- St. Andrew’s Church Kiev, Ukraine
- St Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery
- The Story Behind Europe’s Tallest Statue: The Motherland Calls
- Taking a Tour of the Mother Motherland Statue
- Swallow’s Nest Castle, Ukraine
- St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral
- Dniester Canyon | Unexplored Ukraine
- Northern Bessarabia | Unexplored Ukraine
- Wild Polissya | Unexplored Ukraine
- Museum of Folk Architecture and Life in Ukraine
- Chernivtsi Museum of Folk Architecture and Life Shows Ukraine in the 19th Century
- M. M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden
- Travel To Kherson Ukraine – 6 Awesome Things To Do In Kherson
- Ukraine Trip – Kherson Region
- LIFE in the Ukrainian Village
- Ukrainian Seventh Wonder: The Askania Nova
- Dzharylhach from above – Ukraine
- Exploring the Carpathian Mountains – Ukraine
- Top 10 Places To Visit In Ukraine
- Ukraine: A Journey Back in Time
- Kyiv, Not Kiev. Why Ukrainians care so much about their capital’s spelling
- The Story Behind Europe’s Tallest Statue: The Motherland Calls | National Geographic
- HOPAK: Traditional Ukrainian Folk Dance
- Sunflower fields, Ukraine
- Ukrainian Dance: A Short Documentary
- Exploring Ukraine’s Secret Crystal Caves
For a little outdoor fun, you can recreate one of these famous Ukrainian landmarks with this Sidewalk chalk Art Project. Explore math and art as you create a unique masterpiece replicating an iconic building in Ukraine.
Use these Videos for our Ukraine Virtual Field Trip Log
- Monument to Duke de Richelieu
- Holy Dormition Cathedral Poltava, Ukraine
- Kyiv’s Founders Monument
- National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine
- Exploring Khotyn Fortress
- St. Sophia’s Cathedral
- Kyiv Golden Gate
To help your child track their virtual adventure to Ukraine, you can download this printable unit. It includes pages with information about the Ukraine flag, Ukraine map, Historic Ukrainian landmarks, European map and virtual field trip logs to track each place they explore and share their favorite parts about them.
Google’s Authentic Ukraine Project
The Ukrainian government together with Google created the “Authentic Ukraine” project. A unique space in which you can find texts, descriptions, audio and video materials, illustrations, 3D images and virtual tours of Ukraine.
There is also a lot of visual information about the Ukrainian Identity – folk tales, songs, rituals, traditional crafts.
Here’s a fun project to do with your child, learn about how to decorate eggs the traditional Ukrainian way.
Current Events About Ukraine for Kids
Want to discuss with your child the recent events and history of Ukraine? Here are some age appropriate suggestions to consider from Dr. Laura Markham founder Aha! Parenting.
These videos are mom-approved and teacher-approved to view with your older child.
- Ukraine Russia Conflict Explained
- The Animated History of Ukraine
- Russia Invasion of Ukraine Explained
- Ukraine Geography
- War in Ukraine – TIME for Kids
Here are some additional tips for How to talk to children about war: An age-by-age guide.
This explanation shared by Yvette Dawson-Phillips of the current events in Ukraine provides a very kid-friendly version for younger elementary school children. It breaks it into a “playground version” that I just thought did a good job of trying to put to words what’s happening between Ukraine and Russia.
If your child asks, this is a map of where the Ukrainian refugees are heading and how many of them from ABCNews.com. Over 1 Million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, according to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to books on Amazon.
Ukraine Books for Kids
This is a collection of books written about Ukraine. Many include popular Ukrainian Folktales for you to enjoy.
The Mitten: Coloring Book (Tales from Ukrainian Folklore) by Svitlana Yakovenko
The Mitten: A Classic Pop-Up Folktale by Jessica Southwick
The Sparrow and the Bush & The Little Straw Bull: Coloring Book by Svitlana Yakovenko
My Ukrainian American Story by Adrianna Oksana Bamber
Secret of the Glass Mountain and Other Folktales from Ukraine by Maria Zemko Tetro
A kid’s guide to decorating Ukrainian Easter Eggs by Natalie Perchyshyn
The Fabulous Lost & Found and the Little Ukrainian Mouse by Mark Pallis
The Magic Egg and Other Tales from Ukraine by Barbara J. Suwyn
Ukraine: A Beautiful Travel Photography Coffee Table Picture Book by Dalili
Travel Dreams Ukraine – Social Studies Fun-Schooling Journal by Sarah Janisse Brown
Popular Ukrainian Recipes
This is a collection of popular recipes in Ukraine. Which one will you cook first?
- Paska (Easter Bread)
- Olivier Potato Salad
- Ukrainian Pierogies
- Chicken Keiv
- Walnut Stuffed Prunes
Explore the world with food! For more ideas take a look at our Around the World in 12 Dishes Recipes.
Printable Ukraine Unit for Kids
Track your virtual tours with our free Printable Ukraine Virtual Field Trip Log!
Ways to Support Ukraine Refugees
- Doctors Without Borders
- Project HOPE
- CARE International
- International Rescue Committee
- UN Crisis Relief
- Convoy of Hope
- National Bank of Ukraine
- Women Veterans Foundation
- Come Back Alive
And, to our foreign friends: We are no longer in the headlines every day, but please do not forget us. We need all of you ― not just your governments ― to do everything you can to help us secure our democracy and protect the West from Russia’s aggression. (Read More)Maria Zavialova, Ukrainian journalist living temporarily in exile
Looking for how to help those affected by the Russian invasion? As with any crisis, women, children, and the poor will be those most affected.
The estimates are that the war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of 4.3 million children – more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million child population. This includes more than 1.8 million children who have crossed into neighboring countries as refugees and 2.5 million who are now internally displaced inside Ukraine. in the months since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, according to UNICEF data.
Here are some meaningful ways you can help Ukraine from Global Citizen.
You can print this and color a Stand with Ukraine Poster (free).
The flower became a symbol of peace for Ukrainians in the 1990s and still is today. You learn how to make sunflower coasters.
There are so many amazing locations to explore in Ukraine. Our hope is that this will be a resource for you to use to discover what makes this country so unique.
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