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Discover More About Russia with these Activities and Games


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One fun thing to do with your girls is to teach them about another country. Everything from the people of the country, the weather, culture, food, and more. 

You can center an entire meeting around teaching girls about Russia. I’ve included some general facts about the country, and highlighted a few games, activities, patch suggestions, and other resources to make your meeting fun and educational.

Learn About Russia

This is the content you can print and use to put together a poster, or share with your girls during a meeting. If you want easy-to-use games and activities to teach your girls these facts, be sure to keep reading.

Did you know? Russia has 11 time zones!

The geographical distance between Russia and the USA is very small. The Bering Strait separates Russia from the USA and the North American continent. The two countries are just 51 miles apart!

For about two weeks during mid June, you can experience ‘White Nights.’ Throughout this time, the sun will not set in St. Petersburg, and there will be daylight for 24 hours!

Family is very important to Russians. Most families include the grandparents, parents, and children in the same household.

Geography in Russia:  Russia is the biggest country in the world and stretches from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia. The country is located on both the European and Asian continents.

Russia borders fourteen countries and is about 1.8 times as big as the USA. Russia occupies one-tenth of all of the land on Earth, and almost half of the country is covered in forests. Unfortunately, only 14% of these forests are suitable for agricultural land due to the harsh climate, which ranges from steppe in the South, to subarctic in Siberia, and tundra in the polar North. Russia is also home to the Caspian Sea, the world's largest lake, and the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal.

Where are the people in Russia?  Russia has a population of roughly 142 million people. Russia’s capital and largest city is Moscow, with 12.5 million inhabitants. Most of the Russian population lives in the westernmost part of the country that belongs to the European continent, and three out of four people in Russia live in urban areas.

Animals in Russia: Due to the harsh climate in many regions in Russia, wildlife is limited. The tundra landscape is covered in snow for more than nine months per year. Large mammals such as reindeer can survive in the tundra. Arctic foxes and polar bears can be seen in the far north, while whales and seals swim in the Arctic waters. Steppe (grassland) mammals in southern Russia include wild boars and various antelope species. There are also several bear species such as the brown bears in the Caucasus and the Asian black bears which live in the Russian far-east. The Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard are among the most endangered species in Russia.

Government in Russia: Russia's government is considered a semi-presidential federation, with its president being Vladimir Putin. Russia's history as a democracy is short. The country's first election, in 1917, was quickly reversed, and it wasn't until the 1991 election of Boris Yeltsin that democracy took hold. Russia is a federation of 86 republics, provinces, territories, and districts, all controlled by the government in Moscow.

Economy in Russia: Russia is among the ten largest economies in the world and the world's third biggest gold producer. Russia is also one of the leading producers of natural gas and oil as well as metals. The main agricultural products are grains, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, vegetables, fruits, beef, milk, oil, coal, iron ore, gold, and aluminum. The country's main trading partners are China, Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, and the USA.

The currency in Russia is called ‘ruble,’ and one ruble is equal to 0.013 of a United States dollar.

Armed Forces in Russia: The Armed Forces is one of the biggest in the world, with about 1,200,000 active troops. Russia also makes its own weapons. The Armed Forces has 6 branches: Russian Air Force, Russian Ground Forces, Russian Navy, Strategic Missile Troops, Russian Space Troops and the Russian Airborne Troops.

Language in Russia: There are about 120 ethnic groups in Russia who speak more than a hundred languages. Russian is a Slavic language and it is the most widely spoken Slavic language in the world. It is spoken in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. 

Russian is also spoken by many people as a second language in much of Eastern Europe and the Baltics, as well as in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Russian is the eighth most spoken language in the world, but is the second most dominant language on the internet. Russian is also one of the six working languages spoken at the United Nations.

The Russian language is written with the Cyrillic alphabet, which consists of 33 letters. Some letters are similar to the Latin alphabet, but some are different. For example: 'P' in Russian is pronounced 'R' in English, 'C' is pronounced as 'S', and 'Y' is 'U.'

Religion in Russia: The religion is Russia consists of the following:

  • Orthodox 20%
  • Muslim 15%
  • Christians 2%

Many Russians are atheist.

Education in Russia: Children start school when they turn six years old, and typically go to school for ten years. After 11th grade, students can go to study at university if they choose.

General education in Russia has three stages: primary education, which lasts for four years; basic general education lasting for five years, and secondary education which lasts for two to three years. Russian general education focuses on the intellectual, emotional, moral, and physical development of the student. It aims to develop the abilities that allow a student to adapt to life in society.

General education normally consists of 34 weeks of study per year, and 27 to 36 hours of study per week. In general, the academic year runs from September 1st to the beginning of June. School examinations are in June.

Food in Russia:  The Russian main dishes contain pork and beef, lamb, chicken, fish, potatoes, root vegetables, porridge, and bread. Sour cream also accompanies many dishes. Vegetable soups and stews play an important role in Russian cuisine, and Russian food is full of flavor and very diverse.

Here are some examples of Russian meals:

  • Borscht or Red beet soup: soup made with red beets and vegetables that are cut into small pieces. This red soup is often served cold and is then blended with yogurt or sour cream, from which the soup gets its pink color.
  • Soljanka: thick cabbage and vegetable soup with pickled mushrooms or vegetables, that gives it a spicy flavor.
  • Blinis: thin Russian pancakes often served with savory or sweet fillings.
  • Porridge: made with local cereal, depending on available crops, especially buckwheat, semolina and oats. It is cooked in milk for breakfast.

One of the rarest and most costly caviar comes from the Beluga sturgeon of the Caspian Sea, and costs up to 5,000 US dollar per pound.

Recreation in Russia:  Soccer, which is referred to as 'Futbol', is a very popular sport in Russia, followed by ice hockey. Russia also has its own version of Disneyland, referred to as ‘VDNKh.’ Moscow State Puppet Theatre is also a popular attraction, as this theater is the oldest puppet theater in Moscow and the largest in the world.

Russia Group Games and Activities

Russia Bingo Game

You may enjoy teaching your girls facts about Russia while playing a game of bingo. In this bingo game there are 24 different Russia facts your girls will learn about playing the game. When you draw a fact listed on the bingo cards you can also tell your girls a little bit about what each of them mean. After one game play again and have girls tell you what each fact means.


Anyone can play this game. The players make pairs and line up. Each pair of players holds each other's hands and raises them to form a tunnel. A player without a pair stays in front of the tunnel. He closes his eyes, goes through the tunnel and chooses a pair for him. This pair goes to the end of the tunnel. The player left without a pair starts the game all over again.

Koshki i Myshki

You will need 10 or more people to play this game. One person becomes a cat, another – a mouse. The rest of the players hold each other's hands and make a circle. The cat stays outside the circle, while the mouse is inside. The cat tries to get inside by breaking the circle, jumping over, or going under the arms of circle players. If the cat gets inside the circle, players should raise their arms to let the mouse out, and then close the circle to keep the cat inside. Once the cat catches the mouse, they both join the circle and a new cat and mouse are chosen.


You need at least three people to play this game. For this game you will need: a ring or a button, or something small, that can be held in your palms. All players sit in a row, while the leader stays in front of them with a ring in his/her hands. Players sit with palms together. The leader starts with the first player in a row by pretending to put a ring into the player’s hand, and continues down the line doing the same. The leader secretly puts the ring into one person’s hands during this time. When the leader reaches the end of the row he/she says: "Ring, ring go out to the porch!" The player, who has the ring, should run out from the players' row. The other players must try to catch and hold her. If the player with a ring runs away, she becomes a leader. The previous leader joins the players' row.

Before You Go

Here are few other around the world ideas I have shared in the past that may be great for your event as well if you are doing more than learning about one country.

Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls