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 Hungary. 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 Everything You Can About Hungary
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.
The Hungarian language is one of the hardest languages to learn in the world. There are no other languages that are similar to it., making Hungary a very interesting and diverse country to learn about.
Did you know? Erno Rubik, a Hungarian native, invented the Rubik’s cube. It took him almost three months to try and solve the problem of getting the cube back in order. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different ways to set the cube!
Interesting Fact: In Hungary, there is an approved list of children’s names. If the name you want for your child is not on the list, you have to apply to have it approved before you can use that name.
Fun Fact: In Hungary, it is customary to celebrate both the name day and the birthday of a person. Name days are based on religious traditions and historical figures and events. For example, June 29th is the Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, thus on this day people with the name of Peter or Paul will be celebrated.
Geography of Hungary: Hungary is a landlocked country in the continent of Europe. This means there is no immediate access to the sea. Hungary is a mostly flat country with plains, called Puszta, in the eastern and the southern parts.Hungary can be compared in size with the state of Indiana, and the country has predominantly a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The country has many beautiful rivers including the River Danube, that flows right through the country, dividing it in half. Hungary also has the largest lake in the central Europe area, called Lake Balaton.
Where are the people in Hungary? There are about ten million people living in Hungary. Hungary’s capital city is Budapest, which is also the biggest city in Hungary and contains 1.7 million inhabitants. About 70 % of the people in Hungary live in urban centres, and the population is distributed quite evenly over the country. Budapest is the only city with more than 1 million inhabitants, all other cities house less than 300,000 inhabitants.
Government in Hungary: Hungary is a unitary, parliamentary, representative democratic republic. The President of the Republic serves as the head of state, and is elected by the National Assembly every five years. The presidents duties include receiving foreign heads of state, formally nominating the Prime Minister at the recommendation of the National Assembly, and serving as Commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The Prime Minister is elected by the National Assembly, serving as the head of government and exercising executive power. Traditionally, the Prime Minister is the leader of the largest party in parliament.
Animals in Hungary: Hungary has a varied wildlife. Lynx, wolves, and bears are endemic species to Hungary. There are over 400 species of birds in Hungary, and sheep, donkeys, goats and horses can also be seen there.
Economy in Hungary: Hungary has a highly developed car manufacturing industry with Daimler, Audi, Open, and Suzuki, and have production facilities throughout the country. The electronics and pharmaceutics sectors also employ large numbers of people. Hungary is also famous for paprika spice and handcrafted tablecloths. Get Hungarian paprika spice and try it yourself.
Wheat, corn, sugar beets, sunflower seeds and potatoes are among the main agricultural products of Hungary. The Forint is the Hungarian currency and equals 0.0034 of a United States Dollar.
Armed Forces in Hungary: The Hungarian Defense Forces is the national defense force of Hungary. The military service is voluntary. In 2016, the Hungarian military has about 700 troops stationed in foreign countries as part of international peacekeeping forces.
Religion in Hungary: The most common religion in Hungary is Catholicism. More than 54% of the total population consider themselves to be Catholics. The spiritual center of the Catholic Hungary is Esztergom. It is a city in the north of the country, where is the largest church in Hungary – Basilica of St. Adalbert.
Historically, religion in Hungary has been dominated by forms of Christianity. However contemporary Hungary has no official religion.
Education in Hungary: Education in Hungary is predominantly public, run by the Ministry of Human Resources. Preschool and kindergarten education is required and provided for all children between three and six years old. School attendance is also necessary until the age of sixteen. Primary education usually lasts for eight years. Secondary education includes three traditional types of schools focused on different academic levels. The first, the Gymnasium, enrols the most gifted children and prepares students for university studies. The secondary vocational schools for intermediate students lasts four years, and the technical school prepares students for vocational education and the world of work. education for instance.
Food in Hungary: The Hungarian main dishes contain meats, mainly pork, chicken or beef, as well as root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and beets and a variety of beans. Dairy products are also featured widely in the Hungarian cuisine. Here are four popular Hungarian food specialties:
- Gulyás: This meat and vegetable soup in a spicy tomato and paprika sauce is referred to as goulash and one of the most well known Hungarian dishes. Gulyás is considered by many the national dish of Hungary.
- Pörkölt: meat stew with vegetables eaten with potatoes or dumplings
- Palacsinta: thin pancakes, similar to French crêpes, filled with a variety of sweet or savoury fillings
- Lángos: fried yeast cakes served with sweet (chocolate or sugar or fruits) or savoury toppings -such as on the photo served with garlic and cheese
Recreation in Hungary: The Hungarian national sport is water polo and as a country, they have excelled at the Olympic Games. Hungary has won 456 Olympic medals, and has won a gold medal at every Olympics they have taken part in.
Popular sports include handball, football (soccer), tennis, and volleyball. The Budapest Grand Prix, the only Formula-1 motor race in Eastern Europe, was created in August 1986.
Hungary Fact Bingo Game Activity Booklet
You may enjoy teaching your girls facts about Hungary while playing a game of bingo. In this bingo game there are 24 different Hungary 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. Learn more and get your Bingo game to play with your girls.
Group Games and Activities
Forfeits: Many Hungarian folk games for children are combined with folk songs and dance. Forfeits is an increasing-decreasing game played with a large group. The children sing and create a moving circle by holding hands and moving in the same direction. A leader counts out, or calls out, moves. In Forfeits, a child who is leading the circle during their turn and makes a mistake, such as moving the wrong direction or tripping, forfeits his turn and falls out of the circle. The child is allowed back into the circle at the end of the game for the last round.
Hungarian Hopscotch: Techniques in Hungarian hopscotch are changed to make the game more challenging for players. In the traditional hopscotch game played in the U.S., a stone is thrown into a square before a player progresses on the hopscotch board. When a player reaches the square with the stone, she picks it up and throws it ahead to another square, or outside the board. Modified Hungarian hopscotch makes the player balance the stone on her finger or head. The stone can also be kicked instead of picked up and thrown. A Hungarian hopscotch board either resembles the traditional board, with eight squares, or uses a snail shape. The snail shape is a continuous coiled board with squares becoming progressively smaller as they approach the center of the coil. The player begins at the first square on the outermost circle of the shape, then jumps on one leg toward the center.
Karikadobálás ( Throwing hoops ): For this game, a cross made of wood is placed on the ground and has vertical poles on its ends. A line is then drawn about 2 metres from the cross. Players will throw hoops from behind the line. The first player gets five hoops made of twigs. He or she tries to throw the hoops one by one on the poles of the cross. Whoever throws the most hoops on the poles is the winner.
Quick Fact SWAP Idea
Bring all the facts the girls are learning together with these easy and free SWAP ideas related to Hungary. All you need is a printer, scissors, hole puncher, beads, and safety pins to put together.
SWAPS4Free has a number of different variations of SWAP ideas for this country. Check them out here and get printables and directions to make yours with your troop.
If this is still not enough Hungary inspiration. Checkout my Hungary Pinterest board where I share all kinds of other great ideas people have shared online for Hungary that you can incorporate into your event. I enjoyed learning more about Hungary, I hope you did too.
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 1 country.
- Airplane Ride Activity Girls will take an airplane ride around the world.
- World Trefoil Game Girls will learn the meaning of the Trefoil pin.
- 12 of the Best Resources on the Web to Plan Your International Event Here you will find a pile of amazing resources I have found online that will help you plan your event.
Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!