K-12 Resources

India Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

To check availability of this trunk, click here.
To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. 
No reservations being taken at this time.

Curriculum Guide

The curriculum guide is a CD filled with content descriptions, country profiles, lesson plans, and teaching resources.

Cultural Items

Animal carvings
Ashoka's pillar
Buddha figure
Buddha's feet
Coin purse
Diya (oil lamp)
Doll, Kutch region
Farmer figure
Flag of India
Ganesh figure
Good luck charm
Henna Paste (Mehndi - box only)
Incense sticks
Japa mala (prayer beads)
Marigold garland
Muslim prayer cap
Puppets, Rajasthani
Rangoli Stencils
Ritual plate with Om symbol
Sandalwood soap
Shiva figure
Shoe, Rajistani
Sikh turban
Silk scarf
Wedding Coconut
Wood Block Elephant

Musical Instruments

  • Khartal Cymbals
  • Dancing bells
  • Dandia sticks
  • Finger Cymbals (Tingsha)
  • Pungi snake charmer flute


Apte, Sunita. India (A True Book Series)
Das, Prodeepta. I is for India
DK Eyewitness Travel. India
Heiligman, Deborah.  Celebrate Diwali
Heydlauff, Lisa. Going to School in India
Kalman, Bobbie. India: the Culture
Kalman, Bobbie. India: the People
Khan, Noor Inayat. 20 Jataka Tales
Kipling, Rudyard. A Collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories
Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a Sieve
Nanji, Shenaaz. Indian Tales
Pai, Anant. Akbar (graphic novel)
Pai, Anant.. Ashoka (graphic novel)
Pastan, Amy. Gandhi (A DK Biography)
Ramanujan, A.K. Folktales from India
Somaiah, Rosemarie. Indian Children's Favorite Stories
Vasan Publications. Mahabharata for Children
Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird

Maps and Posters

Map of India
National Geographic Map

Music CDs

Smithsonian Institute. Musician Communities of Rajasthan- Sarangiya Langa
Smithsonian Institute. The World’s Musical Traditions, Vol. 10: Table Tarang—Melody on Drums


PBS. The Story of India
Indian Songs for Children


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


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