Disclosure: I received a copy of “100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids” to review. All opinions are my own.I am honored to review ,100 Fun & Easy Learning Games For Kids, for Multicultural Book Day. My mom-blogger friend, Mia Wenjen from pragmaticmom.com, co-hosts this awesome event. Page Street Publishing Co. along with authors, Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij from the popular parenting blog, the educatorsspinonit.com, supplied me this great book to review.
As an Asian mom, I would by lying if I said I didn’t want my daughters to love learning and be good at it. I love this book because Amanda and Kim give SO many fun games to play with things you can find around your home that teach important lessons from reading, math, and science to art, music and social studies.
You can pick activities from one of their 6 different sections like “Zip-Line Letters” from the “Fantastic Reading” section or “Outdoor Sound Garden” from the “Musical Music and Art” section.
My daughters chose “How Many Bricks” in the “Really Cool Math” section. They love Legos!
All we needed were plastic bricks like Legos, muffin tin liners, paper and a black marker to label the liners 1 to 10. To play the game, you need to fill the muffin tin with the number below and color of the muffin tin. For example, a blue muffin cup with a 3 below it would need to be filled with 3 blue legos. The focused skill for this activity was sorting and grouping items in specific number groupings.
First, the girls played together and were timed how long it took to finish. My 5-year-old filled muffin tins 1-5 and 8-year-old filled muffin tins 6-10.
I would check to make sure each of the tins were filled correctly. Each tin filled correctly was a point.
After a dozen games, we divided the tins in half so each player got some low and high numbers and the girls played each other.
Cousin Cheryl was visiting and she got in on the fun. We made the game more complicated for her so she had to not only fill according to the color and number, but also all pieces in the tin had to be the same size.
Then I played…and got the slowest score!
100 Fun Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities [Page Street Publishing Co.], released May 2016, is available at book stores nationwide and online retailers like Amazon. Suggested Retail Price: $21.99.
We had so much fun coming up with new rules for the game. We played over 30 games and it was a total blast!
The Dumpling Mama xo
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
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