Book Review: 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids admit, when I first received my book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day I was a bit disappointed. I thought I’d be reviewing a picture book that celebrates diversity, but instead I got 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids written by Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij, published by Page Street Publishing. Any hint of disappointment faded as I began to browse through the pages and saw how I could put this book to use immediately with my own budding learner!

The book’s authors—two moms who are certified teachers and co-founders of—have done an excellent job of compiling simple learning games that are easy to make and play. How many times have you come across a neat idea online for a children’s activity only to realize that it requires a trip to the craft store or hours of preparation? Not the case, with these games! They make use of things you can easily find around the house and require little advance prep. Perfect for busy schedules and the craft-challenged. While the activities skew towards early-childhood, they can be easily adapted to suit multiple ages. In fact many include suggested game variations for younger or more advanced learners.

The games are divided into six themes:

  1. Fantastic Reading
  2. Amazing Writing Adventures
  3. Really Cool Math
  4. Super Science
  5. Magical Music and Art
  6. Going Global

A focus skill is clearly stated for each game—such as identifying lowercase letters, counting by tens, or understanding that properties change with heat. It’s really easy to identify games that will reinforce what your child is learning at school. And for those who care about such things, it has premium binding so it stays open hands free!

It didn't take long for me to bookmark a bunch of games to try out!
It didn’t take long for me to bookmark a bunch of games to try out!

This handy tome of easy children’s games would be great for parent’s, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, or basically anyone who spends time with young kids.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

About Multicultural Children’s Book Day 

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.

MCBD reviewerDespite 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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand, Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts

MCBD Links to remember:

6 thoughts on “Book Review: 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids

  1. Thank yo so much for sharing about our book Ingrid. One of the reasons we submitted it is that we featured i our photographs families that come from diverse backgrounds including 6 countries. Not something you typically see in all educational books for parents and teachers. Hopefully your child was drawn to selecting activities to do with you in the book. I’m so glad that you found it useful and recognized that we used items from your own house and recycled materials so that no matter where you lived in the world, you can help support your child’s learning at home.

    • Hi Kim! I did notice the great photos of families incorporated throughout the book! A nice addition to all around great resource. I’ll have to do a post in the future on how some of the games went with my son. He’s currently learning CVC words so lot’s of great options!

      • Can’t wait to hear how the games go for your beginning reader! Please share! Thanks again for sharing about our book and participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

  2. This book looks outstanding! I commented on another blogger who had this book and I just wish I had had it when my girls were a bit younger. What a great way to get them excited and engaged!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *