I 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 TheEducatorsSpinOnIt.com—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:
- Fantastic Reading
- Amazing Writing Adventures
- Really Cool Math
- Super Science
- Magical Music and Art
- 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!
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.
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.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela 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:
- MCBD site
- Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
- Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
- Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents