Disclosure: I received a copy of “100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids” to review. All opinions are my own.
As part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD), I volunteered to review a book related to multiculturalism or by a multicultural author. MCBD organizers assigned me 100 Fun Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities. Co-authors Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij, who are also co-founders of the parenting blog TheEducatorsSpinOnIt.com, mailed me a copy to review.
I’m always seeking fun ways to help my children learn. 100 Fun Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities is a collection of DIY games and activities covering reading, writing, math, science, art, music, and global studies. We all know that kids love to play but don’t always love to learn. This book encourages children to learn through fun.
Activities (all eco-friendly) use everyday household items. As such, parents and caregivers typically need not spend extra money to purchase supplies. If the needed supplies by chance are unavailable, simply choose an alternate activity as the book provides many options.
The book is divided into six sections, listed below with sample activities.
- Fantastic Reading: Zip-Line Letters; Letter Toss Race; Stack a Word, Real of Nonsense?
- Amazing Writing Adventures: Shop the Alphabet, Mystery Words, Storytelling Seashells, Sneak-a-Peek-Letters
- Really Cool Math: Build a Number Puzzle, Pattern Snake in a Sack, Bees in the Hive, Estimation Station
- Super Science: Magnetic Construction Site, Rocket Ship Adventure, Ice Castle Challenge, Superhero Water
- Magical Music and Art: Outdoor Sound Garden, Print Mysteries, Dragon Castle, Pattern Wheel
- Going Global: Land vs. Water, State Toss, Technology Timeline, Roll a Landform
The book’s activities target children ages 3-7. However, Parents can easily adapt activities for different ages and skill levels.
I like that each activity is listed with a “Focus Skill” so parents can choose topics for their children to work on (for example, writing, math, etc.). Each activity lists materials, directions to make, directions to play, and game variations.
For my daughter, we picked the “Shop the Alphabet” project. The activity involved going to the grocery store with a clipboard, paper, and pencil to find items that started with every letter of the alphabet.
My daughter had fun searching the aisles. This activity helped her practice spelling skills. When she got stumped, we sounded out the words together. The activity was also great for enhancing observation skills. It was so easy to do, too!
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.
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 HERE.
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Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
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