Global Kids: 50+ Games, Crafts, Recipes & More from Around the World -- Multicultural Children's Book Day Review

Disclosure: I was sent a set of these cards in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

For today's multicultural review I am sharing a neat set of cards to teach kids about different cultures of the world. It is Global Kids: 50+ Games, Crafts, Recipes & More from Around the World by Homa Sabet Tavangar and Sophie Fatus.  

This is a deck of cards that are divided into five categories: create, play, eat, celebrate, and help out. The cards have information about countries and cultures and share something to make or do to learn about the culture. The deck helps kids explore over 50 countries and cultures. 

The cards begin with creating a pretend passport. After all if the kids are going to explore the world they need their passports! I decided to try a different create card. I explored the Maasai culture in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. 
They are known for their beautiful beadwork. They make special collars for brides, leaders and such. Each color of bead has a special meaning and each collar is unique. The cards simplified the meanings and the craft to making a bracelet and shares the simplified meanings by color of bead.
I searched through our beads to gather enough of the correct colors to make the bracelet. I have given most of our pony beads away. I love that this craft uses supplies many kids will have at their ready and is easy enough to make. For more on Kenya and even photos of some Maasai collars be sure to check our previous posts

The play cards have different activities from making and flying a kite like the sample one above. (For more kite ideas be sure to check out these posts.) I love how there are activities like dance, playing versions of tag and other games. Almost all of them require recycled materials or common childhood toys like a ball. 

The eat cards vary with activities as well as recipes. There are recipes for things like Native American soup, fruit smoothie, tea, ice cream toppings, and jollof rice as well as activities and games like eating with chopsticks, picnic play, discovering where food is from and more. 

The celebrate cards share different holidays and holiday traditions from around the world. Each one shares a holiday or tradition and has a craft, recipe or activity to try to see how the tradition or holiday is celebrated. So are you ready to try some new holidays or versions of holidays? The sample card shares the beautiful pysanky from Ukraine. (See more on the Ukraine including more on pysanky here.) Some of the holidays include the French version of April Fool's Day, Mother's Day, first day of school, birthday and so much more! What is really neat is many of the cards share more than one culture with a different activity to go with the holiday. The sample one shares a Greek Easter tradition. 

The final category is help out cards. This category is a huge variety of things from picking up litter to making worry dolls and tracking water use. These cards will help kids do things for their community, themselves, and the world. 

I love how these cards give kids actual things to make and do to learn about cultures and how to be a better citizen in the world. These cards are amazing for a class as well as a family who wants to teach kids about the world. They are suggested for ages 5 and up. I hope you will check them out!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

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Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,


Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


 Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books,  TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

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Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove,  Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ă‘usta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut,
Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series Green Kids Club, Inc.

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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