Best Multicultural Gift Ideas for Kids
We've written a bit about diverse books for children. But kids also need to experience cultural diversity through play! If you're looking for multicultural books, dolls, games, and toys, you'll find so many ideas for kids of all ages at Beyond the Blackboard.
I Never Forget a Face Memory Game
The smiling faces of 24 children from countries all over the world are fun and sometimes challenging to match in this memory game. The back cover shows each child and identifies their home country. Recommended for ages 3+.
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Mindful Kids Cards
Help your children be kind, focused, and calm with this one-of-a-kind Mindful Kids activity card deck. Featuring beautiful illustrations by the talented Mina Braun and little daily lessons to help teach your children how to nurture their inner peace and strength. Each deck also comes with an 8-page booklet for parents to help you nurture your child’s individual talents and needs, making it the perfect choice for kids of all ages.
The activity set includes everything needed to make 40 different animal faces and shapes—from kittens and puppies to giraffes, penguins, and even a traditional crane. Use the 36 animal print papers and six patterned papers to create designs, and then add the included 38 detail stickers (like silly eyes or a crown for the frog) to make them pop. Projects range from beginner to intermediate to advanced, helping to develop and advance fine motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, and dexterity. All of the origami supplies store neatly together, making it a great activity for creative kids on the go! Recommended for ages 5+.
Simple catches tied together with flips, stalls, and string tricks allow for a martial art type movement and the ability to build one’s own style and creativity. Kendama are recommended for ages 13+.
Friends and Neighbors Game
Reach into the Helping Bag and pull out a token - can it help someone on the game board? If so, it's a match! In playing the Friends and Neighbors Game and reading about the feelings and needs of the characters, parents can help their children recognize feelings in others - the first step to building empathy. Recommended for ages 3+.
The Snowy Day
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. A keepsake for kids from ages 2 to 102.
As you fill your children's play areas, you might notice that diverse or multicultural toys aren't always as popular as many other toys stocking the aisles or pages of mass retailers. You don't have to be at a loss when it comes to prepping your kids' playroom. Young children's minds are sharp and impressionable. They notice differences, and a lack of differences as well! The best part is that kids love learning! Come and see us in store for many more gifts for children that celebrate multiculturalism.