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Learn About Ancient China for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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If You Were Me and LIved in Ancient China Review and Activities for Multicultural Children's Book Day

January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

This amazing celebration and encouragement of multicultural books for kids was created by Mia Wenjen of PragmaticMom and Valarie Budayr of Jump into a Book.  These ladies saw a definite need for books that celebrate the diversity that makes up the U.S. population, and they’re on a mission to get that need filled.  I’m down with that, so I’m jumping on board this year to review 3 books for you by Carol P. Roman from her If You Were Me and Lived in… series.

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and LIved in Ancient China Review and Activities for Multicultural Children's Book Day

Illustrated with lovely pastels, If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China covers a vast amount of information about the Han Dynasty, known as the Golden Age of China.  This book would make an amazing addition to any China study.

lived in ancient china

Within its pages, your littles will learn about ancient Chinese cities, the Silk Road, socio-economic classes, what houses looked like, the types of food eaten during the Han Dynasty, the three major religions practiced and… yeah, much more.  Though it reads like a storybook, and in the voice of one child speaking to another, you will be amazed by the amount of information contained in its pages.  It includes the legend of how silk was first created and the process of making silk as well as the invention of paper.

Seriously, you almost don’t need anything else for an early introduction to China and it would be an invaluable addition to later studies, giving your older children plenty of research ideas.  And because it is so packed full of facts there are tons of activities you can do with this book.  Here are a few.

Geography & History

If you want to dig deeper into China’s history or geography, my China Unit Study is an in-depth, low-cost alternative.  If you just want a little help urging your little to think about how different it would be to live in ancient China, I have a free printable that has a chart and a Venn diagram that are perfect for use with Roman’s book. (I’m thinking pages 7  & 8, which have illustrations of a modern and an ancient China city.)

Free printables for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

Science

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

Make Recycled Paper!

Because making silk is too hard, that’s why.

If you’re even just a little bit intimidated by this project, don’t be.  I swear, it is super easy peasy.  Just follow the directions, one step at a time.  You’ll be surprised by how easy it is.  And your kids will be so thrilled that they made their own paper!  Mine certainly were.

What you need:

  • Old newspaper or other paper
  • An aluminum pan or casserole dish with deep sides
  • A piece of screen slightly bigger than your pan
  • A medium-sized bowl
  • A food processor or mortar and pestle
  • A towel
  • An iron

What you do:

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Tear the paper into small enough pieces to fit in the bowl

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Cover the paper with water and let soak 30-45 minutes
  • (If you want to color it for construction paper, add liquid food coloring while it soaks)
  • Once the paper has soaked, it needs to be pulped.  You can do this in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.
  • In a food processor Place the paper into the processor until it’s about half full.  Fill the rest of the way with water.  Run the processor on a low speed until the water and paper have begun to mix, then increase speed until the mixture is smooth and well-blended, about 40 seconds.
  • With mortar and pestle Work a handful at a time until the pulp is the consistency of watery oatmeal

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Place the screen in the bottom of the pan
  • Fill the pan halfway with water

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Add enough pulp to the pan to cover the screen and stir–the more pulp, the thicker the paper
  • Remove any large clumps of paper with a spoon or tongs
  • Lay the towel out beside the pan
  • Plug in iron and turn on low setting
  • Lift the screen from the pan slowly and let it drip drain over the pan

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Carefully lay screen across half of towel then fold other half atop the screen
  • Iron paper through towel carefully–steam will rise from the heat hitting the water
  • At this point, when we opened the towel we were able to carefully peel our paper from the screen
  • If yours doesn’t peel away easily, try ironing it again

Make Recycled Paper science project for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Lay the paper out to dry completely on a flat surface
  • Make more pieces if you want to

Told ya it was easy!

Crafts

Chinese New Year is explained in this wonderful book, so there are a couple of crafts you can do that will fit nicely.  The first is an easy paper lantern so your littles can safely light up their Chinese New Year celebration.

Next, what is more Chinese New Year than dragons?!  Make an easy Rainbow Dragon out of half an egg carton.  Then have a parade through the kitchen.  Because that stuff is Fun.

If neither of these appeal, check out how to make a Salt Dough Great Wall of China.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

What you need:

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

What you do:

  • Easy peasy.  If you’re paper is not already 8 1/2 x 11, cut it down.  Either way, you need to cut a 1-inch strip from it first thing (it doesn’t matter from which side) for the handle.

 

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Fold the paper in half longways
  • Mark a 1-inch strip along the unfolded edge.  This is the part you won’t cut.
  • Mark 1-inch strips off from the folded edge to your original mark

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Cut those strips

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Unfold paper
  • Put a strip of double-sided tape along the front of one short edge

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Roll the paper so that the two short edges meet up
  • Press down onto tape (or if you’re using a stapler, staple the top and bottom and somewhere near the middle)

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Put a piece of tape on the front edge of each end of your 1-inch strip.  Attach to either side of the lantern from the inside
  • (or staple it)

Lantern craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

  • Turn on your flameless candle and put the lantern over it.

Egg Carton Rainbow Dragon

Egg Carton Dragon craft for Multicultural Children's Book Day: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China

What you need:

What you do:

  • Cut the egg carton in half and set on covered surface upside down
  • Paint each hump of the carton in this order:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue (then violet if using it)
  • Allow to dry
  • While drying, cut a small rectangle out of orange construction paper for the tongue.  Clip a triangle out of one of the short ends to make the pointed tips
  • Fold slightly at other end and put a drop of glue on the fold, then glue to the inside of the red hump where the mouth would be
  • Glue on googly eyes
  • From tissue paper, cut enough small triangles to make a ridge on each hump
  • Make a small fold at the bottom of each triangle and glue to the top of the carton on each section
  • Use several sections of tissue paper to make a tail.  We cut more triangle shapes into our tail and made them about 1 inch wide x 6 inches long

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Sponsors

Check out these amazing sponsors of MCBD.

Platinum – ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli.

Medallion level (gold, silver, bronze)- 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 Sponsors 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

MCBD Co-Hosts

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Multicultural Kid Blogs

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Youth Literature Reviews

2017 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Linky

Stay tuned, because on January 27, there will be a link-up on MCBD’s website that will take you to all of the wonderful diverse books and reviews associated with Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  It will be like a one-stop shop to find books about all the cultures for your littles.  I will be posting the link as soon as it’s live.  And don’t forget, in the coming week I’ll have reviews and activities for 2 more of Carole P. Roman’s fabulous education picture books!

Oh, my friends.  This is exciting stuff.

Love wins,

KT

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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15 Comments

  1. Carole’s books are so great for homeschooling, aren’t they? I just love them! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
    Tina at Mommynificent recently posted…Booknificent Thursday Link-Up Party #184My Profile

  2. KT what great crafts and love the “free stuff” on geography. Thank you so much for celebrating and sharing with us. #readyourworld

  3. It sounds like a wonderful book and you’ve got quite a neat selection of activities! I’ve made recycled paper with my kids using paper egg cartons and adding bits of dried lavender and such. It was lots of fun. My MCBD review was on Mountain Chef. It was my first time taking part and I’m looking forward to next year’s. 🙂
    I’m visiting from Booknificent Thursdays.
    Christina Morley recently posted…Amanda’s New Lego Friends with LinkyMy Profile

  4. Thanks for the great learning ideas! Our local children’s museum just opened a new temporary exhibit on China, which my daughters loved. This book would be a great follow-up on what we discovered at the museum.

  5. The crafts are too precious!! (BTW we’ve tried egg carton butterflies, dragon seems like more fun!)
    #practicalmondays
    swapna recently posted…Sticks & Dots Printable Game {Practical Mondays #43}My Profile

  6. We like the If You Were Me books as well. And you shared some great activities to go along with this one. Thank you for linking up with the LMMLinkup!

    I’m sharing your post as my favorite. 🙂

  7. What a cool lantern craft! Thanks for sharing on the What to Read Wed hop

  8. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed any of the “trips” I post about, but this month, we’re heading to China and while I’ve already got my list of activities for this journey, you have some great ideas here, so I’ve pinned this post for when we revisit the country again in the future!
    Lisa/Syncopated Mama recently posted…Latticed Learning: EstherMy Profile

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