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One of the things that I loved at the last event that I was at was the support around diversifying toys and books for kids.  There were parents from all ethnicities that wanted to expand their toy or language library at home.  My dim sum toys flew off the shelves to parents of all backgrounds who wanted more options for their children.   Creating a supportive environment for children at a young age that opens their minds and creates an atmosphere where they can eat, explore and embrace their own and different cultures is key.  This will also only help to broaden...

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AsiaFest 2019 hosted by the Asia Society was an amazing event.  The entire staff at the center was fantastic and meeting and talking with everyone that came by the booth was fun and energizing.  It was great to see the positive response for tinysponge and connecting with parents, children, educators, pediatricians and language learners who all got my side hustle.  I loved sharing the brand and what I've found as well as learning from everyone I met.  Great photos and a record turnout of over 4700 people! 

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Chalk Academy has a wonderful list of free Chinese digital kids books and apps to try.   These are the ones that we're trying out.   1) Little Fox Chinese - kid friendly site (and app) that has stories, songs and games.   2) XIMALAYA FM - this website (and app) is all in Chinese so it is going to take some time for me to navigate through!  But we spend a lot of time in the car to and from school so audio books are a must.   Chalk Academy has also de-coded how to use XIMALAYA FM if you can't read Chinese! ...

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Some other ideas and activities that we've found helpful for building up language.  1) The Library!   Chinese Storytime- Our last neighborhood had a regular Chinese Storytime that we frequented.  We love the library and they usually post all their events online.  We've celebrated Chinese New Year at the library with a lion dance performance, seen puppet shows and much more.   Chinese books- Search the catalog and reserve Chinese kids books from the library network   2) Weekend Chinese School This is a weekend activity staple :)  Once our little one graduates out of his immersion preschool we'll definitely sign him...

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Teaching kids a new language is tough--- here are a few good sites that I've found that might be helpful and fun!  1) Bilingual Kid Spot-  a wonderful site that has a wealth of information about raising dual (or more) language kids.  They have Chinese, Spanish and English resources.   Nursery Rhymes  Kids Shows (Paw Patrol & PJ Masks on youtube!) Free Mandarin Lessons & Worksheets (numbers, family members, colors) 2) Fortune Cookie Mom  Free Printable Worksheets (family, holidays, school, colors)  3) Pinterest - Surprisingly kids are into worksheets and you can find a lot on pinterest that are free. Printable worksheets

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