If you’ve adopted from China you probably hope to keep a connection to Chinese culture for your child. In your mind, you’re planning themed dinners for every Chinese holiday, taking weekend trips to the nearest Chinatown, and studying Mandarin together every single day. But, you get busy. It’s not easy. And, you don’t need anything else to feel guilty about.
I’m passionate about helping kids explore different cultures through play. I guess you could say I’m a toy industry insider, though not exactly a veteran. I’ve attended trade shows and met quite a few folks making beautiful products.
Here are my quick picks for fun, educational toys that encourage curiosity and respect for Chinese culture, as well as language and geography. If you’re looking for a toy that will sneak a little learning into a summer day, bridge the gap on a snow day, make a delightful birthday present, or shine as a holiday gift, give these a look.
- World Village Playset – China: a multifaceted playset for discovering Chinese culture with creative play.
- Uncle Goose Chinese Language Blocks: Classic blocks with an international twist.
- Chineasy: Intuitive Chinese language learning. Two options: Chineasy Online classes and Chineasy Book
- Early Lingo Chinese (Mandarin): A playful approach to learning Mandarin.
- 4D Cityscape Puzzle Shanghai: Detailed puzzle of historical and modern Shanghai. Awful website but really cool product. They also have an Imperial China 3D Puzzle.
- Asian Dreamland music CD: They don’t have a music CD that’s all China, but I’m such a fan, I’d recommend Asian Dreamland because it’s sure to be a hit.
- GeoPuzzle Asia: Puzzle pieces are the shape of the countries. They also have the WorldWise Asia Card Game.
- I love paper dolls and here’s a really cool Pinterest board of Asian Paper Dolls:
- I don’t have a particular recommendation for baby dolls, but here are a few sites that carry multicultural toys:
That’s all folks! Please comment to let me know what you think and to let me know of toys that you love.
You can also check out my Pinterest board called Multicultural Toys.