with the kid activity portion of this post, I thought I would share a little
bit about me so you know why participating in the MCCBD was important to me. When
I was younger I remember my mom telling me I was adopted from Korea, but it
didn’t have any effect on me, it was just a term used to describe how we became
a family. I didn’t realize that this meant I looked different from my parents
(who are Caucasian). I can clearly remember when I became aware of cultural
differences. On the school bus a boy simply asked me, “Why are your eyes
different?” I don’t even know if he was intending to be unpleasant, but I
didn’t know how to answer and I was extremely shy so my only response was to
start crying. I had never considered that my eyes were different. I remember
thinking, “Why does he think my eyes are different?” and “Is
different a bad thing?”
“It is my hope that by increasing children’s
exposure to diversity through books, no child will ever have to ask, “Why
are your eyes, skin, hair… different?” and cause another child to wonder about themselves, “Is
looking different a bad thing?”
Ann moves to Hawaii and is hesitant to accept the changes her new environment
presents. Throughout the day she realizes that even though her new classmates
and their traditions are different, being a good friend is still the same no matter where you are.
the colorful pictures full of smiling faces. She was able to pick out
characters to represent her, her brother, and all her friends who are all
different ethnicities. This book is fun to read, and works perfectly to discuss diversity, school, friendship, and transitions.
Flower Craft & Diversity Activity for Kids
Questions to Start a Discussion About Diversity
Do real flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors?
Think of something you like about yourself that makes you different.