When we were in Sweden and Angel was still a toddler at that time, there was a type of book that I really wanted to lay my hands on but it was just too rare to find - A bilingual English-Chinese book! In case you don't know yet, Mandarin is our spoken language in the house as I really want my kids to get acquainted with this language since young and hopefully grow up to be effectively bilingual.
Now that Ariel is at the phase where she starts to love storytelling and is picking up more words every day, I'm constantly on the lookout for books which will help to expand both her English and Chinese vocabulary in a fun and interesting manner.
The activity book has stickers, games, DIY activities, flashcards and revision exercises based on the contents of the picture book. I think that some of these activities are more suited for children aged 5-6, for instance some of the crafts instructions can be quite tough to follow and the words on the flashcards can be rather challenging too. One good thing about the book is that it comes with Hanyu Pinyin! This is a great learning opportunity for Angel who is starting to learn it in school this year.
As for the toddler, her favourite activity was designing her own bedroom and pasting stickers all over!
I like how the activity recaps about all the objects you find in different rooms of the house. What's more, the objects featured are the common ones that most of us can relate to and have them lying in our own homes too. That definitely makes it easier to teach the child and will benefit them in recognising and identifying more things in their environment too.
Lastly, I feel that that even though we want our children to be effectively bilingual, it is not advisable to mix and match our sentences in both English and Chinese till it becomes rojak (which seems very easy for a child to pick up)! It is better to communicate in either pure English, or pure Chinese, and then alternate between both of them, while letting your child understand that these are two different languages altogether.
Let's all have fun learning!
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