Little Pim Thanksgiving Coloring Page

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Happy November! With Thanksgiving coming up, download and print Little Pim’s Thanksgiving Coloring page!

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Don’t forget to incorporate language learning into your holiday while cooking, spending time with family, and during playtime! Teach your kids how to say “thank you” in different languages and other seasonal vocabulary, like the Spanish word for “leaf” = “la hoja.”

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For other fun activities, check out our blog post on 4 Fun Thanksgiving Activities you can do with your little ones!

Father’s Day Language Learning Fun

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Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th, is a time to celebrate family, love, and happiness. All of the warm sentiments conjured on this day will mirror the warm weather forecasted in New York, where Little Pim is based, creating perfect conditions to have a wonderful day. What could make the day any better? Foreign language. While a shared appreciation for a father figure unites a family, exposure to a foreign language can unite an immigrant or multicultural family with its roots and can unite a curious family around a common love for learning. Language learning can be seamlessly incorporated into your plans for the day, whether you are attending a barbecue, heading to the beach, or staying in the comforts of your own home. It’s not only easy but fun, so read on for some helpful tips.

Barbecue

fathers-day-bbqAs you are slicing the fruit for a platter or tossing the salad to kick off the barbecue, you can make use of the vibrant array of colors on display to teach your child another language. The Little Pim flash card sets include the words for colors for each language offered. Accordingly, even if you aren’t proficient in the language you would like to teach, the cards can provide you with the necessary vocabulary to turn this fairly boring task into a fun language learning opportunity.

Moreover, as the adults surround the grill, and conversations about work inevitably ensue, your child might grow bored. To keep them happy and engaged, you can simply hand over your iPad. While this parenting move often leads to gaming, which isn’t necessarily intellectually challenging or fruitful for your child, you can use Little Pim livestream, to turn this moment into another language learning opportunity.

As the eating winds down and everyone is still gathered around the table or fire pit, you can introduce a fun language learning game to liven up the mood. In the game, you can choose a flashcard from the deck at random. You can’t let your child see it. Similar to the wildly popular game “Heads Up,” your child then holds the card to their forehead. Make sure to have the English translation side face the rest of the table. The other family members and friends have to give verbal hints or act out gestures based on which your child can guess the word in English. Once your child has successfully guessed the word, in order to earn a bonus point, he or she must translate the word into the foreign language of your choice.

Beach

As you pack your bag for the beach, make an assembly line with you and your child. As you pick up an item, pass it to your child and have him or her try to name the word in the foreign language. Many of the words that would likely be useful during this exercise are part of the flashcard sets, but below is a short list with translations into French and Spanish for your convenience.

English French Spanish
Bathing suit Maillot de bain Bañador
Flip flops Tongs Chancletas
Towel Serviette de plage Toalla
Sunglasses Lunettes de soleil Gafas de sol
Sunscreen Crème solaire Filtro solar
Book Livre Libro
Cards Cartes à jouer Cartas
Beach ball Ballon de plage Pelota de playa
Shovel Pelle Pala
Beach chair Transat Silla de playa

 

The highly anticipated ocean entry is another chance for you to involve some language learning into Father’s Day fun. While some kids are hesitant to enter the cold water, you can make it less intimidating by turning it into a game. You can call out what is written on one side of the flashcard and have them translate into or from English. Each correct answer can be a step backward towards “safety,” and each incorrect answer can be a step closer to the waves, or vice versa if your child is excited to go into the water.

The car ride home is perfect chance to pop in a French Bop or Spanish Bop CD. More information and statistics encouraging listening to music sung in a foreign language can be found in a recent blog posting.

Day at Home

languages-for-kidsIf Father’s Day will be low-key at home for you and your family, language learning might be the perfect stimulus to brighten the day. For example, while your child is writing that cute letter to Dad that you will save for years to come, you can teach them how to say some of the words in his or her letter in other languages.

While below is a short list of words and phrases your child is likely to use translated into French and Spanish, Little Pim’s content covers many more languages.

English French Spanish
Dear Cher Querido
Dad Père Papá
The best Le meilleur El mejor
I love you Je t’aime Te amo
Kind Sympathique Amable
Generous Géneéreux Generoso
Caring Attentionné Cariñoso
Smart Intelligent Inteligente/listo
Your son Ton fils Tu hijo
Your daughter Ta fille Tu hija

 

Happy Father’s Day from Little Pim to you and your family! We hope language learning can make an amazing day even better.

Girls’ Day Festival in Japan

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Girls’ Day or “Hinamatsuri” in Japan is celebrated annually on March 3rd for the health and wellbeing of young girls. This special day is also known as “Doll’s Day” as families who have girls display ornate dolls (hina dolls or hina-ningyō) atop a 7-tiered platform covered with red carpet starting in February until March 3rd. Each step represents a layer of society from the Heian period in Japan. The dolls are traditionally dressed in court attire according to the period and represent the Japanese Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians. In many cases, these dolls are passed down for generations from a grandmother to mother to daughter.  The origin of this festival dates back to over 1,000 years ago during the Heian period (794-1192).

Strawberry Daifuku Mochi recipe from Just One Cookbook
Strawberry Daifuku Mochi recipe from Just One Cookbook

In addition to displaying the dolls, the Japanese also celebrate by preparing and eating foods of the Spring season and of

pink color. For fun recipes to celebrate Girls’ Day at home, check out this post from Just One Cookbook. The website features recipes for the special foods prepared for the festival, such as chirashi sushi, clam soup, and strawberry daifuku.

 

The strawberry daifuku sounds delicious, especially for those with a sweet-tooth and a perfect recipe to celebrate springtime!

Other fun activities to do with your kids to celebrate and learn about Girls’ Day are origami crafts. Follow the steps on this website to create your own Origami Kusudama Flower or watch this YouTube video below to create your own Girls’ Day origami dolls!

Have fun introducing your little ones to world cultures and celebrations! If you’re celebrating today, share your creations with us using the hashtag #littlepim on Instagram, Twitter or tag us on Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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Teaching your child Japanese? Little Pim’s Japanese Complete Set opens the door to over 180 basic words and phrases.

Little Pim Valentine’s Day Coloring Page

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Here’s a special Valentine’s Day treat for your kids that doesn’t involve sugar! Print out your free Little Pim Valentine’s Day Coloring pages today and share your child’s creation with us with #LittlePim on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a free Little Pim panda plush and “Say Hello” poster! Click the images below to print and start coloring. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin! (that’s Happy Valentine’s Day in French!)

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Take a moment with Little Pim and learn how to express your love in French!

Holiday Crafts for Kids: Christmas Around the World

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Looking for some fun holiday crafts for kids during Christmas Break? Christmas Around the World is always a fun theme to incorporate into your holidays. Kids love learning about other cultures and countries and how they celebrate the holidays this time of year. Not only are crafts from around the world fun, they’re educational as well. What more can you ask for?

Before you dig out the paper, glue, and scissors, do a little research. Decide with your children what countries you want to learn about and make crafts. There are all kinds of wonderful resources on the internet for you to use in your research. Once you decide on which countries you’d like to learn more about, you can get started on the crafts. Try some of these fun ideas.

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Use real ornaments or make paper ornaments with the countries flags on them. For this activity, you can also head on over to your local craft store such as Michaels Arts & Crafts to buy supplies to paint your own flag ornaments. They will have plain ornaments that you can paint on. For a image database of the world flags and countries, visit this website from the CIA.

 

 

Traditional Holiday Crafts

During your research, find traditional decor or a tradition the country enjoys during the holidays and recreate it with crafts. For example, The Nutcracker is a traditional ballet done in Russia. Design and create your own nutcracker using things from around the house like milk jugs or cartons, paper rolls, Legos, or wood pieces. For ideas, check out this great post from Multicultural Kids on DIY Christmas Ornaments Inspired by World Cultures.

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Many countries have “treasures” that come from nature that you can recreate at home. For example, Poinsettias come from Mexico. You can make paper or tissue paper Poinsettias after learning about Mexico. Christmas trees originally came from Germany. In the link above, there is a beautiful Mexican Felt Poinsettia you can make with the kids. Do you have any Christmas crafts that you do with your kids that you can share with the Little Pim community? There are tons of fun Christmas tree crafts to make! Share your traditions in the comments below.

 

Holiday Dress Crafts

Many countries have traditional clothing they wear during the holidays. Make paper dolls or clothes pin dolls with the traditional clothing worn from the country you researched.

Paper Crafts

Make crafts of the countries you researched out of paper and hang on a tree or decorate your home. Origami is a great idea for Japan, or make paper chains from Sweden. Let your imagination run wild!

Whatever crafts you decide to use for Christmas Around the World, you know your kids are having fun learning and creating great crafts! For more fun activities, print out our Winter Coloring Pages or fun Hanukkah Crafts for Kids.

Little Pim’s Winter Coloring Pages

It’s a cold, rainy day here in New York City, which is the perfect time to cozy up with the little ones and do some coloring activities. We’ve got you covered for the entire Winter season with our latest coloring pages. Simply click on the links below to print out the pages. We’d love to see your creations. Post of photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LittlePim and we will share it across our networks. Happy coloring and we hope you’re enjoying the glorious holiday season! ¡Adiós Amigos!…

Links to download and print the FREE Little Pim Coloring Pages (in order as they appear above):

  1. Happy Holidays: Little Pim Bundled Up
  2. Little Pim’s Snow Day
  3. Happy Holidays: Little Pim & Friends
  4. Little Pim’s Hanukkah
  5. Little Pim’s Christmas
  6. Little Pim’s New Year: 2017

12 Days of Little Pim Giveaways

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In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re giving away Little Pim Digital Discovery Sets ($49.99 value) in your choice of 12 languages during our 12 Days of Giveaways event. The set includes your choice of Little Pim’s award-winning foreign language videos available in 12 languages, Little Pim Panda Plush, and our “Say Hello!” Poster. The videos are sent instantly to your email address and the physical items will be mailed to you. 

You can enter to win a free Little Pim Digital Discovery Set up to three times per day by commenting on our Facebook page, Instagram, or by retweeting our tweets on TwitterTwelve lucky winners will receive the gift of a new language for their little ones this season.

The more your participate, the greater your odds of winning! Starting Saturday, December 10th, we will choose one lucky winner per day at midnight EST.

You can also enter the giveaway, by filling out the form below (limit three entries per day per household):

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Check back here daily to see if you’re one of the lucky winners. Winners will also be notified via email and/or social media. Comment below with any questions. Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Day 1 Winner: Erin Caylor @UpsideofChaos on Twitter! Congrats, Erin! 

Day 2 Winner: Meghan Finley on Facebook! Congrats, Meghan! 

Day 3 Winner: Amber Walsh on Facebook! Congrats, Amber! 

Day 4 Winner: Ami Tah @dollylaparker via Instagram! Congrats, Ami! 

Day 5 Winner: Jenn Darrieux Shippy on Facebook! Congrats, Jenn! 

Day 6 Winner: Doris Beyer-Hrebicek on Facebook! Congrats, Doris! 

Day 7 Winner: Lori Leal @LoriLeal1 on Twitter! Congrats, Lori! 

Day 8 Winner: Mady Swimm on Facebook! Congrats, Mady! 

Day 9 Winner: Ashley Garrett Nolan on Facebook! Congrats, Ashley! 

Day 10 Winner: Stacey & Alexandria @babyhawke84 on Instagram! Congrats!

Day 11 Winner: Abigail Frazee on Facebook! Congrats, Abigail!

Day 12 Winner: Jennifer Torres on Facebook! Congrats, Jennifer!

Need a last minute gift for kids? We’ve got you covered! **Shop Our Digital Sale** and SAVE 50% on ALL digital + streaming 3-paks of our award-winning foreign language series in 12 languages with code DIGITAL50. Shop Now >> shop.littlepim.com Little Pim Team

Explore Winter in Ukraine with a Craft Based on this Clever Story

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The Holidays are easily the most magical time of year for a child. Make it even more magical by exposing them to another culture, like that of wintry Ukraine! In Eastern Europe, Christmas is not heavily celebrated. Instead, it is the coming of Father New Years that brings anticipation to children everywhere. That doesn’t mean that there’s any less winter wonder!

The Mitten is a common folktale for Ukrainian families to read to their little ones during the holidays. With such cold winters, it’s no wonder that the main feature of this tale is a group of animals trying to stay warm!

  • Explore Winter in Ukraine with this printable craft based on the classic Ukrainian children’s story, The Mitten.

The story starts with an old man in the forest losing one of his mittens. As animals in the forest find the mitten, they scurry inside to enjoy its warmth. The story begins with small animals, such as frogs and badgers, and works its way up all of the way to a bear. In the end, it’s a little mouse that “breaks the camel’s back,” so to speak; causing the bear to sneeze and all of the animals to fly out of the mitten.

Engaging your child with The Mitten:

 

 

  • Read the story with your children.
  • Ask them, “Why do you think the smaller animals let the bigger animals take up the room in the mitten, even when there were too many?” This will help connect your child’s mind to the abstract concepts of the reading.
  • Color and illustrate pictures using your kids’ imagination of the different animals mentioned in the story. Learn how to say the names of each animal in different languages.
  • Discuss Eastern Europe and its Holiday traditions; its climate, its animals, and the similarities and differences between our stories and theirs.

For more phenomenal winter crafts, stay tuned to the Little Pim blog! Happy Holidays!