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I remember reading Mr. Men & Little Miss books when I was a child. Something about their bright colors, simple shapes, and distinct personalities was appealing to me! It seems they are making a come back these days. Check out their adorable website here.
The reason I share this on my blog is because I stumbled upon Mr. Men & Little Miss videos, that are in JAPANESE! They are made by Sanrio Japan. The videos are about 3 minutes long and perfect for little (and big) kids. These videos would be a great opportunity to teach children Japanese “feelings words(きもちの言葉).” For example, before or after showing the following video (Mr. Happy), you can teach children the following vocabulary:
しあわせ(shiawase) = happy
ふしあわせ(fushiawase) = unhappy
かなしい(kanashii) = sad
えがお(egao) = a happy face
わらう(warau) = to laugh
Here the formula I would use for getting the most out of these videos!
1) Watch the video by yourself and write down any words that you think your children don’t know.
2) Teach the children those words.
3) Watch the video together and discuss.
4) Review and practice using the new words throughout the week.
Here are a few more videos. You can find all of Sanrio’s videos here and here, and all the Mr. Men & Little Miss videos here.
Want to watch these videos in English? Click HERE.
Adorable video of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in Japanese (“きらきらぼし”). Sing it with your kids today!
The 1-year anniversary of March 11, 2011 (the big Japan earthquake) is coming up. If you purchase this song HERE, 100% of the proceeds will go to disaster relief and support for Japanese children.
Here are some activities to do with your kiddos with the kana き!
1. Fold an origami きりん(giraffe) here at Origami Club.
2. Print and practice writing き here from Nifty Kids.
3. Coloring pages of words that begin with き here, at Nurieyasan.
4. Learn and sing the きんたろう／Kintaro song here.
When I was a little girl, I loved playing with 着せ替え人形 (kisekae-ningyou). They are paper dolls that you dress up. In Japan, they sell kisekae ningyou books where you can punch out the dolls and their coordinating clothes and accessories. Inexpensive fun for little girls.
It was a great opportunity for me to review colors, body parts, and the names of clothes with my toddler as we worked on coloring, cutting, and putting together our paper doll today. I imagine older girls (3rd-5th grade?) would have even more fun with きせかえにんぎょう, because they can then even design their own clothes, make outfits coordinate, and so on. Plus you wouldn’t have to cut everything out for them.
Here are some links to Kisekae Ningyou!
1) My daughter and I printed out the doll and clothes from ぬりえやさん
2) If you have a color printer, there are a whole bunch at NIFTY! I especially like this one.
3) Zowie’s Room has really cute kisekae, but they are pretty small, so probably not for the preschool crowd. I love this set– very traditional Japanese clothes. Zowie’s Room also has a lot of other free printables that are worth checking out!
4) Another small-ish, but cute one from yaplog. (Click on the thumbnail for the printable)
5) You can play kisekae online at NIFTY (キララちゃんきせかえ） if you don’t want to have to deal with the mess that paper dolls can create.
(I highly recommend printing on cardstock if you want them to last for more than one day!)
Any others resources I’m missing? Did you love this as a little child? Please share!