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Mollie Used Books

Mollie Used Books NTU store has the largest selection of used books for children. The staff can check their inventory for any books and are very helpful. Keep in mind the books are pre-owned, so what they carry is based on what people have sold to them. I bought several books for 40 NT ($1.27 Read More

Fruity Pie Soundtrack

Unlike typical ear-piercing Chinese children’s songs, the Fruity Pie Soundtrack features modern melodies and lyrics. Fruity Pie (水果冰淇淋) is an award winning education show for preschool age children produced in Taiwan. My son use to watch the show and I’d catch myself humming the tunes as I cleaned. We borrowed the CD from the library Read More

Xiamen High School Choir

Since Mother’s Day, my daughter has been singing and listening to 我的好媽媽. I even hear her singing it from her bed at night. In the car we listen to the same 儿歌 CD on repeat. Repeat. Repeat… I needed to find some new tunes, and quickly before lose my mind. I spent half the day Read More

Tablet Lightbox Tracing

Another great way to prepare your child for writing is tracing. I turned our ipad into a lightbox. My son hates writing but enjoyed this tablet lightbox tracing activity. He explains, “因為好酷啊!”. Of course there are apps that allow you to use a finger to trace the Chinese character, but I prefer pen on paper. Read More

Magic Flashcards

These magic flashcards require a secret decoder. How fun! I actually came up with this idea for another project and my son begged me to make him something. All you need are the free printable files and something red and transparent. Please note that it must be red or this will not work. Some items Read More

Reusable Straws

If you are in Taiwan, remember to purchase reusable straws. In a couple days the nation-wide ban on plastic straws will begin. A few business have already started banning straws and other single use plastics. Read More

Free Books From OCAC

The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) in Taipei offers free Chinese learning workbooks to overseas Taiwanese. Each non-Taiwanese passport presented allows you to select 10 books. Remember to bring a passport for each child you are getting books for. Also bring a separate ID for yourself as you will need to leave it at the Read More

Get Free Chinese Books This Summer

Summer has begun and so has the summer reading program at the public library. Almost all (95%) of the public libraries in the U.S. participate in this program. To encourage children to read through the summer, they offer free books and a contest to win prizes. Our local library even has a great selection of Read More

Yoga Infographic

In celebration of international yoga day I created this yoga infographic of basic poses with the translations in Chinese. These poses are easy enough for toddlers too! Yoga benefits your mind and body. It’s a great way to unwind and relax. It is even suggested as an activity for children with sensory processing disorders because Read More

Superheroes in Chinese

We are learning about Marvel’s superheroes in Chinese because my son’s classmates are really interested in this topic. They bring their action figures to school, pretend play, and discuss movies and cartoons they’ve watched. Lately my son has been talking about “Octopus Prime” and “Bumble Bee Ninja”. He means Optimus prime! Ha Ha Ha! We Read More