5 Ways to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month With Kids
June 3, 2021
May Is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the perfect opportunity to teach your children about different cultures.
Follow our 5 ideas below for how you can celebrate AAPI Heritage month with your family.
Get out the globe to explore the geography of Asia and the Pacific Islands. If you don’t have an actual globe at home, go online! With Google Maps, your child can take a 3D “walk” through different places. Use Google Earth to “visit” historic locations. How many places can your child find on their own? (How many can you?) Which have they heard of?
Read a children’s book featuring Asian characters, written by Asian authors, or illustrated by Asian artists. There are lots of great book lists out there: In addition to your friendly local librarian, PBS.org has a list of recommendations, and so does the School Library Journal and Reading Rockets. Social Justice Books breaks down categories for early childhood, upper elementary, young adult and adult readers.
Check out AAPI art museums and exhibits. Go online and research what those are in your area.
Try different Asian and Pacific Islander recipes. Involve your child in researching and preparing simple dishes based on an Asian or Pacific Island favorites, from Samoan coconut rolls to Vietnamese chicken salad.
Get creative with kid-friendly art that honors Asian and Pacific Islander traditions. A few ideas? Make tissue-paper lei, watch a YouTube tutorial to learn how to dance the Hula or Tinikling, or use LEGOs to recreate famous architecture.