Discover Thailand with a Book!

I had a college roommate who spent much of her growing-up years in Thailand and I have relative and friends who have traveled there. After hearing about Thai culture from several people over the last decade, I was excited when I found a picture book at our library to explore Thai culture with my children.

Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho has rhyming text and adorable pictures. My daughters loved finding the little girl in each picture, who is playing hide-and-seek with her father. They also liked the animals that appeared on each page as part of the storyline. The illustrations showed vegetation and architecture that is native to Thailand.

I really liked being able to show my children a little bit of another culture while at the same time emphasizing the similarities among children around the world, who all love to play!

Best Ages: pre-k – kindergarten

For Parents:

  • Point out the Thai text on the inside covers of the book. Ask your child if it looks similar or different from the English text in the story. What do they notice about each type of writing?
  • Many animals appear in this peek-a-boo book that are native to Thailand. Elephants are especially prominent in Thai culture. Play this children’s song in Thai (only a minute and a half long) featuring an elephant.
  • Print out and color one of these free elephant coloring pages.

For Teachers:

  • Find Thailand on a map or globe together. Explain that Thailand is located on the continent of Asia and the weather is warm and tropical there. There are also many different types of animals that live in Thailand!
  • Check out these websites as a whole group or during computer lab time to learn more about Thailand: National Geographic Kids and TIME for Kids.
  • Elephants are especially prominent in Thai culture. Play this children’s song in Thai (only a minute and a half long) featuring an elephant.
  • Print out and color one of these free elephant coloring pages.

 

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