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Korean American Day
Stop by Pretend City to Learn about Korean Culture
Art: Make a Paper Drum. Learn to fold the paper and participate in a Korean game of Ddakji.
Also, learn and explore the use of Chopsticks.
Purpose: These activities will allow children to explore Korean culture and discover a way to make fun toys for themselves. They will learn about cause and effect, develop fine motor skills, practice beading, and gain social skills by playing with others.
Story Time: Bee-bim Bop
Synopsis: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes author’s own recipe.