Thank you to everyone who requested me for a Skype author visit on World Read Aloud Day. One of the teachers also needed activities to go with Sumo Joe so I found some activities and wanted to post it for next year.
Pink Stripey Socks, a fabulous kids’ craft blogger, has two great sumo activities on her blog.
Origami Sumo Craft
Paper folding or origami also goes with a Japanese culture theme. See her post here.
I also found another version of an origami sumo:
This origami sumo is for those advanced in paper folding arts! It’s from The Spruce Crafts.
Sumo Wrestler Craft & Game
She also has this fun craft that turns into a game here.
Sumo Rice Balls
I am personally obsessed with these Sumo Rice Balls!
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image from Bento Monsters
Sumo Coloring Sheets
I found this one on Super Coloring.
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Japanese American Books for Kids
For your young ninja, books to learn about Japan.
It’s amazing how a single piece of art can have a ripple effect, inspiring others all around the world and for many generations.
WWII Internment seems to dominate Japanese American books for kids. I agree that it is an important lesson in history — my own mother was forced to relocate but I also hunger for books that explore other facets of being Japanese American.
Kite flying is an important ritual in Asia and I’ve rounded up every great kite flying book thanks to a little help from my friends and readers.
This was my response to a reader request.
I explore my own Japanese history in this post.
These older books explore the Japanese American internment experience during WWII, a shameful chapter in America’s history.
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.