By: Katy Wong – Ethnic Seattle

December 3, 2015

This Holiday, give the gift of exploration to your little ones by introducing them to different cultures with unique and enriching gift ideas from The Wing Luke Museum Marketplace. The Wing Luke Museum‘s Marketplace gift shop carries a collection of items that are unique and specific towards the Asian Pacific American experience. Aside from Bruce Lee inspired gift items, which is sure to entice the little sports enthusiasts or martial arts extraordinaire in the making, the shop also sells fun and educational gifts for little kids. Not only will these gifts introduce the little guy or gal to different cultures it is also great for brain development.

Here are some of our favorites:

Around the World Matching Game
Suggested Age Range: 3-6 years-old
This classic matching game comes with 72 colorful cards featuring characters from 36 countries including France, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Israel, and more. Every character is designed carefully with unique costumes that represent the country’s’ history and culture. At the end of the game, don’t forget to place all the characters side by side so that they can hold hands and celebrate the holiday as a global unity.

Around the World Puzzle
Suggested Age Range: 3-years-old and up
A simple version of the matching game. This gift is perfect for younger kids just learning about shapes and colors. This puzzle helps little kids define and understand cultural diversity through characters across the globe! Put all the puzzles together to form a circle, and watch the little ones’ jump in and out of the circle.

Language Flash Cards for Kids
Suggested Age Level: 4-12 years-old
Studies have shown that introducing multiple languages to children at an early age aids in language and cognitive development. The Wing Luke gift shop has different language flash card kits including Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Each flash card kit comes with 64 cards, an audio CD, wall chart, and learning guide. These colorful flash cards teach basic words, characters, phrases, and sentence through vivid pictures that often reflect cultural objects. They are fun, clear, easy to understand, and could become a fun learning kit for both kids and adults.

Children Books
Instead of buying a storybook about princess and hero, one might consider buying storybooks that reflect other cultures and traditions. Wing Luke gift shop has a unique collection of children’s books including “Round is a Mooncake”, “The Year of the Dragon”, “Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll”, and “Korean Children’s Favorite Stories”,

The Wing Luke Museum
Address: 719 South King Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue South), Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m.
Monday closed
First Thursday of the month, 10a.m.-8p.m.