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Rainbow Playful World with Nature Collection and Storytelling

Spring is reflecting in the art and activities that we are doing at home and outdoors.

It’s not long before Delhi’s merciless Summer will hold us hostage indoors… sigh…

Last week, we enjoyed the lovely spring colours at Delhi’s Nehru Park. The colours and spirit reflected indoors, too – in a dream-world that Pari made by upcycling a cardboard box. Read more and see some happy pictures… (smile)

We captured the resplendent blooms through our lenses, collected fallen leaves, acorns, pods, twigs and feathers.

(Would you like me to share those pictures in another post?)

Pari ran about feeling the wind in her hair. It was lovely for us – as parents – to see this little girl play un-inhibited in nature…

Delhi’s parks are the envy of the rest of the country, I have to say (wink). And, we have plenty of them – The Lodhi Garden, Garden of Five Senses, Mughal Gardens , Nehru Park, Buddha Jayanti Park just to name a few.

Our nature collection at the park found a beautiful home in the Rainbow World that Pari had made a day before we went for the walk.

This idea evolved from the 3D Easter Shadow Box that she’d made earlier that week.

When she expressed the desire to make another 3D world, I encouraged her to really give wings to her imagination.

I asked –

“What kind of play world do you think and dream of”.

“If you could have your play world YOUR way, how would you like it to be”.

These prompts was enough to shake up her fantasy world!

First, she painted the box in rainbow colours. She wanted to do the colours in the right order. As I was in the kitchen, she asked me the ‘formula’ that we’d discussed earlier – the VIBGYOR code.

So, she went about in the VIBGYOR order.

A rainbow slide was on her mind, next.

A slide that would start all the way from the sky – reaching upto the sun – so that her fairy could slide down straight from heavens!

She made the fairy, too. Asked me for help to make a cone. She drew and cut out a face, arms etc and tuck them to the cone.

Her story kept rolling….!

Guess what the fairy brought with her for the kids playing in the park below?

Balloons ofcourse! Lots of them!

The kids were cut out from a 3-year old colouring book. The kids were popped up with pieces of sponge, small caps etc.

The sky was completed with butterflies cut out and popped up in the same way…

The play land was given finishing touch with a flowery gate.

And, oh, the fairy would have pretty footwear at her disposal when she came sliding down…

It was fun to see her slide the fairy down again and again. Infact, I got into this game, too.

And, later, when Avie came home, he could not resist the idea.

Play IS irresistible afterall!

The next day, when we came back with our precious nature collection from the park, we placed each ‘find’ carefully inside the rainbow world.

The spring colours, the story and the nature collection complemented each other beautifully!

Talking about the story, it was interesting that this time the creation evolved along with the story rather than the story happening after the play world was created.

Now, that’s a different approach to storytelling. Isn’t it?

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Check out some more irresistible ideas for play and storytelling:

  1. Learning by Playing: Animals and Habitat
  2. Upcycled Musical Dice for Party Games
  3. DIY Indoor Tent for Reading and Playing 

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  • Sadhana Bhagwat March 27, 2012, 9:42 am

    wonderful creation. looks sooooooooooo colourful and nice!!! keep it up pari mari! and summer or no summer, nehru park remains lovely early mornings! so you can continue your exploration. and also check out the dwarka parks now- all are in full bloom.

    • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:43 am

      Sadhi di,
      How wonderful of you to stop by and share this lovely comment! Pari was delighted when I told her 🙂 Yeah, true – early mornings are best for a visit to those parks in summer. I’ve heard about the Dwarka parks, too!

  • Ashu March 27, 2012, 11:28 am

    Lovely Rainbow made by Pari,i just love the flowing story with rainbow…connecting everything together is lovely idea.
    Even planning to go for some spring click,afterall b’lore is garden city and i’m just loving the different colours blooms i ‘m seeing outside.

    • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:45 am

      Ashu,
      Yeah – Bangalore must be draped in colours, too! I envy all you Bangaloreans for the year-round lovely weather that you get to enjoy!

  • Mansi Shankar March 27, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Rashmie,
    I loved the 3D world of Pari. Wish we could still imagine like little kids! This made me remember my childhood. Please convey my comment to Pari! hugs

    • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:47 am

      Thanks, Mansi 🙂 Yes, you’re right – doing such things with Pari and watching her play make me remember my childhood days, too!
      I’ll have Pari read all your wonderful, lovely words 🙂

  • Mansi Shankar March 27, 2012, 12:58 pm

    PS: I do envy Delhi gardens
    I had spend my entire childhood there:)

    • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:48 am

      Whoa! I didn’t know you spent your childhood here! So, this city will always hold a special place in your heart 🙂

  • Sunita March 27, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I love your blog and this post is beautiful! Just this morning my son was talking about writing a new story, and so I thought I’d help by helping him decide on the characters, setting, etc. He quickly shut me up saying, “What happens is that I draw a picture, and as I’m drawing, the story just comes out of it, Mommy. I don’t know what the story will be ahead of time.” I loved that he was aware that his inspiration kind of flows and evolves, and it isn’t something you just methodically force. Your post here reflects exactly that!

    • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:56 am

      Kids are amazing! I LOVE your son’s clarity of thought and how he wanted it to be…
      Actually, it’s best that we stay away from their creative process. Only then will we truly help them grow, think creatively and be original…
      Thank you, Sunita, for stopping by here. So glad to ‘meet’ you. 🙂

  • Swathi March 28, 2012, 5:01 am

    Lovely post Rashmie !!! Pari is so creative… I must appreciate you…and learn from u too…

  • Rashmie March 28, 2012, 6:58 am

    Thank you, Swathi 🙂

  • Pritam March 28, 2012, 8:41 am

    Wow!!
    Lovely creation by Pari…!! Jaisi Mom waisi Beti…..full of creativity!!

  • Ann March 28, 2012, 5:22 pm

    My favorite part is the fairy and how she can slide right down into her shoes!!! Great job Pari and Mama!

  • crystal@growingajeweledrose March 29, 2012, 2:26 am

    This is beautiful!

  • Chhavi March 30, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Hey….kids r sooo creative. Interesting to see Pari’s world. Few days back, Vasavi wanted to create her ‘dream world’ (as u know she has a flair for sketching). So i suggested that why dont we jot down all the constituents of ur dream world so that u dont miss any while sketching. And her mind set rolling. Creativity saw no bounds. Vsavi’s ‘dream world’ is an outdoor park filled with toys, slides, 100 computers with games loaded, a splash pool, clothes for kids who wanna stay over, a dance floor, a corner with musical instruments, lots of sweet savouries (little miss sweet tooth that she is), an art corner with colours, paints, connector pens, sheets etc etc. And the best was the location. She wanted it to be in the centre of India so that her friends from across the country to come in. So we looked up the Map (both of us love globe trotting on the map) and found MP to be at the centre and Bhopal to be the city at the centre. So its decided – Vasavi’s dream world is gonna be located at Bhopal. Lastly, there shall be food stalls of all states – to serve Bengali, South Indian et ctec food items – this one is to accomodate the multi-cultural group of friends that she has. My goodness – in front of these little ones, our brains seem so rusted:))

  • Cathy @ NurtureStore April 5, 2012, 8:16 pm

    How beautiful. This is just the kind of thing my daughters make – I think they would love to play with Pari. My 5yr old says if she had a rainbow slide she would go on it 1000 times! Thanks for joining in with the Kids Co-op 🙂

  • lyndsay April 5, 2012, 9:00 pm

    Beautiful! Just wanted to stop by and say that I am sharing this in my Weekly Kids’ Co-op post this week! Loved it.

  • Lina November 27, 2012, 6:07 pm

    I just found your blog and I’m LOVING it! We share the same passion for sure!
    Just wanted to comment on this post and say I’m inspired.. and am smiling at Pari’s wonderful creation!

  • sara April 7, 2014, 6:32 pm

    hi, u are amazing!wonderful

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