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…
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?
Check out some more irresistible ideas for play and storytelling:
- Learning by Playing: Animals and Habitat
- Upcycled Musical Dice for Party Games
- DIY Indoor Tent for Reading and Playing
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