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My Pretend Play Travel Agent Sends Me to Goa

I find it upsetting when my routine gets disrupted; when I have to miss my morning Yoga; and most of all – when Pari is not able to play outdoors. And all these due to her falling sick due to the erratic and frequent change in weather that we have been experiencing here in Delhi. Winter, over here, seems to bid goodbye and then decides to stay on like an uninvited guest with all its nasty tantrums – rain and wind and sudden chill.

After 10 days of allergic cough and fever, Pari is finally feeling better. What a relief for all of us!

So, though we were not very upbeat all these days and I could not blog and she missed school and outdoor play; we still managed to stay happy with plenty of artful activities – indoors. And, by plenty, I mean really – PLENTY!

Over the next few days, I am going to share those one by one. While today, I am sharing some notes and pictures from a very fun and creative “Pretend Play” activity that kept Pari enthused even in the middle of  sickness and weakness. Talking about illness, I can't stop raving about how Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil go a long way in building the immune system of a child (as well as adults).

So, a travel agent she becomes…

…with her own travel desk and the paraphernalia – the globe, the travel brochures, the souvenirs, the magazines, the calculator, calendar and what have you. The inspiration for this playful activity came from a post by Amy Anderson on Simple Kids.

First off, to make the brochures, she set about browsing some travel magazines. Goa, being her favourite, she cut out pictures of the beach, the Goa carnival and the activities (parasailing, speed boat). She also wanted to offer holiday packages to places outside India. So, London and Paris and Venice and Amsterdam – collected quite a few.

Some real cool graphic designing of the brochures.

We mutually agreed that I was going to be her customer

…looking for (her) expert advice and support for a 7-day vacation. I explained my budget to her and she asked me all the relevant questions – my interests, number of people traveling with me, dates etc.

She enticed me with all the activities I could do in Goa. When told about Parasailing and the Goa Carnival, I pretended as if I have never heard about these things. I asked her if she could show me a video of these activities. We sat at my laptop and watched a You tube video of the Goa Carnival and Parasailing. Though, it was all led by me, I acted as if she was the one who was in control! And, quite an actor I am, I must tell ya!

Having gone through all the options, I decided to go to Goa. The foreign package was irresistible but unaffordable at the moment (shie…).

My little travel agent booked my flight…

…booked my hotel (at none other than the ‘Cidade De Goa’), laid out the itinerary for me and wished me “Bon Voyage”!

And, do I have to tell you – this pretend play was as much entertaining for me as it was for her.

The best part is, she learnt some really interesting words and concepts in such a playful way.

  • She came across words like – itinerary, parasailing, brochure, budget, boarding, bon voyage
  • Learnt some important elements of graphic design – layout, space, colours etc
  • She learnt about some important cities and their landmarks and features like – London and Big Ben, Paris and Eiffel Tower, Venice and Gondola, Amsterdam, Goa Carnival, Parasailing.

A small vacation like this planned by your little one can rejuvenate your day. So, go ahead – plan your vacation with your very own travel agent – right in your home. (winks)

By the way, where would you want to go on a holiday? To the hills or the beaches? :) That may speak something about your personality-type as well. (winks!)

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  • Vatsala Agarwal March 7, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I have always been in awe of Rush’s creative writing and artistic inclination but sorry dear – Pari is gradually taking the limelight away from you. I am so impressed with her project (yeah yeah – you were the one who started it all!!), but my applaud is only for her. Kudos Pari!!

    What more I can say for you – when I have my kid, I will take all the parenting tips from you ( winks ! )

    love ya..

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:08 am

      My dear Vats,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. :) I am so happy to let Pari take the limelight away from me! She’s after all – a reflection of me and at the same time very much her own person.

      And, darling, wait till you have your own kid – the creativity will just flow from within. :) And then, I am always there to share tips… ;)

  • vitoria antar March 7, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Dear Pari, I need you to make a Reservation for you, Mama and Daddy to come to Thomasville, GA for a visit, just make the travel arrangements, the rest leave it to me. We are going to have fun. When reservation is complete please let me know. See you one of these days. Love to all, Auntie Vitoria

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:11 am

      My dear friend Vitoria,
      Yes, see you one of these days :) I have a strong inkling that we are going to meet soon enough :)
      Pari will be more than eager to make the arrangements. She’s so curious to see the Auntie who sends her the most heartfelt gifts ever… :)

  • Rachelle March 7, 2011, 5:39 pm

    How fun!! And welcome home from your trip to Goa :) I’m so glad to hear you had a good time. Well, with a travel agent like Pari helping you make your travel plans, I suppose it’s no wonder you had fun.

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:14 am

      Dear Rachelle,
      Thank you so much for your visit and lovely words. :)
      From one Lab (yours is TinkerLab!) to another – I am sure we have much to share with each other.

      Yes, Goa was wonderful; all the more – due to Pari’s immaculate arrangements ;)

  • Manish March 7, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Totally awesome – this idea of yours and how you girls did it! :) Perfect example of learning through fun! Also, now I know which travel agent to call for planning out my next vacation! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:18 am

      Thanks my dear bro for your lovely support :)
      Yeah, once you come back from this vacation, make sure you have a chat with Pari to plan out your next..
      With lil Sarah as your co-traveler, who else will know her needs better than Pari? ;)

  • pritam March 8, 2011, 4:14 am

    Interesting….nice idea…Pari!!
    Help me out to plan my summer vacation….:)

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:20 am

      Dear Pritam,
      Sure, I will let Pari know.
      Please book a date on her calendar ’cause looks like her services are in much demand these days ;)

  • Ashu March 8, 2011, 5:31 am

    Great activity for kid to learn so many things in playful manner…
    Vacations for kids is round the corner….i coming to get my booking done..help me.

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:24 am

      Ashu, my friend – I am so glad you like this fun activity.
      For the vacations, this lil travel agent can send you to any place your kidoos want to.
      Connect with her anytime over here :)

  • kiran March 9, 2011, 6:02 am

    Learning while Playing… Great !!
    Book my tickets please Pari dear….
    I would love to come to Delhi first and give u a BIG BEAR HUG to U and MOMMY …


    • Rashmie Jaaju March 11, 2011, 4:27 am

      Kiran, thanks dear for being there for us always with your encouragement :) I so appreciate this gesture.. :)
      Yeah, please come to Delhi and we can do local sight seeing here – Dilli Haat and Qutub Minar and Janpath and ofcourse – fun shopping in Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar. ;) What do you say?

  • Chhavi March 16, 2011, 6:58 am

    SUPER idea for kids…especially for those who have avid travellers as parents!
    And art ‘n’ craft just adds that zing to the activity.
    Great going Mommy Labs!!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 18, 2011, 6:18 pm

      Chhavi dear,
      Thank you for your encouragement. Means a lot to me… :)
      This activity was fun and full of learning not just for Pari but for me as well. Learnt new facts about places like Venice and Amsterdam that I did not know earlier!

      Keep visiting MommyLabs and keep the lovely comments/feedback/ideas coming in. :)
      I love it when I see your name here. :)
      Happy Holi to you all…

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