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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