We read several books for our Indian theme, and Elephant Dance was by far the most age appropriate and interesting. In the book an Indian grandfather visits his family living in US and talks to grandchildren about India. It describes simple things, such as sun, rain and wind, in a very poetic language. It also has a nice map of India as part of the story, a sheet music for the melody little boy makes up and some information about India culture, food and animals.
I had “bangles” as one of the possible Indian-related craft projects in our Indian box, and Anna was quite enthusiastic about making them. The recommendation was to make a bangle out of plastic bottle, but it would have made it too wide for her. We made ours out of Starbucks coffee jackets – my favorite craft item of late. Anna chose to decorate the first with glitter glue, ribbons and paint, and then the next day I showed her how to make a silver bangle by using a foil on top of her cardboard bangle (in the book grandfather brings his granddaughter silver bangles). Then I suggested decorating it with windows crayons. Drawing with windows crayons on foil entertained her for an hour – a very long time for my craft-averse daughter. I also found it fun, the crayons glide so nicely on the foil. She made a pile of drawings, mostly just covering pieces of foil with crayons, but also trying different abstract squiggles and then interpreting them for me. Strangely, some of them were “an old motorcycle with a high seat, and you can only see one wheel because it’s turned sideways”, “a runway”, “a rollercoaster” and “a mailbox”. Here is her mailbox and my sailboat :). Oh, and she didn’t want to wear her bangles, after all.
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