As part of our virtual visit to the United Kingdom we talked about the Queen and her family. Even though I personally have very little interest in the lives of Will and Kate, I thought that Anna might be fascinated by the idea of modern princes and princesses, so we looked at video clips of their wedding on YouTube and at my copy of commemorative wedding Times magazine. We also read The Princess Gown which was recommended by Brimful Curiosities some time ago. Anna didn’t care much about the story, because the queen was initially mean to the tailors, but she loved the extension activity. I used the same idea as Brimful Curiosities, but I got “real” Kate and Will dolls and outfit ideas from Activity Village site. Anna has decided that her prince will wear a coat of many colors and used every possible marker on his suit. She spent even more time designing the gown for her princess. She used glitter markers, stamps and stickers. She spent less time on the veil, but I think her princess does look very much ready for a very special night. She was delighted to play with her paper dolls, but for some reason the play scenario very quickly turned to “kids who are married but still too young to stay on their own and need to get undressed and take a nap”. I guess the elaborate wedding is beyond her grasp. The only wedding that she attended so far was a very basic ceremony in San Francisco Town Hall.
Unrelated to the book, we did another quick project about London. I drew a very simple map and gave Anna a set of stickers I purchased during my business trip to UK last summer. Then she went wild creating her own version of London. Her own caption for this project was a “squiggly city”. I certainly hope that she will get to visit London for real one day. It was the first Western European capital I got to visit in 1995, and I am looking forward to coming back for pleasure and not for business.