Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Princess Gown

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. June5_RWedding1 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 June5_RWedding2 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.

June4_LondonMap2 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.

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10 comments:

Ticia said...

I loved visiting London for my honeymoon. It holds a lot of good memories for me.

I love her dress, it's wonderful!

Christy said...

I love all of this! I should do this with R. I don't have any interest in the lives of Will and Kate either, but R watched the wedding with my mother-in-law and she LOVED it.

I haven't been to London - boo hoo. T is going in July with People to People - I am very jealous.

Debbie said...

Selena would be all over this. While I didn't care if we watched the Royal wedding, she did get to see some of it later. She couldn't believe there was a live Princess.

Here a while back someone posted on FB a picture of Kate and Will in comparison to Cinderella and the Prince, uncanny resemblance.

I love Anna's idea that the Prince should be wearing a coat of many colors!

Kim said...

This looks like fun! Crumpet was born an hour from London, so one day, we will definitely go back to show him his 'Homeland'. We did watch the royal wedding and he got teary at the shots of London - he said he was homesick! He was 10 months old when we left there, but he talks about England constantly. It's so funny to hear his version of their culture...It's a truly magical place to him.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Even though I consider myself a super-jaded person, I fully admit to having enjoyed watching the royal wedding. But then, I've also spent a lot of time in England.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We didn't watch the Royal Wedding - but I thought we probably should have, just as a geography connection - I like what you did with Anna.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I love the fact that her prince will wear a coat of many colors :-). Anna has a huge imagination and I think that is wonderful!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I do like your doll template better...good find. I think the reason that my daughter enjoyed the book is because the little girl character is an artist. Also the squirrels helped. I wouldn't call the queen mean, just very, very persnickety.

Joyful Learner said...

This sounds like fun! We'll have to do this after we get back from playing princess at Disneyland!

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I didn't have the slightest interest in the royal wedding either...maybe we should have watched some of the coverage, but we didn't.
I love those paper dolls! I also like the map :)