Now a days we have so much stuff at our fingertips that we feel we need to be fancy in order to teach. With all the apps, fancy crafts on Pinterest and the epic large scale science experiements on YouTube, we have to match that right?!
All you need is an imagination and some direction and regular house hold items can become so many different things! We’ve turned blankets in rivers, socks into elephant trunks and I’ve been a horse! I wanted to share with you two fun imaginative play ideas that teach about two wonderful countries- India and Mongolia.
Trains are all over India and interestingly, it is the 4th largest railway network in the world. Indian trains are famously crowded, with passengers holding on to the front of the train in some instances in order to literally, ‘catch a ride’. Fun Fact: The first train in India started in 1853 and ran from Bombay and Thane.
It all started as a line up of stuff animals and imaginative play. Then it evolved to Martin trying to hold on to all of his stuffed animals while he sat on a blanket and I pulled him around the room, we stopped at may ‘stations’ and people got on and off our ‘train’. If we had had more kids to participate, we would have lined up our kitchen chairs in a row for a train, the imaginative play potential is endless!
Mongolia: Yurt Activity
More than one quarter of the Mongolian population is nomadic, which means they move around the countryside in homes that can be dismantled and rebuilt in a new location. The homes commonly used by the nomadic people of Mongolia are called yurts. They are round homes with chimneys and some have solar panels for electricity (pictured below). There are beds, a kitchen area and typically two large central poles holding up the roof.
Martin and I made our own yurt and enjoyed some imaginative play! We positioned some chairs and draped blankets over them to create the walls and roof. Inside we had a ‘kitchen’, a ‘bed’, some books for entertainment, and the required snacks.
While we played I worked in that we needed to move our home, so we dismantled our yurt and moved it into the kitchen and continued to play.
Imaginative play is such a great, free way to introduce your adventurer to other cultures!