Kavin is 2 years and 8 months old now. Has started going school and is in love with stories more than ever!! Since last few days, he has been into ‘telling’ stories rather than “listening” to them. I was more than excited to receive this amazing set of 4 Colgate packs which had sea creatures printed on the inner side of each pack. There are 4 different packs with different creatures and sea related items printed on the inside. These can be collected, cut out and set up. Our kids can use them to weave stores and to play with them. There are also certain informative trivia added about few of the sea creatures which is very interesting.
For my kid, it was more fascinating to see many of the sea creatures that he has seen on TV (in discovery, NatGeo, Animal Planet etc.) in a cartoon form. Few of the creatures were new to him and he was very happy to see them and to know those trivia about them.
I showed him the packs and opened up each and asked him which ones he wanted. I told him that we will cut out what he wants and then he can tell me a story based on them. He couldn’t wait for me to cut out all the four packs. So, we cut few pieces of what he wanted and started with the stories along side.
So here goes his story.. it kind of started somewhere and trailed along a very different path and ended abruptly (or so I thought!). THe session was over in morning, but even till now he keeps telling something or the other regarding the creatures or the pics.and even a shoe box in which he keeps his car is a ‘boat’ now!! Lets begin…..
Jinglipaapu and Friends!
There was a Mermaid called Jinglipaapu (well, yeah! Jinglipaapu was an imaginary character in another unrelated story that Kavin had told me the previous night! He thought the name fit the Mermaid!! )! She had gone to the house(he called castle a house!) far away to meet her Nana and Nani. She came back in a boat to see all her friends. On way she introduced all her friends to the ‘Uncle’. The Star Fish was her favourite and they played together for long. Star fish and Jinglipaapu danced in the sea and played games. The star fish sometimes sat on Jinglipaapu’s hair when it was tired (nice observation…the mermaid has a star on her hair!). After playing, Jinglipaau went to meet other sea creatures. To meet all other friends, the star fish came along with Jinglipaapu. They met the Turtle who was swimming into the sea. The turtle was on the TV few days back. Then there was the puffer fish which has a mouth (Kavin was so fascinated and kept asking why it has a mouth! Lol!)… Now he understood that all creatures have mouth to eat and to talk. Then the sea hourse came tuk-tuk-tuk and spoke to Jinglipaapu. The Sword fish and Lion fish also spoke as they too have a mouth (newly noticed by us!) Inside the sea there were so manyyyyyy fishes and the boat was there on the top. The boat was sailing sailing sailing faaarrrr away. Jinglipaapu went swimming with all her friends because they are inside the sea. Thennnn….. there was this caaarrrr….went vrooooooooommmm…. *Kavin got up…grabbed his car from sofa and started running around the house!!!* (Me- heyyy what happened to Jinglipaapu?? Kavin – Jinglipaapu is driving in hotwheels car…..whoooooooo!!!)
Umm..well, yeah! so that is it!!
*END of story*
After that I cut all other pieces from the packs and kept them in a box. In the evening Kavin took them out, arranged in a zigzag line and introduced his car and Jinglipaapu to all other creatures and surprisingly he mentioned the trivia that I had told him. For e.g. when he introduced octopus, he said that it changes colour and when he showed puffer fish, he said it drinks water and swells up. Awesome, right?! I was so happy that colgate had come up with this idea and my kid was so responsive and interactive with it. The story might not have been a very cohesive one but it was interesting to see him think and spin together a story using what he has in hand plus what he had seen on TV few days back and his imagination. The story telling part was not over with this Jinglipaapu and friends, rather has become an ongoing story telling process!!
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