How to get children interested in real estate is a lot easier than most people would think. It's all about their imaginations being stimulated during playtime, the sneaking in of very complicated concepts through the manipulation of action figures, lego blocks, dirt and dump trucks. Letting them play with the video and digital cameras to "document their progress" is a great incentive to plan and produce a living environment as well. Nothing beats the cutting and pasting of prints into a salt and pepper notebook when you have an arts-and-crafty-kid.
"Bob The Builder" is also an essential conponent of our strategy, but it is not enough to watch a video while playing lego games in the house -- a parent must get them out in the field, expose them to nature and explain how different animals live and provide shelter for their young. Miniature animals are a must when building on "Zoo Ground." You would be surprised how many kids can't wait to get their hands busy building twig houses, nests, yard fences and lego barns (especially when "mud concrete" is involved) after checking out the layout of a zoo.
Today's lesson involves drawing a dirt grid to place structures North, South, East and West of "Pride Rock." "The Lion King" is a favorite movie, so of course "Simba" and "Nala" have to be provided for. While my six year old plots and plans where to build his "jungle house" to oversee the kingdom, the two year old "surveys the forest" for food as the smell of a passing pizza fills the gentle breeze. Mmmm... Mama has produced a straw... This looks like a very good place to start building...
Daddy is going to receive some very interesting video mail this Father's Day. Enjoy the holiday everyone! Regards, C.
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