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How to get children interested in real estate...

 

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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Comment balloon 6 commentsC Tann-Starr • June 15 2008 12:12PM

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My kids go with me sometimes when I am previewing properties or going to open houses.  Now they ask questions like what's the difference between a condo and a townhouse, etc.  My three year old even asks "Are we going to get to look at houses today?"

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann -- that is so cool! My six year old thinks he's a Realtor and insists upon pulling over every time he spots an open house (lol).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Carolyn, awesome idea, if they are going to learn, it has to be fun, sounds like you found the answer. Kudos to you.

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) almost 11 years ago

Thank you, Duane. The kids are doing well and we have lots of fun with it.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Love seeing my nephews.  Gotta give it to you girl, you know how to make learing fun.  I always said hands on experience is sometimes better than getting it from a book.  The book just enhances what you already know.  Keep up the good work.  xxxooo

Posted by Michelle Patrick, Creations By Shelly (Flowers Gifts and Things) almost 11 years ago

Hey Michelle, glad to see you in A R! Your little pookies are off the hook! I can't wait to drop the boys off at your house (lol). Noah is Johnita crazy and looking forward to coming down so he can drive the tractor with his favorite cuz. Give a shout out to the bloodline in Greeleyville and thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog about your little minions. Love always :)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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