Over the past month, we have been exploring Venice as part of The Little Book Adventure: Project #8- Explore the World through Picture Books.
The idea for this challenge of The Little Book Adventure was planted in mid-2011 when Windy Hollow Books sent me a copy of Chase through Venice. This book found a way into my heart immediately, having been one of the many millions of people who have visited and loved Venice. I was excited to share Venice with Cam, and I thought a complementary discovery box would be a great way for her to gain a better understanding of this unique city.
It has been an amazing experience for Cam. Let us know how your ‘picture book travelling’ went. You can also see some more wonderful book travelling ideas here.
Inside the Venice Discovery Box
- Chase through Venice by Sally Gould and Laura Peterson
- Map of the world, Italy, Venice and a train boarding pass to Venice.
- Personal photos of Venice
- Italian flash cards ( I made these using words that are featured in the book and some other common Italian words)
- CD of multicultural songs (Kids Songs from Around the World)
- Pasta machine
- A plain mask
- A Murano glass fountain pen
Opening the Venice Discovery Box
The Venice Discovery Box led to:
Comparing family photos of Venice with the illustrations in the book:
Making our own pasta for dinner:
Learning about Carnevale: Cam looked at Carnevale masks online for inspiration before making her own:
Dressing up for Carnevale: singing and dancing to some Italian songs:
Testa, Spelle, Ginocchia, Piedi (Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes):
Creating Swirled Glass Vases:
We used instructions from Centsational Girl:
a) Squirt paint into the bottom of the vase
b) Swirl the vase continuously so that paint sticks to the sides of the vase
c) Add extra colours of paint as you go.
d) Continue swirling the paint towards the opening of the vase
e) Place the vase upside down over paper, draining any excess paint
f) Let the vase dry for approximately 2 days before it is ready to use