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This was an interesting read and I’m excited to share it with you! “Cinnamon” by Neil Gaiman is a story about a princess in the middle eastern area of the world who is blind and doesn’t speak. I don’t want to spoil it for you, because it is definitely worth the read, but I definitely want to share some ideas with you about how to bring this literature to life with your kids. (Quiet game, anyone??)

New Culture, New Vocabulary

The first thing that comes to mind is that this book is different than a lot of stories we have read with our kids because of its Indian origin. Words, sentence structure, and phrases were used that are not as common in American English. If nothing else, it’s worth the read for this reason! I will be taking the opportunity to have some Indian food with my kids because, why not? Cultural and delicious!

“Pearls Are Always Appropriate”, Jackie Kennedy

One of the first visuals in the text is that of “pearls”. I don’t know about your kids, but mine definitely don’t know what pearls are, but I sure do, and I think they are captivating and beautiful. I figured that this would be a great opportunity to put some “pearly” activities in a list to try with my kids. As I try these with my kids I will add photos and tips.

“Her eyes were pearls…”

I mentioned previously that Princess Cinnamon is blind. None of my children know what it would be like to be blind, so I thought that we could try some activities blind folded. Thinking of my kids and what they like to do, here are my ideas for blind folded activities:

  • Blind Folded Makeovers
  • Blind Folded Drawing
  • Blind Taste Testing
  • Pin the Tail on the Tiger

“…speaking of tigers…”

Speaking of tigers, a very large Bengal tiger is an integral part of this story. What a great opportunity to teach my kids about these amazing creatures!

  • Zoo Trip!
  • Tiger Coloring Pages
  • Tiger Paper Strip Gluing Projects
  • Paper Plate Tiger Crafts

In all, I would highly recommend this book. I am excited to begin these activities with my older girls. I know my biggest girl will really get excited about them, and I’m certain my middle-est girl will smile and giggle with us!

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