Is it ever too early to teach young children about the world? The countries and their people, culture, history?
I carefully curated a “World Box” for the son of my dear friend – whom I’ve met on a tour in Europe, whom I share the passion of travelling – and I am hoping that early exposure may lead to a deeper understanding and interest in the subject.
Firstly, I made 3 mechanical wind-up walking dolls in traditional attire.
Each doll is a separate kit from Sunfelt (Japanese company). I bought the kits in Hong Kong.
Ready to sew after all the pieces are prepared.
Doll #1 – Eskimo
Doll #2 – Dutch Lady
Doll #3 – Native American Indian
Regardless of our birth country, ethnicity, gender, religion, level of education, income, geographical location…we are all people, we are humanity, we are ONE.
We each have our own dear little things that are important to us. We can’t compare reindeer to tulips to feathers :)
Eskimo “JOE” and his Husky.
Dutch lady and her clogs. Flowers picked from my partner’s garden without permission (shhhh).
Chief and …. the plane! The Globe! Travelling can be for anyone and everyone!! Let’s be free of stereotypes :P
I bought books, a cardboard box/suitcase, travel themed stickers, postcards and luggage tags to complete the gift. And a free world map from Doctors Without Borders.
I also decorated the outside and inside of the suitcase with stickers! On hindsight, I should have let my friend’s son do it, but I couldn’t help myself :P Also, when you wind up the dolls and they start walking in circular steps, it’s hilarious!
The universe is more complex than we can ever imagine, but we live in this one Earth, and we are in it together.
To parents who are teaching their children about justice, equality, ethics, honesty, empathy and benevolence…from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for raising kind, compassionate, beautiful humans.