Monday, August 1, 2011

Discovering a learning experience at the Ren Faire

Well it's Ren-Faire season here again. Time for oulandish ticket prices bad food on a stick and a chance to expose your little one Shakespeare.


Yes, that's right. Shakespeare. Now I'm not suggesting you go in unarmed, and in fact a pre-emptive trip to the library to get “Tales from Shakespeare” by Charles and Mary Lamb, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet, and introduce your first-grader to an abridged version of the Bard's stories.

Abridged versions of "Hamlet", "Midsummer Night's Dream", "Macbeth", and "Romeo and Juliet" are included and will make all those men in tights saying “Forsooth” and “Milady and M'Lord”not appear so strange to your little one.

Most Renaissance Faires will have entertainment for all ages, and you might just find a Punch and Judy show, a bird of prey exhibit, and maybe even archery games or a pony ride. These are all things my little one loves seeing when we go and are welcome activities when our paths cross with the booths or displays.

When you get home, its time to get back out the art supplies. Let your child tell a story on paper about where they went, pictures, drawings, maybe make paper Knights and then draw armor for them, or make a princess cone hat and trail ribbons off of it for your little Princess...the possibilities are limitless when it comes to your child's imagination.

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