Saturday, March 07, 2009

Our First Miniatures Exchange

Will still needs a globe. He keeps asking me where Singapore and India are since that is where our Miniatures Exchange share partners are. Many times I say that they are far away, but when a map is available, we look for them on the map. We saw a globe at Barnes and Nobel that we might get, basically I am looking for something that is a real globe, not one of those plastic kids' globes. I'm not sure where I am going to put it, so I am considering a floor globe, maybe one on a stand.

Anyway, what is this Miniatures Exchange? I posted about it previously with a picture of my sound pocket for "W". It is something that a blogger mom in Japan set up. Our swap partners were in India and Singapore. Here is what we got!

India: Postcards (the Himalayas, India Gate, and Taj Mahal), M - Mirror that folds open to a stand, A small Taj Mahal, P - Puppets (soldier, women), O - owl coin purse, K - kites, S - Stamps, F - flag, hand-made paper envelopes, B - small round pink box, D - Die, E - Elephant, C - Coins, shape shifting toy. There was also a smiley face pin, but Will snatched it and put it in our "H" sound pocket for "happy". I was especially impressed by the little Taj Mahal sculpture. Will loved the mirror and the little box, trying to put the coins and the die in the box. The coins fit.

Singapore: Chinese paper cutting for the year of the ox, Postcards (Clarke Quay, Merlion), F - fish, F - Flower, O - ox, O - orchids, H - house, D - Chinese doll, S - stamp, D - dragonfly handmade using Chinese knots, M- merlion key chain, B/R - Bow/Ribbon, key chain from Sentosa, P - peanut, B - bottle, I - ingot, C - coins (old Chinese coin and Singapore coins). I loved the dragonfly and it was neat to get a little ox, from Singapore, in the year of the ox. I also liked the tiny bottle because it is an actual miniature. That is, I want items for the sound pockets that are small, 3 dimensional versions of real items. Will hasn't had much time to sort through these items yet as we received them right before nap time and he was really cranky. If he actually sleeps today, we will probably be looking at them again after nap.

Most of the items will go into our sound pockets. I'm thinking about getting a photo album, one with the peel back pages, for the postcards and stamps, so that we can start up a book of things from different countries. I'm open to ideas though as I also need somewhere to put the coins too because Will asked if they are for his gumball machine. So far, the countries I think Will should learn about include India, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Austria, Cameroon, and Canada.

Another Option
So if you think this is a neat thing to do, but you don't have sound pockets and want to do something more simple with your kid? Sign up for the postcard snack recipe swap before March 15 and get all sorts of neat snack ideas.

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