On y va à Paris – Exploring Paper Paris

Do you have any place on this planet that has you aching to be there – at least, when you pause to indulge in fancies and think about it? I have several, but I think it’s pretty accurate to say that at the top of my list is Paris. I love it with a passion characteristic of the most rabid francophile. I’ve been fortunate to have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the city when I was younger, and now it’s my wish to be able to go back, this time with my family.

I have to confess breeding a fascination for the city in my daughter. In fact, when she was a baby, my husband and I had droll exchanges wherein Mark (who’s a gadget-loving techie) would ask the infant Marguerite if she would like an iPod, his roundabout way of trying to convince me that we should get one – not for himself, but for the baby, you know. The reply he got was always “I’d rather go to Paris, Daddy.” Of course, that was just me taking the liberty to answer for the clueless, innocent baby. In mock outrage, Mark would point out how many iPods were equivalent to one trip to Paris. And I would calmly respond that that’s why we shouldn’t buy one or we’d never be able to save up for Paris.

In any case, in between viewings and readings of such matter as Ratatouille, Madeline, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc. as well as frequent tuning in to the travel channel, I’ve successfully instilled in my daughter a healthy (thus far) fascination for the City of Lights.

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While we are not yet able to organize a family trip to Paris, we simply make do with this nifty paper version created by artist and designer Joel Henriques. I forget from which news feed on Facebook I got the link to the free template, but I owe that homeschool mom some thanks. Marguerite loves it and I also get to teach her some French (my minor in college) while we’re playing. I initially tried to refrain from teaching her French since she’s currently learning Spanish and might get confused, but I couldn’t help it. Anyway, I don’t think that a few words and phrases would do much damage. Paper Paris is designed for play, but, right off, it can teach kids the following:

– some of the most famous landmarks in the world (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe)

– the French words for bakery, candy store, and pastry shop

– the appearance of the French flag

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Parent playmates could, of course, introduce other information during play (like hum “La Marseillaise”, give French names to the paper dolls, teach members of the family in French, etc.)

Naturally, playing with Paper Paris also inspired me to whip out my scrapbook and show Marguerite photos of myself in the city, with those very landmarks in the background. Without a doubt, it’s a great toy, but it does have me pining for Paris even more. ;p

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