We all have boundaries that we don't like others to breach. It is an invisible cover that defines our personal space. Children let others through these boundaries often quite easily and tend to invade other's spaces often. Roopa Pai in association with GAIT has released a book on this vital topic.
The first module that covers the areas of Body awareness, Personal Space, Rhythm & Movement and Emotions. This glossy hardbound picture book is a delight that will be enjoyed and understood by children of all ages. Central to the book is our hero and heroine, Taka and Dimi. The siblings have been named after the twins of rhythm. The intrepid duo is much loved by their parents. The book opens with their father making the Sunday breakfast of Mickey Mouse dosas, mini-sugared paranthas and strawberry toast. The twins, unfortunately, let their enthusiasm get the better of them often. They jostle with each other and push their father too, which doesn't get much done.
Father gets on with Sunday breakfast
The same story is enacted when their mother calls them over. They wiggle and push and soon infuriate her. Their mother suggests that they try the 'bubble game'. Imagine she says that there is a protective bubble around you. Anyone who infringes another's bubble loses. A zoo visit is dangled before the twins and soon it is game on! Taka and Dimi are careful not to pop each other's bubbles, resulting in a comfortable fun-filled Sunday for children and parents alike. The children learn that by respecting each others space they actually have a much better time.
The invisible bubble around us
Any child can imagine the bubble around them and be aware that they must not enter another person's bubble without their permission and vice versa. This is a very useful concept when discussing child-adult interactions. Children will realise adults who do not respect boundaries are ' breaking bubbles'. A simple and beautiful concept to teach children, particularly very little ones as well. The bubble game is a powerful tool in managing siblings, classes or any group activity. The concept of boundaries is instilled in children which then translates into greater mindfulness in their other transactions.
The story is followed by a beautiful worksheet that has instances of 'bubble poppers'. A hidden puzzle and 'choose the right words' get the brain gears going.
The second story explores movement and expression. The children and their parents observe and try to replicate their movements. Such a fun exercise! Taka opens his mouth wide as a hippo while daddy uses his hand to work like a trunk!
Make like a hippo!
The writing is informative and fun. The watercolour illustrations by Archana Sreenivasan are brilliant and immediately engage the reader.