Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Storytelling In the News I

New From Afar
Alfred Stevens, 1860
In February of 2021 I was asked to take over the Storytelling It’s News column for the National Storytelling Network's newsletter. Below are some of the articles I researched through 2021. Since there are so many, I have broken it up into three posts. This is the first of three.

I hope you find something interesting to read, and perhaps some new tidbits to add to your storytelling.

 A farmer and his magical field: How fairies have ‘kept the land sacred in Ireland’

“Farming in Kilconnell for the last 40 years, Noone has gained attention for his supposed connection to members of what some may believe to just be mythology… “I have the porthole to the fairy world, where the blackthorn meets the whitethorn.” 
https://tinyurl.com/2p96bd9h

A Marrakech Tale
“Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani has been telling stories for over five decades. Now in his 70s, the master storyteller has retired from the chaos of Marrakech’s famous square, Jemaa el-Fna. He finds new purpose in teaching young apprentices the skills of the ancient art form.” There is also a very interesting twenty-five-minute video of Hajj teaching his apprentices and their first public performance in the square.
https://tinyurl.com/ycx3hvad

African-American folklore inspires meeting of the minds

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, Harvard scholars have co-authored “The Annotated African American Folktales,” that “illuminates and celebrates a narrative spirit both intimate and expansive…” The Harvard Gazette offers this wonderful article, a conversation with Gates and Tatar as they explain how storytelling motifs are woven through many cultures and the important messages they convey.
https://tinyurl.com/bdh2bh33


Ancient Aboriginal Storytelling Turns Digital

“The kids from Western Australia's remote Pilbara region have amassed quite a body of work. For the past 10 years they've been working hard, spending hundreds of hours in a digital lab in Roebourne, or Ieramugadu. They've been making music, films, podcasts, and even an award-winning interactive digital comic. Now they've created a learning platform, to share their stories with primary school students and teachers around Australia.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycksv462

Animation-led storytelling drives bold vision for new Scotch whisky brand Fable
“The storytelling part is very important to us. I think the Scottish and Irish are renowned as great storytellers, and we wanted to bring a piece of that to the whisky market. We have these great remote parts of Scotland, and we chose a place called Clanyard Bay, which is on the Southwest corner of the country, to be the central element in our story. In summary we are matching great tasting whisky with an interesting and mythical story about this part of the world.”
https://tinyurl.com/4t2vmapb 

Can Storytelling Catalyze Culture Change
“Storytelling has always been a way to transmit culture. Why else would our ancestors gather around a fire to tell stories, to pass down traditions, to impart knowledge to younger generations? But what if we could use stories to drive culture change by shifting the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) mindset from one that prioritizes hierarchy to one that places just as much value in the organization’s diverse workforce? A team at UNHCR believes that one way to do that may be to let staff at every level tell their own stories.”
https://tinyurl.com/mvm5jebx

Carlsbad company offering scary stories on the beach
“A Carlsbad-based company, Beach Genie, which provides customers with a pampered beach day experience, is now offering year-round scary storytelling events on the beach in time for the Halloween season…The Walkers partnered with professional storyteller Marilyn McPhie, the president of the Storytellers of San Diego and Pacific Region Director for the National Storytelling Network, in the hopes of elevating beachgoers’ experience…In preparation for Christmas, the company has Santa Claus join a holiday bonfire party on the beach for 90 minutes before “flying back to the North Pole.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p858src


Choctaw Cultural Center to open this week
“Throughout the Cultural Center – indoors and outdoors – Choctaw tribal members have the opportunity to teach, learn and actively participate in the Choctaw culture. Activities like gathering for special presentations and Choctaw films, participating in the Choctaw tradition of oral storytelling or playing in a demonstration stickball game, all help keep the Choctaw spirit alive.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p94wsee

Eco Warriors wins Youth4Nature Award in environmental awareness through storytelling

“Leadership of the group used the power of words carefully crafted to arouse interest and sustain suspense as they told childhood stories. It is a highly participatory exercise which ensures that members who are predominantly students interact with the storyteller throughout the process.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycksn26k

The Folktale Resurgence
“When places and features of the landscape are tied to old stories, knowing and remembering those old stories as we walk through the land can weave us into its history, connecting us to the ancestral voices, helping to establish enduring bonds between individuals and the natural world around them – whether that be animals, plants, or features like mountains and rocks. They connect us to land and show us how to engage with it in a deeper way.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p8szknm

Forgotten Women of Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were real people, not mythical figures… Contrary to what many readers assumed, the brothers did not write the tales. The tales were a group effort that required communal scholarship and work by multiple contributors…more than half the tales had a woman’s hand in them. The women served as fairy tale “think tanks.”
https://tinyurl.com/2p88xfk9

How Indigenous Oral Tradition Is Guiding Archaeology and Uncovering Climate History in Alaska
In south-central Alaska a chief named Łtaxda’x (EL-tax-da) once owned “a dish hewn from the horn of a giant moose.” When he died, his brothers fought over this ceremonial platter of the Raven clan. As the legend continues, one of the brothers who lost the battle led some of the people away from their ancestral home. Aron Crowell, director of the Alaska division of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, conducted scientific research revealing “that the migration story of the Tlingit ancestors is essentially true.”
https://tinyurl.com/3mk2udtm

How Nupur Aggarwal, the storyteller, 'storifies' lessons to make them so much more fun
“Nupur, who has been associated with Bengaluru-based Storywallahs, an organisation that has made telling stories their business…What we essentially do is storify concepts from the curriculum and then handhold them through the process of consistently using the technique of storytelling in the classroom,"
https://tinyurl.com/2p98nkb5

How Stories Connect And Persuade Us: Unleashing the Brain Power of Narrative

When you listen to a story, whatever your age, you're transported mentally to another time and place.” Research has shown that while listening to a has proven that A growing body of brain science offers even more insight into what's behind these experiences.”
https://tinyurl.com/yc4e6m3y

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 



 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Chinese New Year 2022: Year of the Water Tiger

Painted by Gai Qipie
1660-1734
2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger in the Chinese New Year. “The Tiger is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is thought of as Ruler of the beasts on Earth. It is believed that a person born in the year of the Tiger is courageous, optimistic, tolerant, and generous. They can expect a long life, and were born to command, not to obey.
https://www.tigerstealive.com/tiger-who-came-to-tea-blog/tigers-what-they-mean-in-chinese-culture/

- The tiger is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
- Tigers represent royalty in eastern Asia. In fact, the marking on the tiger’s forehead looks very similar to the Chinese character that is
translates to the English word 'King.' Therefore, the tiger has been dubbed the King of the Animals.

- The White Tiger represents the west of China as well as the season  of autumn. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation.
- They are the national animals of Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh, and India.
- Because of its stalking and hunting abilities, the tiger was used to
   represent the highest army general in the armies of Imperial China.
   https://www.tigers.org.za/tigers-in-culture-and-folklore.html


STORIES

Anansi Claims His Fame – West Africa
https://products.kitsapsun.com/archive/2000/06-25/0087_tell_me_a_story__anansi_claims_hi.html

Anansi, Firefly, and Tiger - India
https://mocomi.com/indian-folk-tales-anansi-firefly-and-tiger/

The Fox and the Tiger - China
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_26.html#gsc.tab=0

The Goat that Ate Tigers – West Bengal
https://booksameya.in/the-goat-that-ate-tigers/

How the Tiger Got Its Strength - Khasi
http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/07/khasi-how-tiger-got-his-strength.html

How the Tiger Got Its Stripes – South America
https://www.scribd.com/document/152782463/HOW-THE-TIGER-GOT-ITS-STRIPS-South-American-Folktale

The Legend of How Tiger Became a Chinese Zodiac
http://en.chinaculture.org/focus/focus/2010spring/2010-01/26/content_367588.htm

The Nodding Tiger - China
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_8.html#gsc.tab=0

The Tiger and the Monkeys - Khasi
http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/07/khasi-tiger-and-monkeys.html

Tiger Aunt: Beware of Strangers – Taiwan
https://islandfolklore.com/tiger-aunt/

The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal – Eastern India
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Indian_folktale_9.html#gsc.tab=0

The Tiger’s Mistake – Malaysia
https://elfinspell.com/FolkloreCollections/Skeat-FablesAndFolk-Tales/Fable-9.html

Tiger Returns the Favor
https://folkency.nfm.go.kr/en/topic/detail/6017

The Tiger’s Whisker – Korea
https://www.eagle.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/The%20tiger's%20whisker%20korean%20folktale.p

The White Tiger - Korea
https://storiestogrowby.org/story/white-tiger/

Why the Tiger and Stag Fear Each Other - Brazil
https://fairytalez.com/tiger-stag-fear/

2010 Year of the Tiger My previous blog post when 2010 was the Year of the Tiger.
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2009/12/2010-year-of-tiger.html

BOOKS

24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids
https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/12/chinese-folk-tales-kids/


CRAFTS

Activity Village
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese-new-year-crafts

Family Fun Crafts – Chinese New Year
https://funfamilycrafts.com/category/seasonal-holiday/holidays/chinese-new-year/

Red Ted Art – 11 Must Make Easy Tiger Crafts for Kids
https://www.redtedart.com/tiger-crafts-kids/

Red Ted Art – The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Complements the books of the same name.)
https://www.redtedart.com/tiger-craft-tiger-came-tea/


CURRICULUM

Tigers! A Look a Korea’s Folk Stories Lesson plan for grades 4 – 8 offering additional stories.
https://www.koreasociety.org/images/pdf/KoreanStudies/Monographs_LessonPlans/Elementary/12%20Tigers%20A%20Look%20At%20Korea.pdf


FINGERPLAYS, SONGS, AND RYHMES

Perry Public Library – Year of the Tiger
Songs, rhymes and more for the preschool set.
file:///C:/Users/Story/Documents/MicrosoftWord-Karen/LAPSIT%20PROGRAM%20RESOURCES%20AND%20ARTICLES/Year%20of%20the%20Tiger.pdf

RECIPES

20 Chinese New Year Foods That Will Bring You Good Fortune
https://www.delish.com/entertaining/g438/chinese-new-year-food/


SOMETHING EXTRA

Tigers are revered in many diverse cultures. The sites below offer information from several locations.

Chinese Zodiac  Tiger Symbolism
https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/tiger-chinese-zodiac-sign-symbolism.htm

The Siberian Tiger and the Country of Tiger Tales
– Interesting background information, including two stories, The Tiger and Dried Persimmons and The Matching Mountain Spirit. https://www.asianstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/the-siberian-tiger-and-the-country-of-tiger-tales.pdf

Taming the Year of the Tiger
https://studycli.org/chinese-zodiac/year-of-the-tiger/

Tigers Place in Korean Folklore
https://gogohanguk.com/en/blog/the-tigers-in-korean-folktales/

 

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links. At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Celebrating Diwali: The Festival of Lights

 

Goddess Lakshmi
by Raja Ravi Varma
1848-1906

“Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest and auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus all around the globe. The festival of lights signifies peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness every day. It is one of the most symbolic Hindu festivals, and all the communities in the country celebrate it with much pomp. During this festival, people clean their homes, decorate every corner with lights, lamps, diyas, flowers, rangoli, and candles. Families also perform Lakshmi Puja and pray to the Goddess of wealth to bless them with health, wealth, and prosperity.”
https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/festivals/diwali-2021-significance-history-date-time-puja-muhurat-and-all-you-need-to-know-101635849456204.html


Diwali, celebrated this year on November 4, is also known as the Festival of Lights. I offer you some story sites from India to help you celebrate.

Hitopadesha Tales - A compilation of short stories following the pattern of prose and verse. 
http://tinyurl.com/24vvn29

Jataka Tales - These fables, written in 300 B.C. were intended to impart values of self-sacrifice, morality, honesty, and other values.
http://tinyurl.com/36o6cg3
 

Celebrating the Country of India
This is an older blog post I shared in January of this year. It is full of wonderful resources consisting of  several story collections, along with individual stories, book selections, curriculum and more. 
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html


CRAFTS

Diwali Diya Mobile 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diya-mobile  

Diwali Door Hanging - Traditional embroidered door hanging to welcome visitors and hopefully the Goddess of Fortune Lakshmi. 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali-door-hanging
 

Diwali Coloring Pages 
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali-colouring-pages
 

RECIPES

100 Diwali Recipes

https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/diwali-sweets-recipes-diwali-recipes/


 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Be An Angel Day - Stories to Celebrate These Celestial Creatures

The Angel of the Annunciation
by
Carlo Dolci 1653-1655

“Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze?
A teadrop in the falling rain?
Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves
or been kidded by a lone snowflake?
Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.”   
                                       - Terri Guillemets

When I was young, I was teased because of my abundant freckles but my mother always soothed me by saying, “Your freckles are angel kisses.”  It helped me embrace my freckles and now, I share the same lovely sentiment with my grandsons.

August 22 is Be An Angel Day. It was created in 1993 by Jayne Howard Feldman to encourage kindness. This day encourages us to inspire and support those who need it. It also is about recognizing people who have been angels to us.

To celebrate these celestial creatures I have collected some tales from around the world. Get ready to fly!

STORIES

The Angel – Denmark
http://hca.gilead.org.il/angel.html

The Angel and the Hermit – France
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/36658/36658-h/36658-h.htm#page207

Angel Dance - Indonesia
https://wa-iki.blogspot.com/2011/11/angel-dance-indonesian-folktale.html

The Angel of Death - Scotland
https://www.electricscotland.com/music/tales/angel_death.htm

The Best Wish – The Stories of Three Brothers and an Angel – Slavic
https://fairytalez.com/the-best-wish-the-story-of-three-brothers-and-an-angel/

Dream Bread – Seven variants of the same story from around the world.
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/type1626.html

How the Angels Built Lake Lanao - Philippines
http://seasite2.niu.edu/philippine-folk-tales/maranao-myths-how-the-angels-built-lake-lanao/

The Little Man at the Angel’s Pillar - German
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20496/20496-h/20496-h.htm#Page_25

Mary’s Child - Germany
https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm003.html

The Pig Brother – United States
https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/68/fairy-tales-and-other-traditional-stories/5097/the-pig-brother/

The Pink – Germany
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-32.html

The Wonderful Hair – The Story of a Poor Man Who Dreamed of an Angel - Slavic
https://fairytalez.com/the-wonderful-hair-the-story-of-a-poor-man-who-dreamed-of-an-angel/

A Woodsman and an Angel – Korea
http://leverettfolktales.blogspot.com/2012/06/woodsman-and-angel.html

The Tsar and the Angel – Ukraine
https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Ukrainian_folktale_16.html#gsc.tab=0


C
RAFTS

25 Angel Crafts for Kids
https://craftsbyamanda.com/25-angel-crafts-kids/


SOMETHING EXTRA

Protection and Punishment: Beliefs About Angels in Tudor and Stuart England
https://folklorethursday.com/folklife/protection-punishment-beliefs-angels-tudor-stuart-england/

Angels in the Outfield – A fun, family movie, sure to make you smile.
https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1696120345?playlistId=tt0109127&ref_=tt_ov_vi

Ten of the Best Angels in Literature
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/nov/13/ten-best-angels-literature-mullan


 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Traveling Tales From Around the World

Desert Travelers by 
Frederic Arthur Bridgman
1847-1928


“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. - Ibn Battuta

We’ve all been homebound for far too long. Now that the world is slowly opening again, I thought I would offer some stories about travelers and traveling. Some tales will take you walking, riding, sailing or whisk you away to magical lands.

In addition to the stories, you will also find links to books, crafts,
 curriculum, another one of my blogs I wrote in 2020, Armchair Entertainment: From Aquariums to Zoos, along with a few extra treats. This is by no means an exhaustive list but a sprinkling of wanderlust.

Whether you decide to travel by land, sea, or air this year why not take these travel Gods and Goddesses to aide you on your journey.
 

  • Abeona and Adiona Abeona is the goddess for outward journeys and safe passage, while Adiona protects travellers on their way back home.
  • Baalshamin and Barasim‘Lord of the Heavens’ in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, he was called on by the ancient Semitic people, particularly in ancient Syria and Canaan…travellers sought after him to provide good weather and clear skies for their voyage.
  • Khonsu or Khons T­he Egyptian god of the moon, Khonsu was—quite literally—the traveller or the wanderer. Son of Amon and Mut, Khons was depicted as a young man who travelled across the night sky. Sometimes referred to as the Pathfinder and the Defender, he watched over travellers at night, protected wild animals, and aided with healing.
  • Hermes and Mercury -The Greek Hermes and Roman Mercury was the son of Zeus or Jupiter. In Greek mythology, he was the god of trade, wealth, luck, fertility, animal husbandry, sleep, language, thieves, and travel. This messenger god is also seen as the god of roads and doorways, and the protector of travellers…In Roman mythology, he’s the patron deity of travel.
  • Chammo Lam LhaThe Tibetan goddess of travel and the protector of travellers, this young goddess is depicted riding on the back of a golden bee as the protector. 

The above information is from the following site: https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/70440/five-gods-of-travel-from-mythologies-around-the-world . Stop by for more interesting facts.


STORIES

A Donkey to Market - Cambodia
https://storiestogrowby.org/story/donkey-to-market/

The Bremen Town Musicians - Germany - You will find many variants of this tale at the link.
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0130.html 

The Enchanted Horse – Arab
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Arab_folktale_33.html#gsc.tab=0

The Frog Goes Traveling - Russia
https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/russian-fairy-tale-the-frog-goes-traveling/

The Gnomes Road - Germany
https://worldfolklore.net/index.php/2020/05/26/the-gnomes-road/ 

Going A-Traveling  - Germany
https://fairytalez.com/going-a-traveling/

The Goose Girl – Germany
https://germanstories.vcu.edu/grimm/gans_e.html

How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune – United States

https://americanliterature.com/childrens-stories/how-jack-went-out-to-seek-his-fortune

The Lady of Stavoren - Netherlands

http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/017.html

The Legend of Stingy Jack - Ireland

https://oldsoulartisan.com/blogs/library/the-legend-of-stingy-jack

The Man Who Became Rich Through a Dream - Variants from many cultures at the link.
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type1645.html 

The Man Who Went to Seek His Fate - India
https://archive.org/details/indianfairytales00stok/page/62/mode/2up?view=theater

Mercury and a Traveler - Aesop
https://fablesofaesop.com/mercury-and-a-traveller.html

The Peddlar of Swaffham - England

https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/English_folktale_63.html#gsc.tab=0

The Satyr and the Traveler - Aesop
http://aesopsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-satyr-and-traveler.html

The Three Feathers – Grimm/Germany
https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm063.html

Tír Na nÓg - The legend of Oisín, Niamh and land of eternal youth - Ireland
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/tir-na-nog-legend-eternal-youth

The Travelers – India
https://mocomi.com/indian-folk-tales-the-travellers/

The Traveller’s Adventure - Arabic
https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Arab_folktale_53.html#gsc.tab=0

The Traveler’s Secret
https://storiestogrowby.org/story/travelers-secret/

The Traveling Musicians – Germany
http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-4.html

The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Germany
http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/TwelDanc.shtml

Two Frogs from Japan- Japan
http://www.weingartdesign.com/TMaS/Stories/tmas1-TwoFrogs.html

The Two Travelers - Ethiopia
https://www.ethiopianenglishreaders.com/17-stories/beni-shangul-gumuz/21-the-two-travellers

Urashima Taro-The Fisher Lad – Japan
https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/72/japanese-fairy-tales/4881/the-story-of-urashima-taro-the-fisher-lad/

Who Calls – Canada/Cree Nation
https://worldfolklore.net/index.php/2020/08/28/who-calls/


BOOKS

10 Travel books That Will Inspire Your Children to Travel the World
https://discovercorps.com/blog/10-books-that-will-inspire-your-children-to-travel-the-world/

Best Travel Books and Fun Destination Guides for Kids
https://fullsuitcase.com/best-travel-books-kids/

Picture Books About Traveling
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/77369.Picture_Books_About_Traveling

CRAFTS

Everything Mom – The Best Travel Crafts for Kids
https://www.everythingmom.com/activities/51-travel-crafts

CURRICULUM

Exploring the World in Your Classroom: 45 Travel Themed Lesson Plans
https://www.fattiretours.com/45-travel-themed-lesson-plans

GAMES

Some activities require purchasing the game while others only involve your imagination, keen eyesight, or pen and paper.

12 Best Road Trip Games for Families
https://www.familyvacationcritic.com/best-road-trip-games-for-families/art/

45+ Brilliant Road Trip Games for Your Next Long Car Ride
https://365atlantatraveler.com/road-trip-games-2/

SOMETHING EXTRA

If you want to travel to some real-life fairytale locations look no further.

10 Famous Explorers Whose Discoveries Changed the World
https://www.biography.com/news/famous-explorers 

13 Stunning Real-Life Fairytale Destinations
https://www.jetsetter.com/magazine/fairytale-destinations/

A Modern Day Road Trip Through the Land of Grimm’s Fairytales  “Zigzagging over 360 miles from central Germany to the North Sea, with 55 possible stops, the German Fairy Tale Route traces the biographical and fictional world of Jacob and ­Wilhelm Grimm.”
https://medium.com/airbnbmag/grimm-brothers-road-trip-2cb82a18335c

Amazing Folktales from Different Countries This pdf of stories was created by students who have traveled from different parts of the world to the USA. Each student contributed a story from their home country.
https://news.inverhills.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Amazing-Folktales-2016.pdf

If you prefer some arm chair entertainment, here is an older blog post I wrote during the pandemic when we could only travel in our imaginations.
Armchair Entertainment: From Aquariums to Zoos
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2020/03/arm-chair-entertainment-from-aquariums.html

Walking Myths and Legends
From the National Trust in the United Kingdom these snippets of myths and legends were selected by their staff “to give you a sense of the folklore you can discover while enjoying the places we care for.” There is enough information to give you a good starting point on finding the complete stories.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/walking-myths-and-legends

I leave you with this traditional Irish blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May good luck be with you wherever you go,
and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.
May your days be many and your troubles be few,
May all God’s blessings descend upon you,
May peace be within you, May your heart be strong,
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.

 

 

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