“Great stories happen to those who can tell them” – Ira Glass
And I believe in it. It is always an exhilarating experience to share stories, many known and some own with Dheer and his friends.
So, as I was shortlisted for the activity which involves story telling with #ColgateMagicalStories Activity at BlogAdda, I was ecstatic. Colgate had been a trusted brand in my family since childhood. It was patronised by my grand mother and then my mother and now followed by me. And to be involved in an activity with such a brand was an experience in itself.
So, here it goes, our experience of Colgate magical stories activity:
As a part of the activity, I received a nice bright package with a huge print of Colgate on it. With no clue of what this activity is going to be, we ( me and my son), were curious to explore. The package had 3 large tubes of Colgate paste. Each carton of the paste had enjoyable illustrations on their reverse sides.
As we cut open all the cartons, there are some characters and interesting facts written about them.
Apparently, as we started our first job of cutting and pasting the characters, we spoke about space and satellites which made me realise that Dheer was apprised with some facts about the same. Some facts that he knew about space:
- Space is very far from earth.
- You go to space in rocket.
- You cannot go to space in jeans, there is a special dress and helmet made for people who want to go to space.
- When you go to space, you do not have to go to school.
- Ananya, his friend also told him that in order to become an astronaut, he should learn how to operate a remote car so that it is easy for him to operate a space ship.
After listening to the facts known to him, I tried explaining about gravitational force, for which he countered me with a question: “So, when you want me to read a book, I will not be sitting or playing around, I will be flying around. How will you get hold of me? “
I replied, I will fly along with him and we can read a book flying around which sounded pretty exciting to him.
As we proceeded with the cut and paste activity, we prepared all the characters given. There were two astronauts, one alien, space ship, rover, couple of planets like Mars, Saturn, Juipter, sun and some additional characters.
Dheer’s version of the story:
There are two astronauts Dheer and Tworoos. ( This name is inspired from Mickey Mouse O..tworooos!!!) .
They take the rocket and go to the space. In the space, they find that the sun is troubling all the planets with his brightness.
One day when Dheer and Tworoos were playing in the space 😮 , they find an alien. They realise that Aliens are dangerous.
Dheer and Tworoos wear the helmets, go to the sun and request him to threaten the alien with his brightness. Sun accepts their request and goes near the alien.
The alien runs away due to the sun’s brightness. Now, the Sun realises that he has been troubling all the planets and wants to change himself.
He goes to Dheer and borrows his helmet and wears it so that his brightness does not trouble other planets.
Tworoos and Dheer give their helmets to sun and come back to earth. After coming back to earth, they go to their school next day.
As the sun’s brightness is reduced, it becomes night on earth and that’s how nights started on earth. ( I am sure he adopted this concept from various other stories we read as how leopards got their dots or how crow became dark or soo…).
And finally he finishes his story saying every one is happy in the space!!!
After few minutes, he realized that he did not tell me the moral of the story and says
Moral of the story is ” Do not go near bright objects. If you go, you will have to give your helmet to them 😮 “
I am now confused if helmet was the hero of the story or the astronauts :p , but regardless of all these, his extempore was beyond my expectation and it made me realize if given an opportunity, kids can go to a great extent imagining.
Well, we had a great time assembling the characters, building the story and also have stocked up Colgate toothpaste for next few months 🙂