Chatting about Cultural Adventures with Mireya Mayor & Barbie “Dolls Around the World” Giveaway

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Mireya Mayor Barbie Dolls of the WorldSchool is almost out for summer and while many consider this season the perfect time for family vacations, your funds may disagree! I know that my funds certainly do- and while we’d love to travel the world with our children to explore and discover other cultures, we simply aren’t able to do that at this stage of our lives. That said, my children are very curious, as most are by nature, and I do like to encourage that curiosity whenever possible.  Learning about other cultures doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, nor does it have to include expensive travel plans, thanks to the creative thinking of people like Mireya Mayor.

On Friday, June 8th, two-time Emmy Award nominee, National Geographic Wildlife correspondent, and mom of four daughters, Mireya Mayor, chatted online with several bloggers about how to take your children on a cultural trip around the world…all from the comfort of home. I wasn’t able to attend the chat live but was able to send my questions in ahead of time so that I could still participate.  According to Ms. Mayor, we can embark on cultural adventures all the time- with the foods we cook, the games we play, doing puzzles with animals or landmarks from an area- all of these things can inspire curiosity in our children.  Even the Barbie “Dolls Around the World” line can help- each box is loaded with information about the country, even with phrases and words used frequently in the culture.  The Barbies come dressed in traditional apparel from the country and each has a small animal friend to go along with her.

As an explorer, Mireya gets to show people parts of the world that they may never get to see. Her goal is to encourage children to appreciate what’s beyond their surroundings, expose them to new places, cultures and the wildlife that live there, so future generations can respect and enjoy them for generations to come.

Mireya will bring viewers tips and ideas to help encourage children to explore the incredible beauty the world has to offer, experience new cultures and learn the significance of diversity which will lead to respect and appreciation for our planet.

Here are a few tips Mireya discussed:
Ways to spark your child’s interest in travel
Make your home inspire your kids to explore
“International night” family dinners and other fun family activities that make different countries more interesting
This summer, Barbie re-launches the largest and longest-running series in their collection – Dolls of the World – Ireland, Australia, China, Argentina, Mexico, India, Chile and Holland.

My questions for Ms. Mayor, which you can see her response to and more in the YouTube video below:

Would you consider doing a book or kit that includes all of these tips and some directional cards for activities, recipes, etc?  My first grader has been doing this exact kind of program this year in school with her teacher but I think a lot of parents would be very receptive to having a kit they can purchase that includes suggestions for crafts, recipes, etc. 
Mireya thinks this would be a great idea but suggested that instead of waiting for a book to come out that parents and teachers work together to each contribute an idea or suggestion to be discovered throughout the year.
I think this is a really fun way to also help our kids discover more about our own families- just thinking about what I could send in to share or suggest with the classroom makes me realize that my own family history includes cultural components that I’ve not really talked in depth about with my children- and reminds me too that all adventures start at home.  In my family, we’re Scottish, Cherokee Indian and Lithuanian.  In my husband’s family, he’s got Polish and Italian roots.  There’s a lot we could share simply about the cultures our ancestors come from…to start.  Holiday traditions and family meals are a great way to get the conversation and interest sparked!
What age did you start travelling with your children?  
Ms. Mayor brought her daughter with her to Madagascar at the age of 9 months!!
What are the must-include items when packing to travel internationally with small children?
Ms. Mayor recommends bringing along familiar toys that will occupy your child on long train, plane or car rides.  Bring along necessities- you may not know how or where to find fever reducers in a foreign country at 2am.  Be prepared.
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  • A portable DVD player, lots of snacks and small toys will help traveling with kids easier

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  • Take breaks so they can run around and get their energy out.

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  • Always have snacks and games!
    Thanks :)

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  • Always bring snacks

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  • My tip is to bring snacks and a coloring book/crayons to keep them busy.

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  • I was never blessed with children.

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  • Plan frequent breaks, especially at places where the kids can burn off some energy.

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  • I find frequent stops and a chance to run around a little really helps!

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  • We try to travel at night or during naps so they can sleep thru the drive time

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  • My tip for traveling with children? DON’T. :-) OK, really…just make sure you have plenty of snacks and little treats like lollipops.

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    • LOL!

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  • toys and books they have not seen before
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  • have your child pull their own luggage through the airport they’ll stay busy, wear themself out and feel important
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  • Don’t sweat it if they don’t stay on schedule with naps, etc! And definitely a DVD player!

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  • Favorite snacks, games, movies, fav cd’s to listen to fall asleep to.

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  • Lots of new activities, snacks, and a change of clothes!

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  • Lots of snacks and things for them to do. Toys and things they have at home they use all the time.

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  • Bring a portable DVD player and lots of snacks!

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  • it’s been a long time since I have traveled with kids, going to take my granddaughter to the beach in a few weeks, I can hear her now, are we there yet
    thanks for the giveaway

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  • Always have snacks and something to keep them occupied on hand. I like to take fruit snacks, and coloring books.

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  • Earplugs!!!! Lol… we pack a bag with fun things to do along with video games and dvds

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  • I just pack snacks and games!

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  • Entertainment bag filled with sticker books, coloring books,DVDs, CDs, etc…

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  • Not sure if this posted but make sure to pack snacks that aren’t too messy and water.

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  • Make sure to pack lots of easy snacks that won’t make too big of a mess and water!

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  • With my kids, we try to avoid traveling (unless its by car) at nap time… and also when they have full bellies, although the second we hit the car they seem to always be starving LOL. I also always travel with a bag of new items to keep them occupied.

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  • my family likes the color car game and the alphabet license plate game

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  • Leave some time in the schedule for them to relax at the hotel and swim in the pool.

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  • Organization, and planning, plan activities for them do in the car, and at rest stops. ie books and washable markers, crayons melt in hot cars, pick several different physical activities like jump ropes and short scavenger hunts.

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  • I’d have to agree with most people, making sure that you have a variety of activities and snacks are essential. Also, I think having a pillow so they can sleep more comfortably if the trip goes long, helps.

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  • I have an adorable 6 year old Great-Neice named Sky. I would LOVE to share the world with her thru these dolls….

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  • We love the dk sticker books as well as books on CD so the kids can be “read” to while we drive.

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  • i like the kids to wear the same color t-shirts and have there favorite toys to keep them busy!

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  • snacks and drinks. coloring books,games, dvd player and movies and pillows

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  • My tip, make sure they know who is boss. I’ve NEVER given my children snacks or toys in the store. They behaved.

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  • activites, dvd player, snacks/drinks

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  • I always make sure I bring things to keep them entertained and that I have their favorite snacks.

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  • lots of snacks, music, and drinks.

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  • we always travel at night with kids,less traffic an the always sleep thru the most of it an its really nice

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  • I feel that packing car friendly things to do, as well as bringing the portable DVD player and some yummy snacks, are all essential while traveling with kids.

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  • buy some new toys, books activities to hold kids interest

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  • keep activities to occupy them in the car and rotate them frequently

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  • I think when kids are traveling, thy need to spend a good deal of time just talking with their parent or parents about any subject. No better time spent in my mind.

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  • We have games we only play when travelling and always try to make it an exciting experience. plus have special treats like lollies on hand.

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  • My tip is to always have some3thing to keep them entertained. We have a DVD player in the vehicle and also a DS game to keep my grandson occupied.

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  • Having games on hand for in the car, be prepared to stop a lot…and most of all be patient and positive!

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  • DVD player!

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  • Having snacks and drinks help if they are hungry and thirsty. Major is activities, we try to come up with games that include them in the trip, like map marking and others.

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  • make sure to always have entertaining things on hand – like coloring books.

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