Sunday, May 10, 2009

What Hungarian Children Bring on Vacation

Last week at school we explored the English phrases that coincide with "Going on Vacation" in my classes. I even brought in my way-cool American passport and let the kids gawk at all my stamps...ok, they were only slightly impressed. For one lesson, I had the kids plan their own trip and draw pictures in their suitcases of what they would bring on that particular trip, given the elements and activities. Of course, if you were going to the mountains in the winter, you wouldn't bring your shorts and swimsuit...I loved hearing the kids say, "NOOOOO!!!!" when I told them I was packing my swimsuit to go to Mt. Everest. Anyways, as I walked around my classes, I noticed the girls were packing standard items...shirts, shoes, dresses, books, etc. The boys however, always have to be a little crazy. And I love it. Here are just a few things that I saw at any given time last week drawn in the boys' suitcases:
  • Spiders
  • A British flag
  • A snowman
  • 16 gloves (yes, specifically...I told Boti that this would come in handy should he be in the mountains and encounter 7 friends with cold hands!)
  • Carrots
  • TV
  • Scorpions
  • Hot chocolate (the drawing was of a cup full of chocolate with steam lines, so I assume he wanted an already-made cup in his suitcase should he need it at any time)
  • A leopard (as protection, I was told)
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • A snake
  • Beach umbrella
  • Beach chair
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • A rope
  • Ice axe
  • Water wings and a water tube with a duck coming out the front
  • Ninja stars
Let's see if my boys make it past security on their magical imaginary vacations!