the kids started their adventures by receiving a passport upon their arrival. armed with ink pads and a collection of letter rubber stamps, they could personalize their passports as well as their travel kit luggage tags.
egypt was the first stop. there, they had to look for the hieroglyph characters of their name. once complete, they could spell it out by sticking each character on the wall, similar to how ancient egyptians carved their history onto their temples and palaces.
the main message was on conservation and saving the endangered rainforest animals. we directed them to look for and rescue jungle animals in a simple scavenger hunt. several went around the house raiding our stuffed toy collection and giving me stuffed bears, dogs, and cats, before a few of them noticed the wooden decal jungle animals. :)
i had to rope roo in to identify tiny singapore. a few of them knew where japan, egypt, and france were, but struggled to pinpoint brazil. to help the kids along, we painted all the countries we visited in orange to make identification easier.
... as well as playtime with some of her big sister's friends. red also managed to cuddle up to a couple of really cute babies!
thanks to all the little ones, mommies, and daddies who took the time to celebrate with us. hope you had as much fun as we did! we loved throwing this party for you guys. our main goal was to give the kids a fun experience that will whet their appetites to explore, and to develop an awareness that there is a big, big world out there. i'd like to think we were fairly successful. :)
right now, i'm just soaking up roo and red's post-party high! :)