Journeys of the Fabulist

Parents of young travellers have concocted a variety of tools to aid in the development of packing skills in their children, as they transition from incapable neonates to mature adults.

In this experiment, we supply two children (a three-year-old female and a six-year-old male, respectively) with two randomly-selected visual packing guides for kids, and observe to determine if there is an effect on their performance.


For the three-year-old, we used Creative With Kid’s pictorial list. The six-year-old used the readable version [pdf] provided by Stuffed Suitcases.


Both child-friendly lists were printed, using a HP Laserjet printer which was very nearly broken and has since been replaced, and two sheets of A4 paper with 70% recycled content.

The lists were edited by crossing out the item “pyjamas”. The six-year-old was taken aside so I could explain that “swimsuit” means “togs” and “flip-flops” means “thongs” but he should…

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