My Child Eva – Full of life


Monday, 28 March 2016

Best out of Waste - Puzzle Ideas for kids

It’s an innovative recycled Jigsaw puzzle for Kids Crafts and Activities to reuse what you already have, rather than purchasing something new. 

We have lots of paper boxes with vivid designs or cartoon character printed on it. We discard it in scrap which is awful for nature. We can utilize kids water bottle/lunch box, toy boxes, biscuit box, cereal box, old calendar, etc. in our jigsaw puzzle crafts. We can explore a recycled puzzle with no any cost just by applying our imagination and creativity.  

Jigsaw puzzle from water bottle box
Here I have used a box of kid’s water bottle for making a jigsaw puzzle.  
Water bottle box
To begin with open the container and take a photo in your mobile or camera, which helps to solve a puzzle. Then cut a container into three pieces which isolates each of the three jugs. Draw a line with pencil which divides an entire picture into small pieces. Then cut all the shapes with scissors to make puzzle pieces as shown below. 
Opened box

Image Pieces
Now give it to your kids to arrange them in a single picture as below. If your kids need help, show them the saved photo in your camera/mobile. 
Jigsaw Puzzle
Your puzzle is ready for fun activities. Its really a very amazing game for kids to arrange them and make a fun with friends and family. You can carry it during traveling or put it in your society club house. You can also give it to poor children as a gift.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Pajama Party Ideas for kids in Preschool

A Pajama party is also known as a sleepover or a slumber party. This type of gathering is most commonly held by children or teenagers, where guests are invited to stay overnight at the home of a friend, sometimes to celebrate birthdays or other special events. Nowadays, this type of party is also celebrated in school. Kids have to come with wearing a special dress like pajama for a Pajama Party in the preschool.

Eva’s school management had also organized the Pajama Party along with a Christmas celebration. Mothers also had an invitation for the party with creative activities. I had also participated with “Object and Shadow Matching” game which I won by participating in a blogging competition organized by Flintobox. Here are a few games and craft ideas for kids in a preschool.

Shadow Matching Game - A fun game of matching objects with their shadows that tickles your child's memory. This game is also played in a group or single. You can arrange these cards open or close depending on the kid’s age group. 
Flintobox's Shadow Game

Shadow Matching Game
Pajama Mismatch - This game is perfectly matched with a Pajama Party. Prepare a few sets of pajama like top and bottom with same color or pattern. Mix all these top and bottoms and give it the to kids for making a matching pair.
Pajama Mismatch
Ball throwing into a basket - This game is also called a judgement game. Kids have to throw a ball into a basket which is placed away from his/her. This game improves children’s hand - eye coordination. 
Ball throwing 
Sorting U-Pins - This sorting game is a one minute game. Take a bowl filling with wheat and put some U-Pins into it and mix well. Now close your kid’s eyes with a hanky and suggest him/her to find U-Pins in a 1 minute. 
Sorting U-pins
Memory game - This game is played in a group. For this game, show few known items to children and tell them to remember its names. Then hide all the stuffs and ask children for speaking loudly one by one. This game is used to test the memory power of kids. 
Memory Game
Tettu Making - Kids love to draw any pictures on face and hands. You can make a tattoo of reindeer, butterfly, flower, Christmas tree, ice cream cone, etc. with water color which can easily remove. You should have to ask kids for any skin infection before making it on his/her face.
Tettu Making
Fun with Paper Folding (Origami) - Paper folding game is full of fun for passing the time during the party. Origami is great for fine tuning motor skills. This activity requires an individual to use their hands, both hands to fold the paper in order to make a creative picture. Sequencing is also important to learn.
Learn Creativity with Nail Art - Girls love to paint their nails with different colors. Nail art is a combination of color art and creativity. It's a nice activity for girls to pass the time with fun during the pajama party. Nail art can also combine with a game like spin the nail paint bottle.
Nail art 
Nail art game

Color craft - Coloring is a best way for children to express themselves. Color craft helps children to understand the different shades of colors, the makeup of colors, and the mixing of colors. It is important for children to develop proper grip and control over a crayon.
Color Craft
Finger cap(Finger puppet) Crafts - It is a fun craft projects and finger puppets transform children into a storyteller. Through this game, Kids learn cooperation and acceptance of others ideas and wishes. It helps to build social skills like kids learn to hear each other and take turns. Finger puppet helps children distinguish between fantasy and reality.
finger caps
Food for the Party - Food, in the end, in our own tradition/party, is something holy. Pajama party food should be yummy and healthy for kids and again it should be light as well as digestive during night. There are so many delicious dishes which are perfect for the party.
Pajama Party Food

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Diwali Scrapbooking Ideas For Kids

Diwali is a five day Hindu festival with full of lights, decoration, colors, fireworks and desserts. We celebrate Diwali with our family by doing various activities like cooking, decorating, shopping and crafting. 

Since kids have a Diwali vacation, many parents try to engage their kids in plenty of meaningful and fun learning activities. It's a great opportunity to record all such memories and prepare one wonderful Diwali scrapbook along with your kids.

This Diwali, my little princess Eva also had to submit the Diwali scrapbook to her school, as a part of homework during the vacation. Scrapbook should be including a few of activities she did during the vacation. Here are some of the thoughts we apply for preparing a Diwali scrapbook.

Diwali Scrapbook Cover Page
We decorated the cover page of the scrapbook like main door of the home. We made a design of the door with a light yellow paper and stick it with glue on a page. We put Eva’s small picture inside a door. Above the door area is decorated with a colorful toran and outside is decorated with diyas. I drew some symbols of God like Swastik and Labh - Shubh on a door.
Scrapbook Coverpage
Learn Shapes with Rangoli for Kids
I drew one Rangoli design with few shapes and Eva made it decorative with crayon colors. Through this Rangoli design Eva got a second chance of remembering shapes which already she learned during shape sessions in her school. I drew Rangoli outside of our door and she made it colorful with charoli colors which is specially used for Diwali Rangoli.
Shape Rangoli
Diwali Rangoli
Decorate Diyas and Stands
I gave clay diyas and acrylic colors to Eva and suggest her to make it colorful. I stuck few sequins to give them an attractive look. I made Diya stands from waste paper and cds and decorate them with acrylic colors, beads and sequins. 
Diwali card
We made a Diwali card with an attractive cover page. I drew one Diya on white drawing paper and gave it to Eva for coloring. Then she wrote "Happy Diwali", put Diwali fire crackers and made one swastika with sequins inside of the card.
Diwali Card 
Activities during Diwali Vacation
Eva enjoyed a Diwali vacation with a lot of activities. She made a Rangoli with her colorful bangles, necklace, anklet, stones and flower. She also made a flower design using colorful beads and strings. 

The most memorable day for her was this Diwali since it was her birthday as well. We celebrated her birthday with Diwali diyas and lentils for decoration. 

We went to our native and there she enjoyed more with her little cousin brother and played together with a gadi (cycle toy) which we used to play in our childhood.
Kids Activities
Diwali craft with firecrackers
I cut few rocket shapes from white paper and Eva colored it to decorate the scrapbook. I drew one flower spot and Eva glued thread on it. I helped her to make a Diwali Chakri with button and sparkles. Eva made the page attractive with colorful sparkles and sequins. 
Diwali Crafts
Donating to the Needy
Eva has three piggy banks and she divides all collected money in three parts. Money is mainly which she has received from us and relatives as blessings on various occasions. Every year we open the piggy banks on Children’s Day and go to nearby areas to donate the needy children. Thus we celebrate the Children’s Day with poor kids and gave them a few moments of happiness. Eva also gets a chance of sharing things with others.
Piggy Banks
Diwali scrapbook page can also have few quotes like :
  • The Diwali Night Is Full of Lights
  • The Festival of Light Is Full of Delight
  • You Double the Charm of My Diwali Night
  • Fill Your Life With the Colors and Lights of Happiness
  • On this auspicious festival of lights, may the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your life and your home. Wishing you a Happy Diwali.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Rhymes Recitation Competition

Rhymes help children to learn the wonderful sounds of the language and make every topic very easy to understand. Rhyme adds the magical touch to the development of little ones.

Rhymes recitation is a combination of 3 Rs - Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition. Rhyme helps to remember what word comes next, rhythm will help the flow, and repetition helps memorization and literacy skills. There are lots of rhymes for learning numbers, alphabets, fruits, vegetables, community helpers and seasons etc.

These days, schools are holding many competitions for kids. My little princess, Eva took part for rhyme recitation competition in her preschool (Lakshaya International School) and secured first rank. She wanted to participate in the competition with “Farmer Plants the Seeds” rhyme. I helped her by preparing a chart which shows the life cycle of a tree. It turns out to be simple for children to find out about planting and developing trees.

Farmer Plants Seeds Chart
Some benefits of rhymes and rhyme recitation competition.

  • Rhyme plays an important role in developing the hearing awareness in the children.
  • Action rhymes that include the entire body, or finger and hands, give an extra dimension by making them more memorable.
  • Research in late decades has given a wealth of knowledge on how sensitivity to rhyme helps children progress with reading.
  • Reading rhyming poetry out loud makes it easier for kids to learn new vocabulary words.
  • Rhyme recitation competition helps to gain confidence in public speaking skills.
  • It is very important for kids vocabulary skills and memorization skills.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Learn to draw Mouse with Letter M

Kids most favorite God, an elephant faced Ganesha is riding a mouse. During this Ganesha festival lets enjoy the magic of the letter M.

Here we learn how to draw a mouse in 5 easy steps. This is a simple step by step drawing for kids with the letter M and Hindi numbers  ८, ०, .

Step 1: Start by drawing an alphabet letter M. 
Step 2: Write Hindi number eight(८) for its mouth.
Step 3: Put Hindi number zero/शून्य () as an eye.
Step 4: Then draw four times number four in Hindi(४).
Step 5: At last draw a curve line for remaining body and tail.
During my childhood, I used to draw the mouse using above method with a story of a man.

A man with name M went into a game parlor. He played the game using अस्सी रुपये (80 rupees) he had. He won that game and got चार हज़ार चारसो चवालीस रूपये (4444). And here we made a mouse from it.

Here are a few fun facts about mouse for kids.
  • A mouse is a small rodent with a pointed nose, furry round body, large ears and a long, often hairless, tail.
  • Mice tails can grow as long as their bodies.
  • Mice come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Common colors are white, gray and brown.
  • They can live in forests, fields and houses effortlessly. Mice normally make a burrow underground in the event that they live out in nature.
  • In 1928, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse was the first mouse character to be utilized as a part of kids cartoons and animation. Mouse characters have stayed well known subsequent to with other, for example, Speedy Gonzales, Jerry from Tom and Jerry, and Stuart Little.
  • There are loads of mouse nursery rhymes and a storybook of Mickey Mouse for children.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate peanut butter balls are a dessert recipe with a full of protein and naturally sweet. It tastes just like a dark chocolate. Since this is no bake recipe, kids can also cook these candy balls with parent guidance and supervision.
Chocolate Peanut Balls
Ingredients -
1 cup roasted peanut
⅓ cup honey
2 tbsp peanut oil/other oil
2 tbsp instant coffee powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded coconut
¼ cup cocoa powder
Salt to taste

Directions -
  • Peel the roasted peanut and make a paste using a food processor / mixer.
  • Run the food processor until it becomes a smooth paste.
  • Add honey, peanut oil and salt into a mixer jar and again run the mixer till it makes a smooth paste. Taste and add more salt or honey (if required). Its look and taste is same as peanut butter. Now peanut butter is ready for further process.
  • Now add ½ cup shredded coconut, vanilla extract, coffee powder and cocoa powder in this peanut butter jar.
  • Again run a food processor until all the ingredients mix with each other and make a smooth paste.
  • Prepare balls from paste with an almond hiding inside it.
  • Coat all the balls with shredded coconut. Here you can use cocoa powder or sprinkle or chocolate chips.
  • Now chocolate balls are ready to serve at room temperature or one can make it chilled before serving.

Chocolate peanut balls are a homemade and healthy dark chocolate for kids which is also packed as a gift for festivals like Rakhi, Diwali, Christmas etc.

Recipe Notes -
  • Ready peanut butter can also used for this dessert.
  • You can use salted or pre-toasted peanuts.
  • Another kind of nuts like almond, hazel can be used instead of peanuts.
  • Add less or more honey, cocoa powder and coffee powder as per your taste.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Unforgettable childhood memories - Bachpan

It gives an enormous joy to expound about the childhood memories when I saw this subject of the  #BachpanWithFlinto blogger contest. It gives me the opportunity to rewind my adolescence days and sweet recollections which I have spent in a little town of India.

In rural area of Gujarat, during the electricity outage at evening or night time I passed those moments by playing the antakshari with my bother and companions. After returning from school and finishing homework, I used to spent my evening time with friends and cousins to play indoor and outdoor games, watching TV serials like Shaktimaan, Vikram Vetal, Alif Laila, the 3 stooges etc.

My childhood is passed in a village of Gujarat, India. There we played some of the best childhood games which kids are missing these days. I often impart my childhood games with my little daughter Eva and play with her. Let’s cherish those unforgotten childhood memories and attempt to take children out in the nature from cellphone and computer games.

Farakani(pinwheel) -  Nowadays children play with paper pinwheel. We made our own pinwheel from baval tree thron, side paper of matchbox and small clay ball. It was the amazing toy of childhood.
Dedako (Frog) - The tic-toc toy - Dedako is a one type of musical instrument. It is made using a small spring and oil tin can. It creates an ear-splitting and noisy 'tic-toc' when the level piece is squeezed in and left. To a great degree prevalent toy. The eardrums hummed in torment when friends stealthily came and pressed it near the ear.
Panchika/Chhabba  - This game is played with five stones which is normally most loved by girls. Normally similar size of stones is used for this fabulous game. It is the most ideal method for testing the coordination of eye and hand. This indoor game is played with individually or in a group. 
Gilli danda game - Gilli danda is produced from tree branches. This outdoor game is normally played by boys, however I had often played it with my brother. Nowadays this sport game is played as an indoor game with mobile apps.
Gilli danda
Bullock cart journey - I used to go to our ranch amid vacations for the sake of fun, the voyage from home to ranch was through bullock cart. One good day when we visited Thor bird sanctuary, we got a chance to travel small distance through cart. That helped me to recall the memories of good old childhood days of journey to farm with singing a song of a cart and peeling the ground nuts.
Bullock cart journey
Matchbox card game - Matchbox card is played with two or more players. One player has to throws one card, second player throw his card and if it is laid on first card then the second player win those two cards. 
Matchbox cards
River fun games - There are lots of river fun games like jumping and swimming in the river, throwing stones and making ripples into a water, making a small well or temple from sand and Gauri Vrat Puja (worship) on the river bank. These are all the favorite games of my childhood.
Making temple
Plucking fruits from trees - I passed my school holidays with all these outdoor games. We went in the temple or in farm to collect pink tamarind, tamarind flower, Cordia, setur (mulberry) red ber and pilu from trees. We play the games using pink tamarind seeds. Tamarind flower is used for making a delicious chutney (recipe) which is served with roti and chapati.
Mouthwatering food of farm
Dhamal gotto dham dham - This game is played by sitting in a circle and no one have to see behind. One player has to walk around the circle with a handkerchief and put behind any one child. That child takes the hanky and run after the player till he sits on blank space.
Dhamal gotto dham dham
Chalak chalanu kya ghare bhanu - This is an outdoor game played with five or more than kids. One player, who is sitting in the circle, become a cat and others are divided into four squares(houses). Cat needs milk and demand for it at one by one house. while cat is drinking milk, other players transfer from one house to another house. At that time cat try to run towards the blank house.
Chalak chalanu
Tametu re tametu - This song is played with action in picture and small poem (below), and by the end of the poem kids singing the poem lock the kid in a queue. 
"Tametu re tametu,
Nadie nahva jatu tu,
Ghee gol khatu tu,
aas maas thaliya no thasss"
Tametu re tametu
Bhamardo (Top) - Very common toy famous across the India, in past days it used to be made from wood where nowadays you get it in many varieties.

Bhamardo (Top)
Chakkardi (Spinning Wheel) - Chakkardi is a hand toy produced using soda pop top and string going through the gap in top. For playing with the toy, you need to first wind the string. You can do this by grasping the two finishes of the string and giving it a couple turns. In the wake of moving so as to give the turns, rapidly pull the string both your hands separated and after that bringing your hands closer together to discharge the strain. In the process a couple turns will end up. Again move your hands outwards. This forward and backward activity will keep the plate in movement.
Chakkardi -Spinning Wheel.jpg
Lakhoti (marbles) - Play with Marbles is the street-side game for boys. There are lots of games played with marbles. Mostly, kids play it with fingers. This game is used to increase the concentration skill of kids.
Chidiya udd farrrr - This game is played with finger and no need of logic but requires presence of mind. Just you should have to know that the thing can fly or not. If the thing can fly, up your finger from the ground. This game played like this: sparrow udd farrrrr, craw udd farrrr, buffalo udd farrrr, stone udd farrrr etc.
Chidiya udd
lagori/nagol - This game is played by making a tower of seven stones. Kids have to put largest stone on the ground and then put other stones according to size. Kids divide into two teams. Then one player collapses the tower before the other team hit him with a ball. This game is the best way to learn the opposite of small/big.
Mini Thekamani - You just need to jump the hands or legs without touching otherwise you will be out of the game. It is an outdoor game of boys as well as girls.
Mini thekamani

Mini thekamani
Cycle tyre run race - It is an interesting running race between boys with cycle tyre. You have to just run the tyre with stick or hand whichever comfortable.
Cycle tyre race
Aam churi chappa churi - This song is played by girls with action. Two or more girls can play during their free time. Mostly, we used to play this game during school break time.
Aam churi chappa churi
Chupan chupai (Hide-n-seek) - This game is also called hide-n seek, chor police and aandhra pato. One player is closed his eyes and count till 50 or 100 numbers. During that time other players hide themselves in different places. Then that player open his eyes and find their friends.
chupan chupai
Walking on railroad Tracks - It was the amazing time of school vacation when I went at my uncle’s home and I went for walking on railway track with my cousins. It was the game of balancing our body on tracks.
Walking on railroad tracks
Playing cards pyramid - Arrange playing cards like pyramid or as a tower. It is very funny and sensory game for kids. 
Playing card pyramid
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