My Child Eva – Full of life: 2015


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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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Kid’s Indian Patriotic crafts and activities

15th August is our independence day and a national holiday of India. The holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events like patriotic songs, dances and speeches on the Independence day and the freedom fighters of India.

Every school and colleges organize many patriotic activities. Children also learn the importance of independence day in preschools with patriotic crafts and activities.

See more Indian patriotic crafts and activities which we can do on Independence day as well as republic day with kids.

Indian Flag - Paper Craft - Draw a flag on a paper and give your kids to fill the colors on it. Stick it with drinking straw.
Indian Flag
Building blocks printed flag - Find the rectangle shaped block from building blocks and give it to your kids to color and print like Indian flag. 
Eva coloring on blocks

Blocks printed flag
Coin printed flag - Print 10 paise and 20 paise coin of Indian currency. With these coins, one gets an opportunity to explain kids the antic currency and its value in past days. Kids can find this activity very interesting.
Coin printed flag
Tricolor Tree Leaves - Find a large sized tree leaves and color them like our Indian flag.
Tree leaves flag

Tricolor on leaf
Tricolor flag from food pulses - Collect various pulses like chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils and rice from your kitchen. Give all these pulses to your kids and help them to create an Indian flag.
Flag of food pulses
Indian Flag using colorful stones - Give colorful stones to your kids and suggest them to create an Indian flag using the tricolor stones. 
Indian flag from stones
Tricolor Indian Flag using vegetables - Cut the carrot, radish and capsicum in a thick slice. Arrange all the slices on a toothpick or a plastic spoon. 
Indian flag using vegetables

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Colored Mango Kernel Boat - A rainy activity

Most evenings, I take Eva outside for playing or bicycling at the rear side of our home. However, during rainy days, we can’t go out for a wander or play any outdoor games.

Kids usually gripes about being bored when they have to stay inside the house for prolonged periods. To overcome from apathy, we play various activities inside the home and find something worthwhile to do. 

One such day Eva was playing with her friend Ahaan at our home. I asked if they want to play with colors and paint something. Along with the joy of knowing that they will paint together, they made some cheerful loud noise and started jumping on the floor. They were so enthusiastic because it was the first occasion when they were coloring with brush together.

As both happily agreed, I gave them mango seed kernels along with color brush and watercolor tray with different colors and asked both of them to fill the different colors into it. They colored all the kernels and I wrote few alphabet letters of their names in it. 
Coloring on boats
While coloring, they had big fun mixing two or more basic colors and making new, which was like a magic trick for them.

They were considering this colored mango seed kernels as colorful boats so, I filled some water into a plastic tub and offered it to them. They put all the colored boats in a tub and make an enjoyment with floating boats.
Mango seed boats
Eva and Ahaan enjoyed a lot this indoor activity with singing a rhyme like “ Row Row Row Your Boat”. This rainy activity helps the children to recognize the different colors and the concept of opposite heavy and light in weight. This also helps in educating them primary color and mixture of them make the new secondary & complementary color using the color theory.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Fun in Toy’s Birthday Celebration

Fun with Toys
During the summer days due to so much of heat usually kids cannot play outside in the afternoon, Eva and her friend Ahaan wanted to play together with toys and some indoor game. I gave them interlocking foam mat cards for alphabet game and asked to arrange the cards in alphabetical order. Both were not interested in learning alphabets. They wanted to play with toys only.

Instead of playing alphabet game, Eva created sofa using interlocking foam mat cards. Then both had picked all the small toys and arrange them such a way that they look like sitting on a so called sofa. Ahaan put a center table for toys and Eva served colorful stones as a chocolates on it.

Eva and Ahaan were celebrating birthday of a small doll. Both had sung a birthday song and blew noise maker for celebration. Both enjoyed too much.  

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Alphabet Sorting with Sound Objects

I would like to share an alphabet activity which I do with my daughter for learning sound objects with related letters. This activity helps her for kindergarten readiness.
Making Pair
To play the early learning game, we collect interlocking foam mat cards of alphabets and the letter sound objects from our house. If you don’t have this type of alphabet cards, one can use any cards instead of it. You can prepare the alphabet cards with uppercase and lowercase letters also.
Interlocking Foam mat cards of Alphabets
For the alphabet letter related objects, help your tot to remember all the words start with the specific letter like A for apple, airplane, almond airport etc. To collect all this object, I told Eva to find the related objects from her toy box, kitchen and house.
Alphabet Sound Objects
First ask your kid to arrange all the alphabet cards in an alphabetical order. Then sort the letter related object and make the pair with cards. Depending on your kid’s age and skill level take more objects for one alphabet letter.
Alphabet Sorting with Objects
This alphabet activity helps your kids to learn phonics, sorting and making a pair. For this activity you can easily find the alphabet letters and mini object kit from online.