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DIY Activity 22: Pretend shop front made out of cardboard box

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The Twins had a “Market”- themed month in school, wherein one of them got this idea of making a pretend shop-front for school. And not just any shop she specifically wanted to make a ‘Perfume shop’. She was ready with a plan all meticulously noted down on paper – exotic named perfumes, their price, colour of the shop, name of the shop….and so on. She had her eyes on an amazon cardboard box which she declared was perfect for her and got us all on board. Me doing all the cutting and decorating of the box, their dad getting a stack of small perfumes bottles and the twins coming up with different perfumes names and making a price list.

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Review: ‘One with Nature’-Pune 2020 – Edition 2

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I had written about the debut of ‘One with Nature’ in Pune few days back in my post: Review: ‘One with Nature’, Fun Nature Fest for Kids and Parents! This year the second edition was held at Empress Garden on 1st and 2nd February and like its predecessor, it was filled with fun and ‘masti’. Continue reading

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Kaas Pathar: A Nature Lover’s Paradise in the Western Ghats

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Picture1According to Richard Louv (2008 Audubon Medal Recipient and author of Last Child in the Woods), kids today are becoming more and more removed from nature, at the expense of their own psychological and physical well-being. Children are spending more time in structured activities and on electronic devices, leaving little time for unstructured play in nature. Understanding that many of us live the reality of a hustling, busy day-to-day life, I am not suggesting that we all pick up and move to the mountains, though the idea certainly seems appealing at times, but a short ‘nature’ trip can as well do the trick.

Many of us have heard of the Valley of Flowers in the scenic Himalayas, but how many of us know there is a similar yet smaller version of it in Maharashtra, a short drive from the bustling city of Pune? If you want to take a small weekend or day nature trip with your kids around Pune, this is the place for you. The Kaas Plateau, also known as Kaas Pathar, is a plateau situated 26 kilometres west from Satara city in Maharashtra, India. It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it became a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2012. Continue reading

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Super Powering girls: Why more Female Superheroes are Important and a need of the hour

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My twins are now 6 years of age. In this short span of time the girls have had a go on almost every Disney princess: Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Jasmine, Moana…..you name it and they have lived the story. Last year I kept a track of how many ‘Disney-Princess’ theme birthday parties the girls attended. I lost track somewhere deep in the double digits. You’ve probably witnessed this princess parade: pint-sized Disney heroines, shuffling up and down in their polyester finery. It’s a daily routine at my home, the twin princesses having a tea party, getting rescued by a prince, a wedding scene, fiddling with hairstyles, being ‘pretty’, magic and oh yes glitter…lots and lots of it 🙂

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Review: ‘One with Nature’, Fun Nature Fest for Kids and Parents!

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One of Pune’s biggest landmark, Empress garden in camp has been a host to numerable kid friendly activities over the past few years. One such fun fest was organized by Beyond Academics in December 8th and 9th 2018 called the ‘One with Nature’ which the twins attended (They were 5 years old then). With a Sprawling garden specializing in regional plants, with rare trees, flowers and a kids’ area, it was a day well spent with lots of kid oriented fun activities.

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DIY Activity 21: Make your own Puppet Theatre

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If you grew up watching the Muppets or Punch and Judy, you probably understand just how magical puppets can be for children. Through these larger-than-life characters, young audiences learn important lessons and form long-lasting bonds. But it’s not just watching puppets that can make a difference in young children’s lives; playing puppets can have a profound effect on childhood development, too. Handing over a hand puppet or two to your child opens up a world of imaginative and open-ended play.

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DIY Activity 20: Easy-to-make fresh flower tiara, corsage and necklace in under 20 minutes!

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Floral crowns and tiaras are so pretty and dreamy to make for playing pretend fairy princess or are a simple way to dress up for a spring or summer party. From crowns made of fresh flowers to felt, crepe tissue, or paper, they just add a beautiful touch to the dress. Continue reading