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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

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Review: Hamley’s Giant Desk Tidy

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My twins love art…..it’s a form of expression for them. I had a eye on this ‘Giant Desk Tidy’ by Hamley’s for a long time, but thought the cost of 3599/- was too steep. So when Hamley’s announced their 50% sale this year, I had to buy it for the girls.

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DIY Activity 20: Make a fairy wand in under a minute

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I made these wands this Christmas for a nativity scene play in my daughter’s school. It’s quite easy to make if you have the required materials and a hot glue gun. Continue reading

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‘Our little Tomato Plant’ – The twins’ gardening endeavour

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Children love nearly anything pertaining to nature. They love digging in the dirt, creating yummy treats, and playing around trees. Children are curious by nature, and there is no greater joy than that from a child who has cultivated plants from his or her own vegetable garden. We undertook this fun “our little tomato plant” activity as a summer project which went on for the next 6 months until it bore a tomato near Christmas time and is still going on. Continue reading

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Flowers and Plants: Easy-to-make charts and project ideas for kindergarteners

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My daughters who are 5 year old twins are attending Preparatory class this year. They have a very theme based curriculum in their school with more open discussions and practical knowledge. One of the topic of the month was “Flowers and Plants” and they were asked to bring any article, chart, plant, flower related to the topic. Not only we enjoyed making charts related to this topic, we learnt a lot in the process. The following are the charts we made, which are easy to understand and can be discussed with a 5 year old.

CHART 1:

This is a very simple chart showing the parts of the plant with their functions. I made it colourful and attractive using craft paper, seeds and yarn

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CHART 2:

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This chart shows the steps in the germination process from a seed to flowering. The things the plant need to grow are made on a separate panel which can be discussed separately.

CHART 3:

What are flowers important? Flowers are not only for ornamental use but have an important role in pollination and various other uses. This chart discusses the various uses of flowers.

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CHART 4:

This is a simple chart to know the names of flowers and identify them. We took this chart to a garden and a flower shop and tried to identify as many as possible.

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ACTIVITY:

This activity includes learning about a new plant, and understanding its needs and taking care of it. I chose specifically a Kalanchoe, which is very easy to take care, blooms everyday, and has quite a nice trivia.

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Toy Story Collection: Unboxing Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head

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Toy Story is a computer animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 1995 film of the same name, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. I bought these Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head’ figurine for my twins’ 4th birthday along with other Toy story merchandised. Continue reading