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BOOK REVIEW:Coronavirus: A Book for Children Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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Our lives have all been affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and things are still constantly changing worldwide. Besides adults having questions, your young children might also have questions, but don’t know how to ask or how to express feelings they might be having.

Award-winning independent children’s book publisher, Nosy Crow, in collaboration with Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the much-loved Gruffalo books, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, they have put together an e-book to explain the coronavirus in the simplest and gentlest of terms. It also has had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who acted as a consultant. The publishing company also enlisted advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. Continue reading

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Art Appreciation: Van Gogh and my Twins

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Art has always had a big impact in my life. As a lover of all things beautiful, I want to make sure that my kids grow up willing and able to appreciate art, particularly classical art and good design. For me, one of the saddest things is seeing people whine about museum visits. Continue reading

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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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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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Review: ‘Bumble Jumble’ Play centre at Undri, Pune

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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Spread over an area of 10,000+ sq. ft., Bumble Jumble will enchant your little ones with a vivacious assortment of age-appropriate and gadget-free games and activities. Peppered with dollops of bright colours from ceiling to floor overlooking the in-house restaurant separated by a glass partition, the entire play area is a visual treat.

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Review: Hamley’s Giant Desk Tidy

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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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Review: KidKraft Rectangle Table and 2 Chair Set – Espresso

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I bought this beautiful study table set when my twin girls were 4 years of age, and I am writing this review after 1 year of use. My girls love it, and it has been a great addition to our play area giving it a very functional and inviting space. Continue reading