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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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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

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

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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