BOOK REVIEW: Ladybird’s First Favourite Tales series for reading aloud and young readers (Age 2+)

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Ladybird’s First Favourite Tales series are perfect for introducing young children (Age 2+) to classic stories and fairy tales, and the books are just right for those just learning to read. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ladybird’s First Favourite Tales series for reading aloud and young readers (Age 2+)”

Art Appreciation: Van Gogh and my Twins

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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 “Art Appreciation: Van Gogh and my Twins”

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

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

According 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.

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

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Girls’ empowerment, to be fair, has been part of the Disney princess marketing message. Ever since The Little Mermaid came out in 1989, Disney has been customising fairy tales to make them palatable to modern sensibilities — injecting some level of spunk or work ethic into one-dimensional characters, tweaking story lines so princesses could play at least some role in their own saving. But I have felt these efforts to be faulty given how the tie-in consumer products have turned out. Segregated toy aisles — Cars vs. Dolls, Lego Star Wars vs. Lego Friends, pink vs. blue, delicate toys vs. masculine toys — and the messages they send to both boys and girls about ambition, interests, and career possibilities. Their purpose is to primp, pose, and drum up a global appetite for bling.

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Review: KidKraft Rectangle Table and 2 Chair Set – Espresso

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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 “Review: KidKraft Rectangle Table and 2 Chair Set – Espresso”

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

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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