Aadu Huli ( Tigers and Goat ) – A Math Game from India

Aadu Huli also popularly known as Tigers and Goat game is an ancient game played mostly in the southern parts of India. In this asymmetric game, one player controls 3 tigers and the other player controls a herd of 15 goats. The tigers “hunt” for the goats while the goats attempt to block the tiger’s movement. This two-player strategy game teaches a very powerful lesson that there is “Strength in Unity ” that even though weak, if united, one can conquer the stronger enemy as a team. Continue reading “Aadu Huli ( Tigers and Goat ) – A Math Game from India”

Electromagnetic Train


Here is a fascinating project that shows how electricity and magnetism are closely linked. We would be creating a simple electromagnetic train which would move down a copper coiled track  all by itself.

To do this experiment , you would need to slide a train ( made up of a battery with strong magnets on each end)  inside a track (made up of copper coil). Continue reading “Electromagnetic Train”

Shisima – A Math Game from Kenya

Another version of 3 in a row game - Shisima

As a parent raising kids in this digital world, I am always looking for ways to incorporate more face-to-face interactions with my boys. We as a family, make it a point to spend atleast 10 – 15 minutes a day playing together, it can be either playing basketball together, a board game or experimenting and  building something together with Legos.

In one such search for a board game , I came across  a book Math Games and Activities From Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsky in our local library.  As most of us know, there is a popular “Tic Tac Toe” game based on “Three in a row” concept but did you know, there are lot of variations of “Three in a row” concept played around the World. This book features most of these kind of games which are played in different countries and also give a little glimpse to that countries culture. I would highly recommend this book.

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Mixed up Lego Bricks – Part II

12 Red lego bricks, 16 blue lego bricks  and 18 yellow lego bricks are all mixed up in a drawer.  All the bricks are completely alike except for their colors.  The room is in total darkness, and you want two matching bricks.

You start pulling out bricks from the drawer, one at a time. What is the fewest number of bricks that you would need to take out of the drawer in order to be certain that you have a pair that match?

For solution, click below

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Mixed Up Lego Bricks – Part 1

8 red Lego Bricks and 4 blue Lego Bricks are all mixed up in a drawer. The 12 bricks are completely alike except for their colors.  The room is in total darkness, and you want two matching bricks.

You start pulling out bricks from the drawer, one at a time. What is the fewest number of bricks that you would need to take out of the drawer in order to be certain that you have a pair that match?

For solution, click below

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The First Day of Winter – By Denise Fleming

Age Group : Preschool to Kindergarten ( 3 to 6 yrs ) 

This read aloud book is a perfect addition to read to your kids on a cold winter days. It’s a joyful story about building a snowman. Along with rhythmic verses like ” a red cap with a gold snap, 2 bright blue mittens , 3 striped scarves, 4 prickly pinecones” the book talks about the elements and accessories needed to build a snowman. The illustrations are great and the text is simple. It also teaches counting and colors by repetition which is appealing to young children’s.

Activity to go with the story

To make a snowman you would require :

  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • toothpicks
  • Colorful buttons
  • Colored Construction Papers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

President Day Craft

Today I would show you a very cute President Day craft to do with your little ones. It is a wig which looks like how Sir George Washington used to tie his hair.

Can you guess what it is made up of ? ..Yes , it’s a white paper bag. Aren’t these adorable ?

To make these you would need

  1. White paper bag
  2. A Black or Blue Ribbon
  3. A Scissor, Pencil and Glue

Cut the paper bag along the dotted lines as shown in the images below.

Tie the loose strips of the paper in the back side of the paper bag with the ribbon. It would look like how George Washington used to tie his hair in the back.

Use thin strips of the leftover paper to make curls in the front. Roll the paper strip on a pencil and leave it for few minutes. Glue them in the front side of the wig in layers to look like curled up hair.

Let the little people in the house adorn them but make sure they don’t start making rules of the house.

Happy Crafting !!