My younger son Tanmay is all praises for his teacher since the first day of his 1st grade. He came home and told me how fun it is to be in her class and how she has given each one of them a squishy ball to keep on their desk to play with while they are waiting for everyone else to get their work done.Isn’t that neat ? I am sure he is going to have an exciting school this year. Respect for all the teachers pouring their heart and time towards the betterment of each kid. So, with all that excitment, he wanted to make one right away himself and quickly gathered all the materials. Continue reading “DIY Spiderman Squishy Balls”
Do you remember when your kids played peek a boo while they were a baby and how joyful it was to watch them. In this adorable craft, me and my boys tried to create the same delightful moment. Here, a baby is playing peek a boo with his blanket. When you push the toy upward the baby would hide himself behind the blanket and when you would pull the toy downward, the baby would peek out of his blanket. Its a very simple and quick craft to make. Continue reading “Peek a Boo – A Dynamic Paper Craft”
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”
Recently, I, along with another mom hosted a Baby shower for one of our friend and we made it our DIY project and had so much fun doing it. I designed the overall theme, decorations and game for the baby shower and she baked some adorable cake pops.
For the games, we had Baby shower version of Price is Right and Word Scramble. Since, the parent-to-be have kept the baby gender a surprise, we gave each guest a Baby prediction and advice for new parents card and a notecard to write down wishes for the new baby. You can download all of them here -> Baby Shower Printables.
What can be a better playful way to explore simple machine elements such as cams, levers, cam followers and linkages and the mechanism by creating a mechanical toy using lego bricks. We created a simple automata where a Lego figurine spins around whenever you rotate the crank. Continue reading “Automata using Lego”
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”
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.
My son had to make a leprechaun trap for his school project. After googling a bit, we came up with an idea to make it using the concept of simple machine , the pulley. It was pretty simple to make and easy to handle and demonstrate. My son was so happy with the finished project.
A delicious sweet corn soup, so satisfying as if you are eating those sweet corn kernel right from the cob. This rich creamy soup made of sweet corn with a hint of spice is going to warm everyone’s heart.
Beets and sweet go hand in hand. The natural sweetness of this winter vegetable is enhanced when cooked or roasted. This recipe is easy to cook and has very few ingredients. So, how about satisfying your sweet tooth using a healthy and delicious beetroot, this winter.