Tag: A to Z Challenge 2016

Zoo Visits With Kids Tips and Tricks

Zoo Visits With Kids Tips and Tricks

(This article “Zoo Visits With Kids Tips and Tricks” is a reblog and was written especially for Kelloggs Chocos and MyCity4Kids.com. You can read the article at its original source at my parenting blog at MyCity4Kids.com here.) 6 months after my daughter was born, we […]

YellowMellowLife Summer Recap

YellowMellowLife Summer Recap

This year I decided to participate in the interesting A to Z Challenge. The challenge required me to blog every single day in April (except Sundays) upon something that starts with the corresponding letter for the day. I started with a great start, got sluggish […]

Xigua Print For Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

Xigua Print For Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

Recycling folding wooden hand fan was another long due project for me. Little B has a beautiful wooden fan with intricate carving. The fan has been with her for the last few years and so it has stopped appealing to her. I was thinking of painting the fan with her in summer vacations so that it can be a good project for her.

Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

Then the A to Z Challenge happened and I was looking for something that I could do for letter X day. I learned a new word from my internet search that day – Xigua. Xigua is like another name for watermelon. Isn’t that such a cool information!

To solve two separate issues at my hand, I decided to hand paint the wooden hand fan with Xigua print.

Xigua Print For Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

We used acrylic colors for the project because they are water proof and give rich looking colors. We opened the fan as much as we could. The first color that we put was a white strip to come between the outer green rind and inner pink flesh of xigua. Next came the pink color and then the green. Put the whole thing together by painting black dots on the pink flesh for seeds of the fruit.

Ever since we have hand painted the old wooden fan and made it anew, Little B had started using it in her pretend play world. The fan which was stashed to the back of her toy drawer is now being kept over the drawer itself.

Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

What do you do when you want your kids to play with an old toy that they had long forgotten?

Recycling Folding Wooden Hand Fan

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Wat Pho Photo Travelogue

Wat Pho Photo Travelogue

Last year, we visited Thailand. I was mesmerized by the temples in Bangkok. Especially Wat Pho, popularly known as The Temple of The Reclining Buddha. Visiting it was an experience in itself. Never had I seen something like this before! Here are some of the […]

Vincent van Gogh – Painting The Starry Night Over Canvas Shoes

Vincent van Gogh – Painting The Starry Night Over Canvas Shoes

It started from an article that I read in the Parents magazine that emphasized the importance of exposing children to a variety of fine arts. The article inspired me to do The Eric Carle Tissue Paper Art Project with my daughter, Little B. Last month, […]

Universe and My Place in It – Kindergarten Geography Activity

Universe and My Place in It – Kindergarten Geography Activity

Little B often gets confused as to what her city is and what her country is. Her confusion is not with the names, but with how these geographical entities are related to each other. For example, she would often wonder if India is in Karnataka or which is bigger – Solar System or Milky Way galaxy. I wanted her to understand the relation between her home, her city, her country vis-a-vis the solar system and the universe. I found this kindergarten geography activity for kids on Pinterest and tried it with her. The activity is fairly simple; therefore to see it work came as a surprise to me.

Universe and I – Kindergarten Geography Activity for Kids

What Will You Need

Colorful chart papers or construction papers

Geometrical compass

Punching machine

Binder rings or sturdy cord

Craft supplies like scissors, pencil, colors, etc.

How To Go About It

Draw 9 concentric circles using the compass. You can use a different color paper for each circle, or you can alter the colors like we did.

Arrange all 9 circles like in the picture below and punch a hole in the top. Use binder ring to assemble all the paper together. I did not have binder rings so I used a sturdy leather cord (something which can hold its shape) and tie it a little loosely to give circles space to flip.

Universe and My Place in It

We labeled the first and the smallest circle “Home” and I let Little B draw her home on it. The next circle was labeled “Bengaluru,” the next one “Karnataka,” the next one “India,” then “Asia,” then “Earth,” then “Solar System,’ then “Milky Way” and the last one “Universe.” Little B drew corresponding pictures on each of the circles.

As I have mentioned earlier, the aim of the project is to give kids an idea of how different geographical entities in the universe are related to each other and how they fit in the bigger plan of things.

Geography activity for kids

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No Girls Allowed Review – The Berenstain Bears series

No Girls Allowed Review – The Berenstain Bears series

I don’t know if we are raising Little B in a different way or if nature made her this way, but yeah, she is different. Or maybe it is just one of those things that every parent in the world feels about their child. Maybe […]

Ice Chalk and That Too the One That Sizzles

Ice Chalk and That Too the One That Sizzles

My daughter had her eyes on this sizzling ice chalk activity for a really long time now. However, I kept holding off the plan on one pretext or another. With the temperature in the ever pleasant Bangalore crossing 30 degrees Celsius already, it was time […]

Gender-Neutral Monopoly

Gender-Neutral Monopoly

I have done my graduation in Elementary Education. I was part of this amazing course at Delhi University – Bachelors of Elementary Education – that changed me forever.

To call it a course would be wrong; it was in fact, a movement. The course was run in an all-girls’ college with all-women professors. A part of the course focused on child psychology and aptitude and attitude required to be an elementary teacher. Another part of the course focused on women empowerment and gender role reversals and history, psychology and philosophy on the subject. Four years into the course and I came out as better, more confident and ready to take on the world kind of female. I was capable of differentiating between what is right for me and what is wrong for me; I was capable of choosing that ‘right thing for me;’ and most of all, I was capable of making that choice without any guilt whatsoever.

What I learned during those four years, has been with me ever since. So much so, it has become part of my subconscious. Of course, I have been passing all that to my daughter as well.

One of the things that I leaned through the course was how we adults pass unnecessary gender stereotypes to children through games and toys that they play with or through our own behavior. For example, today there are so many mothers out there who work and earn, take care of themselves and their families independently and juggle like a superwoman. Even then, we are most likely to find redundant gender stereotypes in books such as male figure reading newspaper while female figure talking over the phone or male figure working on computer while female figure watching television.

I am all for breaking each one of these gender stereotypes and especially those associated with toys. I am a huge supporter of Let Toys Be Toys movement and have written about it wherever I could – Toys Are Not For Girls, Toys Are Not For Boys, Toys Are Only Toys.

So you can guess my feelings when Little B was gifted with this toy –

let toys be toys

Making Toys Gender Neutral for Kids

To tell you the truth, I liked this monopoly for kids. Funskool has made an easy version of the classic monopoly game which is simple enough for kids of 5-8 age group to get a hang of this classic game.

What I didn’t like though was the “princess” part of it. Monopoly is a gender-neutral game. Then why did the toy manufacturer has to make this one “princess” and thus especially for “girls.” Why couldn’t it be based around hundreds of gender-neutral things in the world.

I decided to take matters in my own hand.

The game came with 8 princess characters for the players to choose from.

gender-neutral monopoly

I asked Little B to choose any 4 out of the 8 princess characters that she would like to have. She chose Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas and Ariel. She chose them because she said that these four “do adventure in their life.”

The remaining 4 princess characters (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Belle) became part our gender-neutral monopoly revolution. Little B and I pasted white sheet over them. We drew over them characters that Little B actually likes and are much more active in their stories. We ended up drawing Wyldstyle, Winter (from the movie Dolphin Tale), The Cat in the Hat and wormhole (from the movie Interstellar).

gender neutral game for kids

making toys gender neutral for kid

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Coconut Ice cream – Bangkok Street Food Inspired

Coconut Ice cream – Bangkok Street Food Inspired

Bangkok is a hot place. We traveled there in November expecting it to be pleasant. We were a little disappointed. The city was not like-an-oven-kind-of hot but it was not pleasant either. It was warm and humid. To top it up, we were trying to […]