Tag: A to Z Challenge

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 […]

Fruit Skewers – The Perfect Summer Snack

Fruit Skewers – The Perfect Summer Snack

Sometimes I don’t want to eat at all in summers. The weather is hot and most meals are served hot. It just gets me irritated. Especially the snack time. For me snack time means hot tea with hot fritters or samosas. But in summers, even […]

Eclipse That Led Us to Make a Pinhole Projector

Eclipse That Led Us to Make a Pinhole Projector

Mr B, my husband was traveling when he informed Little B and I about the then upcoming solar eclipse (that later took place on March 9th). He knew we were going to love it! Isn’t that such a nice feeling when your husband is thousands of miles away from you and still he has his heart with you right here!

Our mother-daughter duo is always looking for new things to do and solar eclipse looked like a perfect week-long project. I always start a science project by searching about it over Youtube. Yeah Youtube, you heard me right. I think that Youtube gives better results than Google when it comes to any science phenomenon. Also kids find it easier to understand through a video instead of text and still pictures.

We started off by seeing many videos of how sun, earth and moon position themselves in space at other times and at the time of eclipse. We saw real videos of eclipses as observed from earth and as observed from space. Solar eclipses, total or partial, are beautiful and the images were enough to pump me and Little B up for the next project – making a pinhole projector.

It is of utmost important that we never ever see sun with naked eyes. If we cannot see solar eclipse with naked eyes, how else can we see it? Through special eclipse glasses or through a pinhole projector! We decided to go with the later.

Pinhole Projector for Observing Sun

What You Would Need

1 Long box (The box I have used is a little more than 1.5 feet in length.  However, you should try finding a longer one as the longer the better. Size of the image that the box is going to project is going to be just 1/100th of the length of the box. If you can’t find a long box at all, consider joining two short boxes to make a longer one.)

Aluminum foil

1 sheet of white paper

Pair of Scissors

X-Acto knife of any other kind of box cutter

Tape

A thumb tack

How To Go About It

At one of the ends of the box, draw a small square/rectangle right in the middle. Cut that small square/rectangle using an X-Acto knife.

summer activity for kids

Cut a piece of aluminum foil just big enough to cover the square/rectangle you’ve cut earlier. You have to cover the foil from the outside of the box. Secure the foil over the square/rectangle using tape around the edges.

pinhole projector for watching sun

Take a thumbtack and poke a tiny hole in the aluminum foil. Make sure that the hole is very small. In case you end up with a big hole, take off that aluminum foil and use another foil.

pinhole projector for watching eclipse

At the end other from where you’ve taped the aluminum foil, on the inside of the box, place a white sheet right in front of the poked hole. This sheet will act as your screen.

summer activity for kids

How To Use the Pinhole Projector for Observing Sun

Place the projector so that the hole of the aluminum foil is facing towards the sun. As the light from the sun passes through the hole, it is going to project an image on the white sheet at the opposite end.

pinhole projector for watching sun

If you see a nice clear circle, that’s your sun and that means that your projector is working fine.

pinhole projector for observing sun

We made the pinhole projector for observing a partial solar eclipse that was supposed to be in Bangalore right after sunrise. We were up and ready with our projector but unfortunately, it was a foggy day. The fog cover was so thick, we weren’t even able to make out a sunrise.

It was a little sad, but that’s ok. We still have our pinhole projector for observing sun and play around with!

pinhole projector for observing sun

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Dreamcatcher Necklace DIY

Dreamcatcher Necklace DIY

All those of you who love wearing handmade jewelry, this one’s for you. Last summers I got obsessed with dreamcatchers; though I don’t really remember how my fascination started. Maybe it was their intricate pattern, or their hanging feathers or their alluring history. (You can […]