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10 Interesting Facts About Insects

Insects have been around for millions of years on our planet. Every year scientists are discovering more insects and finding amazing and incredible facts about them. Here are some such fun-filled facts. 1. Insects outnumber all other terrestrial animals combined The sum of all terrestrial animals (those living on land) is only one third of…

How my 7-year-old read 80 books in 2020!

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King Last year I made two ‘reading-related’ resolutions. One was to read 36 books in the year and the other was to ensure that my then 7-year-old son would start reading some books. Now, I am an avid reader and I gobble up all types of books –…

Tackling Mealtime Battles with Kids

“Till some months back, mealtimes were battle times at home,” said the mother of a 7-year-old boy. “I dreaded every meal that we all ate together at home. I would either have to force my son to eat what I had cooked and listen to his constant cribbing and crying and protests, or give in…

Am I a Good Parent?

Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do. Matt Walsh Most of us, even the most confident ones, are wrought by this anxiety and fear and time and again haunted by this question – Am I a Good Parent? It doesn’t…

Introducing: The Tales Next Door

I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. – Emma Thompson First, let me be upfront and tell you that this post is not about parenting or children’s books. This post is about a book that I have recently published, a collection…

Book Review – D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Mythology and science both extend the scope of human beings. Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it. Karen Armstrong Mythological stories have always influenced our cultures, thinking, writing. They are fun to read while giving…

10 Interesting Facts About Ocean Animals

Ocean covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface and is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which are still not known to humans. Here are some interesting facts about a few of the incredible creatures that reside in the ocean. 1. Shrimp’s heart is in its head Shrimp’s heart is located…

Benefit of Pets for Kids

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. – Josh Billings Pets are a part of many of our lives. If we treat them well, having a pet as a part of the family can lead to invaluable benefits for a child, especially a single child. Trained…

10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Dogs have a long-standing relationship with humans. Scientists have found archaeological evidence which suggests that dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, over 30,000 years ago, long before horses or any other animal. Dogs have served and still serve multiple roles in the human civilization. While in earlier days, dogs served as companions for…

Game to Develop Creativity and Thinking – ‘Follow the Instructions’

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. Abraham Maslow This is a fun filled game which can be played by two or more players. It helps build creativity in children and an ability to observe in detail and give instructions in detail – a skill which is essential in building algorithms as they grow up. Age…

10 Interesting Food Facts

1. Tomato The heaviest tomato was grown by Steve and Jeanne Marley. It weighed 4.377 kg when it was harvested on 20 September 2019. Tomatoes are believed to have originated from Peru. The Tomatina festival is celebrated every year in Spain where people throw ripe tomatoes at each other for fun. 2. Banana There are…

Book Review: Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” Roald Dahl Reading is a habit which is essential for a growing mind. It helps children not only to learn more but also to expand their thinking. Fantasy…

10 Interesting Facts About Earth

Here are some interesting facts about the planet we call home. Earth, the third planet from the Sun in our Solar System, is the only planet not named after a Greek or Roman Deity. We have come a long way today in understanding this incredible planet from the times when humans believed that Sun and…

10 Interesting Facts About Weather

Tornado A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud. Tornadoes can be detected before or as they occur through the use of Pulse-Doppler radar by recognizing patterns in velocity and reflectivity data. Fact 1: Debris from a tornado can…

Game to Develop Lateral Thinking – The Game of ‘Why’

Many of my posts deal with lateral thinking and creativity. These are skills which are very important in today’s world and will become even more important in the future. Therefore, if you want to make your children future ready, you must make efforts to develop this skill. Also Read 2 Activities to Develop Lateral Thinking…

Book Review – Room on the Broom

This book was one of my son’s favorite books when he was 4 or 5 years old. In fact, the book is so much fun that even I enjoyed reading it, as I did many other books by Julia Donaldson. As I have mentioned in some other post as well, books like Room on the…

2 Activities to Develop Lateral Thinking

Creativity or lateral thinking are the skills which are fast becoming one of the most important skills to grow and succeed in life. The skill is not only required by artists and authors of fictional stories but these are required in every field. Also Read How to Develop Creativity? The ability to think differently, to…

How to Develop Self Esteem in Children

The dictionary meaning of self esteem is “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities”. Children with a high self-esteem feel good about themselves. They are confident and are willing to try new things. They can cope well with the mistakes they make; they try again without feeling ashamed of their failures. On the other hand,…

7 Simple Ways to Get Children to Listen

Parents and teachers struggle to make children do the things they want them to do – keep their room clean, finish their homework on time, pay attention in class, the list is endless. Children might have their own ideas and designs on what they want to do. Thus begins an inevitable ….. The parent says:…

Vocabulary Building Game for Children: Word Runner

With children spending so much time at home because of the pandemic, not going out to play with friends, it is a natural tendency for them to want to watch more television or play games on the tablet. However, excess screen-time can be very harmful. Read ‘Screen Time – How much is too much?’ to…

How to Develop Sound Mental Health in Children

Sound mental health of children has become very important in today’s world where they have to live amidst constant changes. Even as they grow up, they will have to face continuous pressure from ever changing technologies, newer work-streams and challenging situations which no one would have faced before. To prepare children for such a future…

10 Interesting Facts About Eyes

Eyes evolved millions of years ago (Around 500  million years ago) to help animals sense light and be more aware of their surroundings. Since then eyes have evolved from simple organs being able to distinguish between light and dark to complex systems second only to the brain able to distinguish millions of colors, focus on…

Book Review: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr Seuss

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr Seuss Also Read: Developing the Habit of Reading in Children About Author:…

Brain Development Game for Children- Guess What?

By playing games you can artificially speed up your learning curve to develop the right kind of thought processes. – Nate Silver Games are a great way to develop skills, especially in children. They help parents and teachers engage with children in a fun way while increasing 1 or more skills in them. Also Read…

Book Review: George’s Marvellous Medicine

Love of reading is a perfect recipe for never being bored, never being alone and always learning. As parents, we must try and help develop the habit of reading in our children. Also Read: “Developing the Habit of Reading in Children” Author: Roald Dahl Roald Dahl is one of the most wonderful author of children’s…

How to Increase Online Class Effectiveness at Home

As parents, most of us have been happy to outsource the education (by education I mean academics) of our children to schools. The model was working perfectly, with our involvement being limited to ensuring that they do their homework every day, buying charts and papers needed to complete their projects and attending the Parent Teacher…

E-Learning during Covid Era – Effectiveness and Impact

The article was written by Ranjana Joshi and published in Indian Observer Post on 15 May 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on almost all aspects of our lives. Our way of living, as we knew it, has transformed dramatically- the way we work, the way we shop, the way we exercise…

Eye Health and Eye Exercises for Children

Vision plays a key role in our quality of life and in our ability to learn and work. For children especially, good vision is very important. With screen exposure of children increasing significantly due to lockdown, online classes and online assignments, I hear many parents worrying about the impact that this exposure will have, especially…

10 Interesting Facts About Jellyfish

Most children are fascinated by these colourful, translucent and beautiful sea creatures and you can see them crowding round the displays in an aquarium. Jellyfish are amazing creatures, can be dangerous as well and range in size from small ones which you can hardly see to gigantic ones. Here are 10 interesting and astonishing facts…

5 Habits for Better Health in Children

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi Researchers say that it takes only 21 days to develop a new habit. This is really a very short time if it can lead to life changing positive changes in our lives. With health being a priority for…

Phonics – How to Teach Easily at Home

In the recent past, phonics has become an important way to teach English language to children. It is especially important and useful for reading at an earlier age. Some months back (when we could still go out and meet other people), I met my friend, a mother of a 4-5 year old boy. Both she…

Book Review – The Magic Faraway Tree series

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R. R. Martin Reading is one of the best habits that you can develop in your child. We bring you reviews of some books or series of books that we have seen help parents…

10 Interesting Facts About Dinosaurs for Kids

If you are a parent or teacher or have any interaction with young children, you would know that one thing which seems to fascinate most children is dinosaur! They will probably know more about the various types of dinosaurs than most adults. Here are some interesting facts about these amazing creatures that might help you…

10 Interesting Facts About Plants for Children

Children are very interested to learn about amazing facts about plants, animals, planets, dinosaurs. We are therefore compiling some interesting facts – many of them might come as a surprise to parents as well! This is the first article in the ‘10 Interesting Facts’ series. Plants are all around us and we use them everyday…

Book review: Adventures of the Wishing Chair

Reading is one of the most wonderful and useful habits that you can help your children develop, and introducing them to the right books can make it so much easier to develop the habit of reading. Also Read: “Developing the Habit of Reading in Children” In today’s times, when all of us are advised to…

Game to Develop Financial Skill – The Moneylender

Being in a crisis makes us all realise some hard and basic truths of life. We understand the importance of money, of saving and of investing. This is an important lesson that we should also teach our children from an early age. Saving and investing should be a habit – a habit which will help…

Fun Activities to do at Home with Children

With lockdowns happening throughout the world due to coronavirus, we are getting much more time at home and with our family. Not being used to it, most of us really don’t know how to make the best use of this opportunity that we have. I was talking to a parent recently and she said –…

How to Raise Creative Children – Let Them Find Solutions

Creativity is an important skill for success in the future and therefore it is important for us to develop this skill in our children. Here are simple ways to make our kids creative.

Games To Increase Creativity: Fastest Sketcher First

With most schools across the world being closed, children spending more time at home and parents being advised to work from home – it is a great opportunity to spend quality time with our children and engage them in a fun and constructive way. It is a great time to develop their reading habit. So…

How to Boost Your Child’s Immunity

With the onslaught of multiple viruses and bacteria all around us, it is imperative that we maintain a strong immune system, more so for our children. This will prevent them from getting sick often and even if they do, it will help them recover faster. Most of these are simple suggestions that can be incorporated…

How to Develop Financial Skills in Children

With many young people entering into their adult life without an understanding of basic financial concepts, it is important that we start teaching our children some financial skills early on. Read on to see how you can develop this important skill in your child.

Book Review – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Amazing books for young children (3-6 years) both as a read aloud and for reading themselves.

Brain Development Game – City Hopper

A fun brain development game which also increases memory power along with knowledge of cities and countries in the world.

How to Increase Focus and Concentration in Children?

Ability to focus on the task at hand is essential for success in any field. Here are some easy to implement tips to increase concentration in children.

Developing the Habit of Reading in Children

Reading is habit which is extremely useful for young minds. See how you can develop this habit in your child and the type of books they can read.

Games to increase Creativity – Spiralling Stories

Make your own story with your child and see how he becomes more creative with every new story and has so much fun on the way.

How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child?

Choosing the right school can be difficult for new parents. Here is a list which can help make taking that decision a little easier.

Screen Time – How much is too much?

An unchecked and high exposure to screens can have significant impact on children – from poor brain development to poor eyesight and poor quality sleep. Read how much screen time is recommended for every age group and do self-check for your children!

How to Raise Creative Children? – Foster their Interest & Raise their Sensory Awareness

Fostering their ever changing interests and creating awareness of senses by spending time with nature is a great way to develop creativity in children.

How to Raise Creative Children?

Now that we know that creativity is super important, can we actually raise children to be more creative? Are some children born creative and others not? Can we, as parents and teachers, do anything to give our children this very essential skill? Well, the good thing is that creativity is just like any other skill…

Creativity

“ALL CHILDREN ARE ARTISTS. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST ONCE HE GROWS UP.” — PABLO PICASSO We start with a very important skill that our children MUST have if they are to survive in the world of the future – Creativity. Why is Creativity Important? For our well-being – Creativity is very…


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