Unravel the Cosmic Mysteries with the Play Shifu Space Explorer Box!!
And as expected after our great experience with Play Shifu’s Travel Box this was super hit with Aarya, we had a field day with his favorite Space Box
We have been using PLAY SHIFU’s SPACE EXPLORER box for 3 weeks now. . . And I declare this to be our favourite box. Aarya and me are both amazed at all the information that we had no clue about !!
Tell you the truth it is a challenge when information is so scattered on the internet you have no idea how to collate it and use it to educate your space – enthusiast 🙄. But with Play Shifu Explorer Box, it is easy, convenient, educational but fun. .
Play Shifu Space Explorer Box is-
💥 Augmented reality enabled educational game for kids.
💥 for 5 plus Space – loving kids .
💥 mobile / handheld device based learning game. You need WiFi/ internet just once to download the app. .
💥 There are 60 cards full of amazing information, exploring Space related phenomena, missions, personalities and so much more. All at the tip of you fingertips .
💥 Visualise, know and understand Space 🚀 related equipment, solar system , important personalities and much more. .
💥Learning made fun with its interactive approach
What does one learn from Play Shifu Space Explorer Box –
Space Related Technology
How do I use it with my 7year old –
I let him explore on his own a couple of times, So that he gets familiar with it.
We take a card, like he has, solar eclipse to study for his EVE. We watch how solar eclipse happens; then we hear about the details of it. Visual Learning is so much more effective and easier for the little minds because they learn by visualizing what actually happens as opposed to reading about it.
We also learn spellings, see how equipment work and learn more about many prominent Space Explorers.
All in all, Play Shifu’s Space explorer box is amazing, challenging for my kids, and packs a lot of information. It is travel friendly, and can be taken anywhere and the best part it is when I am using it, I do not NEED Wi-Fi after the installation.
Play Shifu Space Explorer Box is a great Box for kids and a great gifting option as well.
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Songbird Story by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Jill Dow
Reading level: 4+ years
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; New edition edition (3 March 1998)
Fip and Feppa are songbirds who live in two different woods, on either side of a wide river. They are happy visiting each other until first Fip and then Feppa is trapped by a bird-catcher.
Before I say anything about the story, I would love to say something about the illustrations – Gorgeous! And that’s the reason I picked this beauty up and also because my daughter absolutely loves birds / books on birds.
Fip and Feppa live in 2 different woods separated by the wide river. They are gorgeous songbirds, who sing so beautifully that it seems the whole woods has become a song and is singing along. They hear each other singing and before long they cross the rivers to be with each other and sing together. But not far away, a bird catcher hears their song, and devises a cunning way and catches Fip. Fip is sold to a man who buys him for his daughter who is delighted to have him. Next Feppa is captured and is sold too. And they both end up living in the same neighborhood.
What follows is their story on how they eventually get together in a cage, and how being in the same cage makes them realise that they really do not like each other much. And finally they end up free and happy and together in the woods forever.
You see there is a difference in the male and female songbirds look, and I pointed it out my almost-6 year old. The woods, the cities, the landscapes everything is illustrated with gorgeous greens and every spread is exquisite. The story is simple and charming. And my son asked me why people would wants birds in a cage? and well I had no answer.
Recommended to all Bird-Lovers, to all looking to read a story with substance.
Who is your Valentine this year? The Husband or the Kiddo? Mine has been 1 kid for the last 5 years and this year I have 2! Am I lucky or what? Valentine’s day is a beautiful time to read some great books on love and snuggle up with hot chocolate. Yes, it is true that you do not need to annotate a day to define your love for your precious child, but then what is life if you do not celebrate love! Here are some of our very favorite books on the theme love, and if you have read them already – get that scissors out and celebrate with some hearts!
This book was written by the author as a gift to his sons. It is about how parents love there kids even when they behave badly. Through sea of bad behaviors or good ones, I love you! – this is the sweet and simple message of the book. After reading this, won’t it be just so cute to make these Heart -garlands from Hands on as we grow.
I love the girls name in this book , *Cornelia Augusta*. One day, Cornelia finds that instead of water it is pouring hearts everywhere. She catches as many as she can and makes some thoughtful gifts for her dear friends and mails it to them. Once you are done with this uber-cute book, make this utterly-butterly cute craft from Glued to Crafts
This is a fantastic picture book that is a metaphor for the overwhelming love one feels for their child, no matter what age. The lines from this book are easily my favorite to whisper to Aarya at night –
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
Goose is sad and his friends try to cheer him up with all the things they *think* he might like, but Goose really just wants a hug! I just LOVE the illustrations.
Hug has just 1 word all through and that is ‘HUG’. I love this book for its simplicity , sweetness. Baby Chimp sees that everyone has someone of there own to hug and realizes he has no one to hug. This Hug craft from The Party Event would be an awesome gift to send to Grandparents, on this day 🙂
This is such a colorful and gorgeous book with all animals made out of hearts. One of the books that’s made to be used in Crafts! Check out Storytime ABC’s post on how she re-created the animals. You could do it too, get the book, it is so adorable!
It is all about the undying love that a Mom feels no matter what how stinky the child gets in ths Valentine Special selection
(just kidding). You could make this adorable picture frame with stuff you have at home and decorate with hearts!
This Valentine Day book teaches kids to work in groups and eventually together. One of the best books to use in a classroom or even with siblings. Create a Large Heart and do a Valentine Craft like Barefeet on the dashboard!
I hope you read some of these, or some other books on Love. Happy Valentine’s day to you and yours.
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India’s 67th Republic Day is here and like every year, we decided to do some activities to understand the meaning and the importance of this day in history for us.
For understanding Republic day and it’s significance we hunted out our copy of We the Children of India a preamble to our constitution by Leila Seth ( Buy on Amazon.in). Leila Seth, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and the first woman Chief Justice of a state in India – is the esteemed author of this child – friendly book geared for 5 plus kids. Read full review of the book on Saffron Tree.
Once we read and understood that 67 years ago, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar wrote the longest Constitution (which took him 2 years 11 months to complete), we decided to write our own set of rules for Aaryanjali Mansion. He also set forth, creating his own flag.
We decided next to read Ira, the Dolphin ( Tulika Books). Ira is a River Dolphin ( which is our National Aquatic Animal ) and this beautiful book gives us a glimpse of where it lives, how it survives and what dangers it faces on a daily basis. All the images used in the book are real.
We then play the National Symbol Memory Game. I just downloaded our natinal symbol images from the internet, cut them out and stuck them on thick cardstock.
Aarya knows them all but still gets confused with a couple, and this game was a great reinforcement. Anjali, played for a while then just sat there with the Tiger. She loves Tigers. While playing, we tried to remember the various facts about our Flag. The Colors in our Flag – saffron, white and green represent courage and sacrifice, peace and truth, and faith and chivalry respectively. And that the Chakra has 24 spokes.
Our 2nd President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan once explained our flag in the below terms ( copied from Wikipedia)
Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change, what better read than the very popular and singular book on the
Moving on to our 3rd activity, we did a Me on the Map activity. Its basically 4 paper-plates. And I printed out :
World Map ( with Asia highlighted)
India Map – I asked him to color Maharashtra in this)
He put a dot on Mumbai in the Maharashtra Map, I printed out.
The 1st paper which has the biggest diameter will have the world Map ( I have Asia highlighted here for Aarya to understand that we are in the Asian Continent. He identifies India on the continent ( pretty easy!!). Then we take the 2nd paper plate which is smaller than the last plate ( I cut off 1 cm from the outer edge) and glue the Indian Map. He right away tells me which one is Maharashtra ( we also point to Karnataka, where he was born and Kerala where his parents are from). He color Maharashtra. Next we take the 3rd paper plate, cut off 2 cms from the outer edge and glue the map of Maharashtra – we put a dot on Mumbai and write the spelling ( still learning). On the last paper plate, I cut off 3 cms and attach 2 small pieces of paper for him to write our locality’s name and our address. We are still learning the spellings, but he knows it verbally now.
This activity brings into our place in the world. Later he pointed out on the world map, where Mumbai was, pretty awesome – right?
For our next activity, we decided we needed to learn the names of ALL the 29 states in our country ( not focusing on Union territories this month ). And for that we created this game.
Print out of the Name of the states ( with corresponding numbers). Laminate it for durability
Number token from 1 to 29 ( We used the number tokens from Housie game we own)
Pick out number token
Identify number on the map
call out the corresponding state name
if it is correct, then keep the state name card, else the chance passes to the next player.
whoever gets the maximum card wins!
You can take it a step forward by including the capital names. Also include the union territories. Aarya doesn’t know even 5 yet but he is learning and walks around with the map. It is fascinating to see his interests. I hope to expand and make Geography fun for him ( because i found it boring and never was good at it.)
For the Republic day, we hope to see the Parade on TV. Make new Rules for Aaryanjali Mansion and maybe also create a FLAG! We also intend to do some gorgeous India- themed activities, from this super – awesome post from Artsy Craftsy Mom. All in one place, and pretty much has it ALL.
There is a republic Day Blog-hop hosted by the wonderful Artsy-Craftsy Mom, and I am part of it. Visit all the fabulous Mommies, and be inspired.
We all celebrate Lord Ganesha’s birthday and it was a special treat to hear all the stories that Grandparents lovingly told about the naughty yet wise Elephant God! This year along with Lord Ganesha’s idol, bring home some Picture books about Lord Ganesha and enjoy them! Just like icing on the cake, nothing can be better than listening to your Granny telling you stories, but books will add to the lovely experience!
Sanjay Gupta’s illustrations in this adorable story about Ganesha’s sweet tooth makes it a notch irresistible! Who doesn’t like the laddoo gobbling baby Ganesha! And haven’t you called your laddoo gobbling little kid, a Ganapati lovingly? And how did little Ganesha help Vyasa in writing Mahabharata, when read and find out!
The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, and his friend Mr. Mouse, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.
“Mama, why is Ganesha always worshipped first in any Puja?”
No worries! In this tale from Apno Rajasthan 2 storytellers Pappuram and Kojaram (who are kaavadiya bhaats) tell us there own version of why Lord Ganesha is always worshipped first, before any other god or goddess.
The fantastic thing is that the concept of Storytelling Boxes (kaavads) is as old as the legend, and it is heartening to see it depicted so well in a Picture Book! These 2 story actually make us realise that at the end, all the stories are end! Does your culture ave a story about why Lord Ganesha is worshipped first! Mine has, and I will share it with you in another post 🙂
Description (from Tulikabooks.com)
Pappuram and Kojaram are kaavadiya bhaats, storytellers from Rajasthan. Each has his own favourite story about why Lord Ganesha is always worshipped first, before any other god or goddess. They open their kaavads, the beautifully painted storytelling boxes, and begin – only to realise at the end of it that the stories may be different, but are still really the same!
In this is captured the nature of myths and their telling, that there is no one story about anything, it can always be this as much as that, across cultures or within the same, as here. Typical of kaavadiyas is the flat manner of narrating even improbable situations – anything can happen, that’s how it is…
Bhakti Mathur has an excellent series of books devoted to various festivals and Gods, and each one is well crafted to include just enough info for the 3 to 5s. We have bought her books on festivals and now are exploring the ones about the Deities!
Ganesha s birthday is celebrated With fun and lots of fanfare His idols are placed on the rolling seas With ardent prayer and gentle care. Ganesha, loved by all Is the son of Shiva and Parvati. This is the story of his birth and how His elephant head came to be.
This book is not just about Lord Ganesha, but almost all the popular Gods, monsters demons, battles, everything! But the most attractive things about this little book are the illustrations and the fun way the story is told! This book would make a wonderful gift to any age group! Introducing our young ones to our Gods is not an easy task, but Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth author does a commendable job! Can’t wait to get our hands on his Ramayana book.
In The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut it off!) and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One” (she’s a bit goth).
Alphabet books are not just A is for Apple, Bis for Ball! There are very many books who teach the alphabet in a fun and interactive way! Today I list some of our very favorite books that teach the Alphabet!
Alphabets are Amazing Animals by the very talented author Anushka Ravishankar is a quirky but fun alphabet book. With verses for each letter, Anushka explores the alphabets with your beginning reader! This book from one of our favorite publishers, Tara books is perfect for the older preschoolers, and a fun addition to your library!
Baby Buffaloes Blow Big Blue Bubbles, Careless Crocodiles Catch Cold and Plump Penguins Play Ping-Pong. Combining alliteration, rhyme and images in unexpected and thrilling ways, Alphabets Are Amazing Animals is specially designed for children who have just begun to read and recognise words. With repetitive sounds that help children hone their phonetic abilities, and new words mixing with old ones, to help build a child’s vocabulary, these jolly scenes of animals engaging in hilarious situations, brought to life by joyful art, will delight young children.
Who doesn’t know Dr. Suess! This Alphabet book from Dr. Suess just like all of his other books is fun. With some non-sensical phrases this is fun for the preschooler who understands and enjoys some laughs! Aarya did not understand any of it when he was 2 or even 3. But now is slowly warming up to it. Now is the time, where he understands humor too!
BIG R, little r, what begins with R? Rosy’s red rhinoceros. R…r…R
Alphabet Dress up has been a clear favorite from the time this book entered our home! I have read this so many times, that I confess I have hidden it a couple of times so that I don’t have to read it again. It also comes with a set of Alphabet dress up flash cards, which are fun to explore the Alphabets and play some games too!
I love this book because it promotes imagination, independent play and dressing -up! There is also a fun I-Spy element added in, which makes this book a winner in my son’s eyes, because he loves finding the letters that hidden cleverly in the beautiful illustrations! This is one book you should definitely own!
With silly verse filled with fun puns and just enough tongue-in-cheek to keep readers of all ages tickled, this is a zany, never-before introduction to the English alphabet. Exuberant visuals play with letter shapes while a colourful cast dances, bounces and leaps across the pages.
ABC3D by Marion Batallie published by Tara Books is a spectacular 3D Pop- up book! It is clever, interactive and interesting, all at the same time. It is Winner of the 2010 Meggendorfer Prize, watch this short video, to get a feel of the book! One to have on your coffee table!
Isn’t it amazing? We loved this one!
A was an Apple Pie by Edward Lear is one of Aarya’s favorite sing-along Alphabet book. PreS-K. Caldecott Honor artist MacDonald has adapted and illustrated Edward Lear’s beloved 1871 nonsensical alphabet. It is fun, sing-song and nonsensical! There are differences from the original 1971 classic, but I personally love this version!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. is a classic Alphabet book that I think everyone should own. It teaches the alphabet, their sequence in a fun and engaging way! There is a video on youtube for parents to use it with the book and it is amazing how easily kids pick up anything when you make it fun! Aarya started singing ‘A told B, B told C, I will meet you at the top of the coconut tree’ way ahead of saying A B Cs. At nearly 5, Aarya still loves this book and enjoys watching the video!
What Pete Ate from A to Z is a multi – award winner and is a must have for any dog-lover! Is there anything Pete won’t eat? Poppy’s charming yellow dog starts off by eating Rocky’s accordion. All of it. He snacks on a bouncing ball that belongs to Uncle Bennie’s dog Buster, and so on! This fun book which is for the slightly older crowd, explores the Alphabet in a fun way! There are many new words that are explored. A good addition to the little one’s library!
Which kid doesn’t like trucks, but Garbage Trucks, not so much! But I Stink! follows the whole day of a Garbage Truck telling you exactly what it does. It also discusses the type of trash we generate…and why is this an alphabet book? Well because it tells you what Garbage it carries from A to Z. Sounds yucky? yes it does but it is a great book to introduce kids to Trash, Recycling and what really happens to the stuff we throw in the dust-bins!
“What’s that? You think I stink? WHOOOOO-WHEE! Do I ever! No skunk ever stunk this bad! Go, hold your nose, but think about it – Without Me? You’re on Mount Trash-o-rama, baby.
Alphabet Under Construction by Dennis Fleming was one of the first books we ever owned! It is simple, has amazing, bold illustrations and minimal texts. Mouse starts constructing each letter of the alphabet. He dyes the D, erases the E, and folds the F. Mouse works his way right through to Z, constructing an alphabet that surpasses even the wildest artistic imagination. This book is a GREAT book for alphabet activities! Love this book a lot!
Did your favorite Alphabet book make the list? Is there any other book you might want to add? There are a lot of other books we have on our wishlist, share yours as well!
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Yesterday we went on the Mumbai Locals for the first time! My very good friend, a book lover too, took the major risk of taking an unpredicatable friend and her 4 yr old sonalong! I almost whined .. I almost got frustrated…. but my son.. he was an ace all through. He drank in the experience, enjoyed every bit of it and crashed into his bed with a happy face! We had gone to Somaya Bhavan to be at our happy place, an awesome bookstore Kitab Khana! There picture book collection is exquisite and it such a cosy place that you don’t want to come out. H had to literally drag me out or did I drag her out? Even though I do most of my shopping online including books, once in a while I really love to spend time sifting through books to bring back favorite for our shelves!
Everyone I meet any book lover, I tell them to visit this beautiful store.
While we are on the topic of shopping, did you hear about the Great Online Shopping Festival. (GOSF)? I didn’t know about it, until I stumbled upon an email from Hopscotch.in about it. There are awesome discounts, prizes to be won and loads of savings on regular – priced items! So if you regularly shop at Flipkart, Amazon, Babyoye and the likes, I am sure you will find there site beneficial. The GOSF goes live in less than 3 days and I cannot wait to get discounts for my favorite sites – Amazon, Flipkart, Babyoye and Hopscotch! And as I order my food via Foodpanda.com I cannot wait for the Justeat Coupons. Go check them out and see if your favorite retailer is hosting GOSF?