Category: Kiddo Activities

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box – Review

Play Shifu Explorer Box
Play Shifu Explorer Box

After we tried our Play Shifu Travel box and had loads of fun, we decided to try Play Shifu Space Explorer Box! We are having a lot of fun with our Play Shifu Space Explorer Box, and here is our review of it!


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 !!

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box
What’s Inside – Play Shifu Space Explorer Box

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 –

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box
Image created using Play Shifu Space Explorer Box App
  1. Solar System
  2. Universe
  3. Space Related Technology
  4. Space Explorers


How do I use it with my 7year old –

  1. I let him explore on his own a couple of times, So that he gets familiar with it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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.

10 absolutely adorable Valentine’s Day Books and Crafts

10 absolutely adorable Valentine’s Day Books and Crafts

Valentine Day Books, related craft activities for preschoolers

Favourite Indian Republic Day Activities and Reads!

Favourite Indian Republic Day Activities and Reads!

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. So here are some of our Favourite Indian Republic Day Activities and reads!17128255

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 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 :

  1. World Map ( with Asia highlighted)
  2. India Map – I asked him to color Maharashtra in this)
  3. 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. PicMonkey Collage.jpg

For this game you will need :

  1. Print out of this Map from Wikipedia
  2. Print out of the Name of the states ( with corresponding numbers). Laminate it for durability
  3. Number token from 1 to 29 ( We used the number tokens from Housie game we own)

Rules :

  1. Pick out number token
  2. Identify number on the map
  3. call out the corresponding state name
  4. if it is correct, then keep the state name card, else the chance passes to the next player.
  5. 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.)IMG_5039

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.

Republic Day activities


Happy Republic Day!


Getting Back to my Space, my love!

Hi everyone,

Back Again after a LONG break.

I missed this space a lot, so I am back again!

Hope to post some Good Christmas books, we have been reading!

What are you all reading?


Picture Books about Lord Ganesha!

Picture Books about Lord Ganesha!

ganesha-collageWe 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!

1. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Gupta


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!

Description :

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.

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2. It’s all the same by Nina Sabnani


“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

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…

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3. Amma, Tell Me About Ganesha by Bhakti Mathur


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.

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4.  The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow by Sanjay Gupta


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.

Description :

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).

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A very Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to you and yours from us! I hope you find a way past all the hurdles in your journey to your fulfillment.


March is Read Aloud Month!


Thanks to all you lovely Moms on my Facebook Page!!
Let’s make this coming month fun!!

Each day of March, I will read 1 book to my children and post about it here!

How can you participate?

You can share the picture of the book you read to your adorable monsters too.

Giveaway! !

All the people who complete this challenge will be entered to win a Rs 250 gift coupon from Amazon!!

Tag your friends, spread the word and let’s all.have fun and find more amazing reads!

Come join me on this page or on my FB page!

Our Favorite Alphabet Picture Books!

Our Favorite Alphabet Picture Books!



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.

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!

Hey, That’s an A! by Jerry Pinto is another Alphabet book that we have enjoyed. This book from our favorite publisher Tulika Books is also loved in our home!

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!alpphavet

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