DIY Cardboard Play Fence, Rainbow Gate & Play Food Stall

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For some reason, pizza fascinates little children, isn’t it? Taking a pizza order, preparing pizza, and serving it to customers used to be one of my boy’s favourite pretend plays. For the fascination he had on pizzas, I took him to a pizza place one day. Much to my surprise, pizza wasn’t to his liking.…

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In pursuit of Quietude

Quietude? Ha! It was not even the last thing I could dream of, as a new mom. Baby crying was, yes, one constant sound of the day and the night. However, it wasn’t all. By quietude, I not only mean the stillness from noises but also the silence of mind and being. With multiple responsibilities of managing home,…

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How ‘Play-nourished’ or ‘Play-deprived’ was your Childhood?

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What emotion does the title of this post bring in you? What is the first image/scene/incident/memory that comes to your mind when you think about ‘play’ in your childhood? What/who did you often pretend as, in your childhood? With this post, I am kick starting the new series, All about Playtime, on my blog. For…

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Ask me, My Boy, the Story of your Birth!

  On bended knee, I awaited thee. I watched months flee; one, two three, Before the Lord could hear my plea.   One day, through destiny’s interplay, I read somewhere, 4 almonds a day, Shall unlock a womb’s doorway.   “What’s in an almond, to carry?” Ask me, my boy, if you want to see…

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A Hundred Little Flames – 100 Thoughtful Questions from a 4-Year-Old!

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Have you ever listened to the questions children ask? Have you ever witnessed the evolution of perception, by an infant and gradually through his/her childhood? Have you ever tried to look around the world and within you through a child’s brain? If you have experienced any of these, you would know how amazing it is…

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All about Playtime – A New Series on the Blog

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All about Playtime is a new series on the blog on kids’ playtime. Please join me in. Let’s understand the power of play; facilitate our children’s playtime and allow them to savor what their childhood deserves.

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Play it Right! – Bloggers' Meet by Skola Toys (Chennai Edition)

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The 8th of December, 2017 saw us, a bunch of bloggers, educationists and child therapists meet at the Park Hotel, Chennai for a warm discussion on the effects of dictation vs discovery on early learning in children. The meet was organized by Skola Toys where we had the chance to interact with Mridula Sridhar, Co-Founder of Skola Toys. Post the discussion, we took a walk around the display of Skola Toys collection. As a participant blogger, I feel privileged to bring to you the fine points, videos and photographs from the meet.

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Handcrafted Christmas Play Set

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Welcome to Play & Be Merry, my Small, Home-based, Online Store of Handcrafted Toys and Play Activities for Children. This handcrafted Christmas play set marks the simple and humble opening of Play and Be Merry! What does Christmas remind you?
Santa? Christmas tree? Tree ornaments? Christmas bells? Gifts? Sleigh? Reindeer? Snow? Snowman? Gingerbread house?
Stockings? Stars? Christmas wreath? Pointsettia? Candycane? What if your child gets a play version of all of it in a package? Yes, fuel the imaginative minds of your little ones with this enchanting Christmas Play Set!

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Understanding Parenting…..

The more our four-year-old boy is learning to express his emotions and thoughts, the more I can relate it all to either the father’s or mine. One day, when I heard him shout for something silly, it pricked me, for I saw me in him. It was a reminder that I need to slow down, get to the ground and supervise my temper. The more I see him mirror one or both of us, the more I understand parenting. That parenting isn’t just the interaction between the parents and the children; but beyond, on a deeper note, parenting is the integration of the family as a whole. 

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Globe Trotters Box – United Kingdom (Kids’ Activity Box): Review

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Globe Trotters Box is an activity box for children available in India on a subscription basis. It provides interesting learning activities for children aged 4 to 12 years on the theme, ‘countries of the world’. Each box contains starter materials aimed at learning the geography, art and culture of a specific country. Children make use of the box contents to create, solve or learn through an activity such that while working on the activity they also get to learn facts about the country.

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