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50 Ways To Keep The Kids Busy This Summer Vacation – The Minimalist Way

posted by Anupriya June 5, 2018 26 Comments

With a houseful of three kids (for those who have followed my posts know that I have two boys. Yes there’s another girl in the house, my boys’ first cousin. We live in a joint family) , all under five, summer vacations did not pose a very pleasing proposition to me. I have dreaded this years summer vacation with all my might and pondered on every resource available trying to figure out how I could keep the kids busy throughout the vacations.  Summer camps and activity classes were an option, but most of the options available last only a week or so that too just 3-4 hours a day. This really wasn’t a sustainable solution. To add to that the kids constantly insisted that they do everything together. My elder son is the only one at a respectable age to gain from the summer camps and like activities, but he won’t go alone.

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A Quite Book for Some Quite Fun and Learning Time

posted by Anupriya March 30, 2018 1 Comment

I first came across Quite Book on the internet while searching for DIY activities for kids.  The colorfully assembled books immediately caught my fancy and I set out to make one for my niece, to gift the same to her for her birthday.

Oh for those who are wondering what exactly is a quite book, a quick search on the same will tell you that a Quite Book is nothing but an ensemble of activities for kids that they can work on alone or with assistance. Quite Book is also known by names such as Soft Book, Busy Book or a Cloth Book. The best part about quite books us that they are extremely colorful and can be customized as per the kid’s age and interest. The activities mostly focus on skills like matching, sorting, imaginative play etc. Continue Reading

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5 Places in Kolkata My Kids Never Get Bored Of – #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

posted by Anupriya March 2, 2018 6 Comments

I grew up in an extremely well planned city with various attractions within easy reach for residents.  When I was young, any place in Chandigarh was never more than 30 minutes drive away.  While there was a plethora of gardens to be visited in Chandigarh, there were also many tourist attractions to go to for a day trip. So our parents took us for an outing to a nearby attraction most Sundays, except for those when we had exams.

When I came to live in Kolkata post marriage, I did a lot of research on places where one can go for day trips with kids. I was a little disappointed with my observations. The reason being that while the city of joy does have a few day trip options, but most destinations would be more comfortable for an overnight stay, if I was to travel with my kids. Or else I think I have to wait for a couple of years to make my kids comfortable with long road trips. But until then I’d have to keep them busy on Sundays. Afterall that is one day they really look forward to. Their dad’s home and they want to go out with him. A little research and I came up with this doable list of places which promise enough activity and entertainment for kids under five years of age. Continue Reading

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3 Ways to celebrate a Memorable Holi with kids

posted by Anupriya February 26, 2018 8 Comments

I grew up in an old colony like atmosphere, where the premises were closed like the modern day residential complexes. We did not have to worry about trespassers and our parents let us lose anywhere within the premises. Also because all heads of the families living in the colony worked in the same office, our parents did not really have to worry about our naughty endeavors, because in every nook and corner of the colony, there was someone who would identify us. Before we would reached our homes, our parents would be informed over the phone, about what we have been upto.  But then we had the craziest fun during the festivals with dozens of kids forming groups based on their age groups and having the fun of their lifetime.

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4 Ways how My 5 year old Celebrated Republic Day

posted by Anupriya January 27, 2018 9 Comments

My earliest memories of Republic Day are waking up and jumping infront of the television to watch the Republic Day parade. At that age, I was more excited about the tableaux from various states and the cultural performances. A few years later, we participated in the school parade and witnessed the flag hoisting ceremony by our principal. The significance of Republic Day came in much later when we academically understood the meaning of the ‘The Republic of India’ and ‘Constitution’.

When I came across this prompt, I wondered that what I could tell my 5 year old, to mark the significance of the day. He is too young to understand the concept of ‘Constitution’ and ‘Republic’, yet I definitely wished to make him realize that this was a day as significant or rather more than other festivals that we celebrate actively. I raked my mind for things to do with my son but could not really come up with anything of significance. But as the day progressed, it turned out that my son and I were automatically tuned into the patriotic spirit. Here’s what we did –

Stand Up to the National Anthem

Nik like every student is used to the national anthem in school, but I made a conscious effort to play and sing the national anthem even at home. He obviously asked me that why I was playing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ song at home today. I told him 🙂

Watched the Parade on Television with Him

This year I was keen on watching the Republic Day parade after several years. Reason that I had pulled Nik out of the bed and put him infront of the Television for him to watch the parade. To my delight, he was really excited on watching the various armed forces. He wanted to understand the difference between the Army, Air Force and Navy. It goes without saying that he enjoyed the tableaux.

Draw and Color the National Flag

Nik’s cousin who goes to playschool received a paper national flag in her school. Nik saw the same and was immediately keen on drawing one. So we got to the job and colored our way to make a national flag.

Story Telling

I have come to believe that story telling is an omnipresent rescuer.  I spent some time telling Nik about how we were a child country and did not know how to do our work. So to tell everyone about how work is to be done and who should do what, a book was written. On Republic Day, we celebrate the buying of that book.

I know this is only a remotely related description of a much larger and wider subject. But I thought, for starters it’d be good to go and do enough to instill some sense of purpose to the school holiday named ‘Republic Day’.

I am linking this post to #MondayMommyMoments by Amrita and Deepa

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5 Favorite Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers

posted by Anupriya January 25, 2018 9 Comments

The moment you think about starting methodical learning activities for your toddler, I am sure you tend to think of Nursery Rhymes among many other things. Apart from the fact that Nursery Rhymes are immense fun, they serve a larger role in laying your toddlers learning foundation. Rhymes are the first lines that your toddler will learn to memorize without any pressure of performance. But there are several other benefits that makes rhymes very important for a toddlers growth & development.

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How We Spent our Winter Vacations and Glided into 2018

posted by Anupriya January 4, 2018 10 Comments

As I embark on a new year with new set of resolutions and promises to do better as a mother and in individual, multi-tasking remains on the top slot in my ‘aspirations’ list. My elder son’s winter vacations just concluded and he is back to school today, and thus I am back to blogging.  I missed writing throughout the vacations, but was not able to spare any time for doing so and keeping up with my blogging calendar. Reason?

I was very busy making my kids’ vacations fun!

What did we do?

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