How to Help Kids Develop Interest in Maths

Maths is an interesting subject, however, it is often perceived as difficult or tough by most of us. This perception of ours often gets ingrained among the children which later gets converted in maths phobia. To get rid of this phobia or to make sure that kids do not develop it, I always made sure to make my kids number friendly right from the very beginning. It is not about making kids study maths or drilling them with maths exercises instead it is about involving and creating activities with numbers so that kids develop an interest in them.


Maths in Nature
Maths is everywhere around us. We often fail to notice or observe it. Recently, while helping my daughter in her school projects, I came across this very interesting topic of Maths in Nature. It’s a great way of letting kids know how maths is present in nature and is an essential part of it. For older kids, let them observe and notice the patterns and symmetry in leaves, flowers, trees and animals.
For younger kids, take them for a nature walk and let them observe the lines, shapes and sizes of different leaves and flowers. Let them compare their colours, textures, sizes.


Maths in Real Life
Let the kids explore the various aspects of Maths in everyday life. While walking on the road, we can point out the pattern of the zebra crossing. The comparison in the size of different vehicles, the shapes of various buildings. Older kids can be asked to observe 3 D shapes in various buildings. They can be shown the pictures of different structures like pyramids, tombs, rectangular buildings and so on.


Fun Games with Maths
Remember, hopscotch? We could play this fun game based on numbers for hours at a stretch. This game is based on numbers, forward counting, backward and skip counting. How about taking this game a little forward and writing multiplication tables in each block? Children will have fun learning tables and never forget them.


Maths Based Board Games

Games like Snakes and ladder, monopoly, Business, Ludo and various card games like UNO, playing cards and even Tambola help kids develop an interest in numbers from the very beginning. If parents get involved while playing such games with their children, they will find numbers fun.

There are a number of other activities which I did with my daughters to make them number friendly. Once, the child develops an inclination towards numbers, they will always find it easy while learning in their later life in school.

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समंदर का लहरों से रिश्ता

समंदर ने कहा लहरों से, “कुछ देर तो थम जा बाहों में,
यूँ मचलती है क्यूँ , यूँ उछलती है क्यूँ,
क्या रखा हैं उन किनारों में.”
लहरें ना थमी , ना रुकी, ना ठहरी,
कहने लगी, “किनारा है मेरी मंजिल, ना तू मेरी राहों में,
किनारा करता है मेरा इंतज़ार , जाना है ज़रूरी , ना तू मेरे पास,

समंदर था गहरा, हुआ अशांत और अकेला,
देख चंदा की शीतलता , आखिर पूछ ही बैठा ,
कैसे रोकूं इन चंचल लहरों को, कैसेे थामूं इन्हें अपनी बाहों मे ,”
चाँद मुस्कुराया और बोला, “तू परेशान है क्यूँ , तू उदास है क्यूँ,
तू तो समंदर है , लहरों का घर है,
किनारा तो एक आकर्षण है, एक भ्रम है,
उसकी धरती पर तो मिट्टी है, जो उङ जाती है हवाओं से,”

समंदर हुआ शांत, धरधीर बहा के नीर,
चुपचाप देखता रहा लहरों को ,
लहरें आती जाती रहती ,
समंदर सिसकियाँ भरता रहता ,
कुछ तरसती आखों से , कुछ सुबकती साँसों से ,
दिल में दर्द को दबाये रहता ,
रात को चाँद फिर आया , अपनी शीतलता फिर लाया ,
समंदर फिर संभला , फिर कुछ ठहरा ,
उसकी उदासी बस चाँद ही समझता.


The Far End of The Ocean

I am like a Phoenix, I burn myself down,

Only to re-emerge from my own ashes,
I create my own destiny, I create my own universe,
Thy world does not belong to me,
For, perhaps , I do not belong to thee,

Peace, solemnity and solace are words
Which I identify myself with,
The unspoken, in the spoken world,
A stranger in thy universe,
It’s a cage, I want to flee,

Someday, we will meet, in the far end of the ocean,
Where the heat melts and the horizons cheat,
Till then I will wait for thee,
For thy universe needs thee more,
With demands which are unending,

I see thee ever giving up, for that might be your destiny,
My world is always blissful and soothing like a remedy,
It’s a place which gives solace,
To the parched soul and the barren liaison,

I’ll wait for you till eternity or the day I shall die,
For I see thee remain unaffected by the pain residing in me,
The different worlds that we belong to,
The difference shall forever be,
The far end of the ocean I see as the only place for me and thee.

5 Tips to Teach Kids About How to Save Water

We are celebrating Earth Day this week. Just as we have started realising the importance of conservation of our natural environment and taking various steps around it, it is equally important to make kids understand it also. Children are the future of this world. It is more important for them to learn and follow the steps towards saving their environment.
Water is the most important resource and kids love to play with water. However, in this natural tendency, they tend to waste a lot of water. It is important to take necessary steps around their playing with water which should ensure that there is minimum wastage and maximum enjoyment also.

Tips to save water for kids
1. Kids love to play while taking a bath. They love making bubbles and splashing water here and there. While giving kids a bath. Instead of giving them bath in a shower can use a tub filled with water. After bathing the child, the water can be used for washing toilets or flushing.
2. While brushing and washing their hands, they tend to leave the tap running for and play in water. We can make them understand that how it leads to wastage of water and instead keep a bucket full of water in the bathroom for washing their hands or brushing.

3. Children drink less water at a time. If we give them a glass full of water, they leave half of it. We can keep a tumbler or a separate bottle for them and encourage them to drink from it. If they leave water in a glass, encourage them to use that water for the plants.
4. A lot of water is discarded by RO water purifiers. We can collect that water and keep it in a bucket. Let kids use that water for watering the plants or flushing purposes.
5. Tell them about various ways of recycling or reusing water. While washing pulses and vegetables, we can show them that water can be collected in a separate utensil after washing the pulses and vegetables and can be used for various other washing or cleaning purposes.

Water is important for everyone and we need to save every drop of it. If we teach our kids about saving water right from the beginning, they develop the right habits to save every single drop of it.

Activities for Learning Patterns and Free Printable

Patterns are found everywhere around us. They bring order and regularity in our lives. You must have noticed how even a small child starts forming patterns and learns to put up random objects in a certain kind of pattern. For example, even a toddler quickly starts joining blocks and gives them a certain order. Kids find it too interesting to arrange utensils like bowls and spoons in a certain order or pattern. This is because it is our basic tendency to create an order or arrange the things out of unorderly things.

Why learning patterns is important for children?
Patterns are all around us, be it buildings, flowers, trees, bridges, floor tiles and so on. Patterns are taught as a part of maths, bet they are used in almost every subject. Even music and dance has patterns. Learning about patterns is an important part of future learning. They help in making predictions and generalizations. It is a basic maths skill. Patterns help us to create a balance and bring harmony in our everyday lives. They also help us in learning logic, sequencing and structure.

How to teach patterns to kids?
Patterns are not only easy to learn but interesting also. Recently, I did a few simple activities to teach pattern to my daughter. I used simple things like spoons, butter knives, forks, pens and pencils for this activity.

I arranged similar objects in simple pattern and asked her to put in the line which object comes next. We did this activity for a while taking various objects and changing the pattern. She enjoyed it a lot.

Also, the best way to teach pattern is take the kids outdoor and let them observe pattern in real life like zebra crossing, pattern on a tree, the arrangement of various pots and plants in the garden and so on.
Once, the child has learnt patterns and can create pattern on his own. You can give them worksheets or printable for practice.
I am attaching here the downloadable version of a few worksheets that I created and gave my daughter to practice patterns. Click on the link below to download free printable for learning patterns.

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