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Best for Baby, Best for Mama: Mama Earth Product Review  

A mother’s body under goes many changes during pregnancy and after delivery. All these changes adversely affect our skin. The stretch marks and uneven skin tone due to lack of sleep and other reasons are two major visible signs of all these changes. For this mama earth has brought some very useful products which help to deal with them in a most natural way.


Mama Earth Essential Body Oil
During pregnancy our skin becomes very itchy and stretchy which leaves stretch marks after delivery. To reduce stretchiness and itchiness of the skin during pregnancy, mama earth essential body oil proves to be very helpful.
Its key ingredients like Sea buckthorn oil, passion fruit, almond oil, olive oil, mulberry extract, jojoba oil, argan oil, green tea oil, lavender oil, geranium oil and vitamin E oil are extremely beneficial for the skin. It does not have mineral oils and is paraben free.
It can be used from the second trimester onwards to prevent stretch marks after delivery.


Bye Bye Blemishes
Worried about dark spots and uneven skin tone? Mama earth brings to you, Bye Bye Blemishes Cream for correcting uneven skin tone and dark spots. It helps in reducing pigmentation by restricting the melanin deposits which appears as dark spots on the face. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Its key ingredients are: mulberry extract, shea butter, lavender oil, olea europaea fruit oil, daisy flower extract and hydrogenated olive oil.
Use liberally on freshly cleaned skin twice a day and a visible difference can be noticed within a few days.


Mama Earth Milky Soft Face Cream for Babies
Mama Earth’s milky soft face cream for babies helps in keeping dryness at bay. It takes care of the baby’s delicate skin in a most natural way. It moisturises the skin deeply and prevents dryness by forming a skin barrier. It is also helpful in dealing with skin eczema, chapped and dry skin.
Its key ingredients are almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, glycerine, shea butter, sesame oil, cocoa butter, murumuru butter, lavender oil and milk protein.
All these ingredients are extremely beneficial in keeping the skin soft and supple. Also, it is dermatologically tested and does not contain any harmful chemicals.
Where can you buy these?
Mama Earth products can be bought from their official site: https://mamaearth.in/

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Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On and After Bite Roll on : Product Review

I must say, every time, my kiddo sees a new mama earth product, she runs after it and becomes excited to use it. She loves to see the cute baby animals on its bottles and knows it is something for her. She adores the fragrance of mama earth products and loves to use them. For me, it is my trusted brand now.

This time mama earth has come up with the solution of two very common problems of babies that makes every mother easily worried:

1. Colic

2. Insect bite

Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On

Every mother knows how painful it is to see her baby crying and unable to sleep at night due to colic. Colic is very common in babies. I used to keep asafoetida handy and apply it around the navel of my baby by mixing it in water and making a paste. It’s a common home remedy that works well most of the time.

Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On has Olive Oil, Hing oil, Dill seed oil, fennel oil, peppermint oil and ginger oil as its key ingredients. When babies get colic, all one has to do it to gently rub the roll on around the navel. It provides relief in no time to the baby.

The roll on bottle is very easy to carry and can be easily kept in the diaper bags. It is very handy and easy to use.

It is 100% natural and does not contain any chemicals or alcohol.

Mama Earth after Bite Roll On

No mother likes to see the swelling on the apple cheeks of their little ones after insect bites. The swelling and itchiness can become very painful at times. Mama Earth after bite roll on works very effectively against mosquito and other insect bite. Its key ingredients are coconut oil, calendula oil, peppermint oil and Roman Chamomile Oil.

The anti- bacterial and anti- fungal properties of coconut oil are very helpful in soothing rashes, disinfecting cuts and promoting healing of wounds. Calendula oil helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin. Peppermint oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the skin. Roman Chamomile oil acts as a skin healer and relieves skin irritations.

With the goodness of all these natural oils and a perfectly easy to carry roll on bottle makes Mama Earth after Bite Roll on the perfect solution to insect bites for kids.

Where to Buy

Mama Earth products are available on all the leading online portals and also from their official site : https://mamaearth.in/

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The Inheritors: Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success by Sonu Bhasin – Book Review

Wondering how to grow your business and looking for some inspiration? Thinking as to how some businesses grow so big and while some are still struggling to make the ends meet?

The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin is just what you are looking for.

About the Author

Sonu Bhasin is one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry and has led businesses in senior leadership positions during her role as director, ING Barings; president, Axis Bank; and group President, Yes Bank. Currently, Sonu is an independent director of boards of well-known companies.

She is the founder of Families and Business (FAB), a platform for family-owned businesses, and the editor of Families & Business magazine.

Blurb of the book

Why did Harsh Mariwala leave his family business? Why did the Burman family quit the day-to-day operations of Dabur? How did the Dhingras turn a collapsing business into India’s second largest paint company?

The Inheritors offers a fascinating behind- the- scenes look at what goes on in Marico, Dabur, Keventers, Berger Paints, Select Group, Motilal Oswal and many more. The book focuses on culture, family politics, ego battles, business rivalries and a lot more. And then, of course, there are the inheritors themselves- some take the businesses to greater heights while others lead them to doom.

Review

Sonu Bhasin has chosen storytelling method while writing about the inheritors of the so-called big business houses and brands as we know them today. The story telling method makes the book very interesting and highly relatable. It is very interesting to know that the inheritors, who are believed to be born with a silver spoon, also need to work hard and face a lot of challenges to reach where they are. Success doesn’t come easily to anyone. Even the big companies who have reached the skies of success today have to start from a scratch and had to go through several hardships from various fronts to be where they are today.

I found the book very inspiring and gripping from beginning to the end. Even while talking about the details of financial aspects of the family businesses, the book doesn’t lose the interest of the reader. Reading about the personal lives and interests of the inheritors of the family businesses, their ambitions, passions and dreams while dealing with the various obstacles that they had to confront, like Amit Burman’s dream of establishing food related business and how he had to work his way through in converting Real Fruit Juices and Lite Bite Foods into big profitable brands has highly inspiring and motivating.

The book also brings into light some aspects of feminism though in extremely subtle ways when the author talks about how the females of the families of the family businesses were not given any role in the council and even the profit sharing of some companies.

At the same time, there is the story of Pooja Jain from Luxor group, who questions the term “inheritors” itself and brings in to light how each day she has to work hard and has dedicated herself in the service of the company.

To conclude, the tight grip on the narrative and the story telling medium combined with some of the most fascinating stories of the people who took the reins of their family businesses in their hands and have not only been running it successfully but have also led them to greater heights, makes “The Inheritors” a worth read.

I was given a copy of the book by Writer’s Melon for an honest review.

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Before You Change Your Baby’s Diaper, Do These 3 Things

We are back with another guest post on my blog. This post is by Erica Johnson.

About the Author

Erica Johnson is the Main Editor for Inner Parents and a very proud mother of two who’s passionate about the latest parenting tips & baby products.

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Babies, especially infants, are really good at a few things during their first stage of life: sleeping, eating: and making a complete mess in their diapers. Some parents have a little difficult with the last one, especially if they have not changed a diaper before.

Don’t worry! With InnerParents diaper changing tips: 3 things to do before you change your baby’s diaper, even the most inexperienced parent will become an expert in no time.

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1. Set up your station

The last thing you want is to be hands deep in a messy diaper change and realize that you left your diapers, or diaper cream downstairs. Before you get started make sure that all of your necessities are easily within arms reach. Every diaper station should have plenty of diapers, wipes, and diaper-rash cream easily within reach.

Diaper changing supplies:

·         Wash cloth or wipes

·         Disposable or cloth diapers

·         Rash cream

·         Bag for soiled items

·         Set of extra clothes (just in case)

2. Make sure your baby is safe

Before you get into the actual diaper changing, you want to ensure that your baby is in a
safe place. This is especially true if they are high up, such as on a changing table, a bed, or a couch. If straps are available, use them. Even your newborn who can’t roll yet can stretch and fall of the surface. Don’t just rely on these straps, keep a constant eye on your baby to ensure that they are safe.

3. Distract your baby

You probably don’t need anyone to tell you the babies are antsy. Especially when you need them to lie still for a diaper change. In order to set yourself up for a smooth diaper changing experience, have something in mind to
keep him or her occupied. Play peek-a-boo, place a mobile over the changing table, sing songs, shake a rattle. This will help your little stay focused on something other than the fact you are changing their and prevent wiggling mid-change.

Once your set up, you’re ready to get down to business! Here’s how you’ll tackle the diaper change:

1.      Once you’re set up, put the baby on your designated changed surface

2.      Make sure you have the new diaper and a few wipes ready before you remove any clothing and diaper

3.      Open the buttons on your child’s outfit or remove the pants to check if any diaper contents have spilled into the clothing. Focus on removing this mess first.

4.      If the diaper only contains urine, gently clean the baby’s parts.

5.      If the diaper is soiled gently use remove any excrement with the diaperas you fold it up under the baby.

6.      Use a wipe to clean from front to back. Make sure you check and clean under all of the folds of your baby’s skin. This may take several wipes.

7.      Once the baby is clean, use diaper rash cream where necessary and put on a clean diaper.

Did you enjoy this list? If so, don’t forget to like and share! Use the comments below to tell us about your favorite way to prepare for your baby’s diaper change. 

 

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Fruit Art Ideas for Little Kids

Winters bring with it some of the most delicious fruits with it. Also, there are plenty of vacations for the kids. So, why not have an advantage of this situation and let our kids have some fun with a wide variety of fruits in this season. 

Today, I am going to share some fruit dressing ideas that we did at home during these vacations and had a lot of fun doing them. It was an activity where we learnt about fruits, made funny shapes with them and above all had great fun eating them together. 

Who says kids run away from fruits? If we let them play with it, create funny faces and let them find the fruits served in the most adorable way.

Here are a few ideas for the fruit salad decoration ideas which will have your kids gobble them in no time. 

I involved my kids while doing this activity and they had great fun. If your kids are small, you can cut the fruits and let them form some funny shapes with the pieces in a plate. If you have slightly older kids, give them plastic knives and show them how to cut the fruits by giving them soft fruits like a ripe banana.

Bananas and kiwis served in the shape of a tree. Cut and peel the kiwis and banana and ask the child to make a tree like this. Kids will definitely come up with their own ideas to add on.

How about little kids made of kiwis, strawberries and bananas? 

My kids had a hearty laugh to see these in their plates and I had a big smile on my face when I saw them finishing it up in no time. 

What’s more? Kids can also make these cuties with fruit pieces and come up with their own innovative ideas. Like my daughter added kiwi pieces to make the green grass in this picture. 

Let the little ones enjoy their fruits served like a flower. My little one added the strawberry in the centre of the flower to make it more colourful. I am sure your kids will come up with more ideas too.

How about a spaceship? Let the imagination of your kids touch the skies with this wonderful spaceship made of fruits. Let them imagine themselves to be astronauts discovering new planets and going into space in their fruit rockets. 

I am sure kids will have super fun to gobble this cute kiwi monster with their forks and knives. Challenge them to be the knights and finish this monster in no time. They will have great fun with their pretend play and you will have great satisfaction to see them eating it with delight.

A flower with petals made from strawberries. Show them different ways to decorate their fruit salad and spark their imagination. 

The reason I took only three fruits in this activity was very simple. I used limited ingredients to create different shapes and designs. It allows kids to think out of the box. With limited things they can create unlimited objects. 

This activity not only helped kids enjoy eating and finishing fruits leading to healthy snacking  but also they had great fun in the kitchen. They had a new activity to do. They made their own salads and ate them. 

We had great fun making these funny shapes with fruits. Do share with me your ideas too.

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Here’s How I am Keeping The Promise Of Good Health For My Family

Milk has a very special place in our homes. Be it our morning tea, evening coffee or tall glasses for our kids. We cannot think of a day without milk. Milk is an essential part of our daily groceries.

This summer, I faced regular problems with the milk packs I had been buying regularly for years. The milk would turn sour as soon as I would heat it. The shop owners blamed it on power cuts and the lack of proper storage facility that they have. Due to power cuts, shop owners would keep lesser quantities of milk and as a result, the shop owners would run out of milk.

Then, I shifted to milk packaged in Tetra Pak cartons from the pouch variant of the same brand that I have now been using for ages. I must say, I ‘m much happier with this decision. Now, even if there are power cuts in summers with the shop owners providing the excuse of poor supply of milk, I am assured that I can keep and store milk which will stay fresh and safe, even for a long time.

Milk is packed in six layer protective Tetra Pak cartons. The milk is heated on very high temperature for a brief period which also ensures that the taste and the nutrients of the milk remain intact. The milk goes through a quick heating and cooling session, called the Ultra High Temperature process. The UHT process helps in keeping the milk safe for about six months without opening.

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There are several myths around milk in Tetra Pak cartons which prevail commonly. I read about them and found answers to all of them. Milk in Tetra Pak cartons is generally perceived to contain preservatives. The truth is that this milk is heated at high temperature which helps in removing all the harmful microorganisms from the milk. The packaging is done in highly sterile conditions. Therefore, there is no need to add preservatives in milk packaged by Tetra Pak.

The second, most common myth is that this milk is not nutritious. It is a regular practice in households to boil the milk. Despite the milk being pasteurized before packaging, boiling the milk for longer duration is a regular practice. This results in a loss of nutrients, especially proteins and vitamin B group. Tetra Pak packaging helps keep the milk safe and retain its nutrients.

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There are several other benefits of this food safety mark:
1.     Milk in Tetra Pak cartons has a longer shelf life. The unopened milk carton can be stored for as long as six months without refrigeration.
2.     The milk is well packed in six layers of packaging that is tamper-evident and hence eliminates chanced of adulteration.
3.     It keeps the milk safe and preserves its nutrients.
4.     There is no need to boil the milk as it has already gone through the UHT process.
5.     Tetra Pak cartons are made primarily of paperboard and can be recycled and turned into more useful products, making them environment-friendly.
6.     Milk in Tetra Pak cartons is safe to consume directly. This milk is creamier and thicker when compared to milk sourced in any other packaging.

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In today’s fast paced life, I find milk packaged in Tetra Pak cartons to be a healthier and safer choice. I can be sure of providing pure and unadulterated milk to my family every day, keeping the promise of good health for my family.

This article was first published on mycity4kids: https://www.mycity4kids.com/parenting/my-kids-my-wings/article/heres-how-i-am-keeping-the-promise-of-good-health-for-my-family

 

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A beginner’s guide to baby wearing- what do you need to know

This is a guest post by a fellow blogger Anjana Bhartia.

About the author
Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way. 
She is a strong believer of ‘when we know better, we do better’. She is a Mama Bear at MommyRepublic.in

 

Carrying a baby to enhance the physical attachment is a traditional practice in many Asian countries. The modern practice of carrying or attaching a baby with oneself with the help of a sling or any fitment is called as baby wearing. These slings and accessories aid to carry a baby is known as Baby carriers.

Any baby who has crossed the period of first three months is ready for baby wearing. However, you need to ensure the following points before starting baby wearing.

 

A baby should have

  • crossed three months of age
  • gained latching power to feed in baby carriers
  • a good control over his neck to fit into baby carriers

The above considerations are imperative, and once you are confident that your baby is now ready to be carried in carriers, you ought to make sure which type of carriers are suitable for you and your baby.

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Safe and sound baby carriers:

We can see a range of baby carriers in the market, so choose the one which best suits your body and lifestyle.

Wraps:

Wraps are the most basic and simplest of all baby carriers. A fabric, any kind be it cotton, linen, wool, knits or woven is used to carry a baby and this traditional practice has been around for many years. Wraps ensure safety and comfort in carrying a baby irrespective of its age; ranging from infant to toddlers. Learning to tie a wrap seems to be difficult initially but it will turn out to be simple with practice.

Slings:

In slings, we have two different models which have gained popularity. One is Ring sling and the other is a pouch sling.

As the name suggest, ring slings use a metal ring to join two sides of a 2 meter fabric. These rings are adjustable and ensure right positioning of a baby. The excess fabric gives a tail like appearance which can be used to cover babies while nursing or protect against sun light.

On the other hand, pouch slings are custom-made and cannot be transferred between caregivers. Having a similar structure that of ring slings, these non-adjustable fabric are stitched or woven to suit the size of baby and caregivers.

Buckle carriers:

The most popular kind of carriers are bucklers. Adjustable buckles over shoulders and across the hip guarantee safety while carrying kids. As straps are adjustable, it can be shared between caregivers. This particular type is good for nursing a baby while carrying.

Meh Dai:

This type of baby carriers are a mix of both modern and traditional style in babywearing. Sharing similar pattern with buckle carriers, Meh Dai uses fabric for strips over both shoulders and hip area. Longer strips on the shoulders cannot be modified in size, though shorter strips over the hip can be adjusted.

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Advantages of baby wearing:

The practice of baby wearing has lot of benefits and few of them are listed below:

  • It extends the parent- child relationship by providing a physical bond between baby and parents, which is essential in the early days.

 

  • Baby wearing helps in overcoming postpartum depression by developing an intimate physical bond. It also facilitates breastfeeding. For dads also it’s a great way to get skin on skin contact with baby.

 

  • It allows more body movement for babies when compared to carry cots, and babies enjoy the swaying motion you will make when moving about.
  • Baby wearing allows the parent to work while holding the baby, so that you can get some of those chores done! How in the world does a tiny human have so much laundry!

I started babywearing quite late, because I used to have severe back ache issues. My only regret is that I should have started sooner! In case you were wondering I chose an Ergobaby baby carrier because of the safety certifications and because was flame retardants free. Since then I have discovered many new and awesome brands (and much more cheaper) on Instagram!

So do check out all the varieties and brands available in the market before finalizing one! Babywearing is a joy, which every mother should enjoy! Have you tried baby wearing? Share below!
 

 

 

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Wondr Box Review

Every parent strives to bring out the best in their children. We try our best to engage our little ones in creative and constructive play. However, there are times when we become busy in our own work and allow children to do what they like. Children become so easily bored with the innumerable toys and eventually end up watching TV or mobiles. They become so glued to the screens that it becomes difficult to take them off the screens. In situation like these, WondrBox comes to our rescue.

What is a WondrBox?

WondrBox is a thoughtfully designed monthly subscription box for kids. Each box contains 4 activities based on the concepts of Maths, English, Science and Art and Craft.  Each box is based on a different theme. Along with the activities, there is a story book based on that theme.

The subscription boxes are designed according to different age groups of children:

1.   World of Toddlers (Age 3-4)

2.   The Curious Minds (Age 5-7)

3.   The Little Explorers (Age 8-10)

4.   Upcoming Conquerors ( Age 11+)

Why WondrBox?

1)   Children get bored of their toys and books too soon, with a monthly subscription of WondrBox, they can get new activities and books every month.

2)   Toys and books are too expensive and gets easily dumped by kids. The WondrBox subscription is pocket friendly. Instead of buying numerous toys and books and dumping them, there is one box which contains everything.


3)   The WondrBox subscription saves our time of going to various toy shops and searching for appropriate toys and books for our kids. It provides the activities and story books right at out door steps.

4)   It takes care of the interest and learning level of the child. The boxes are designed according to different age groups. There are different activities in each box. The child can discover his or her interests through different activities.

5)   It maintains the curiosity of the child. The monthly subscription means that the child will be waiting for the next box to see what is there inside. It is based on creative and fun learning which is sure to engage the kids in a constructive play. The science based activities are designed to raise a curious child.


 

My Views on WondrBox:

I received the world of toddlers WondrBox for my little cherub this month. The theme for this month is emotions. Kids of this age group are very small and cannot explain how they are feeling and what makes them feel that way. The activities are all based around that theme. There are flash cards to play with a game, art and craft activity, language building and reasoning based games. All these help a child in understanding the various emotions and identify with them.

My cherub was extremely happy to receive the box and got engaged in it for hours.


 

Where is it available from?

 

The subscription for the WondrBox can be taken from their official site: www.wondrbox.com

 

 

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Ten Fun Games to Play with Kids while Travelling

Christmas holidays are around the corner and we have already made our travel plans for the New Year celebrations with our friends. With my 2 kids I generally start planning much ahead and start preparing my list of all the essentials. Apart from the other essentials, I prepare a separate handbag for kids in which I keep some things to keep the kids entertained throughout the journey. The bag usually kids little knick knacks to keep them busy.

During the journey, we often have to wait in long queues at the airport or at other places, even while travelling by car, kids become irritable and impatient by sitting at one place.To kill this boredom while waiting and keep our little ones engaged, we play some fun games which do not require any props and make their brain tickle too.

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Here’s a list of ten fun waiting games to challenge the brain of our little ones and let them have fun while travelling and waiting almost anywhere.

  1. What’s there in my purse?

After becoming a mother, my handbag has become like a smaller version of a cupboard which has a small size packing of almost everything, from small packet of wet wipes, sanitizer, small moisturiser, hand wash liquid, small toys, makeup essentials, little snack packets and what not. All these things make my bag a curious corner for the kids. I take advantage of it and play a game with them. I ask them to list or guess ten things that might be there in my purse. The one who comes closest to, wins the game.

  1. What’s missing?

I place ten things in front of them. Ask them to remember the things for about ten seconds. After that I tell them to close their eyes for a few seconds and while they are doing so, I hide 2-3 things. My children have to guess the things that are missing. It helps in making their memories strong and they have lots of fun too.

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  1. True or lie?

For this game, one member takes a turn and says three statements. Two statements out of them needs to be false and one statement should be true. The other members have to guess which statements are true and which ones are lies. This is a fun game in which other members can join in too.

  1. How many can you name?

Think of any general category, for example, birds. Ask the child to name as many words as he can think of in that category in ten seconds. May be the name of ten birds or parts of the body of birds. With older kids, you can be more specific like, flightless birds or birds of prey. Modify the game according to the age of the child and have fun.

  1. Drop a coin

This game is played with a coin. The challenge of this game is to drop it in such a way so that it lands on your shoe and not on the floor. It becomes fun when each participant takes turn to drop the coin.

  1. Word chain

This one is our favourite. The game begins by saying loud an alphabet. One person starts by saying a word with that alphabet, for example, garden. The next player has to add a word starting with the last letter of the previous word, for example, garden, necklace. The next one will continue the chain by saying all the previous words of the chain and adding one more word, for example, garden, necklace, escalator, so on.

  1. DMAS

We play this game every time we are travelling by road or car. This game is based on the concept of DMAS of Maths. So, it is for older kids who are familiar with division, multiplication, addition and subtraction. I must say, this is our saviour during all the traffic jams. For this, one person tells out the four digits from the number plate of any car which he spots on the road. The digit must be between 1- 9. The other members have to use the four operation of DMAS and make the equivalent zero. Sounds easy? Try it for some food for the brains.

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  1. Atlas

My kids love to play this game with their dad in the car. The game begins by saying an alphabet. The first player has to say the name of any city, country or continent with that letter, the next player will then say the name of another city, country or continent beginning with the last letter of the previously said place. For example, the first player says, India. The next player will say the name of any city, country or continent beginning with the letter ‘a’. For example, Asia. This game becomes super fun when all the members join in.

  1. In my purse is a story

Kids love to invent stories. They can create a story out of anything. Give them three things from your purse and challenge them to invent a story around those three things. I am sure you will have some of the craziest stories that will make you laugh during those boring long waits and long journey.

  1. Imaginary traveller

This one goes with the consecutive alphabets. Tell the children that they are travellers in a fantasy land. They have to build a sentence using the name of a place, person and object that they are going to visit and taking along. For example, I am going to Aunt Anita’s house in Alaska and taking my Armchair along. The next player starts with the next alphabet. Tell them to be as silly as they can be.

Try these ideas and make your next journey as fun as it can be. Do share with me your ideas too in the comment box and let our kids have fun while travelling.

This post is in link up with Deepa Gandhi and Dr Amrita Basu. Do read their ideas travelling with kids.

I have written this post for #MMM #MondayMommyMoments.

 

 

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DIY Handmade Toys Ideas For Kids

Kids love toys and it doesn’t matter how many of them they have, they still keep asking for more. Toys have a big role in their development. Each and every toy has a very special place in our children’s heart.

I remember how in school we were taught to make handmade toys, toys made out of rags, old socks, and old material lying around the house and knitted toys. I thought of making the same with my kids. The project would be interesting for sure, it will bring out their imagination and creativity plus we can have a good craft to do over the weekend.

When I suggested my kids that we can make our toys at home, they could not believe at first. For them toys can only bought from the market. So, we decided that we will make our own toys at home and have lots and lots of fun while making them and playing with them.

Old Socks Toys

Toys made out of old socks are very simple and easy to make. For this we used old socks, markers, rags, material to stuff inside like old foam, sponge pieces, cotton, rags etc.

 

For this doll, we took two pair of socks. One sock to make the body and one for the dress. Here is how we made it:

We took an old piece of cloth of skin colour, kept some foam in it and gave it the shape of a ball. I stitched it to make the face. My daughter made the features with a marker.

For the body, we took a sock, cut the part which covers the leg. I stitched it from below and let the kids fill it with foam pieces. After filling the sock piece, I stitched the head and body together. I cut the remaining piece of sock into half, filled it with foam and stitched it to form the arms. I joined the arms with the body. My daughters had a great time in dressing the doll with rags.

 

My daughters are crazy about Peppa Pig and George Pig. They asked me whether we can make them too.

We tried to make Mr Dinosaur with an old sock.

For this, we traced the drawing of Mr Dinosaur on a sheet of paper. I cut the socks in the shape of Mr Dinosaur and stitched it. We filled it up with cotton wool. We used old black cloth pieces to give the shape of arms and legs, filled it up with cotton and joined it. The teeth were made by using laces and eyes with a black button.

How about a mom and a baby doll? We used an old cardboard box and covered it with cloth to make our own doll house.

Hand knitted Toys and Finger Puppets

When my daughters showed their toys to their grandmother, she joined the fun too and made hand knitted finger puppets and toys for them.

These are the various knitted finger puppets for our finger family song. Can you see that there is George Pig too and Nariyal Anna from Art Attack? Not to forget Kung Foo Panda.

 

These hand knitted dolls can be used as finger puppets as well as any other dolls to play with.

 

We made Peppa Pig too. The knitting part can be done by an adult and stuffing part can be done by the kids.

Rag Toys

What to do when you have pieces of old cloth lying around? We made rag toys. Just cut the cloth piece in the shape of the toy you want and fill it up with cloth pieces. With a few stitches, it’s done.

 

 

Benefits of Home Made Toys

I must say we had hours of fun and learning too while making these toys. There are several benefits of this activity:

  1. Children can use them as puppets or like toys for make belief playing. We can also make our own toys for storytelling.
  2. These toys are very safe to use. There is no hazardous material used in it. These are not plastic. Even if the child puts it in his mouth, there is no harm.
  3. These are very cost friendly. Toys these days are very expensive and make a hole in our pockets. Home-made toys save money.
  4. These are also a good craft activity for kids. Kids not only enjoy making them but also learn a lot.
  5. Toy making saves plenty of screen time. Kids get involved in a constructive activity and get some time off from the screens.
  6. Kids lean to value and save money. They get to learn that they can save money and buying innumerable toys leads to a waste of money.
  7. These toys are very environment friendly. Plastic toys are extremely hazardous. We are extremely worried while using plastic toys as kids might put them in their mouth and also they are unsafe for the environment. These toys are biodegradable also based on the principles of the 4 R’s- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

 

So, go ahead and enjoy this fun activity with your kid during the Christmas holidays. No more getting bored or being glued to the TV. This activity is sure to give you endless fun and learning too.