One of the biggest dilemmas facing modern-day parents is the ever-increasing number of fun and educational toys available for their kids, and the lack of space to store them. I recently came across an online toy library, www.ubitoyz.com and think it is a brilliant concept and the solution to most parents’ troubles. Ubitoyz goes a step further than being a toy library, it offers the option of selling toys too.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted the boys to do a craft that would involve my younger son, 3 years old, to be able to participate in too. It had to be something they could make for their Grandmothers and aunt, as well. What better than a DIY photo frame with a special picture of each one in it as a keepsake!
I had recently discovered Amazon India, and found these variety packs of washi tapes on sale. I ordered them to get them delivered to my parents who were visiting Mumbai at the moment. Naturally, I was itching to use them as soon as I received them. This special Mother’s Day craft just HAD to be done with these washi tapes.
The DIY photo frame is really simple to do, and my 3 year old was able to work with the tapes too. It takes less than 20 minutes, provided you have a printed photo already.
Who doesn’t love Christmas time? Even though we don’t ‘celebrate’ Christmas as a tradition, we love putting up a small Christmas tree at home, buying presents for the kids (from Santa, of course!), visiting Christmas fairs and displays around town, and doing Christmas-themed crafts, of course.
Last year, we made some Christmas Tree ornaments using craft sticks and this year we made some salt dough ornaments for our tree. Once winter break started, the kids wanted to do other activities for Christmas, like baking cookies and a Santa-themed Craft too. Since I collect all sorts of bottles, paper carton boxes, toilet paper rolls, wrapping papers and other things that can be re-used or recycled for craft purposes, we decided to use toilet paper rolls to make our very own Santa. We just needed some colored paper, craft eyes, cotton, scissors and glue to get started, and it took us less then 20 minutes or so to make our cute Santas.
The news of a pregnancy brings along so many emotions for the parents and families, mainly happiness and anxiety. If you have an older child who is yet too young to understand the situation, parents worry about how the situation will affect the child. As a mother, I understand this as my elder son, A was just 22 months old when we realised we were pregnant with his brother.
Initially, we received a lot of mixed emotions from our families – happiness and excitement for the arrival of another bundle of joy, and apprehension on how A was too young for his world to be shaken up like this. Bearing in mind that I am a stay-at-home mother, my son spent every waking (and sleeping) moment with me, and this fact started to cause me a lot of stress too!