On Friday, 26th April 2019, my husband, sons and I headed to the Museum of Illusions with varied expectations. I had seen so much of it on Instagram that I knew I wanted to walk out with some cool pictures of all of us. My husband just wanted to explore a new place with us, thankfully a place that did not involve any shopping, eating or running up and down play areas. The kids – well, they just wanted to have loads of fun!
Continuing our tradition of crafting fun toys to play with, we decided to make Binoculars to add to our ‘Rescue team’ toys.
The boys’ loved playing with their DIY Walkie-talkie and were super excited to make these binoculars.
It’s Spring break! The kids are home on a break from school. How often do you hear the words “I’m bored!”? It’s strange how the kids have a house full of toys and games but they never seem to have anything to do. I decided to make an activity jar for them, with the names of all their toys and activity ideas. They would have to pick one anytime they were bored and then do that activity.
Keeping with our crafty tradition, we decided to decorate the jar on the outside ourselves.
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.
We love crafting something useful that can be used to play with later. And using materials that are already available at home, makes it even more fun.
Since we have started crafting, I collect all sorts of stuff from Toilet paper rolls to Shoe boxes to cereal boxes and some chocolate wrappers too. Coming up with a craft idea and then hunting around the house looking for materials, is something we love doing as much as the craft itself. My niece and nephew got a hand-held Pinball game recently, and that gave me the idea of making a DIY maze or a marble run for my sons. We used a shoe box lid and some straws to make our maze. It’s fairly simple to make, except for the walls of the maze itself. You can choose to copy my layout or just do a simple Google search to learn how to create your own maze design.
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!
It’s amazing how children learn so much by watching and observing their parents,but what’s even more special is how parents can learn to see everything in a new light when they are with their children.
Every new experience for the child, becomes a new experience for the parents too, as they get to learn a different way of exploring and dealing with things.
I love Diwali – the biggest Hindu festival of the year – the festival of lights!
Last year, I wrote about how I spend My kind of Diwali in Dubai. This year, I wanted to document my Diwali in pictures – the Rangolis the kids’ and I made, the diyas we lit, the clothes we wore, the prayer rituals – everything!
Diwali typically is a 5 day Hindu festival starting from Dhanteras and ending on Bhai Dooj.
I am a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 2.5. I am surrounded by cars, especially fire engines and police cars, fire stations, car tracks, tow trucks, etc. Recently, we got them their Build-a-Bear teddies and even those had to be dressed as a Firefighter and a Pilot. Next, daddy bought them Firefighter and Police helmets. It was a matter of time before my elder son asked me for a Walkie-Talkie set to complete their “Emergency Emergency” pretend play game.
I told him that I had an idea to make these walkie-talkie sets ourselves, and their cousins (ages 10) decided to join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. Ideally, a juice carton box can be used to make these, but since I did not have any of those, we searched the pantry for similarly sized boxes, like ones from tea bags, Kinder Egg chocolates, etc.