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Strengthening the foundation - STEM learning

As parents we want our kids to inherit the best of our qualities and we often pray that they don't acquire the flaws and traits we detest in ourselves.  
I have never been inclined to numbers, never had aptitude for things that I could not see, touch,  feel; so, while I enjoyed social sciences and biology; physics, chemistry and maths never made much sense to me. 
 Howard Gardner, the famous psychologist from Harvard proposed the popular theory of multiple intelligences in 1983, which emphasised on 8 main types of intelligences/abilities that every human posseses, with few being dominant and others being dormant or less active. These intelligences are-

1. LINGUISTIC
2. LOGICAL-MATHEMATICAL
3. VISUAL-SPATIAL
4. BODY-KINESTHETIC
5. MUSICAL -RYTHMICAL
6. INTERPERSONAL
7. INTRAPERSONAL 
8. EXISTENTIAL 

This clearly means that every human has these abilities with varying degrees or intensities and these need to be understood and explored at the right time. Generally, of all these abil…

Eco-friendly cleaning hacks

Those of you who have been reading my posts or following me for a while now, would know that I am attempting to endure a natural living, use of eco-friendly stuff and  minimising wastage. 

I have just begun, which means I am at almost "zero" currently. It is a change in lifestyle of not one person, but whole family and hence may take over months and years and along with time it requires lots of patience and perseverance.

Being Diwali around, I am dedicating this post to a few tried and tested eco-friendly cleaning hacks for two most important areas of your house.

What you will require-


Some spray bottles
Rags/flannel cloths/sponges
Lots of white Vinegar
Lots of baking soda
Lime
Salt


Kitchen Cleaning

For cleaning drains - Put one cup of baking soda in the drain and gradually pour one cup of white vinegar over it, it will clean the drain.

If the drain is clogged use your regular plunger first and then follow the above steps.

To clean the sink- sprinkle baking soda and wi…

Diwali gifting for kids made easy

It is diwali time and when I was a kid Diwali was a synonym for lots of gifts, sweets, crackers and new clothes!

I am sure you have made your list of family and friends and what to gift to whom.  Choosing a gift is always a task, especially when it comes to buying for these tiny most giftworthy members.

Know what, I have a nephew who expects a toy each time we come home from outside, no clothes, no chocolates, no books; only and only toys. I am sure he is not the only one like that. So, why not make the most of their preference for toys, instead of choosing a regular toy, we can buy fun educational toys that can enhance multitude of skills for them.


The brain gets it's stimulation from everything that surrounds us, so why not introduce  toys that will help develop cognitive skills, motor skills and creative or out of the box thinking for your kids?


I find educational toys the best things to gift, and even better if I get these in wood.


Choosing the right toy is also a baffling ta…

Flintobox- Engaging Educational Activity box for kids

Flintobox is a popular activity subscription box for kids between 2-12

Each box is loaded with play-based activities for kids that promote early child development in a fun way. With a new theme every month, this research-based box is crafted by montessori experts and child psychologists, and caters to the 12 developmental areas of a child.

I have been hearing and reading good reviews of flintobox since the time it was launched.

I received the Flintobox as a token for hosting "gadgetfree bachpan" contest for which flintobox was a sponsor. 


 Although A is little young to play meaningfully with the activity sets given, I let him engage with it the way he wants and he thouroughly seemed to enjoy exploring the activities.


Product description:

Each box comes with 3- 5 activity bags based on one particular theme.

Colour Carnival was the theme for our box.

Bag 1. Had a colorful shape sorting and number matching puzzle and a book.

Bag 2. Came with multiple small colourful vehicl…