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Ugadi Craft for Kids : Glitter Mango

Ugadi Glitter Mango art for kids
Ugadi ..Telugu New year according to the lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The moment, we talk about this festival , the first thing that comes to our mind is Ugadi Pachadi .It is made of Tamarind, neem, jaggery and raw mango pieces.
Teaching Kids about Ugadi Pachadi
The festival marks the beginning of mango season. Indians enjoy Raw Mango with a pinch of salt and also add in various dishes.
Raw Mango relished

Excited to share,festive experience with Ashrith, teaching him about Ugadi Festival and Mango. We spoke about raw mango, its color, texture and taste.Teaching kids about raw Mango
After tasting the raw mango for the first time ,he said “It’s sour Mom!” …Hmm ..Yes son,it is sour like a lemon, after a second he said ,”No it is more sour than a lemon.” I agree with him ..Raw mangoes are definitely Sour but really awesome to eat. YUM!
My five year old had a experience to put his taste buds to test and he did great.Love teaching kids about traditions through play and one such attempt is this Mango art.
Now ,lets see step to step pictorial Mango Art for kids
Materials Needed:
White paper
Pencil
Green paint
Green glitter
Instructions:
Mango drawing for Ugadi
Draw a mango on a white piece of paper. If you are not comfortable sketching , you can print mango coloring pages here.
Mango Painting for Ugadi
Paint the mango with greens. Younger kids can paint a single shade of green and older kids can try different shades of green with a tint of red and browns. Let the imaginations soar!
Add glitter when the paint is still wet. Later,outline the mango with a glitter glue pen or tube.
Mango Art for Kids

Ashrith enjoyed painting mango and the fun was a chance to explore glitter.Some tips for glitter choices.In this project, I have two types glitter, one is tiny dots glitter sprinkled and other is glitter glue.Like most Moms,not a big fan of glitter,Scared of mess, you can always use glitter glue. Glitter glue comes in tubes and pens.Glitter glue pens are easy to use even for younger kids. In this project , we used glitter tube but it was hard for Ashrith . So, I recommend Crayola glitter glue pens for kids.
Art for kids  Glitter Mango

Thanks to Lakshmi Kala for sending in some awesome pics of Mangoes and Ugadi Pachadi . Lakshmi Kala is an aspiring Professional photographer from Hyderabad , India and you can see her works here

Green glitter Mangoes are ready to relish ..LOL…I mean virtually. Do you love Mango and our Mango art? Love to hear your thoughts , Please comment below. If you enjoyed this post, like it and share it !
Happy Ugadi and wishing everyone a wonderful year !!

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Currently sad …about the end of MH370.My prayers go out to the family and friends of the passengers and cabin crew .May God give them strength to go through this horrible time. RIP for all on board !

Currently proud.. Mama yes.. Ashrith is the star student of the day! He came home , totally excited, showed his bracelet and drew this on the white board. Loving it !
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Currently drinking.. Green tea…yes initially I was not a big fan of it but slowly started liking it . As a Indian ,Black tea rules but Green tea is the new trend. It is proven that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing.

Currently happy ..with the response I got for mommy and child doodle series . I know , I am not doing extraordinary art neither am a trained artist but I have the passion for art. I am just getting the hang of it ,not too confident but trying to keep my lines straight . It does get frustrating sometimes bcoz I expect to do a lot better . As a mom, home maker ,blogger it’s difficult for me to take out time for sketching but I won’t give up.Thank you all for the love and encouragement . It means a lot!

Currently mad… about the crazy weather here , we are expecting snow today and temperatures are low , what can I say ? Two days back it was our first day of spring and it’s still snowing. This is crazy ! I want to enjoy outdoors ,sunlight and need more vitamin D.
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While writing Currently, I felt we go through so many emotions in a day, Life is too short, Enjoy every bit of it ! What are you doing currently? Pls leave your comments below . See ya real soon ! Have a wonderful week !

Mommy and Child Doodles ( Week #2)

Mommy and child doodles

Last week ,I started a new feature on my blog “Mommy and child Doodles”. What can I say , it is a Hit ! My Friends,readers loved it and appreciated my efforts. One  Reader Mom (who loves to paints) said her favorite quote “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” So , Keep Painting ! It felt so inspiring !
This week , two holidays/ festivals were celebrated one  is St.Patricks day and the other Holi. I googled for these festivities,randomly picked two images and tried to sketch them of course in Appu style ( added some personal touch ) .

For St. Patrick’s day ..the sketch is totally green … Green paper and different shades of green Markers .
St.Patrick's Day Doodle by Mom                                                                 Mommy Doodles

For Holi ,the sketch is colorful and used oil pastels in various shades .
Holi Doodle by Mom                                                               Mommy Doodles

Now its time to show my son’s art. Clover Child artSketch of a clover..totally done by him including paper cutting, coloring and stickers.
My imaginative Five year old sharing his dream, story and art.
Child Doodle                                                    The Cracker that decorated Me
In his own words: “In my dream, I saw a cracker with two eyes ,one mouth ,two legs and arms with a crayon .The cracker wanted to decorate a piece of wood with crayon.He thought my hand was a piece of wood and he started decorating me and later he invited all his friends to decorate my hands. In few minutes,there were so many crackers around me .They left, when both my hands were decorated.” I told you ..He is one imaginative boy!
I hope you enjoyed our art. Thank you for visiting Mommy and child doodles.
What do you think ? What should I try next : Water colors, Acrylics or Pencil sketching. Pls leave your answer in the comment box .If you like anything, pls click on any social media icons below. Have a wonderful weekend ! See ya real soon !

Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners

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Color sorting sensory bin
Rainy days with low temperatures, what to do? It is difficult to keep kids occupied and as a Mom I always find new ways to entertain my five year old indoors. One such attempt is this Phonics Sensory play .We initially collected all colorful stuff from our play room and planned for colorful Sensory Bin. If you have no clue what a Sensory Bin is then let me explain. It is nothing but a container filled  with simple ingredients like rice, beans, little toys etc. Basically helping kids explore different textures. It’s easy ..just dump in whatever  little  fun things you have but keep a close watch on little ones who are still mouthing .

Sensory bin with Magnetic letters

To  make a Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners , first thing we need is a large container for kids to dig in and explore. I used a Sterilite Plastic Container( 20 gallon) but its height is a little more so I would prefer a flatter box for younger kids.

Materials for Sensory bin
Like I said, we started with a color sorting Sensory bin, So added few colorful Animal Counters, Wooden Triangles,Magnetic Letters and Numbers.The colorful objects  are mixed in rice.One ingredient that is easily available in an Indian household. Beside the box ,we spread different color foam sheets for color sorting .If you don’t have foam sheets, no problem, use color paper sheets or color bowls, anything readily available at home.

Color Sorting Sensory Bin

Color Sorting Sensory Bin with Foam Sheets
After digging and exploring for some time, Ashrith sorted the tiny objects on the color sheets. He did a marvelous job !

Along the process, we came up with idea of playing with letters. He started making words with magnetic letters in the rice and trying to spell them with sounds. It was so much fun and he sure is learning his phonics. Way to go Kindergartener!

If you have Kindergartener at home , you can try this fun method… learning phonics and sight words or make a Colorful Sensory Bin for younger kids. What do you think ? Mail me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or just  click the like button below .See ya!

This post is  linked to show and share Saturday  ,Kid’s Co-op @readingconfetti.com , for the kids Friday @ Sunscholars , Get school Saturday @too-much-time.com.

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Currently waiting and praying for the missing airplane MH370. How can a plane of such size go missing ? When will this mystery be solved ? My heart goes out to the families of missing passengers waiting with a hope .We need more prayers and hopefully a miracle to happen .
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Currently Wearing Green ..not me … my son. It’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at School ..all kids asked to wear Green. My son can’t stay still so blurry pics 🙁
St.patricks day : Dressed in green to school

Currently Drinking Lemon water ..Yes ..Spring season calls for a fresh new beginning and what better way to start being healthy.Eating more fruits,veggies,proteins and less carbs( I’ll miss rice ).The first few days is going to be tough but just think about the rewards ! LOL
And BTW my Treadmill is all fixed , ready to be used . Excited !

Currently Loving .. Alphabet Stamps found at Michaels (small size) for a dollar and at Target store dollar spot (bigger size) for 3$ .If you have a little one at home , then do buy them ,will help learning alphabets or use them for any art project. I am addicted to Stationery.I have so much of stuff and still keep buying. My hubby thinks ..I am crazy but can’t stop buying .What to do ?
alphabet stamps at Michaels store

Currently happy about 100 Facebook likes. Yes …Happiness comes in small victories. Thank you to everyone for reading and following , liking and commenting.

That’s for now ! Stay in tune ! See ya real soon !

Mommy and Child Doodles ( Week#1)

Mommy and child doodles

We are ready with our first Mommy and Child Doodles series.You not only get to see my son’s art but also my art..i.e a double bonus. This is a kind of challenge I gave myself . Why ? I mentioned before , I am renewing my passion for art and finding my way back to drawing and painting. Now , after so many years , I tried making a pattern with oil pastels. I remember, the first time, I used oil pastels were when my dad brought them from Dubai in 80’s, I was instantly in love with them. Oil pastels are similar to crayons …so made me confident and comfortable to color.
Oil Pastel pattern                                                  Mommy Doodles!
I know,it is a simple art pattern but right now I am not that confident and prefer taking baby steps. Let’s see where this leads me to !

Spring drawing                                        Child Doodles!
What can I say…as a mother, I am so proud of my son’s thoughts and creativity. Lately, he is been doodling a lot on white board and showcasing today is his Spring drawing. He made this for me …yep …I am the lucky one receiving flowers from my son Ashrith . He has magnet letters ..M on me and A for himself. I love my dress, it has flowers too! So..Sweet!

I love the idea of sharing my art as well as rediscovering the Arty person in me.It’s the best feeling to do something you always wanted to do. I am looking forward to experiment with different art materials in future. So, stay in tune to see my art creations! What do you think about my art ? I’d love to hear what you think ? Pls leave your valuable comments below.
That’s all for now ! See ya real soon !

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Currently Happy…about Ashrith recovering from severe ear infection. He was in so much pain for 3 days , it was a terrible experience and glad we are over it.

Currently Worried… about the missing airplane.What happened? Hopefully they find clues to get to the plane. Until then …we can pray for those families who are eagerly waiting with a hope to see their loved ones .

Currently Excited…. about my first Mommy and child doodles series. If you follow me , you’ll know what Iam talking about . I am renewing my passion for art and finding my way back to drawing and painting.So,stay in tune !

Currently Wishing..  for Good weather! I know it may seem like ,I have been complaining forever about the weather but it’s true we r done with winter . All we want is blooming flowers and sunlight .

Currently on my to-do list … is planing for my Vegetable Garden. I need to do research on saving my veggies from rabbits. We have crazy lot of white and brown rabbits in my backyard.Please share any ideas or suggestions to save my veggies.
That’s all for now ! See ya really soon!

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Currently Smiling….sharing this story…If you follow me , I promised to post the special dessert pics , made for my niece mentioned in Random act of kindness week ..Smile. Here r the details with pics.

My 10 year old niece was singing on stage and BTW it was her first Music concert performance .Wanted to suprise her , my sister had special  dinner plans ,but after the concert they were coming straight to my house , so it made me  think … What gift to suprise on her achievement.

Atte ka halwa music fun food

She loves when I make Aate ka Halwa (Whole Wheat Dessert) for her . Thought of presenting the halwa in an innovative way . You can say some fun food .Initially, my idea was to make the symbols in Aata but didn’t work that well. Aata(flour) kept breaking and I had to go with my second option. I spread the halwa on a plate and made music symbols using color saunf (sugar coated fennel) and then printed word “CONGRATS” using letter fridge magnets.She was spell bound on seeing the halwa. It made me smile seeing her happy face!

Atte ka halwa:Music symbols fun food

Currently Annoyed … about the snow we are expecting this evening .Is winter over yet ? I can’t take it anymore! Let’s think Spring.

Currently Buying …Grocery (pick up bread, milk) … before every storm … it get’s crazy here…some times we hardly find any bread or milk left in stores.

Currently Excited …about Renewing my passion for Art.Getting back to do some art work/ paintings… It’s long time ,holding a paint brush or pastels in my hand . Why is it so difficult to find time to do something you love. I am planning to start a new series Mommy and child doodles…so every week ,I get to share my Art as well as Ashrith’s art. This way ,I can try to keep my passion alive. What say ? Share your passion and how you take out time to keep it alive ?

Currently Loving …Ashrith’s drawing …Crocodile chasing a Baby Tiger …How silly is that ? He is one imaginative kid .

ashrith drawing: crocodile chasing tiger

That’s all for now …What are you doing currently ? See you real soon with something exciting !

Rainbow Art & Crafts for Preschoolers/Kindergartens

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Let’s  start with a positive feeling like Spring’s in the air! I mentioned it before,we are playing with colors and Colors remind me of the beautiful Rainbow …the blues, the greens, yellow, reds, purple. My son and I have worked on couple of  Rainbow projects we would like share here.

Rainbow Butterfly using dot markers

Three days back , while  Ashrith was using his dot markers , we got the idea of the Rainbow Butterfly . I drew outline of the butterfly using black marker  and he did the color dots.
I love Do A Dot Art Markers as they are super easy to use and quite mess free. Ashrith was adamant about not using puple color marker ..don’t know why ? The butterfly looks pretty colorful but how I wish he used the purple marker too.  I want him to explore his art in his own way  rather than expecting the results to be picture perfect.So, here is our beautiful colorful Rainbow butterfly minus purple! This project is good for both for preschoolers and Kindergartens.

Rainbow waters art for kids

Inspired by our beach towel …we came up with this colorful project called .. Rainbow Waters with Fishes. On a paper , using scale and pencil ,draw  vertical lines for different color water. Next add few fishes and plants .  We chose the crayon colors first , then  lined them, accordingly in a row, making it easy for him to color. Ashrith colored everything amazingly good …looks like a playful Rainbow underwater ocean ! I hope you will try this easy and simple project using basic supplies (paper, scale , pencil and crayons).

Rainbow Pinwheel craft for kids

 Another project  we made is the Rainbow Pinwheel using scraps of paper . Cut color paper triangles of unequal sizes. Now arrange the triangles in a circle to form a pin wheel and glue them. In the center , we used  a foam circle sticker .. to give dimension , if you don’t have foam stickers , you can always use a color paper. Ashrith was tired of gluing, so we drew a stick and colored it brown but you always use color paper for it too. Make and enjoy Rainbow Pinwheel .. the perfect decoration for Spring!

Note: Rainbow art and craft projects mentioned here are perfect for ages 4-6 with a little help from adults .Totally tried and tested on my 5yr old!

We had fun making Rainbow Art & Crafts for Preschoolers/Kindergartens.Do you have any Rainbow art/craft ideas for kids…then Pls do share. I would love to hear from you. We had tons of fun doing these Rainbow projects and looking forward to making more creative stuff. That’s all for now ! See ya soon with something interesting!
Linking up to Afterschool activities @ mamasmiles.com ,The Weekly Kids Co-Op Link Party @ b-inspiredmama.com and #getyourcrafton challenge @ kidschaos.com

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Currently logoCurrently Loving…My niece, Sharanya’s Birthday  …she turns 10 today . OMG….10 years , how time flies, It feels like yesterday when I held her in my arms. Sharanya …”  If I ever had a daughter, I would want her to be exactly like you.” Happy Birthday Sweetie!

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Currently Working …On Rainbow crafts with Ashrith . I enjoy drawing and doing crafts with him. He gets so involved and his imagination is unbelievable . Right now , we are playing with colors and all sorts of materials .The projects are turning out great …will be posting about it soon . Stay in tune!

Currently Buying…Gifts for my niece …I have a tradition of giving her gifts equal to her age …so this year it’s 10 gifts .I mean …10 gifts for 10th birthday . I did a little research about the trends going on with tween girls .Hope she likes and finds my gifts interesting.

Currently Sharing ….this story about the little boy in Michigan who said he has no friends to invite to his birthday party that is now getting showered with cards and gifts thru the “Happy Birthday Colin” campaign may be the sweetest story ever .I read this at Jennifer’s blog and found it interesting and wanted to share with you all.

Currently  Eating … at Panera Bread …Our family enjoys going to this restaurant once in a while either for breakfast or lunch .They have a lot of vegetarian options ..so makes me 🙂 BTW  Ashrith loves Bear Claw ..a pastry puff with almond filling .

panera bread bear claw

That’s all for now ! What are you doing currently ? Share your current favorites and if you have any Rainbow craft idea …mail me !