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Let’s Celebrate Holi Art project and Book Review

As you all know we love books so when i got an opportunity to review this book ” Lets celebrate Holi! ”
I was very happy ,as it would be perfect for my 8 year old to learn more about the Festival and Hindu culture.

I remember the day we got this book in mail, my son came excited looking at the colorful cover , he said its beautiful & colorful just like the Holi Festival .This awesome book is written by Ajanta and Vivek and it tells us about the cultural elements of Holi as it is celebrated in India.


Going through the pages , I was sure it’s a fun story for kids but little did I know that it had lots of interesting facts about the festival.Some of the important elements covered in this book are :
The Story of Holi – The Brave Prahlad
The night before Holi – Holika Dahan
Holi – how to celebrate and meaning
Holi food – Gujia & Thandai
Holi around India – Holi King (Ahmedabad), Thabal Chongba (Manipur) and Hola Mohalla (Punjab)

Let’s celebrate Holi art project for kids and Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book begins with story of Maya ,Neel and their pet squirrel, Chintu from Chicago who visit their cousin Ameya in India to celebrate Holi . We can easily relate to these central characters in the book , I see glimpses of myself playing holi with my siblings and friends.The language is simple and easy read for young kids to understand.

We tried a cool art project to go with book inspired by the beautiful illustrations in it.
Whenever we talk about Holi , the first thing that’s comes to our mind is playing with colors and that’s what we’ll be doing here.
Materials Needed:
Coffee Filters ( you can use Paper towel too)
Liquid Water colors
Ice Cube Tray
Pipette
Black sharpie or pen
Wax Paper
Tray
Instructions :

Pour liquid Watercolors in ice cube tray.
Set up everything like shown in the picture above .


Kids Trace outlines of characters from the book or draw their own characters using a marker.


This is how it looks after making images .Coffee filters are white just like holi clothes in the story .


Now they can use pipette to suck the water colors and squeeze out drop by drop.We used same pipette but if you have toddlers or preschoolers you can use one pippette per color.


Keep adding drops to cover the characters just like people in real Holi colors !

Let’s celebrate Holi is available on Amazon and is recommended for ages 3-7 .To know more about this book visit their website

What did my little one think ?

He absolutely loved and enjoyed the book especially the Prahlad story .
He said ” Mom , the illustrations are bright , colorful and eye popping and I like Q’s and A’s at the end of the book .Chintu the squirrel is my favorite character !
I have to mention this , he said the book based art we made using pipette to drop watercolors on story characters was totally fun like playing Holi with them .Love how Holi Festival is celebrated in various ways throughout India with same spirit and enthusiasm .

Have you ever played Holi ? Whether you’ve actually witnessed playing holi or just heard about it , this book will transport you to a colorful world !

( Disclaimer : As a Multicultural Kids Blogger , I was sent this book in return for my honest review . All thoughts and opinions are my own )

Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects

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We feel very happy to be involved in the launch of new book “Steam Kids “ by a bunch of my fellow bloggers .
Before I talk more about the book, this summer, my son showed a lot of interest in science experiments. He would say” Mom, let’s try this!” Some experiments turned out really good but I must mention , We’ve failed miserably in few experiments but his curiosity and enthusiasm never failed.

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When I heard about STEAM KIDS book, I knew he would love and learn from it as well .

I showed my 8 year old the book and said “you‘re going to be learning all about STEAM”. He was super excited looking at it. The book has many activities, close to 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids. The activities are broken up into the area of inspiration: Build, Color, Play, Sense and Grow. The projects are aimed for kids ages 4-10 with easy instructions and colorful pictures.

Best thing about the book is most of the projects are using regular craft supplies or household supplies.

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We tried Rotational Symmetry Art from the book , a wonderful activity to teach kids concepts of Symmetry while rotating irregular shapes.

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To know more about Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects watch this amazing book trailer

The Book is available in print from Amazon as well as as an e-book PDF, this book has amazing projects your kids will love.
The e-book is on sale this week only for $9.99. Plus, if you buy the book this week, you get a bonus book for FREE:

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Most important ..STEAM KIDS gives an opportunity to spend quality time with your kids . We had a great time and can’t wait to try other projects from the book and other STEAM Education resources below .
The authors of this book have put together some amazing FREE STEAM Education resources as well! Check them out:

52 STEAM Challenges for Kids
40 Household Items for STEAM Projects at Home
How to Get Started Doing STEAM
STEM vs. STEAM, Does the A Matter?
How to Teach STEAM
40+ Projects that Combine STEM with Art
Tips for Acquiring Inexpensive STEAM Materials
Adapting STEM and STEAM Activities for Different Children
3 Genius Tips for Raising out of the Box Thinkers

Lovely quote about the book..
“STEAM Kids is a book that will inspire children to:
question like a scientist
design like a technologist
build like an engineer
create like an artist
deduce like a mathematician
– and, most importantly –
play like a kid.”

Would love to hear your views on STEAM activities and Share your Favorite STEAM activities ?
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free copy in return for a honest review .
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Frozen inspired art project for kids | Frozen Inspired card

It is my friend’s daughter’s  6th birthday and by now you guessed the theme  .All little girls are obsessed with this movie .. yes Disney’s Frozen .We planned on making a card  for little A and the card is  inspired  by FROZEN colors . So , you can say the idea of Frozen inspired art project for kids was born while planning for a birthday card .
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Materials Needed :
White sheet of paper
Snowflakes Foam stickers
Watercolor  Paints (Frozen inspired colors – blues and purple)
Glitter/ glitter glue pens
Sharpie

Instructions :
On  a white sheet of paper ,  randomly arrange various size Foam snowflakes stickers.
We started with my  six year old  placing the stickers where he wanted them . He sounded very happy choosing the spots because generally it is mom who is directing  with instructions.
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Now he  painted  over the foam stickers. I wanted him to do three shades of colors but he was more comfortable in doing two shades . The two shades are frozen theme Favorite colors  blue and purple shades.

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After my son finished painting , we kept it to dry for couple of hours .

Now the fun part … peeling  the foam stickers ,  Ashrith is been  waiting to do this .  The foam stickers are easy to peel  for little hands. He was too excited to peel and reveal the snowflakes.

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If you want an extension to this  project ,  you can turn your art into a beautiful card just like we did . Frozen Inspired birthday card to make a little girl feel special
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Fold the painted art sheet paper the way you like the card.. a rectangle or a square.
Use Sharpie or paint to add details wherever required.
Last step is to add glitter , this will enhance the beauty of the card.

Quick tips :
To make little glitter circles , I used pen cap as a stamp , dipped it in glue and made a print . Later sprinkled glitter over it .I prefer using glitter glue pens , as they are not as messy as the glitter powders but in this project I used both form of glitters.
To make it more fun for a Frozen fan , you can add Olaf ,Anna and Elsa stickers too.

Lessons Learnt :
Develop Fine motor skills : Peeling stickers and painting helps build fine motor skills .

How do you like our Frozen inspired Art turned in to a Handmade Card ? If you have a Frozen fan , then pull out the craft supplies ,make this piece of art and let us know how it turned out .
Linking this to #toddlerapprovedtuesday

LarabeeUK

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!
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