#DiwaliDhamaka – Diwali Advent Calendar

Diwali holidays have begun and it is like schools are off till 2nd Nov! Whoops! that’s a LONG break. But Diwali is a festival we look forward too. Even though, in my heart I would LOVE to say no to crackers this year, I know it will NOT be fair on my son. He only bursts his gun around and I am not going to say no to that, not this time atleast.

So, I took the concept of Christmas Advent Calendars and made this calendar so that Aarya can count the days to Diwali and we will have some pre-planned activity for each day.

We used

- a paper shopping bag ( we get this when we shop for clothes, from some good eco-friendly shops)

- sponges

- colors

- and a crafty boy :)

I cut off the sides and the bottom portion of the cover which gave me 2 rectangle pieces of brown paper. I used the portion where there was no print and well let Aarya go to town with sponging :)

We glued the 2nd sheet of brown paper to this sheet so as to make it sturdy, after it dried. Next I folded up 8 pieces of plain paper so as to make small envoloes (see below). Aarya glued them on to the the background in an order in such a way that they made little pockets.

Next in small sheets I wrote the activities that I hoped we could do together.

Ta- da, our calendar is ready.

I just realized there are no dots on 4. Aarya totally must have forgotten. ( The dots are just bindis I had lying around, I don’t use this size or color). I know this pic is totally unnecessary as it shows our antic almirah, with paint chipped off ( thanks to gazillion moves) and dirty mirrors, but this is the only decent shot I have of him.

Here is the list of activities -

  • - Make Diwali cards
  • - Make Diwali bunting
  • - Paint diyas
  • - Make Rangolis
  • - Read a book ( review coming soon), do an activity.
  • - Make light decorations of some kind
  • - Make sweets
  • - Decorate the house

And bonus – HELP Mom, clean the house :D

Here is an AMAZING list of card making ideas via Artsy Craftsy Mom ( we might share ours as well) :)

15 diwali card making ideas | 15+ Diwali card making ideas   Diwali Dhamaka | India Crafts DIY card Diwali
Shruti @ Artsy Craftsy Mom is hosting a Diwali Dhamaka ( #DiwaliDhamaka) where in many awesome bloggers are sharing there awesome Diwali inspired posts. There are TONS of awesome inspiration out there, go check it out!

Write 31 days: Tip #5

Write 31 days – How NOT to kill the reading habit in kids with Book Recommendations for boys

Tip #1 – Even if the book he selects is a book you do not think has any “value”; do NOT discourage!

Tip#2 -Let them abuse the book

Tip #3 – Do not offer reading instead of screen time.

Tip #4 – Do not Give up on your Children, they need you more than you will ever know.

Tip #5 – Reading is not just for bedtime. Anytime is  good time to read.

Mostly a bedtime scenario in our household would involve me forcing Aarya to get into bed, then getting Anjie ready for bed. In between this Aarya will plonk down with more than 3 books, and I will most probably not get through 1 because of n number of reasons. So, it has helped us immensely to read during the day whenever we felt like, hoping that Anjie doesn’t protes and I am not busy doing some chore.

As a toddler, Aarya won’t sit in one place for me to read. He would be mostly there for a minute before trotting off. In such situations, continuing the read was important, I kept my voice goofy and fun. Also, I would read to his toys, and suddenly he would be interested too :) Letting him choose his books was the next right thing I did. It gave him control and he would sit with me to read the books.

Today’s book pick : If I built a car by Chris Van Dusen

Aarya’s absolute favorite book and a book that I love reading. It has rhyming texts, it gives power to imagination and it has a boy and his Dad AND a dog as the lead… SOLD!

I think every Car Lover should have a copy, this is a keeper!

Buy it on Amazon.in (affliate link – thank you!)

Love books Exchange – #lovebooks

Love Books Bubbleink Writes had the fabulous idea of hosting a #lovebooks exchange party  just like what The Educators Spin on it did. SO with ample support from The Educator’s Spin of it, we recently had our own little book exchange party. I was to send my package to Suchi Ravalia and I received mine from Jyotsna Dilip; 2 pretty awesome girls – who are passionate about books just like I am! I first of all want to thank Bubbleink Writes, because of her I was introduced to a group of parents who were crazy about books, just like we are! And I am so so so so happy to find like minded people. Thank you to The Educators Spin on it for thinking up this idea and executing it on such a large scale too, you are an inspiration! Aarya was sick with Viral when our package, so to say it was apt is an understatement. Being sick and inddors, is not fun and your package was a great help, Jyotsna!

The letter from Surya and Spandana, I LOVE the style of writing, Gorgeous!
A poor sick boy holding his Dino books! He loved them instantly <3

As you saw in the picture, our activities included -
1) Build a Dinosaur with foam shapes
2) Dinosaur Sudoku
3) Build a Dino fossil with pasta
4) Understanding germs with a glitter in water experiment.

I will let pictures of the 1st 2 activities do the talking.

There was an instruction sheet attached which was very helpful. Aarya tried to copy it and then built his very own Dinos.
Ummm… I am not sure about this one :)
Of course a Triceratop!! Can you make out?

Aarya has never played Sudoku. So he just matched the pictures first and then I tried explaining it to him.

I couldn’t get pictures of our skeleton/ Glitter Germs because we did it on a another day and Anjie got sick too. This was such an AWESOME experience and I would definitely want to do it again.