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Singapore’s ‘Boy Wizard’

Where: Singapore February 6, 2009 : Lim Ding Wen, a fourth grade student in Singapore, is an expert at six programming languages. He first used a computer when he was aged two! His 'Doodle Kids' is a painting program for Apple's iPhone. The program's users can draw with their fingers on the touchscreen. And all it takes to clear...

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

Assortment of colourful batik textile.
A routine college day. We had to go for textile practicals after lunch. Going for any class post lunch was a pain. All we wanted to do was sleep. But, that remained a dream since we were always packed with classes after lunch. Lazily, I dragged myself to the textile laboratory. "Today we are going to learn the technique of...

Make your Own Trophy

Whether you are playing games, organising a painting competition or giving titles to all your friends, design trophies for all occassions. The things you need: 1. Thermacol sheet 2. Plain paper 3. Adhesive 4. Colours 5: Cutter 6: Scissor 7: Colouring brushes Step 1: Take a thermacol sheet and cut it out in any shape you want to make the upper half of the trophy. Step 2: Stick a...

Babolito

A beautiful girl: Babolito - A story for kids
Mohanty ma'am was teaching the class five students of Arya Wonderland about similes. "As beautiful as?" she asked, looking at the students. "The rose, the Taj Mahal, Aishwarya Rai...." There were several shouts. "And now, as ugly as?" Mohanty ma'am questioned. There was a pause then a girl said in a loud and clear voice: "As ugly as Sarita." There were a few giggles,...

A Children’s park in the Train

October 14: First chocolates and now mobile playgrounds! Children have two reasons to thank the Swiss. The latest bit of good news is that the Swiss railways have started trains which have a special children's corner. And no prizes for guessing that the theme of this playground is dinosaurs. The Indian Express. Children boarding trains on the Basel-Zurich-Chur route and...

A School for Dreamers

A school for dreamers? Teachers who help you build castles in the air? But such a school does exist. Here children have their heads in the clouds, but their feet planted firmly on the ground. Well, not quite planted. The mighty leaps into the air and well-aimed kicks during the 'kalaripayittu' class are the envy of any acrobat. (Kalaripayittu, an ancient...

Cone Caps

Whether it's your birthday party or your grandfather's, it's an ideal occasion to make the conical caps at home. Making them can be more exciting than buying them. The things you need: 1. Chart paper (12 inches x 18 inches) 2. Glue 3. Scissors 4. Glitter glue 5. Cotton ball 6. Ribbon 7. Pencil Step 1: Use the 12 inch side of the chart paper as the height...

Pablo the Pigeon Painter

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano Santisma Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Phew! A mouthful, but a name reckoned to be among the greatest artists of the 20th century. His paintings are worth millions and millions have seen and admired his work. A handful is fortunate to own some of his paintings. He's...

The Day the Bomb Fell

Near the centre of the explosion, people were instantaneously vapourised by the seeing heat, leaving only their shadows scorched into the stonework of walls or roads. Thousands more were killed by being blown to bits, more commonly being hurled against solid subjects, crushed beneath falling buildings. Others were simply cremated into charred corpses or hideously burned with great patches of skin...

What to do During an Earthquake?

What to do During an Earthquake?
An earthquake is literally an earth shattering experience! Here you are enjoying an afternoon snooze, or having a cup of coffee in the morning or even sleeping under a quilt on a cold winter night when WHAM! The entire crockery shelf collapses shattering plates and cups; the painting on the wall nearly knocks you down as it falls; or...

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