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Sock Doll

Line up a few of these dolls on a windowsill or mantel, and you're guaranteed to spread cheer to family and guests alike. The things you need: 1. Cotton socks 2. Pieces of foam 3. A few rubber bands 4. Red and black paint 5. Scissors Step 1: Fill a cotton sock three quarters of the way with the foam pieces. Secure it by tying...

Tin Can Lantern

Are you bored of having dinner under the same electric lights? Here is something to light up your family meal time. The things you need: 1. An empty soft drink can or a tin 2. A hammer 3. A few nails 4. A 15-inch long wire Step 1: On the outside part of a can, draw any pattern that you like. Step 2: With the nail...

Some Animal Fathers are Great Dads too!

Most animals never even see their parents. Many never meet their fathers and some do not meet their mothers either. Some insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles hatch from fertilised eggs and face life on their own. And those animals who are raised by parents, are often reared by their mothers. But we found that there are some animal fathers...

The Green Family

Want to have a family of your own? A green family? All it takes is a little water and sunshine to entice this green family to spread its roots! The things you need: 1. Empty containers of different sizes 2. Wheat seeds 3. Soil 4. Water 5. Poster colours 6. Brush Step 1: Fill three-fourths of all the containers with garden soil. Step 2: Spread a handful of...

Glove Puppets!

Take out those old socks that have been lying in your cupboard. With these puppets you can actually hold a puppet show for your friends and family. The things you need: 1. Old sock 2. A needle and thread 3. Poster colours 4. Brush 5. Red coloured paper Step 1: Put your hand inside the sock, take hold of a part of the front of the sock...

Your Own Bus

Shiny vehicles on a shop shelf are inviting, but how about making a shiny red bus, much like the ones you see on the roads. What's more, you can give a new life to things that are being readied for the dustbin at this very instant! The things you need: 1. Empty juice carton 2. Felt paper (any colour of your choice) 3....

Shake a Shaker

Do you want to belt out a song, but need an instrument that will keep the rhythm and add to the effect? Why don't you try making a 'shaker' that will do the trick? Just remember, you will be making a valuable addition to the range of percussion instruments that are used for their rhythm and the texture of their...

Let’s Tango

If you are interested in making music, why not start by making a music instrument from things easily available at home? The things you need: 1. An empty toothpaste pack 2. Three rubber bands 3. A sheet of coloured paper 4. Glue 5. A blade or paper cutter Step 1: Cover the entire pack with a coloured paper. Use glue to stick the paper. Step 2: Draw...

Why do we Get Hiccups?

Hic! You've just hiccuped for what seems like the tenth time since you finished your big dinner. Wonder where these funny noises are coming from? The part to blame is your diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, and all hiccups start here. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. It pulls down when you inhale to help...

Making Friends and keeping them

Coping With Friends Written by Peter Corey Illustrations by Martin Brown Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. You must have often wondered if only you had known how to handle that bossy friend of yours in school, you wouldn't have to run away from her every time you met. Well, blame it on the fact that you didn't have a 'how-to' book on...

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