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Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

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 batik but first let me brief you about it,” said the teacher. I was already bored....

An Unforgetful Trip

An Unforgetful Trip

The Thunderbirds – This was the name that Namrata, Pooja, Kajari, Latika, Ayesha, Moni, Geetika, Ritu, Parul and Priyanka had given to their gang of 10. Everyone in St. Anna Girls’ School knew them. They were always seen together. “Guys!!!!! The list of places for the mid-term trip has been put up on the notice board,” announced Namrata, who in her excitement had got up on a chair to grab everyone’s attention. That did it. What had been an orderly classroom a few seconds earlier was now an empty class....

How Monkeys Got their Red Bottoms

How Monkeys Got their Red Bottoms

Once upon a time there was a group of twelve boys and girls who lived in a village called Dancing. After dinner everyday they would light a fire and dance. One evening a monkey came and sat in a corner. He was wearing a smart safari suit with a stylish hat. He had a banjo in his hand, with which he played melodious music. He played so well that no one realised that he was a monkey....

Decorate Bindis

Decorate Bindis

Decorate Bindis [Illustrations by Anup Singh] Look for old bindis lying in your house and give them a new look. The things you need: Plain bindis of different colours and sizes Tiny beads of different colours Adhesive Step 1: Since bindis are small, you will have to decorate them very carefully. Choose the beads that go with the colour of the bindi and stick them in a way that they look attractive....

Milk! Milk! Milk!

Milk! Milk! Milk!

Morning, afternoon, evening, night Kappu wants milk all the time He drinks six bottles in a day And always feels contented and gay. Bananas and biscuits mashed in milk Are things that Kappu loves to drink As soon as he finishes drinking a bowl His mommy gives a kiss on his nose. Milk! Milk! Milk! [Illustration by Shinod AP]

Pencil stand of Bangles

Pencil stand of Bangles

Pencil stand of Bangles [Illustrations by Anup Singh] If you have old bangles lying around in the house that nobody wears, you can use them to make a pencil stand for your desk. The things you need: Old bangles Adhesive Cardboard Scissors Pencil Step 1: Collect bangles of different colours but of the same size. Step 2: Use a bangle to draw a circle on the cardboard piece....

Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame

Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame

How do we make sure that our favourite person stays by our side at most times? Simple – we frame their photographs and keep them in a place where we can always see them. What fun if we could make the photo frames too! And it is not at all difficult. Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame [Illustration by Jaykrit] The things you need: Ice Cream sticks. Adhesive....

Why do we Blink?

How many times do you blink in a minute? Weird, who knows! Well, mostly people blink around 15 times a minute (Reader’s Digest – Why in the World). Blinking is an involuntary action that protects the eye. Most of our eye is enclosed in a bony socket covered with a layer of fat, which forms a protective cover. But when the eyes are open, one-tenth of the total surface area is exposed to the atmosphere. This means the eye, the most delicate and sensitive part of the body, has to withstand the dust present in the air....

Planets! Planets! and more Planets!

Planets! Planets! and more Planets!

Astronomers working at Berkeley and Geneva have found nine new planets circling nearby stars. With this discovery, we now know of 50 extra-solar planets, also called exoplanets. That is a big increase from 41 planets last known five years ago. All these individual planets move in an orbit around a star, which is called their parent star. The astronomers estimate that the Beta Pictoris star has a planet ten times the mass of Earth. It orbits at a distance of about 10....

Paper Plate Masks

Paper Plate Masks

During Dussehra it seems that Rama and Ravana come down to earth. In every street there are children who wear masks of these characters and enact the story. Would you like to make your own masks and do the same? Paper Plate Masks [Illustrations by Shiju George] You will need: Paper plate, paints, pencil, eraser and thread. Step 1: Draw the face of the character on the backside of the paper plate and colour it....

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