Craft Activities for Kids

Range of art & craft activities for kids. Make cards, masks, gifts and toys using simple, even throw-away things… Crafts & art is fun, we’ll show you how

Stage Surprises – A Party Game

Here’s a great game when you have several kids around. Whether it's two children at home or ten at a birthday party, Stage Surprises is great fun. Write the names of animals or objects on slips of paper. Put the slips in a shoe box....

Rainbow Flowers

Here’s a great way to see where all that water in your vase actually goes. Items required: You’ll need a jug of water, four clean glasses, four different coloured inks or food dyes, scissors & white flowers (carnations work out very well, try tuberoses too.) What to...

Joy of Making Indian Toys

Introduction The best thing a child can do with a toy is to break it. The next best thing is to make it. This book is about toys which children can make and break freely. The low cost or rather no-cost toys documented in the...

The Magical Paper Pipe Stand

You don't know what to do with that old magazine, the plastic box or that empty tin? Why don't you do some magic, like Kusum did. Make a beautiful paper pipe stand with these ready-to-throw materials. As we all know, cutting and gluing is...

Peanut Puppets

You will need: A darning needle. A reel of strong thread. Peanuts in the shell (at least 13, of different sizes). Paint, paint brushes, glue, scissors, wool for hair, 3 lollipops, icecream sticks or twigs. Procedure: Thread the needle and make a large knot in the end. To make the...

The Magnetic Fish Bowl

This unusual fishing game is simple to assemble and great fun to play. And you won't have to worry about pulling poor live fish out of the water. Items required: Four to six magnets (one for each player; magnets can be found at any hardware shop), paper...

Play with Maps

No, this is not an exam. Thank God! It is time to have some fun. We looked at the map of South America and thought it looked like the face of a man looking sideways. Doesn't it? Others thought it looked like a lion's...

Doll-making

Cotton Wool Doll You thought cotton could be used only in bandages, or to clean wounds? Well, we found another use for it. We made a doll out of a roll of cotton. Things you need: One roll of cotton (ours was Buttons. Stick 'em stones, or sticking 'bindi'. Satin...

Matchstick Models

"Science, in essence, is a viewpoint -- a worldview, an ability to critically examine phenomenon. It is an ability to see patterns, structures, sequences, trends, commonalities, regularities and generalities -- in short, an ability to perceive and discover an order in the universe. From...

Little Toys

Introduction : It is an irony of modern consumerism that junk products are packed in tough cartons. While the frail human body consumes and digests the junk, it is the environment which has to grapple and reckon with the tough, non-biodegradable waste. And, in the...

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Through the long and dark Arctic winter, the mother Polar Bear sat quietly in her den. She had given birth to her cubs, and...

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How does a Submarine Work?

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Lonely Kalu

Kalu was the only son of a farmer and his wife. "I wish I had a brother or a sister, to play with," he told...

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...