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Birju and the Flying Horse

Birju and the Flying Horse

In a far off city, there lived a boy called Birju. He longed to run and play like other children. But he had a lame leg. He found it difficult to even walk properly. Birju’s father worked as a gardener in a rich man’s garden, close to the hut in which they lived. His mother washed dishes in other people’s houses. One day, his father came home looking very pleased. “Look, Birju,” he said, “Look what I’ve got!...

The Telegraph

In 1833 John Herschel, a British astronomer, went to South Africa to study the southern skies. He took with him a powerful telescope and many other instruments. He wanted to make charts and maps of the sky which people in the northern half of the world never saw. John Herschel planned to stay at the Cape of Good Hope for three or four years to complete his work. Then Richard Locke, a reporter on the staff of the New York Sun, had a bright idea....

Door Decor

Door Decor

Come Diwali, Dussehra, Christmas or the New Year people always hang torans above the doors of their houses. Toran is a bit of decoration made with leaves or flowers or even paper. Nowadays, toran are also made of plastic. People from various parts of India make torans differently. But this is how a traditional toran is usually made: Door Decor [Illustrations by Shinod AP] The things you need: Mango leaves Cord Thread Needle Flowers Step 1: Use a needle and thread to make a garland of flowers....

Burst the Balloon

Burst the Balloon

Burst the Balloon [Illustrations by Shinod AP] Your audience will see you blowing a blue balloon, but as soon as you prick it, the balloon will change its colour. The things you need: Balloons of two colours (blue and pink) A grain of rice or wheat A needle Step 1: Put the pink balloon inside the blue one and blow into both of them together....

Peanut Puppets

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 head and body, thread three long peanuts on to the length of thread. (You may need to twist the needle a bit to get it through the shell)....

Glove Puppets!

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: Old sock A needle and thread Poster colours Brush Red coloured paper Step 1: Put your hand inside the sock, take hold of a part of Glove Puppets! [Illustrations by Anup Singh] the front of the sock and pull it in....

Towel Ring

Towel Ring

Towel Ring [Illustrations by Shinod AP] The things you need: Plain cotton cloth (18 inches by 18 inches) Cardboard Needle and thread A plastic or iron ring Foam or cotton Wool, sketch pens/fabric paints, Adhesive Step 1: With the help of a thread and needle, do a running stitch at the edges of the cloth....

Pom Pom Balls

Pom Pom Balls

Pom Pom Balls [Illustrations by Shinod AP] These balls are soft and won’t hurt anyone while playing. Better still, they are easy to make. So why don’t you gift a a few to a friend? The things you need: A small piece of cardboard Thick wool (single or multi-coloured) A scissor Needle Thread Step 1: Cut the cardboard in the shape of a ring. Step 2: Now start winding wool around the cardboard ring....

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