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How Did Pencils Originate?

How Did Pencils Originate?

Not many people know that the pencil they use everyday can trace its history back 2000 years! Early writers, or scribes as they were called, of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece wrote on forms of paper called papyrus. They used a stylus which was a metal rod made of lead. That is why we still call the black core of the pencil as “lead” even though it is made from graphite! Graphite was discovered sometime in the 16th century in England....

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....

Weave a Thread

Weave a Thread

Weave a Thread [Illustrations by Shinod AP] This beautiful design board is perfect for your drawing room wall and extremely simple to make. The things you need: Pin board Small size nails Hammer Different coloured threads Black cloth pencil Step 1: Take a soft board and cover it with a black cloth. You can take any size you want....

The Magnetic Fish Bowl

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: The Magnetic Fish Bowl [] Four to six magnets (one for each player; magnets can be found at any hardware shop), paper clips, stickytape, four to six thin nine-inch sticks (one for each player; unsharpened pencil work really well), a large bowl of water, aluminium foil, string and scissors....

The Magnetic Fish Bowl

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 clips, stickytape, four to six thin nine-inch sticks (one for each player; unsharpened pencil work really well), a large bowl of water, aluminium foil, string and scissors. How to prepare the game:...

Box Full of Chocolates

Box Full of Chocolates

Third prize winner of Spin-A-Tale contest Once upon a time there lived two friends Ramesh and Ganesh. Both were very close to one another. They were inseparable. One day Ramesh spotted a juicy chocolate bar in a shop. Box Full of Chocolates [Illustration by Anup Singh] He wanted it desperately. The very thought of it made his mouth water. As he was dreaming about the chocolate, came his close friend Ganesh. Ramesh, that day had a new writing pencil....

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar [Illustrations by Anup Singh] The things you need: A spiral sketch book A thin wire Beads Adhesive and scissors Old magazines Stationery: Pencil, eraser, sharpner and ruler and cardboard Colours: Pencil / Crayons or paints and sketch pens Step 1: Take a spiral sketch book to make the calendar (preferably A4 size). Divide the first page into two parts as shown in the figure....

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