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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....

The Hows and Whys of Bubble Gum

The Hows and Whys of Bubble Gum

Chew this question: What is small and pink, tastes sweet, can be chewed for hours without it dissolving, yet is not to be swallowed? Some doctors feel that it helps to relieve stress. Others think it is good for the teeth. Americans are constantly rolling it about in their mouth and the US army gives it as part of field rations. No guesses for the correct answer. Yes, it is chewing gum or bubble gum as it is often called because you can blow large bubbles that go ‘pop’!...

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 book are the everyday playthings of millions of Indian children, past and present. Joy of Making Indian Toys [Illustrations by D. K. Sharma] Strictly speaking, most of the toys documented here do not have a technical or standard name....

Instant Bunny

Instant Bunny

Instant Bunny [Illustrations by Anup Singh] Fine towel material or flannel is is best for making bunny rabbits. However, you can use any cloth. Here we have used a handkerchief. The things you need: Handkerchief Rubber band Three black and one red bindi or buttons Step 1: Take a handkerchief and start rolling it diagonally from one end. Step 2: Once completely rolled, fold into half and tie a rubber band two inches from the fold....

Let's Tango

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: An empty toothpaste pack Three rubber bands A sheet of coloured paper Glue A blade or paper cutter Let’s Tango [Illustrations by Anup Singh] Step 1: Cover the entire pack with a coloured paper. Use glue to stick the paper. Step 2: Draw a rectangle of 1 inch x 2 inches on the upper side of the pack....

Bungee

Bungee

Standing on the edge of a platform looking 150 feet straight down at the river below I thought to myself, how did I get roped into this mess? Do I really want to go ahead with this foolishness? Shouldn’t I be back with my feet firmly planted on the ground? I was standing on the platform of a 100-ft high bridge. My fingers tightly holding the rails in a death grip. I was about to do a bungee jump because I had boasted to Himakar, my cousin, I could do anything he could....

Sock Doll

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. Sock Doll [Illustrations by Shinod AP] The things you need: Cotton socks Pieces of foam A few rubber bands Red and black paint Scissors Step 1: Fill a cotton sock three quarters of the way with the foam pieces. Secure it by tying a rubber band at the end of the filling....

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