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One of the hardest things about planning a kid’s bday party is deciding on return gifts.While the kids are most excited about it, moms are often biting their nails figuring out what unique gifts to give kids to make the party and the kids faces shine!
When one such mom approached us for ideas for return gifts because she did not want to gift the usual stationery items or books, we proposed our unique behaviour changing games for kids across age groups (4 to 9 yrs).
Why not gift children a brighter future to build habits and values that protect our environment and their own health instead of fancy gifts wrapped in bright wrapping papers?
She caught on to this innovative idea of games that can bring change in the behaviour of kids and so did the kids who enjoyed carrying the games back in eco-friendly bags.
While the mom will get blessings from the Mother Earth for sending less waste to the landfills, the kids will learn basic maths in a fun way and bond with their families, besides changing their habits, while playing these ‘Save the World’ games.
These exciting fridge mounted behaviour changing games with magnets and stickers are available for INR 200 (with reusable bag) for orders of 10 or more.
One of the most challenging aspects of motherhood is keeping your child productively busy while you are working from home or struggling to find your ‘me time.’ More often than not, we (moms) are looking for activity sheets for preschoolers and early schoolers to learn new concepts and keep them busy every month on their own at a reasonable price.
This led us to start thinking about designing a single tool which keeps a child occupied throughout the year through simple, yet engaging activities with multiple interactions (drawing, colouring, writing, tracing, pasting stickers) and multi-dimensional learning.
A tool which helps the child learn new concepts (numbers, days of the week, months, year etc), along with keeping a track of festivals and other important dates like birthdays and vacations through. A tool that gets a child to learn about constellations in an extremely fun way as well as touch, see and feel natural materials, which enhances a child’s observation, spatial recognition and visual cognition skills, but most importantly, brings him/her closer to nature.
Hunt the Constellations – A Unique and Innovative Learning Calendar with multiple activities is designed to be used starting from any month of the year and is available for two different age groups (3-5 yrs and 6-9 yrs).
Conducted two back to back workshops at Kunskapsskolan international school with Grade 2 students and Grade 4 students around two topics (Indoor Air Check and Energy Saving) from our storybook – City of Stars.
While the Grade 2 students enjoyed interactive storytelling, guessing sources of indoor air pollution, getting such enemies of clean air out of the tent house and placing them in three categories (dust, smoke and gases), it was a delight to see their extreme enthusiasm and excitement in even guessing how to prevent them.
The testimonial from the Team Lead at the school at the end of the day added to our joy…
“It was a pleasure to have you in the school with your team today for a workshop on indoor air pollution. Your team conducted a wonderful session for grade 2 students enriching them with the cause, effect and the ways to prevent indoor air pollution. It was a delight to see our students interacting and participating equally with your team. You took care of each minute detail as per their interest by using the props and storytelling. We look forward to more of such sessions, with you in the future.”
In Energy Saving session, was taken aback by the excitement of Grade 4 students to guess energy eating monsters at home, the amount of energy they consume as well as learn how to save energy consumed by the biggest monster – AC, by keeping a check on their everyday behaviours!
City of Stars, a unique and innovative experiential book, with 12 real-life stories and 48 activity pages, is designed to bring behavioural change in children across age groups through the year to protect their own health and environment!
Conducted an author speak session with children of Medhaam school on the topic of Waste Segregation from our book City of Stars. The kids and their parents enjoyed interactive storytelling, followed by waste segregation activity. Kids also enjoyed making their own newspaper bags and took back the signed copies of the book in their creations.
Conducted an interactive workshop with students of Grade 5 in the library of the school based on the topic of Energy Saving from our book City of Stars. The kids enjoyed interactive storytelling and were excited to participate in the interactive activity, which taught them about Energy Eating Monsters at home.
The session was also highly appreciated by the school authorities, who felt that “the thoughts of the author were well imparted to the children.”
Read more about the school feedback
Our founder was invited to conduct an author speak session with Grade 1 students at Pathways Baliawas in Gurugram for our storybook City of Stars. The session involved interactive storytelling by the teachers, followed by an interactive activity designed on the topic of Energy Saving from the book.
Kids showed a lot of excitement while guessing Energy Eating Monsters at home. The kids were also excited to buy a signed copy from the author during the following book fair.
These are a series of workshops based on the topics in our storybook – City of Stars – designed to change everyday habits of children and their families for a GREENER, CLEANER and HEALTHIER PLANET! The book was launched on March 3rd, 2019 at the Butterfly Park, Gurugram.
Noise Tracking – Workshop 1
Workshop details at https://www.facebook.com/events/328595311130204/
View workshop pics at https://www.facebook.com/pg/litjoys/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2345382499027188
Light Pollution and Energy Saving – Workshop 2
Workshop details at https://www.facebook.com/events/585918398561045/
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Know more about the inspiration behind the book
In Nov 2017, after the Diwali break, I got a frantic call from another distraught parent…”Our children are suffering because of the unhealthy, polluted air. Can we request their school to put purifiers in the classrooms? Can’t we do anything about it?”
I felt devastated seeing our children, elderly and many other adults suffering from bad bouts of health for months together year on year. I also felt sad seeing our children deprived of the original joys of childhood – gazing at the sky full of stars and playing freely under the blue skies.
It struck me then that the future of our children – and their health – lies in our own hands. WE (the citizens) need to change our everyday habits first and become RESPONSIBLE instead of only expecting our government to take action.
If we want to see the bright stars and blue skies again, every month our habits must change, through the year follow and maintain, to our friends and family explain, remind them of the habits they need to sustain!
Thus, City of Stars – an experiential book in the form of a calendar- was conceived…
I wanted to be part of the solution to spread awareness, break all myths and change behaviours for a GREENER, CLEANER and HEALTHIER planet. I realised that AIR and other forms of ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION is not a seasonal issue and a worldwide problem.
I started writing stories linked to air and other forms of environmental pollution in the form of real-life conversations between a child and his parents. The central character of Abdu is inspired by my son, to whom I have been reading these stories, while writing and rewriting them over the past one year.
I have also created an only storybook version of this book for children and their families across age groups to spread mass awareness about this issue.
I hope this book will introduce all the little Abdus and their families across the world to the small and big lifestyle changes for a GREENER, CLEANER and HEALTHIER planet!
“Mumma, I don’t want to eat dal. I just don’t like it. But, dal is good for you. I don’t want it…” As soon as my son joined big kid school at 3.5 years he started having many such food battles with me. Obviously, he wanted to eat yummy candies and chips and many other such packaged and processed food items that other children at school were eating every other day. “Chips and candies are yummy, but not good for your tummy.” I would often come up with such phrases to convince him, but all in vain.
And to top it all, when he turned 4 there was a fuss about not wanting to eat on his own even though the boy was growing up. And when I heard other moms pulling their hair about their kids not wanting to eat vegetables or fruits or refusing to eat without being handed a tablet or turning on the TV, I became more determined to resolve the new challenge.
After doing further research, I realised being fat was often considered healthy, even if the child lacked energy to run and play sports. If a child was lean, and though energetic, the moms were often told how unhealthy their kid is. Many mothers also often had battles with their parents over whether to feed their children biscuits or sweets as even high amount of sugar was often considered healthy.
When I observed many toddlers same as my son’s age, always wanting to grab food menus from their parents in restaurants, I decided to give the food project the shape of a menu card. Seeing children’s excitement with smileys received at school in different colours, the food in the menu and other eating habits were classified in 3 categories – red smiley apple, yellow neutral apple and black sad apple. Why apple? Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
And voila the apple food game was born! To help many other moms avoid food battles with their toddlers, little children and other family members. To instill healthy eating habits (not only what they eat, but also how they eat) in them from a young age. To help them be active and have enough energy to play their favourite sports for the rest of their life!
Know more about the Apple Food Game and order your copy here