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Umbrella Straws With Kids

Summer has officially begun but we have to spend it by staying at home with the family due to the pandemic crisis. And, we can hope to spend the last days of summer with our family by going to beaches or any other vacation spots. 

But, we can jazz up and give summer vibes to our kids by preparing some energy drinks for them and what if they get a chance to prepare straws of those summer drinks, sounds exciting, right?

I have participated in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge with #BlogchatterA2Z and my topic for this year is fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period. Today’s alphabet starts with ‘U’. And, I have opted for Umbrella Straws with Kids which you can use for their summer drinks. 

Every day parents are trying to be creative with food and different to keep their kids sane while staying the whole day at home. So, why not amp up their drinks with the cute umbrella straws that might be prepared by them. Let’s check out the complete process. 

Why Umbrella Straws With Kids?

Whenever we go to a party and when the drinks are decorated with the umbrella straws, it attracts us. Isn’t it? So, if your child doesn’t drink milk or any homemade energized drink, then you can decorate it by adding an extra element which is the umbrella straws. Kids definitely get attracted to new and creative things.  

Material Required for the Umbrella Straws With Kids

For making Umbrella Straws with Kids you need craft papers, a pair of scissors, glue, stick (or straw). This activity just requires simple materials that can be found at any home. 

How to make “Umbrella Straws With Kids” 

It took a lot of practice and patience in order to ace in this activity. Rather than explaining to you the process in this blog, I want to embed the video from where I took the inspiration for making Umbrella Straws with kids.

You can obviously customize your umbrella straws based on colour or pattern preference. I have chosen to use a straw instead of the stick, but then it turned out that I have to punch a large hole onto the top of the umbrella. So, I advise you to take straws which have smaller circumference so that you don’t need to punch large holes. You can also use a stick to avoid this extra hassle. Also, I prefer not to use any paper or glue at the end of the straw/stick. As we will use the umbrella straws inside the drink. 

Key Learnings 

Making umbrella straws with kids is indeed a great experience and it taught me how you get creative little things. And, the presentation of food or drinks definitely plays an important role. 

My Overall Experience

Now, whenever I make some green smoothies, Angel doesn’t prefer to drink. I tried to add the flavourful taste and also add these cute umbrella straws and she definitely gives a try to the drink. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too, and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of your umbrellas with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

BlogchatterA2ZAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘V’! Can you guess it?

Check the Article on T for Treasure Hunt with Kids

Treasure Hunt With Kids

Getting creative is becoming tough during quarantine, isn’t it? Searching for a new activity that will keep your kids busy is not an easy task. There are working parents who want to keep their kids sane and involved so that they can complete their work on time. 

Well, I have just found a great activity and I am sure this will keep them busy throughout the day. But, you need to work a little extra in the preparation of this activity. 

treasure huntIf you are following this A to Z series, then you might know that I am participating in the AtoZ blogging challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z where I have chosen fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period. So, today’s alphabet starts with ‘T’. So, I have selected T for Treasure Hunt with Kids. 

I know, you might be pondering how to organize a proper treasure hunt. But, don’t I will share my experience with Treasure Hunt activity in my house. But, a little disclaimer that this activity isn’t going to be easy for parents and children. You need to do proper research before setting up the treasure hunt theme for your kids. 

Why Treasure Hunt With Kids?

Treasure Hunt can be super exciting for kids as they will need to use their brains to find out the clue so they can win and find out their treasure. It can also be an educational scavenger hunt for kids. 

Material Required for the Treasure Hunt With Kids

Generally, you don’t need a lot of materials to plan this Treasure hunt set up with your kids. Just a pen and paper to write your clues for the treasure hunt and a winning prize (it can be anything, chocolate, storybook, or whatever gift they like) to keep them motivated throughout the whole treasure hunt game. 

How to do “Treasure Hunt With Kids” 

Creating a treasure hunt for your kids can be a little tricky. You need to put great clues and it shouldn’t be easy to find everything at once or too difficult to find their treasure and they might end up losing interest in the game. 

Just create good clues related to their educational subjects and then give them a hint to find the location of the next clue. You can also put a small gift or prize after they complete half of the treasure hunt which will motivate them to find and win the treasure. 

Key Learnings 

This activity has helped us to enhance family bonding with each other. And it was a fun activity to engage your kids into something educational yet fun-loving!

My Overall Experience

Trust me, when I say these treasure hunts are creative, full of fun and interactive and it can be tailored based upon the age of the kids. In our case, Angel and my entire family played this treasure hunt so that they can give hints to my daughter. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too, and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures while playing treasure hunt for your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

And stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘U’! Can you guess it?

Also, Check the article S for Spelling Practise with Kids

Spelling Practice With Kids

We want our kids to be best in everything, don’t we? And, we pay attention to their writing skills, reading skills but somehow we miss taking care of their spellings. Well, make the use of this quarantine period and help them to practice spelling frequently. Because this activity won’t be completed in a day or two. It needs to practice and should be done consistently. 

As you all are aware, that I have participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z and I have chosen the topic related to the fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period. So, the alphabet for today is S, and S for spelling practice with Kids seems the right choice. 

We know that spellings are important and it’s not just limited to your English language but also to Hindi or your native language. Children should be persuaded to follow the right spelling, even if they are making mistakes. The ‘let it go’ attitude would be really harmful and can cause a hindrance in their writing comprehension. 

Why Spelling Practice With Kids?

Spelling Practice with Kids is essential because people with bad spellings make them look less credible. I know, we might be living in an era where our mobile phones or computers have spell check but it is important that they should know the spelling. I think reading, writing, and spelling are linked together. If any of those are missing, then it will disrupt their writing or reading skills. 

Material Required for the Spelling Practice With Kids

There is no specific set of materials required for practising spelling with your kids. It depends upon which way you follow to be creative to make your kids learn the spelling in an easier way so that they can remember it forever. 

How to do “Spelling Practice With Kids” 

Here are some of the ways that have helped my kids to learn the spelling of different words at ease. 

  1. Playing jumbled words with your kids. Jumble up the letters of the word and give them a clue to find out the word and place the word in the correct spellings. 
  2. Using a letter bracelet to make words out of it which will add a touch of creativity as well. 
  3. Playing spelling bee or spelling contest online or you can even download the Scrabble app as well. 
  4. You can even use a Scrabble game as well where your child can arrange the spelling and earn points for that.

Key Learnings 

I learned that not every teacher pays proper attention to each child to find out their spelling mistakes. So, these spellings related activities have improved not only her spellings but also her vocabulary. Now, whenever she goes back to school, I don’t have to worry about the spelling mistakes that we have practised. 

My Overall Experience

Angel and I had a great experience in trying out different fun ways to learn the spellings but we do practise it daily so that she doesn’t forget spellings the other day. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too, and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of while practising new words and their spellings with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

BlogchatterA2ZAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘T’! Can you guess it?

Also, Read the article R for Reading Books with Kids

Reading Books With Kids

Due to the lockdown, almost all the teachers have switched to online classes but still, they are struggling with it because we don’t have a well-defined platform. And, our kids are keeping a distance from the daily educational dose. 

So, in this AtoZ Blogging challenge with #BlogchatterA2Z, I wanted to do an activity that should be fun as well as educational. The alphabet for today is R and what’s better than R for Reading Books with Kids. 

Books don’t have to be boring. It can be a storybook or a novel that will make them inquisitive about the next plot of the story. Now you must be thinking about what kind of books you can read with kids. Well, for me it varies accordingly. You can let them read graphic books, kids’ novels, fantasy, or maybe family fun. 

reading books with kidsSo, let’s check out what kinds of books you can read with your kids and how they will impact them. 

Why Reading Books With Kids?

Reading books is one of the great hobbies that your kid can ever have. Well, it’s just more than a hobby as the book has the power to bestow wisdom and life experience into the kids. As per the research, it shows that reading books, singing songs, sharing stories develop a sense of literacy and more understanding of the language. Well, reading books with kids has unlimited benefits. 

Material Required for the Reading Books With Kids

You just need a book to start reading with kids. Or maybe not. Because there are a plethora of applications on Play Store or Apple Store that you can download for free.

How to make “Reading Books With Kids” 

If you are struggling to evoke reading interest in your kids, then this activity might be a little difficult for you. Because kids don’t care what’s right or wrong for them. They feel happy and interested if they are enjoying it. And, accept it, you can’t just force your kid to read a storybook. But, you can get creative and ignite interest in reading. 

  1. Choose the story based on the genre that they will be interested in. For example, my daughter Angel loves to play with dolls and also likes to read about space science. So, I try to find stories based on those genres. 
  2. Try to be a great storyteller by giving extra sound effects and suspense. You can mimic the characters that will engross them into your story.
  3. Help them to participate in the storytelling by asking the question, like what will happen next?

Key Learnings 

Well, I am an avid reader of books and so is my daughter. We love to read together and discuss our opinion on the ending of the story, characters played in the story, and also add what-if questions to make it interesting. 

My Overall Experience

This is one of the best activities that I love doing with my daughter and we tend to spend extra time reading books almost twice or thrice every week. So, try out this activity with your kids too, and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of while reading your favourite books with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

And stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘S’! Can you guess it?

Also, Check out article Q for Quilting With Kids

Quilting With Kids

I know, I know, you might be wondering, how can you teach quilting to your kids. Well, you can do the quilting with your kids. And, if you want to learn more then stay tuned till the end of this blog post. 

As you know, I have participated in the A to Z blogging challenge with #BlogchatterA2Z where I write on the fun activities that you can do with your kids during the quarantine period. So, in the continuation of the series, the alphabet for today is Q and I have chosen Q for Quilting with kids. 

Initially, it might be intimidating for your kids, but when they will learn it with a proper strategy they will definitely develop more interest or maybe they will have the option not to continue this activity. At least, you tried your best to give exposure to your child in different fields of interest. 

Why Quilting With Kids?

If your kids are young crafters and loved to work with the scissors, then it might be a new engaging activity for them. Moreover, you don’t need to force them to like this activity. The least you can do is to teach them. And make sure that you should supervise them. 

Material Required for the Quilting With Kids

Materials required for quilting with kids are dependent upon what you are sewing. For the beginner’s level, we can take these materials like solid fabric, coordinating thread, cutting mat, scissors, measuring tape or ruler and a sewing machine, 

How to do “Quilting With Kids” 

If you have done quilting before then you will know that quilting is not an easy task. So, you need to be extra patient and understanding while doing it with your kids. 

  1. The first step is to draw the pattern of your quilt and I would suggest making it square-shaped as it will be easier than any other shape. 
  2. The second step will involve cutting the fabric into the desired shape and then sewing it as per the pattern that you have decided.
  3. If you want a neat design then you can use an iron to avoid wrinkles on the cloth. 

If you want I can make a detailed video on it. Just let me know in the comment section and I would love to help you. 

Key Learnings 

Here’re a bunch of things that I have learned while doing quilting with my daughter. 

  • Precision and exact dimension will be the after skill when they are done with this activity. 
  • You need to be patient enough as one mistake will ruin the whole pattern. 

My Overall Experience

Angel, my daughter has always loved to watch me while making quilts. Although, I haven’t given her the complete tasks because I was scared that she might end up hurting herself. But, she loved the learning experience. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of your Quilting that you have made with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

And stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘R’! Can you guess it?

Also, Read the article on P for Paper Mache with Kids

Paper Mache with Kids

Accept it or not, something is exciting about messing newspapers dipped into the thinnest liquid of fevicol, isn’t it? So, paper mache is one of the favorite DIY activities for kids and their parents. Because you need no rules, no dimensions, just creativity and yeah, a lot of mess! 

Paper machesI have participated in AtoZ Blogging Challenge with #BlogchatterA2Z and I have chosen the topic Fun Activities to do with Your Kids During Quarantine the period. The alphabet for today is P and P for Paper Mache with Kids. 

Why Paper Mache With Kids?

Paper Mache is one of the most loved activities by everyone because it is very cheap and needs just a bunch of materials. It helps to challenge creativity out of people and later on, they can decorate their house or their room with their own handmade paper mache objects. 

If you are looking for something to keep your kids busy for at least 2-3 hours or even more, then Paper Mache is the activity that you should try out. 

Material Required for the Paper Mache

Paper Mache doesn’t require a lot of materials. You can take a newspaper, fevicol, paint colours, napkins, balloons (optional), cardboard and a lot of patience to let your paper mache dry. 

How to make “Paper Mache With Kids” 

It depends upon which object that you want to make with your kids and you need to use the balloon or cardboard to give it a basic structure so that you can do paper mache over it. Initially, we tried the super basic object and i.e., the alphabet A which is the initial of my daughter Angel. 

We cut-out the alphabet A from the cardboard and made the balls of paper and dipped into the solution ¾ of glue and ¼ of water. And then stick on the surface of the cutout cardboard and layered it the napkins and then the coat of the glue and water solution for 4-5 times and leave until it dries. 

And then paint it in different colors to make it more attractive and appealing. If you want, then I can create a video of Paper mache explaining what all things we made with Paper mache. Let me know in the comment section. 

Key Learnings 

Your kids will love this activity as it doesn’t require any particular steps to follow. And, still, it turns out to be completely beautiful. 

My Overall Experience

It was a little messier than expected so keep this in mind that you need to get ready for an ultimate clean up for the place. So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of your paper mache art that you have made with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

#BlogchatterA2ZAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘Q’! Can you guess it?

Also, Check the article O for Origami with Kids

Origami With Kids?

Who doesn’t love Origami? Or let me ask you a better question, who doesn’t try to make different objects with papers. We all have tried making different things by folding pieces of paper into something really interesting, isn’t it? Tell me in the comment section what all objects that you have made while using papers.

So, in this series of amazing atoZ Blogging Challenge with BlogChatterA2Z my topic is fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period. And, today I have chosen O for Origami with Kids. I know it’s a common activity and everyone has tried at least once. But, if it is common, it doesn’t mean that it’s boring. 

My daughter loves making different animals and birds with paper. And, if you have forgotten about doing this origamic with your kids, then it is the right time to try it out!

Why Origami With Kids?

Be it kids, or even adults, everyone loves the fact behind transforming a simple sheet of paper into different objects and the process of doing origami can be a little confusing but everything comes easy then what’s the point of trying it out with your kids, right?

Material Required for the Origami With Kids

For doing origami with kids, you need coloured glossy papers (you can use newspaper and paint them later), pair of scissors, glue (if required).

How to make Origami With Kids” 

Angel and I made a lot of different objects with coloured papers and it can be really difficult explaining the steps by just writing down. I am sharing some of the best origami videos on YouTube that I love and took inspiration from those videos.

If you need a complete video on how I created different origami objects with my daughter, then let me know in the comment section and I would love to make a video for you!

Key Learnings 

It’s such an engaging activity and I am sure your kids will love. You can create a lot of objects because you don’t need a lot of materials and it is always as fun as when you tried it the first time. It is also a great exercise for your kid’s brain as they need to learn the steps to create the same object again.

My Overall Experience

We made a lot of different origami from newspapers as well. And, she created tons of origami artwork. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of your origami paper art that you have made with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

BlogchatterAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, P’! Can you guess it?

Check out the Article N for Nail Polish Marble Art with Kids

Nail Polish Marble Art with Kids

Don’t think that we are running out of ideas! In fact, this activity isn’t limited to painting your own or your kid’s nails with nail polish. Well, it’s more than that. And, I am pretty sure that you and your kids are going to love it when you try out Nail Polish Marble Art with Kids. 

Recently, I have been watching a lot of crafty videos, and I have found a video where people are transforming the color of different things with nail paint marble art. And, to be honest, I found them really satisfying to my eyes. So, I knew I had to try out this with my kids. 

Nail Polish Marble Art With KidsIf you are reading it for the first time, then I want to tell you that I am have participated in AtoZ blogging challenge with #BlogChatterA2Z and doing alphabetical series of fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period. And, for today’s alphabet, I have selected N for Nail Polish Art with Kids. 

Why Nail Polish Marble Art With Kids?

Nail Polish Marble Art videos look so satisfying and while doing nail polish art activity with kids, it was just like a dream come true. If you want to beautify or give a new look to your articles then why not try nail polish art. 

If you are a beginner, then I would suggest you try it with old things for trial purposes rather than going with newer materials at your home. 

Material Required for the Nail Polish Marble Art With Kids

For Nail Polish marble Art with Kid, you need a bunch of different colored nail paints and any object that you want to paint it with nail polish art, a glass bowl, lukewarm water, skewer (or toothpick)

How to make “ Nail Polish Marble Art With Kids” 

For making our nail polish marble art successful, we have referred to this sole video

 on YouTube and it is pretty easy to do and seems like an achievable task with your kids when they are getting bored at home. 

If you need my version of the video on Nail Polish Marble art, then let me know in the comment section, and I would be happy to make it for you. 

Key Learnings 

  • I would prefer to make such artworks of ceramic materials and avoid crockeries as nail paints have chemicals. You can use pen stands or even a photo frame or your mobile cover to spice it up nail paint marble art with your kids. 

My Overall Experience

As I have told you it was so satisfying while performing this activity with your kids. And, even if you made a mistake you can undo it with a nail paint remover. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures of your nail polish art that you have made with your kids and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

#blogchatterA2ZAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘O’! Can you guess it?

Also, Read  Article  M for Music Listening with Kids

Music Lesson with Kids

Everyone loves to listen to music but how many of us have really practised learning music? Well, if you or your kids have a love for music, then there is no better time than now. Yeah, you’ve heard it right. We are constantly complaining about getting bored during the quarantine period. Then, why not pick up music as your hobby which makes your soul and your kids happy. 

If you are going to whine about the lockdown, then it is going to appear more difficult than it is. So, what’s the better option to divert your mind, in fact, treat your mind with some soulful music lesson with kids. 

In the series of fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period, I have selected the most loved activity enjoyed by everyone with no discrimination for gender, age or what so ever. It’s M for music lessons with kids. 

Why Music Lesson With Kids?

Be it learning a new instrument or just practising vocals, it gives a refreshing feeling. Moreover, it will provide a different dimension of a hobby to your kids. And, you never know your kids might start liking it and want to build his/her career in this field. As a parent, it is your responsibility to give your kids maximum exposure for new hobbies. 

Material Required for the Music Lesson With Kids

If your kids are practising vocals, then you don’t need any material as such. You can find a lot of online tutorials on YouTube where people teach singing from scratch. 

And, if you are interested in learning some specific instrument, then it is important that instrument so that you can practice when you learn anything from YouTube. 

musicHow to do “Music Lesson With Kids” 

Before telling you a process, I need to put a disclaimer here. Learning any kind of music is not a day’s or week’s work. It requires practice and consistency. If you need to up your music skills then you need to practice daily, even if your kids feel that they are experts in it. 

Initially, we followed a list of YouTube channels who teach singing with proper strategy. And, we both loved practicing as per taught by our virtual teacher. Though we are in the initial phase or you can call us a beginner as well. 

But, I think if you want your kids to try learning music, then I will suggest you help them practice as it enhances their concentration and confidence. If you want, then I would be happy to make a video on our singing practice. Do let me know in the comment sections. 

Key Learnings 

  • Learning music skills requires a lot of practice, consistency, and patience.
  • You will get better every new day. 

My Overall Experience

I had a fun time with my practicing musical vocals and we might be engaging in learning some musical instruments as well. If you have any suggestions which music instrument that we should choose, then that would be a great help. 

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures/videos of you and kids practicing any music instruments or vocals and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

BlogchatterAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘N’! Can you guess it?

Also, Read the Article L for Listening Podcast with Kids

Listening to Podcasts with Kids

As you know, Lockdown has increased and you might be running out of ideas to keep your kids and yourself sane during the quarantine. But, we never run out of ideas and I am always there to help you out by sharing my experience with the parents. 

In the series of fun activities to do with your kids during the quarantine period, the next alphabet is L and I have chosen L for listening to Podcasts. I know it is a little different from all the other activities that I have suggested. But, nowadays, there are a lot of Podcasts which helps to teach you a lot of things. 

It’s more like modern age storytelling to your kids. And, it will keep them engrossed with the story while you can work or you can listen with them as well. 

listening kidsWhy Listening to Podcasts With Kids?

If you are a parent, you know it can be tiring to keep your kids off the phone’s screen, isn’t it? I know there are a lot of things on the internet but finding kid-friendly podcasts can be a little difficult but it can be a great way to engage your kids during the lockdown period. 

Material Required for Listening to Podcasts With Kids

For listening to podcasts with kids, all you need is a working internet connection, phone (or laptop/tablet) and choice of good podcast playlist. 

How to “ Listening to podcasts With Kids” 

There is no strategy to follow while listening to podcasts with kids. If you want a great choice of kid-friendly podcasts then you can search it on google and you will get a plethora of best podcasts that you can listen to with your kids. 

Currently, there are top 3 podcasts that I have been listening to my daughter, Angel. 

  • KidNuz : News can be boring for kids. But, Kidnuz makes the news interesting for the kids. And the best part, they have a quick quiz for your kids which can be interesting for your kids. 
  • What If World: Kids are super inquisitive about everything around them. And, this podcast makes kid-friendly stories based on the ‘What if’ questions. 
  • Brains On: If your kids have a knack for science, then you must listen to this podcast. It helps to encourage a kid’s curiosity by answering the kid’s questions.

Key Learnings 

If I don’t have the time while listening to podcasts with my daughter, then after each episode I tend to ask the summary of the episode and it makes her excited to tell what all she has learned through the podcasts. 

My Overall Experience

With the limited exposure to school, these podcasts can be interesting for the new age kids. Angel had a great time listening to them. If you need a list of all the favorite podcasts then let me know and I will write a blog about this! 

So, try out this activity with your kids too and don’t forget to share the experience in the comment section below. If possible, you can also share the pictures or a selfie of you and your kid while listening to podcasts and tag me, @sneha_261013 on Instagram. 

BlogchatterAnd stay tuned for the next activity from the alphabet, ‘M’! Can you guess it?

Also, Read the article on K for Knitting with Kids

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