10 Things to Do This Week (June 22 to 28, 2017)

1. Read a Book
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi, reviewed by Radhika Patil (Age: 15+ Years)
The Color of Our Sky is a story of the angst and struggle of two childhood friends, trapped by circumstances. Mukta is trapped in the life of a devadasi and to escape this life she is sent off to a foster home where she meets Tara, a vivacious city girl. The two bond like sisters, however, things are not as calm as they appear on the surface. Their story is engaging, thought-provoking and keeps you hooked from cover to end. The book will take you on an emotional journey of pain, helplessness, hope, joy and sorrow. A great read for mature readers. Published by Harper Collins Publishers and available on Amazon.in

2. Workshops
Kids Tinker is conducting coding and an app-making workshop.
Date: June 29
Age: 6 to 13 years
Call: 07666055656
E-mail: info@kidstinker.com
Website: www.kidstinker.com

New Delhi
Water Town Swim School is offering special swimming classes.
Date: June 23 onwards
Age: 6 months to 4 years
Call: 09910539968
E-mail: watertownswimschool@gmail.com
Website: www.watertownswim.com

LshVa is conducting a 3-week intensive dance training programme in Bharatanatyam.
Date: July 1 onwards
Age: 5 to 8 years
Call: 080-8041158001/ 09845407574
E-mail: admin@lshva.in
Website: www.lshva.in

Our Sacred Space is conducting an after-school camp to teach art and craft, music, theatre, sign language, yoga, cooking and martial arts.
Date: July 1 onwards
Age: 5 years and above
Call: 09030613344
Website: www.bit.ly/oursacredspace

3. Watch It

Transformers: The Last Knight
In this fifth instalment of the Transformer series, humans and transformers are at war to save Earth. Optimus Prime has disappeared and the key to the future lies in the hidden history of transformers on Earth. Will Earth be safe? Watch the movie to find out. Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to release on June 23.

4. Learn Something New
Solve a Rubik’s Cube
Rubik’s Cube is a 3D combination puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor, ErnÅ‘ Rubik in 1974. The four-decade-old puzzle is one of the world’s best-selling toys. In a classic Rubik’s cube, the six colours are mixed up and players need to get a single coloured sticker–white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow–on each side of the cube. Competitions are held across the world to compete for the fastest solving time. To learn how to solve the cube and participate in competitions log on to www.rubiks.com

5. Bit by the Travel Bug
Place to Visit: Mawsynram
Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth, is a small village in the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. A rain lover’s paradise, this hill station is located 1,400mts above sea level. The region receives almost 467 inches of annual rainfall. Mawsynram is home to the fourth and fifth highest waterfalls of the country. It is known for its cave structures, which are ideal for cave diving and exploration. The region is also home to natural bridges made from roots of trees, botanical gardens and unique rock formations.

6. Log On
Instructables is an online do-it-yourself guiding platform that engages people via well-illustrated articles. From building robots and recycling torn clothes to creating perfect pizza dough and making sidewalk art, this site has guidelines and instructions for everything children would want to know.

7. What's New!

Hot Wheels Marvel GuardiansYour favourite guardians from the Guardians of the Galaxy series are now available as Hot Wheels character cars! The new cars come in character-inspired colours and styles with logos or character names printed on the side, making it a must-have for Marvel fans. The five-car collection is available in retail stores and e-commerce websites.

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Aristolochia grandiflora 
Aristolochia grandiflora or pelican flower is a deciduous vine with one of the world’s largest flowers. These flowers have big inflated chambers instead of petals with an intricate vein pattern. Despite being pretty, this flower stinks. The plant uses its decaying rodent-like smell to attract pollinators and trap flies and insects. In some places, the plant is harvested and used in traditional medicine to treat cold and snake bites.

9. Pay It Forward

Based in Gujarat, Arzoo is an education and activity centre that was created to provide a livelihood for underprivileged children through education and extra-curricular activities. Arzoo provides basic education to children aged between 5 and 15 years at a nominal fee of Rs.10. These children are mostly rag pickers, labourers or street hawkers belonging to poor families. At the centre, kids are taught to make cards, paper bags, bookmarks, diaries and folders, which are sold at festivals to raise money. One can help the NGO by funding the education of a child or by donating new or old books, stationery items or by visiting the centre and spending time with the children or educating them.
For more details log on to: www.bit.ly/NGOarzoo

10. Music for Your Ears

Know Your Instrument: Harmonica

Originated In: China
Pronunciation: har-mo-ni-ca
Known as the mouth organ, the harmonica is a hand-held rectangular reed wind instrument. It is mainly used in genres like blues, folk, jazz, country and rock and roll. The harmonica was inspired by the Chinese sheng, a mouth-blown musical instrument. The first harmonica was manufactured in Germany somewhere in the 19th century. The most commonly used harmonica has 10 holes, each one has two metal reeds inside it. When a person blows into the holes, the reeds vibrate and produce a sound or note. Each hole produces a different sound.

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