10 Things to Do This Week (July 20 to 26, 2017)

1. Read a Book

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson (Age: 14+ years)

Ever wondered how large the universe is? Or why time on Earth is different from that in space? Isn’t it sad that 95% of the universe is unknown to humankind? This book unravels some of the biggest mysteries in physics. It demystifies black holes, stars, the Big Bang theory, gravity, atoms and a lot more. The book is filled with illustrations, which make learning easier.

Published by Hachette India and available on Amazon.in

2. Workshops
Kids Tinker is conducting a computer  and coding workshop.
Date: July 28
Age: 7 to 13 years
Call: 07666055656

New Delhi
Bricks 4 Kidz is conducting creative  thinking, drama and storytelling workshops.
Date: July 29 onwards
Age: 4 to 9 years
Call: 09599734021
Tiny Monkey Stage organises an openmic  event for children every weekend.
Date: July 22 onwards
Age: 7 to 14 years
Call: 09511710835

Magic Spell is conducting phonics classes.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 4 to 6 years
Call: 09902530040

3. Watch It
Released in 2016, ‘Moana’ is an animated musical film by Walt Disney Pictures. The story revolves around Moana, a strong-willed, adventurous teenager and daughter of a Polynesian tribe chief. She sets out on a daring mission to save her people. During the journey, she meets with the once-mighty demigod Maui, who becomes her way-finder. Together they set out on an epic action-packed voyage, encountering enormous creatures and impossible odds.

4. Learn Something New

Make Sock Puppets

Socks can be turned into finger puppets, hand puppets or even stuffed animals. To make sock puppets, you need an old pair of socks, some cotton wool and a few sewing techniques. Go online to learn the basics of making sock puppets. Once you master the techniques, make a few puppets and distribute them amongst your friends and family or donate them to young kids and make them happy.  Visit www.bit.ly/DIYSockToys for step-by-step instructions.

5. Log on
Origami is a fun, creative and inexpensive way of creating beautiful paper sculptures. It is the Japanese art of folding paper to create structures, animals or birds.

This website offers step-by-step instructions with detailed photographs on how to make various items like cranes, stars, boxes, flowers, toys, animals and more. It also provides links on napkin folding.

6. Bit by the Travel BugPlace to Visit: Manali 

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan town in Himachal Pradesh. Set on the Beas River, it has breathtaking landscapes. Once here, one can go skiing in the Solang Valley or trekking in Parvati Valley. It also has jump-off points for paragliding, spots for rafting and ample landscape for mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains. What’s more, the temples in this northern town are worth visiting. Most of them are made of hand-cut wood with stone deities. The food here is mouthwatering and includes the best freshwater salmon and momos.

7. What’s New

Azafran Organic Crayons

Azafran Organic Crayons are 100% organic vegetable-dyed crayons made from organic wax that has been derived from soya and palm. These crayons are biodegradable and the food colours used to dye the crayons are pesticide- and chemical-free. The colours are waterproof and non-sticky and hence washable. You can buy a pack of eight colours for Rs.200 from www.azafranorganiccrayons.com

8. Little Green Fingers 
Meet a New Plant: Impatiens bequaertii
Impatiens bequaertii is a species native to the rainforests of East Africa. The flowers resemble dancing girls and are white and light pink in colour. 

They are extremely rare to find even by determined plant collectors. The plant grows to about 1ft across and bears blooms that are ½ inch long. They make excellent indoor plants.

9. Pay It Forward
Mumbai-based Annadhan is a food rescue charity that collects excess food from function centres, caterers, restaurants and cafes and provides it to the needy. Volunteers with this organisation collect food and share it amongst children, the homeless and refugees. Volunteers also conduct utility drives where they accumulate utilities like clothes, bags, shoes, bed sheets, utensils and many more items and distribute them to the needy. You can donate or volunteer with the organisation.
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10. Music for Your Ears

Know Your Instrument: Gong

Originated: Asia
Pronunciation: gawng

The gong is a percussion instrument and one of the oldest instruments from Southeast Asia. It was viewed as a symbol of status and success among Asian families. Gongs are often inscribed with two Mandarin characters, ‘Tai Loi’, which mean ‘happiness has arrived’. The gong is a flat circular metal disc made of bronze. It is played with a gong mallet and is used in theatre performances, celebrations, weddings and funerals. The gong is also part of spiritual traditions and is used during announcements, to meditate and to heal. The process of gong making was so intense and sacred that it was kept a secret.

(Stock images courtesy Thinkstock)

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