10 Things to Do This Week ( August 24 to 30, 2017)

1. Workshops
Kindles Pottery Classes is conducting a 1-day hand and wheel pottery workshop.
Date: August 27
Age: 5 years and above
Call: 09819625896
Honey Bees Nature Club is conducting a gardening workshop.
Date: August 26
Age: 4 years and above
Call: 09980929678

Codewizards is conducting advanced computer programming classes.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 7 to 16 years
Call: 09990867426

New Delhi
Mogly’s is conducting a 1-day Ganesh Chaturthi cooking and baking workshop.
Date: August 26
Age: 2 to 7 years
Call: 08800128018/ 09873343637
Website: www.moglys.in

2. Read a Book 
A Tsumani Called Naani by Ramendra Kumar and Suraj Lokare (Age: 10+ years)
This book revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Anurag who is being visited by his Naani from the US. Anurag is reluctant to meet his Naani as he thinks of her as a boring old lady, but little does he know that she is fun, vibrant, mischievous and angel-like. Naani whips up a storm in Anurag’s boring life. She even teams up with his friends, Smriti and Sameer, to create
some memorable moments. She interacts with some differently-abled children and senior citizens and encourages them to participate in a talent show. Read the book to find out more about Naani’s charms.
Published by D C Books and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It 
Released in 2016, ‘Zootopia’ is a 3D animated movie that is full of mysteries and adventure. Zootopia is a land where predator and prey live together in peace. The film introduces you to an all-ambitious rabbit named Judy, who achieves her dream of becoming a police officer. It also details an unlikely partnership between Judy and a fox, who set out to know more about the mysterious deaths and conspiracies brewing within Zootopia. This movie was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

4. Learn Something New 
Making Candles
Candle-making is an easy and fun activity. It can be done using basic supplies, tools and skills. To start off, you need to decide on the kind of candle you would like to make. Then choose the kind of wax you would like to use. You can use paraffin wax, beeswax or vegetable wax or you can reuse old candles. The candle-making process requires heating and boiling of wax and hence must be done under parental guidance only. Once you learn the basics, you can add different aromas or make different kinds of candles like ice candles, layered candles or embedded candles.

5. Log On
First Palette is an online website that offers step-by-step guidelines for arts and crafts enthusiasts. The website has arts and crafts themes ranging from food and travel to nature and music. The activities range from wearables to printables.

6.  What's New 
Worldwide Monuments on The Map by Imagimake
Worldwide Monuments on the Map’ is an award-winning model construction toy. It is a perfect combination of model making, puzzles and games. ‘Worldwide Monuments on the Map’ consists of 13 miniature models of monuments including the Seven Wonders of the World. It also has a write-and-wipe map, duster, marker and glue as well as a booklet consisting of instructions on how to make the models.

7. Pay it Forward
Save The Children
Started in 2008, Save the Children is an NGO and child rights organisation. The organisation has already changed the lives of more than 6.1 million children. With the help of the organisation, more than 76,000 children have been freed from child labour. The rescued children are provided with training, healthcare and nutrition and hygiene assistance. More than 4.24 lakh children have been provided education and educational assistance. More than 1,83,000 individuals, 35 corporates and over 38 national and international institutions support the organisation.

You can donate to the organisation or help spread awareness about it. To know more, log onto www.savethechildren.in

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Zingiber Spectabile
Commonly known as ‘beehive ginger’, Zingiber spectabile looks like the ginger plant but with a flower that looks like a beehive. Beehive ginger thrives in warm, frost-free climates and is quite rare and difficult to find. It is native to regions in Southeast Asia like Malaysia and Thailand. The honeycomb-like structure of the plant is called a bract, which collects water and gives out the gingerlike fragrance. In some places, the plant is used as a flavouring agent in food. Beehive ginger is also grown as an ornamental plant for its colourful bracts that range in colour from yellow to red.

9 Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Banjo
Originated In: West Africa
Pronunciation: ban-jo
The banjo is a four-, five- or six-stringed musical instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame called the head. The earliest evidence of the banjo has been traced to African slaves in the 1600s. William Boucher became the first commercial maker of banjos during the 1840s and won many awards for his work. Today, the instrument is commonly used in jazz, folk and country music. Each banjo is made using a gourd shell, wood, strings and animal skin or plastic.

10. Bit by The Travel Bug
Place To Visit: Varanasi
Regarded as the ‘Spiritual City of India’ or the ‘City of Temples’, Varanasi is in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. This city, which lies on the banks of the sacred Ganga River, is one of the most important pilgrimage centres for Hindus. The city is also believed to be the oldest living city in the world. A boat ride on the river and the Ganga aarti during sunset are some of the highlights here. Varanasi can be reached by rail, road or air.

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