10 Things to Do This Week ( August 3 to 9, 2017)

1. Workshops
Small Bean Media is conducting an animation and film-making course.
Date: August 11 onwards
Age: 7 to 10 years
Call: 09011030055
New Delhi
The Learning Brush is conducting alphabet and number, art and craft, writing skills and general knowledge workshops.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 3 to 5 years
Call: 08447993385

Lahe Lahe is conducting an astral (astronomy) photography workshop.
Date: August 6
Age: 10 years and above
Call: 08861784239

Codewizards is conducting communication skills, computer training and science and robotics workshops.
Date: August 19 onwards
Age: 7 to 16 years
Call: 09205404418
Website: www.codewizards.in

2. Read A BookKittu’s Very Mad Day by Harshikaa Udasi, and Lavanya Naidu
This book is about Kittu’s journey. Kittu travels to Madhya Pradesh on a holiday along with his enormous family, which includes eight adults and six children, all of whom he calls the ‘world’s most chaotic family’. During this holiday, Kittu is forgotten at a dhaba. An ice cream vendor comes to his rescue and takes him home. Here, Kittu meets the ice cream vendor’s daughter, Madheshwari. Madheshwari or Mad. She is an amazing skateboarder and Kittu is soon inspired to be just like her. Read the book to find out what happens next. Published by Duckbill Books and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It
How To Train Your Dragon
Released in 2010, ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ is a fantasy film based in a mythical Viking world where Hiccup, the son of a tribal leader, aspires to become a dragon slayer. However, when he captures his first dragon, he befriends it and names it Toothless. By training Toothless to follow his commands, Hiccup soon becomes an expert on dragons and realises that slaying them does no good. He soon gains command over the entire dragon population of his village. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

The sequel of the movie, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ was released in 2014 and the final film of the trilogy, ‘How To TrainYour Dragon 3’ is set to release in 2019.

4. Learn Something New
Genealogy is the study of families. The best way to study your family’s lineage is by creating a family tree. Take the help of the elders in your family to learn about your family background and history. Create a family tree that mentions these details and add photographs where relevant ones exist. Over time, this will become a guide to know more about your ancestors.

5. Bit By the Travel Bug
Place to Visit: Bikaner
Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan. Bikaner is home to some of the world’sbest camels and one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms. The city is famous for
the unique Karni Mata Temple, where thousands of rats move around freely within the temple. It is also known for its breathtaking Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Rampura Haveli. Bikaner can be reached by road, rail and air.

6. Log On
Loyal Books is an online platform for free audiobooks and eBooks. The site has a wide range of genres that include adventure, history, science, humour, religion, short stories and fairy tales among others. It also offers books in different languages like French, German, Italian, Spanish and more.

7. What’s New
Lingo Starz Kits
Lingo Starz has a range of products that use flashcards to teach different Asian and European languages. It recently introduced three new sets of flashcards in French, Mandarin and Spanish. 

The cards use numbers, colours, puzzles and simple words to make learning easier. Each set of flashcards comes with an English translation and a guide to phonetic pronunciations for better understanding.

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Heliconia rostrata
Heliconia rostrata, also called lobster claw plant, is a widely grown species. The plant has beautiful bright red bracts (modified leaves) that resemble a lobster’s claws.

It grows in tropical regions and can reach up to a height of 3ft. The flower blooms several times each year after which it bears violet fruits.

9. Pay It Forward
Salaam Bombay Foundation has been created to empower children to make the right choices with regards to their health, education and livelihood. It urges children to stay committed to school and not drop out. The NGO’s battery of teachers and volunteers helps children build their self-esteem and confidence through in-school and after-school programmes. The organisation also has a team of cricket and hockey coaches and music and theatre specialists. Under the organisation’s Project Super Army, children are encouraged and guided to transform into empowered leaders. Website: www.salaambombay.org

10. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Accordion
Originated In: Unknown
Pronunciation: uh-kor-di-un
The accordion is a portable wind instrument consisting of two reed organs connected by folding bellows. It is a boxshaped musical instrument played by compressing and expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys. The accordion was invented in Berlin in 1822 and was initially called the Handaoline. One of the most popular instruments in the world, the accordion is used in several genres of music. The keyboard on the right side of the accordion typically contains 41 keys but smaller models can contain as few as 25 keys. The left hand operates the bellows and the speed of the expansion and contraction produces the musical notes. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist.

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