10 Things to Do This Week ( September 14 to September 20, 2017)

1. Workshops
Wexpress Media Group is organising Big Chocolate Show, a workshop that will introduce children to about 100 different kinds of chocolates and teach them how to make chocolates.
Date: September 16, 2017
Age: 3 years and above
Call: 09833984214

New Delhi
The Learning Brush is organising a workshop on the benefits of chess.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 5 to 15 years
Call: 08447993385

Hobby in a Box is conducting a workshop on the art of bottle cutting and decorating. This workshop will also teach children how to convert a bottle into a lamp.
Date: September 24
Age: 12+ years
Call: 09545659787

The Popsicle Studio is conducting a Lego workshop for children, which will enhance skills like problem solving, creativity and communication.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 6 to 12 years
Call: 09886795010

2. Read a Book 
India at 70 by Roshen Dalal and Sayan Mukherjee
(Age: 8+ years)
‘India at 70’ sums up India’s important events through the last 70 years—from independence to 2017. The book begins with the historic ‘Tryst With Destiny’ speech made by Jawaharlal Nehru and ends with the India and UK Cultural Festival 2017, which was held to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. ‘India at 70’ includes topics such as the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party, Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation initiative and events pertaining to politics, sports, drama, art and architecture, music, wars and terrorism. Read the book for a quick review of all that has happened in India after independence.
Published by Puffin Book and also available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It
Kubo and the Two Strings 
Released in 2016, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is an animated movie that is set in ancient Japan. The movie is about a young boy and his quest to find his father’s legendary suit of armour in order to defeat an evil spirit, which he accidently summoned.
Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Kubo must fight the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
4. Learn Something New
Ink Wash Painting 
Ink wash painting is an East Asian type of brush painting of Chinese origin. Traditionally, the painting was made in black ink, however nowadays people use coloured ink too. A special brush called a sumi brush is used to apply the ink. The tonality and shading in the painting is achieved by using different densities of ink and varying the ink load and pressure in a brushstroke. Ink wash painting can be done on an illustration board, water colour paper, rice paper or bristol paper. Drawing paper and canvas are not suitable surfaces for ink wash painting.

This website lists various experiments that help students understand science better. It lists a total of 71 experiments in physical sciences, earth sciences, mathematics, space sciences, chemistry, biological sciences, medicine and health, social sciences, technology, engineering and chemistry. The website also offers lesson plans for teachers and parents of students studying in classes 5 to 12.

6. What's New
Travel Art Set by Alex Toys 
The Travel Art Set by Alex Toys is an 80-piece colour-set that comes with watercolours, pastels, coloured pencils, paintbrushes and more. The art set has a total of 18 watercolour cakes, 12 markers, coloured pencils, crayons, pastels and six paper clips. It also includes a mixing palette, paintbrush, pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, glue stick, stapler, pair of scissors and carrying case with a handle. The product is a great buy for child artists. One can buy the art set on Amazon.com or First Cry.

7. Pay It Forward
Founded in 2011, Songbound is an NGO that brings the transformative power of music to some of India’s underprivileged children. It has set up 14 choirs in the past four years. Choir leaders have both Indian and western music backgrounds and have received training from international vocal experts too. The leaders collaborate with some of the world’s leading musicians and this helps the children grow in confidence and encourages them to work as part of a team whilst enjoying the benefits of singing in a choir. During the festive season, choir leaders also teach children relevant festive songs. The NGO has musical partners like Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Eton College Chapel Choir, blueFrog and many more. It also partners with other NGOs like Akansha, Salam Bombay Foundation and Teach for India Foundation. It currently runs choirs in many government municipal schools and in children’s wards in cancer hospitals. You can volunteer with the organisation or donate towards the cause. For more information, visit www.songbound.com

8. Little Green Fingers 
Meet a New Plant: Gardenia Augusta 
Known as gandharaj, meaning ‘king of fragrances’, gardenias or cape jasmines are flowers that grow on shrubs. The flowers are fragrant and white in colour. The flowers grow on evergreen shrubs that are native to tropical and subtropical regions. They are often planted as ornamental shrubs. Gardenias can be grown both outdoors and indoors, however one needs to bear in mind that these shrubs have special requirements.

9. Music for Your Ears 
Know Your Instrument: Kinnor 
Originate: Israel
Pronunciation: ki-nor
The musical instrument of King David, kinnor or the ancient Hebrew lyre is a string instrument that has been used in Shabbat services among Jewish and Christian Davidic communities.
The kinnor is built in the style of a lyre, with a double upright neck support for the horizontal neck. Kinnors are made from black walnut, figured maple, Hawaiian koa, cherry or myrtle wood. The instrument usually has 10 strings and is played by hand or with a plectrum.

10. Bit By the Travel Bug
Place to Visit: Solang Valley 
Solang Valley is located 14kms away from Manali, Himachal Pradesh and lies between Beas Kund and Solang village. In the winter, the valley becomes a ski lover’s paradise and is a huge attraction for those interested in sledding and skiing across the sparkly white snow. In the summer, when the snow melts, one can indulge in parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding. For snow lovers, the best time to visit Solang Valley is from November to February.

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