10 Things to Do This Week (February 22 to February 28, 2018)

1. Workshops

Go star gazing at the IAC astronomy club.
Date: February 24 & 25
Age: 10+ years
Call: 07383651660
Aditi Deo is hosting a creative drawing workshop where children will learn different forms of artwork like pencil sketching and calligraphy.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 10+ years

Learn how to create a book using paper-cutting techniques and discarded material.
Date: February 26 & 27
Age: 6 to 10 years
Call: 080-40447000

New Delhi
Simran Arneja is hosting a drama and creative writing workshop for children of all age groups.
Date: Ongoing
Age: 5+ years
Call: 09910039580

2. Read a Book
Maths Sutras From Around the World by Gaurav Tekrival & Illustrated by Jit Chowdhury (Age: 6+ years)

‘Maths Sutras from Around the World’ simplifies difficult mathematical concepts, making mathematics easy and interesting. It has many tricks that will help solve complicated mathematical puzzles in a jiffy. The book also includes trivia about the origins of different mathematical concepts.

For example, did you know that speed multiplication was discovered by an Indian saint named Tirthaji in the early 20th century? Read this book to make maths one of your favourite subjects at school. Published by Penguin India and available on Amazon.in

3. Watch It: ParaNorman

'ParaNorman' is a 3D stopmotion film about 11-yearold Norman Babcock, who can speak to the dead. Norman manages to connect and speak to his great grandmother, but no one believes him and everyone makes fun of him. One day, right after play rehearsals at school, Norman and his best friend, Neil Downe, meet Norman’s estranged and seemingly deranged uncle Mr Prenderghast who tells Norman that he must take up a ritual to protect the town. Sadly, Mr Prenderghast dies soon after that. Does Norman protect the town by performing the ritual? Watch the movie to unlock some hidden secrets.

4. Learn Something New 
Disc jockeys or DJs entertain through their knowledge of music. A DJ does a lot more than just press the play button on a music system. A DJ should know the tempo of all the music he/ she possesses to ensure he/ she plays the right tracks at the right time. A DJ also needs to know the basics of handling advanced music systems like mixers and certain specifics like scratching, mixing and spinning music. Today, many free downloadable software help mix music. To know more log on to www.djcoursesonline.com

5. Log On
This website caters to students learning subjects like mathematics, social studies, science, music, English and Spanish. It has many educational videos that help learn these subjects easily.

6. What's new?
Faber Castell Art Cart Gift Set
The Faber Castell Art Cart Gift Set is a compact art kit that comes with watercolour pens, tempera colours, erasable crayons, oil pastels, a scratch tool, a craft scissor, an eraser and a sharpener.

The kit can be bought on any major online store.
7. Pay it Forward
Water Literacy Foundation
The Water Literacy Foundation (WLF) is NGO based in Bengaluru, Karnataka that works towards ensuring water security to various parts of the country by conducting awareness programmes on the importance of water. It hopes to make India water efficient by 2020. The NGO renders its services to various sectors. For example, to ensure that farmers get enough water for their daily needs, the NGO has adopted schemes such as community rainwater harvesting, borewell recharging, tree based agriculture and integrated farming. To know more about its services log on to www.waterliteracyfoundation.com or E-mail: info@waterliteracyfoundation.com

8. Little Green Finger
Meet a New Plant: Garcinia Mangostana
The Garcinia mangostana or mangosteen, also known as the queen of tropical fruits, is a fruit bearing tree that grows in many parts of the world. The tree grows to a maximum height of 82ft. It has a nearly black, flaky outer bark and gummy and bitter latex. The mangosteen tree bears a red or purple coloured round fruit, which has a white, soft, juicy flesh. Mangosteens are known to cure a lot of ailments such as inflammation, allergies and diarrhoea.

9. Music for Your Ears 
Know Your Instrument: Tonbak
Pronunciation: tun-bahk
Origin: Iran
The tonbak or zarb is a goblet-shaped percussion instrument. It was first developed in ancient Iran or Persia. The instrument is about 43cms in height and 28cms in diameter. Its shell is carved from a single block of wood that may have a carved design or geometric pattern on it. The instrument is either covered in sheepskin or goatskin. In order to play it, the instrument needs to be placed diagonally across the player’s torso and tapped with the palms.

10. Bit by the Travel Bug 
Place to Visit: Dooars, West Bengal
The floodplains of Northeast India are locally known as Dooars. The name Dooars has evolved from the word ‘door’. This region comprises of a lot of towns and districts, which include Darjeeling, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. Dooars is blessed with a lot of natural beauty, tea gardens, wildlife sanctuaries and beautiful views of the eastern Himalayas. The climate here is pleasant throughout the year. Dooars can be reached by air, rail or road.

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