10 Things to Do This Week (April 26 to May 02, 2018)

1. Workshops
New Delhi
Yolo Lights is conducting a two day quantum speed reading (QSR) workshop for kids and adults. In this workshop, you will learn how to read any book of about 200 pages in just five to 10 minutes.
Date: April 28 & 29
Age: 5+ years
Call: 09910475522

High Octane Aerosports is organising a unique aero-modelling summer camp for children, where you will learn about flying aeroplanes, and how to make your own model planes.
Date: April 30 to May 3
Age: 5 to 15 years
Call: 07387056310

Happily Outdoors is organising a nature camp for children where you will learn how to appreciate nature’s beauty and also how to adopt a sustainable and self-sufficient way of life.
Date: April 27 to May 2
Age: 10 to 14 years
Call: 09885956728

Samahaara and Kites And Nine pinS is hosting a summer children’s theatre workshop.
Date: April 24 to May 14
Age: 8 to 13 years
Call: 09573899766

2. Summer Camp
Kalakrruti is hosting a fun-filled 10-day adventure trip to Nainital, Rishikesh and Corbett.
Date: April 29 to May 8
Age: 13 to 24 years
Call: 07666266065

3. Read a Book
A Brush With Indian Art by Mamta Nainy and Illustrated by Aniruddha Mukherjee (Age: 12+ years)
Mamta Nainy takes you on a colourful journey into the world of Indian art. ‘A Brush With Indian Art’ summarises the country’s art movement in a nutshell. The author tells the reader a little bit about various art forms, from the famous Buddhist cave paintings at Ajanta and Mughal miniature art to Tanjore paintings and modern art. The book also has a separate chapter on tribal art forms and informs the reader about Madhubani, Pattachitra, Phad, Kalamkari, Warli, Gond and Bhil. A great book to buy. Published by Penguin India and available on Amazon.in

4. Watch It: A Shine of Rainbows
Awards Won: Best Live-Action Feature Film or Video in English Language at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and Best Dramatic Feature at the Heartland Film Festival, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Synopsis: ‘A Shine of Rainbows’ is about Tomas, a young orphan boy, who is adopted by Marie O’Donnell, a loving, warm and caring woman. Marie takes Tomas home on a remote Corrie Island, off the Irish coast. She shares the joys of her island home with Tomas, including the secrets of the seals and folklore and teaches him an important lesson, “Everything you need is inside you.” However, Marie’s husband Alec is not happy with Tomas being around. Will Tomas be able to please Alec? Will he adjust in his new home? Watch the movie to find out.

5. Learn Something New
Miniature Zen Garden
A zen garden is a Japanese form of a dry garden where nature is represented in miniature form by using stones, sand or gravel. To get started on your own miniature zen garden, you need a box or container, sand, pebbles, air plants or succulents and a rake. To know more, log on to www.bit.ly/MiniWinterZenGarden and www.bit.ly/MiniZenGardenActivity

6. Green World
Meet a New Plant: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is a low-growing evergreen plant, which grows to about 8-inch in height. It is also called bearberry as bears love its fruit. The stem of the plant is covered in thick bark and fine silky hair. The leaves of the bearberry are oval, leathery and dark green. Its flowers are white or pale pink in colour. The plant grows in well-drained soil in dry to medium weather. The bearberry plant is said to control soil erosion on slopes and hillsides. Its leaves are dried and used in tea. The plant cures headaches, heals wounds, bruises and burns, eases stomach discomfort and boosts the immune system.

7. Meet a New Animal: Castor canadensis
Castor canadensis or the North American beaver is regarded as the largest rodent in North America and the second largest in the world. This species has dark brown fur, a broad, flat, scaly tail, large orange incisors that grow through its lifetime, webbed rear feet and digitated front paws. These beavers can move between aquatic and terrestrial environments and can swim up to 10kms/hr. Due to their oversized lungs, they can stay submerged for up to 15 minutes. They usually live in ponds, lakes, rivers, marshes and wetlands. By building watertight dams, they create habitats that support a diverse biological community. They feast on leaves, stems and aquatic plants. They usually live for 15 years.

8. Meet a New Bird: Leptocoma zeylonica
The Leptocoma zeylonica or the purple-rumped sunbird belongs to the sunbird family and is native to the Indian subcontinent. They are also known as ‘small sunbirds’. Though found on trees and shrubs, they avoid dense forests. The thin, down-curved bill and brush-tipped tubular tongue helps the bird feed on nectar and insects. This species of sunbirds maintains special scratching posts where they get rid of pollen and nectar that is stuck to their heads.

9. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Flutophone
Origin: USA
Just like a clarinet, a flutophone has a foot-long cylindrical body with six holes on the top and one hole along the underside that is covered by the thumb of the left hand when playing. The notes can turn from soft to loud, depending upon the amount of breath used. A detachable mouthpiece, which is also used to tune the flutophone, is pulled out to lower the pitch and pushed in to raise the pitch.

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