Kshitij World is organising a fun-filled three day summer camp to Matheran where children will take part in adventure activities like rappelling, free fall, river crossing, horse riding, trekking and much more.
Date: May 15 to 17
Age: 7 to 11 years
Read a Book
The Cloudfarers by Stephen Alter (Age: 10+ years)
A young boy called Kip is left by his aunt under the care of Paramount Academy—a boarding school that feels a lot like a prison. On the first day itself, Kip is put through a weird psychological test called War, where there are no winners or losers, but the players are left wounded. While in this prison, Kip finds a ray of hope in the form of his newfound friends, Scruggs, Juniper, Meghna and Ameel. However, that’s not all; Kip is taken aback when he learns that his friends are Cloudfarers—a lost tribe from another planet who have been exiled to Earth. Kip’s friends are relying on him to help them go back home. Will Kip and his friends escape this prison? Read the book to find out. Published by Penguin India and available on Amazon.in
Watch It: Quest for Camelot
Awards Won: Best Original Song in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards, USA 1999.
Synopsis: ‘Quest for Camelot’ is an American animated musical fantasy film based on the novel, ‘The King’s Damosel’ by Vera Chapman. Kayley, a brave young girl and Juliana, her mother, are welcomed by King Arthur to Camelot after her father, Sir Lionel, a knight, was killed while attempting to save King Arthur from a possible attack. To add to King Arthur’s woes, a griffin attacks Camelot and steals the powerful sword, Excalibur. Without his sword, King Arthur falls victim to Ruber, an evil knight bent on destroying Camelot. With the help of a sweet blind man and Merlin’s falcon, a dragon with a split personality, Kayley begins her quest to find the Excalibur. Will Kayley find the sword in time to save King Arthur and Camelot? Watch the movie to find out.
Learn Something New
The art of turning a single length of cord or rope into a variety of shapes, each with its own symbolic meaning, was developed during the Tang Dynasty in China and popularised by the Ming Dynasty. The art was then spread to other parts of the world and is today also known as decorative knots. These knots can be used to create belts, wall hangings and even bags. To know more, log on to www.bit.ly/ChineseCloverKnot
Meet a New Plant: Araucaria Araucana
Araucaria araucana or the monkey puzzle tree–also known as the Chile pine tree– is an evergreen ornamental conifer tree native to the Andes Mountains of South America. The tree can grow up to 50mts in height and can live for more than 700 years. The tree prefers well-drained, volcanic soil, but it can also grow in other types of soils. The tree thrives in cool and mild climates but cannot tolerate atmospheric pollution and hot and dry soils. When Englishman Archibald Menzies first saw the tree, he thought it would be puzzling for monkeys to climb on it and thus coined its name.
Meet a New Animal: Mandrillus Sphinx
Mandrillus sphinx or mandrills is the largest of all monkeys. These 6ft-tall shy and reclusive primates are endemic to the rainforests of equatorial Africa. They have a bright red nose and lips, a golden beard, thick purple and blue ridges around the nose and a colourful rear end.
They eat fruits, roots, insects, reptiles and amphibians and also have built-in pouches in their cheeks where they store their food. They usually live in troops. Though they spend much of their time on the ground, they sleep on trees.
Meet a New Bird: Coracias Caudatus
Coracias caudatus or the lilac-breasted roller is the national bird of Kenya and Botswana. One of the most beautiful birds in the world, this 15-inch-long bird has a large head, short neck and forked tail. It grows long and thin streamers on the outer feathers as it matures. The bird’s plumage is bright and colourful, with a multitude of shades like pale-yellow brown, white, turquoise, blue, green, black and tan. It also has a large, thick, straight black bill with a slight hook on the tip. A carnivorous bird, it feeds on insects, lizards, snails, amphibians, rodents and small birds.
Music For Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Castanets
Origin: Mediterranean region
Castanets belong to the clapper family and fall in the genre of percussion instruments. The instrument consists of two hollowed-out, pear-shaped pieces of hardwood or of any other substance that is joined together by a string or a cord. Typically played by Spanish folk dancers, they are played by attaching pairs of castanets to each thumb. A simple rhythm is performed on the left-hand pair while the higher-pitched, right-hand pair plays a more complicated rhythm.
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