The History of India for Children (From Prehistory to the Sultanates) Volume I by Archana Garodia Gupta & Shruti Garodia (Age: 8+ years)
'The History of India for Children (From Prehistory to the Sultanates) Volume I' is full of interesting trivia about how India came to be. It takes you back in time and tells you all about the various kings, empires and sultanates.
This volume ends with the formation of the Vijaynagar Empire. Definitely worth a read for history buffs. Published by Hachette India and available on Amazon.in
'Chillar Party' focuses on the lives of eight carefree children living in Chandan Nagar. These young kids, together are known as the chillar party gang. However, they cannot be dismissed as kids, as they are vociferous about their needs and fight for their rights. Watch the movie to know what happens when a politician, Shashikant Bhide, who ironically happens to be the welfare minister, threatens Bhidu, a dog belonging to their new friend Fatka and even makes an absurd announcement stating that all stray dogs will be terminated.
Try your hand at pendulum painting, a style of painting that combines science with art. This art form needs a bit of building as well, as you are required to make a pendulum using strings and a plastic glass. Then it’s all about pushing the pendulum in different ways to create art and also study its movement. To get started, log on to www.bit.ly/PendulumPainting and www.bit.ly/PendulumPaintingActivity
Meet a New Plant: Mentha pulegium
Mentha pulegium, also known as European pennyroyal, is a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family. The plant grows in moist areas near ponds and streams. It reaches up to 30cms and has oval-shaped leaves. When crushed, they emit a strong scent, like that of spearmint. Many grow this plant as an insect repellant.
Calidris alba, also known as the sanderling, is found near sandy beaches. It possesses a small, stout body, which grows to 7 to 8 inches in length and with a wingspan of 14 inches. In winter, its plumage is greyish white and in non-winter months it turns brownish-grey in colour. It feeds on tiny animals that live on the beach, like crustaceans, amphipods and bristle worms.
Bos grunniens, also known as the domestic yak, is an ox-like animal with long hair and short legs. It is bred in Tibet, the Himalayan region, Mongolia and Russia. Many parts of central Asia use yaks to pull heavy machinery and transport loads through mountain passes. It feeds on grasses, wildflowers and herbs. It uses its horns to break through the snow to get to the plants and to defend itself.
Music For Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Chimta
The chimta is actually a fire tong that has evolved into a musical instrument by the permanent addition of small brass jingles. This instrument is especially popular in Punjabi folk music and Sikh religious music known as shabad. The player is able to produce a chiming sound by holding the joint of the instrument in one hand and striking the two sides of the chimta together. The sound is metallic and helps one to maintain the beat of the song. This instrument is also known as the rusty tambourine sword.