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Reading to Newborns: Benefits and Tips

Reading to infant, Reading to newborn, Reading to babies, Read to your newborn, Reading to your babyFetuses can recognize their mother’s voice in the womb! So it is never too early to read to your baby. In fact, studies say you should read for fifteen to twenty minutes every day to your child – even a new born. But there are a few questions here which we shall address here.
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8 Ways to Get More Out of Picture Books

Picture books, Picture stories, Picture books for kids, Picture books for childrenPicture books for kids are unique because these are books where drawings, sketches and art speak more than words do. Reading picture books to and with kids means not only enjoying drawings, but also making sense of them and sometimes interpreting it in different ways too. And when we say picture books for children, it’s not always just the tiny tots. The slightly older kids like them too. This is because books with illustrations appear to be more fun. As you read through this article, you will find out how you can engage the little ones more and also get more out of such books. Read more…

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20 Travel Books for Children to Read during the Summer Holidays

travel books for childrenFor me travel books for children is all about different places across the globe and also what fun it is to take a journey. These books below are ideal for kids who are a little above five. They can be read by the parents and also for children who are beginning to read.

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Hama-Guri Misses Seeing the Mermaids

Sea animals, Mermaids“And that’s the story of ‘The Little Mermaid’.'” Mumma said closing the book. “Now you go to bed kiddo.”

She tucked Ham-Guri in bed, kissed him good night.

“Good night Mumma.” Hama said sleepily. But still tightly holding onto the sea horse soft toy his granny had given to him earlier today. “I love you.”

“I love you too baby.” She said. Then switched off the lights and silently closed the door behind her.

“Hey who are you? And what are you doing here?” Said a tiny rainbow coloured fish. Read more…

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50 Unusual Places to Read on World Reading Day

unusual reading places, World Reading Day On World Reading Day, we bring to you fifty unusual places for you to read – alone or to your kid.

1. While breast feeding – and why not. Research says that tiny babies love sounds, let alone the foetus which can ‘learn’ too
2.  While sitting on the pot seat – might sound a little ‘ugh’ but what the heck. Trust me, it can become an addiction.
3. In bed – hold on I’m not finished. Put a cover over your head (because the kid’s sleeping beside you), switch on a flash light and lo! There – now you are reading in a ‘camp’.
4. While eating – not too unusual, right? But its the commonality of it that makes it so innovative.
5. While sitting in the bathtub – a good book, a chilled drink and a few aroma candles. Perfect! Read more…

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Hama-Guri Earns Pocket Money

Money, Teaching kids about money, Chore chart, Child allowance, Piggy banks for kids“Mumma, Ma-Door gets pocket money every week.” Hama said sitting on his bunk bed.

“Hmm.” Mumma replied as she continued to pick up his toys. “But why do you need pocket money? We are there when you need something.”

“But…Mumma…Ma-Door…” Hama scratched his head. What his mother had just said was true. He didn’t really need the pocket money. And yet, it would have been good if he did. Read more…

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CONGRATULATIONS!

HERE ARE OUR WINNERS FOR WORLD POETRY DAY

world poetry dayToday Hama-Guri is celebrating World Poetry Day at home. He’s made his parents write poems for him and he has written one for them too. And while the family has engaged themselves at verse writing, here are our three winners.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in this contest. I must say, that all of you did a wonderful job. But we had to choose a winner.

And…..surprise! We are having our first giveaway for the winners. I have written to all three of you separately and you can expect your gifts very soon.

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Celebrate a Happy Pi Day 3.14 Times with Hama-Guri

happy pi day, what is pi day, Pi numbers, Digits of pi“Digits of pi is a number that measures the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It doesn’t have an ending. So it is an irrational number.” Mumma said as she fluffed up the cushions on the sofas.

“No mum I don’t understand pi. And I don’t know irra…tion..al.” Hama-Guri was completely not amused at his mother’s interest at explaining what pi was. She had been trying for the past half an hour and he had understood nothing. Oh god! Why did she sometimes forget that he was just six? “I just know pie. And all your pi talk makes me want to eat your yummy berry pie.”

“We can do that too.” Mumma said. “But can we do something with that?”

“No we can’t!” Hama screamed. “All I will do is to eat it.”

Mumma shook her head and went into the kitchen. Maybe he was right. Explaining digits of pi to a six year old had probably been stupidity. So, instead, she got herself busy with lunch. And preparing that berry pie for the little one who had tried to understand 3.14 and why it was a never ending number!
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Hama-Guri Celebrates Plant a Flower Day

Planting flowers, Flower gardens, Landscaping design, Flower seeds, Perennial“Good morning Mumma!” Hama said as he sleepily walked down from the stairs.

“Good morning kiddo. Get down here quick. We are going to get ourselves really dirty today.”

“Huh?” Hama let out a startled sound. “Dirty?”

Mumma laughed. “Do you know what day today is?”

The little one shook his head.

Today is plant a flower day. And thankfully it’s a Sunday. So let’s do some planting flowers and plants today and have some fun!” Read more…

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Hama-Guri Celebrates Old Stuff Day

Old Stuff Day, 2nd march, USA, Making change, Work out plans, Antique stores, Vintage furniture, Antiques, “Mumma I am not eating this jam and bread again today.” Hama-Guri whined. “You promised me yummy food today.”

Now how would Mumma tell him that she overslept because of the medicines and so didn’t have time to make his favorite pancakes. It rarely happened but today was just one of those days. She had been feeling it for the past few days and she had been right. The weather change had finally made her get the fever. Read more…