Vegetable Printing for Toddlers

It’s been a good and hectic couple of months for us here at Artventuretales, as you probably guessed from the quiet around here. Or maybe not :). We were off to a 28 day adventure at Singapore, which I will write about in a separate post or you can read all about it on my instagram account @artventuretales. Once we were back the school grind began and although we still did our activities I never got a chance to document it. With the little one growing up and showing signs of becoming extremely independent (and how! This morning he cried … Continue reading Vegetable Printing for Toddlers

Stamp pads and stamping – Toddler fun!

Babies, before they start loving everything messy, have a slightly more complicated relationship with gooey, sticky textures. No? ok at least mine did, both of them. V (as we’ll call my older son) was very clear, he wanted nothing to do with anything sticky till he was almost 3 years old. A characteristic his teachers in pre school were quite concerned about as they couldn’t get him to do any messy activities like hand prints. S (my second born), is a whole different story, he loves the mess, for a short time, He obsessively cleans everything in the house, it’s … Continue reading Stamp pads and stamping – Toddler fun!

Rice, rainbows, summers, and some sensory play

What does rice have to do with rainbows and summers? You may ask. Its like this, as working parents, school holidays were our biggest dread. The nanny had to come on time, the kiddo had to be pacified, distracted or conned depending on his mood that particular day and we had to find parks, playgrounds or television to keep him occupied. I remember days when he just didn’t want us to leave and I have literally cried my way to work. From what I have heard, stay at home parents don’t have it any easier. Holding the attention of your … Continue reading Rice, rainbows, summers, and some sensory play

Spring, the great outdoors, and a love for colours!

I feel like spring is an underrated season here in India. I have always loved the carpets of yellow by the copper pod flowers, tufts of pink from the rain tree and the bursts of orange and red from the gulmohar. These have given way to more global blooms in new expanding cities like the cherry blossoms and lilac flowers in certain pockets. Being home with the kids, seeing their wonder in these flowers and leaves and the ground filled with colour is truly infectious. The older of my boys gave up his afternoon nap even before he turned 4, … Continue reading Spring, the great outdoors, and a love for colours!

Start your Artventures on a Blank Base – why colouring books won’t work

My first child made this choice for me…no matter how hard I tried he never coloured in colouring books. Activity books weren’t his thing. He couldn’t and still doesn’t colour inside lines. He can however go berserk on a plain base of anything – white or coloured. Some of the common bases we have used are – Chart – We have worked with chart since my son was a year and a half old. Its sturdy enough for him to work with and the large surface allows him to move around and explore. We have loved colouring, painting, spraying on … Continue reading Start your Artventures on a Blank Base – why colouring books won’t work