The Best Resources for Nature Study in India

Getting anywhere with our kids in tow is a slow, long winded affair, especially if we are walking, like we do 80% of the time. They stop at every leaf and every stick to ‘explore’ and that’s what kids do. They are present in the now, extraordinarily so, that means they observe, recognise and understand most, the things in their immediate environment.  Initially my kids would be running outside and come up to me and say, ‘Amma where are the acorns? Can we pick come pine cones?’ this was based on books they read or shows they watched in which … Continue reading The Best Resources for Nature Study in India

25 things to do (and a few no dos) with your kids these holidays

When I was a working mom, the school vacations were a real fear, the moment April arrived the husband and I would lie awake at nights wondering how to handle the holidays – we had full time work, we had a nanny who needed a couple of weeks off. The boy was off for a full 2 months from school and we had no clue what to do with him. One vacation I had my mom come over for the entire time, another time we had him in summer camp(which he hated btw and cried most days I picked him … Continue reading 25 things to do (and a few no dos) with your kids these holidays

6 simple and colourful art to do with your Toddler

Most of us have simple art spaces for our kids at home, our 3 year olds happily dabble with paints and can start creating small pieces of art, while also getting messy with the paint, mostly its all safe and children learn a lot through exploring with colour as they work through their art. On the other hand toddler art is less engaging, we often expect them to paint by themselves and explore, while they do this, a little bit of help and planning can make your toddlers first interaction with art fun and engaging for them. While we started … Continue reading 6 simple and colourful art to do with your Toddler

Why I choose to raise creative children

What does creativity mean? Often we think of creativity as that which artists have, or even prodigies, like talent that you have to be born with. To many of us it seems like it’s not something regular people like you and me can ever have. While we always talk about how we would like our children to be smart or intelligent we don’t often hope for creative children because we think creativity is not a skill. Let’s explore this a bit, our thinking that is. What would you define as smart? Is it intelligence, common sense, clever, education / learning? … Continue reading Why I choose to raise creative children

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