Five bookish play ideas

What exactly is bookish play?

I don’t think there is an official definition of what bookish play, broadly its Books+Play which means incorporating play activities as a part of a book reading session. We have been doing this for quite sometime now and my little one really looks forward to it. A lot of it is do with the fact that we simply love books and role play and a play set up around a book helps her live the book in reality.

Lets have a look at five bookish play ideas to understand it better

1. Goldilocks and the three bear (Book+Role Play)

This is the abridged version of the classic and is perfect for toddlers. Beautiful illustrations, clear text and amazingly engaging storyline. The books also is great to introduce children to the concept of hot, cold, small, big , low and high. Also a great book for bookish play, just need three chairs and beds (usually available in the toy collection) or you can make it using any kind of blocks available at home, bears from the animal collection and small bowls with some pretend food (I have added some rice ) and its done. Doesn’t take much time but keeps the kids engaged for so long, my daughter would play out the full story using the props. Such a great way to develop their language skills, also a great way of retaining the story since so many senses get involved.

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2. Freezy’s new buttons (Book+Math)

Its one of the stories in our suborn Christmas collection book. How a snowman gets new buttons which are actually stolen diamonds. How the thieves come back to take it away from him and are eventually caught by police. A great story for doing some math related activities and thats exactly what we did as a part of bookish play. This also brings in variety, not always about role playing :).  We did a fun counting activity, made a play-dough snowman and a number of hats with numbers written on it, all the kid had to do was pick a hat and put those many number of buttons on Freezy.

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3. Tropical Terry (Book+Craft)

The book is a visual treat, our current favourite for sure. Its a beautiful story of acceptance, how each one of us are different and its alright, we all have our strengths and that should be valued. How Terry transforms one to play with the bunch. While doing this she forgot her real strength (Terry is too good at hiding). One day while she was playing around with the tropical friends, an eel came to catch a tropical fish, especially one with a long tail. It was a challenge for Terry to move fast because of the extra weight that she added to become tropical, this story ends beautifully. Terry always had her old friends to back her. We did a little craft activity with some colourful paper, used the pattern scissors to cut it, hence the crinkly tropical tail. We also recreated tropical Terry using water beads(orbeez).

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4. We’re going on a bear hunt (Book+Sensory)

What to say about this classic, clearly one of our favourite books till date. How a family walks through the grass, crosses a river, battles a snowstorm to reach the bear’s cave. The author has beautifully captured the obstacles and the repetitive text makes the book super interesting. For bookish play, I recreated the entire setup in a tray their is grass, mud, water, snow and the cave, also included figurines from one of her play set to take them on a bear hunt. We played this for hours and it was kept in the play space for a few days, the tactile exploration is what makes this one so special.

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5. Tiddler (Book+Sensory Bin)

Who isn’t a fan of Julia Donaldson!! Story of Tiddler the fish who is always late and has a tell tale explaining the delay, Tiddler is very good at making stories. One day Tiddler is on the way to school and gets caught in a net and how he explains the story when he finally reaches the school is super interesting. The bookish play set up for this one is a bunch of sea creatures, a boat and an oobleck (corn flour and water) base as the sea.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these  picture books and the bookish play ideas, do let me know if you try some of these.

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This post is has been written as part of the #Blognbookswithus blog train hosted by Kapila from (https://www.everylittlethinghappiness.com) and Kavita from (https://www.momtasticworld.com). We are posting about books on our blogs. So hop on and enjoy reading these wonderful posts.

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Ten books you should read to your one-year-old

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“You can find magic wherever you look, all you need is a book in your hand”

Reading is the best thing for a child’s brain it makes them creative, inquisitive, enhances their vocabulary, improves concentration, enhances the attention span and most of all takes their imagination to another level. Reading a book for my little has been my favorite activity, I really look forward to it every day and so does she. Although I introduced reading at a very early age, that is around four months, you can begin at any age. It may take more efforts, especially if the child is used to watching TV or videos because that looks far more interesting due to motion and stories being told in actions. While books require a lot of more attention as the brain starts imagining what you read, this is such a beautiful experience in my opinion. Reading can take us to another place, another time without ever moving. The key is keep trying, take out some time every day to read to them, initially they may show very little interest but slowly and gradually the excitement builds in. Here are couple of things to keep in mind before starting the journey:

  • Make it fun with actions and voice modulation, it has to be a little dramatic to get them interested
  • Involve them in the reading , ask them to point at things
  • Choose a time when they are not very tired, I usually pick up a time when she is done with her running, jumping etc. and needs a downtime to relax. Sometimes we start our day with books J
  • Books should be easily accessible to them
  • Be ready to read a book over and over again, they have their favorites
  • A one year old’s attention span is not much so choose books which are short, preferably board books with 9-10 pages, clean and bright illustrations, not text heavy, books about animals are always liked by kids this age

10 best books for a one-year-old

  1. Good night moon by Margaret Wise Brown: A superb bed time book, with very little text , repetetion and beautiful illustrations, don’t forget to spot the little mouse on each page it was one of the favorite activity for my little one and kept her interest till the end.
  2. Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox: Clean white background pages with beautiful illustrations of babies and rhyming text ,introduces the little ones to different cultures.
  3. Good night gorilla by Peggy Rathmann: My favorite bed time story book, impactful illustrations, minimal text and lots of animals.
  4. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell: Lifting the flaps keeps the little ones engaged and animals are an additional treat.
  5. Put me in the zoo by Robert Lopshire: Beautiful introduction to colors, very simple story line makes it an easy read
  6. Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill: Another lift a flap book with simple illustrations and which kid doesn’t love a dog?
  7. Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? by Eric Carle: Beautiful big illustration of animals one on each page, repetitive without being boring, it’s like singing a song
  8. The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle: An interesting book as the story appeals the little ones, they love putting their fingers in the tiny holes, bright illustrations. My favorite book to gift every new born J
  9. Where the Baby’s belly button? by Karen Katz: A beautiful lift a flap book, introduces them to body parts in a very interesting way.
  10. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle: The blue truck and a number of animals on board, an interesting read aloud book with a number of sounds and rhyming words.

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Thank you Anurag Singh (http://www.anuragwrites.co.in). Please check out the post shared on their blog. I would like to introduce Parul Malhotra (https://thetrendingdiary.com), do visit her page and read the post.

This post has been written as part of the #blognbookswithus Blog train hosted by Kapila from every little thing: Happiness(https://www.everylittlethinghappiness.com) and Kavita from Momtastic world(https://www.momtasticworld.com). We are posting about books on our blogs. So hop on and enjoy reading these wonderful posts.

 

Toddler snack recipes

These are my mini me’s favourite recipes. In my experience south Indian dishes never fail, the little one really loves it and these mini uttapam’s are really twice a week preparation in our home. The second recipe is a super healthy mango smoothie oh I am salivating just thinking about it, do try it.

Mini Rava Oats Uttapam

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 2 tbsp capsicum
  • 2 tbsp onion
  • 2 tbsp tomato
  • Salt

How to make it

  1. Combine semolina, oats, curd, capsicum, onion, tomato and water in a bowl and leave it for an hour.
  2. Grease a mini non stick uttapam pan with little oil.
  3. Pour 2 tbsp of batter in each uttapam and spread it evenly.
  4. Cook on both sides, using a little oil till its cooked light brown.

Mango smoothie with berries

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 Big size mango
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Mix berries (I use the little farm berry mix)
  • Flax seeds

How to make it

  1. Super easy just blend in until smooth
  2. Top it up with fresh cut mangoes and some berries

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This blog post is a part of #Baby/ToddlerFood blog train hosted by Anisha from momzdiary , Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy and Deepali from myteenytot.

We 40 Mom Bloggers are here with some amazing Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you.

This is a month-long blog train. Stay tuned for some very healthy and yummy recipes every day.

I would like to thank Deepti (Paperplaneslife) for inviting me and now I would further like to invite Vidhi from (luminosity.blog) to hop on the train and share the next recipe.

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My mom was right

And I admit it ♥

“One day you will understand what I am saying, just wait and watch”, I don’t even remember how many times I have heard  that from my mom while growing up and finally I admit it she was so right.  Although deep down in some corner of my heart I knew she is telling the right thing, but who cares until you actually either experience it, suffer through it or well get your heart broken, actually may be a leg broken (Calcium levels you see, no milk in our diets). She was and is right 99.9% of the time, although until recently I gave her those looks as if she has no idea, times have changed and what not. Only after becoming a mom I have started admitting, how correct she. Motherhood changed in me in so many ways, one of the biggest change is being sensitive towards everybody else’s feelings and especially my mother’s, only a baby can make you thank your mom for everything. I can understand her struggles, frustration when we won’t listen, her over protectiveness and most of all unlimited supply of care and concern which nobody else can have. I openly admit that she is right about most of the things, I don’t even know where to start from exactly but yeah let’s give it a shot, here are the top twenty I can think of:

  1. Eat healthy, eat on time, don’t skip breakfast
  2. Sleep on time, wake up early, fresh minds can do wonders
  3. Don’t eat junk, rather eat home cooked food which tastes really good with a serving of ghee J
  4. Choose your friends wisely
  5. Never argue beyond a point, winning an argument is not everything
  6. Listen to everybody and do what you feel is right
  7. Never disrespect anybody, be a good listener
  8. Don’t trust people blindly, friends are good but family is ever supporting
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  10. Have enough calcium
  11. Spend money wisely, keep a track of expenses and save some
  12. Moderation is the key, apply it in all the aspects of life
  13. Be careful and vigilant of the surroundings always
  14. Take care of yourself, you are your first love
  15. Be sincere, be it the smallest job like getting some grocery from the store
  16. Get involved in creative things, read books, learn some art
  17. Be patient ( That actually my daughter teaches me every day without even saying )
  18. Keeping our childhood photographs with dates (So important, Can totally relate to it now)
  19. Family is most important and should be priority
  20. Love what you do professionally and never compromise, don’t run behind money.

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Aren’t moms the best, so many of these, especially the part about health, eating right and taking care of yourself was just rubbed off by me as a lecture, only after becoming a mum I realized, how accomplished I feel if my daughter eats well. I am sure, as I grow and my little one grows the list is going to get a lot longer and each passing year will bring in much more clarity of what she really meant. Whatever she said was out of love and of course her own experiences and yes she is right.

This post is a part of a blog train organized by Elina Wadia where 20 Indian moms have come together to write how their own mothers were right! To read her article on the same topic, click  here.

Also, make sure to check this interesting article written by fellow mom blogger, Manvi (Click here to reach her page)

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Thanks a ton for stopping by and reading this blog! Would love to hear your thoughts on the same.

Ankita