Thursday, 7 July 2016

India Relief Map Model out of Cotton Fibres

I'm very thankful to Jyotshna & Sandhya for sending me the photographs of India Relief Map  Model made simply out of cotton fibres in an artistic and appealing way. It's not only the educating model for students but also the proof of creativity and dexterity of the two sisters. They describe the procedure of making as follows:

1) Draw the outline map of India  on a card board with clear demarcation of mountains,  plateaus & ghats
2) Stick cotton fibres onto the outline map with boiled slurry of starch according to the relative heights of different physical features
3) The Western and the Eastern Ghats are portrayed well with thick mats of cotton fibres on either side of the plateau

4) Likewise white cotton fibres are spread and stuck as differently elevated cushiony units for depicting the Himalayas as the snow laden mountains in the north. Plateaus too are attempted.
5) Let the whole set up dry for a while
6) Ghats, plateaus and rivers are coloured differently as distinct features
I wish other students too to follow the suit in making such models during leisure hours!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Creative to Click Photos

We can imagine the world without going around it. We can dream of the cosmic world without peeping into it. But we can neither imagine nor dream of the creative instincts hidden deep in the young minds.

I've got a few photos from Mr. Prem Das. The images are an exemplification of the imagination of his younger daughter,  Swetha. I am amazed to see her imagination in her images. I already published some of her works titled "Swetha's Budding Creativity", a few weeks back. She's got a lot of appreciation from different circles. And she's still getting.

She's written a caption about these photo. "In the morning the Sun is in my hands,  in the evening the Moon can be in my hands.  When will be the Earth too?" What could be her aspirations, one has to guess?
(Please don't miss to write your comments to encourage children )

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Quilling - Floral Designs from Scrap Paper

Children can create marvellous things even out of scrap paper, what we call this art form "quilling" or "paper filigree". It's an age-old art form. Give them some space, time and opportunity they prove it. They have many creative thoughts but not sufficient encouragement and patronage to go ahead.

Afrin who is now studying 7th class showed me a small card with a beautiful design on it. First of all I thought that that's a design fabricated from some plastic material. When I touched it, it seemed to be some paper. She also agreed that she had created it out of scrap or quilling paper.

I asked her to explain how she had done it. She said that she had taken a card paper and cut it into a rectangular shape. She kept it aside. She cut quilling papers of different colours into narrow strips of varying lengths. She curled, looped, rolled, and twisted the paper into variable shapes and sizes. Some strips were linearly stuck  to the sheet as the stems of the twig. Circularly rolled papers or coils were decorated as flowers, elliptical ones as leaves and so on. She stuck kundans  here and there to give a striking apppearance. The finishing job was done by pinching, tweezing and by using a good quality glue available in the market. Thanks for the creative job!

She along with Aswitha and Puja has created many more models like earrings or drops earrings and pendants. They would like to use them for making attractive greeting cards,  or as gifts to their friends.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Pencil Drawings

Abdul Rahman and Praneeth are of different talents. While the former one draws pictures the later one colours them. Such of two products have been sent to me recently. One is about the natural life and the other about the sweating life of a farmer. 

In the first drawing they compare the life of a baby deer with their own. They depict the freedom of a baby deer in pristine,  natural environments, far away from their polluted, noisy and ever-busy concrete jungles.
In the second drawing they try to explain how the farmer sacrifices his day to day happy living to make the consumers always content and happy.

QUIZ PROGRAMME by Sai Yasaswini

K Sai Yasaswini, 8th Class,  requested me to allow her conduct a small quiz contest between a group of boys and a group of girls. She was so enthusiatic and energetic that I could not say "no", but "yes".

She had stood up, and with my nod, moved forward to stand In front of the two groups with a piece of chalk and a duster to write the score of both the teams on the board. She started asking questions to both the teams in turns. She mixed both easy and difficult questions to satisfy slow learners and to confuse intelligent ones.

At the end it so happened that the score of both the teams became equal. To decide the winners she tossed a coin, the coin was in favour of the girls team. Some of the questions she asked are given hereunder.

1) By what cotton is made of?
2) Who was the first person to set foot on the Moon?
3) Give the name of a fish which can fly.
5) Which subject deals with the study of development of gardens?
6) Which country is called as "the land of the midnight Sun?"
7) Which language is used extensively on the internet?
8) Where is the Mt. Kilimanjaro located?
9) If FOX is coded as GHPQYZ then how is BOAT coded?
10) Which is the capital city of France?
Winners : Girls Group
Answers: 1) Cellulose; 2) Neil Armstrong;  3) Red fire fish; 4) Horticulture;  5) Norway; 6) English;  7) Tanzania; 8) CDPQBCUV; 9) Euro; 10) Paris

Fabric Painting Craft

Craft is an artistic skill to make things by hand. Mixing of colours on a white cloth gives an attractive look to the fabric. Cloth painting is done by using fevicryl paints to give unique design to the cloth. Reddy Theerthani (Parents: M Seema Rani & M Ravindranath Reddy) explains how she has created the following design.

"I have taken a cloth of 10 cm X 10 cm. I have stitched around it. I have taken a paint brush and drawn a design. Then I have slightly rubbed over the wet paint with a sponge and a toothbrush.  The paint has spread to give light and dark shades. I have decorated it with fevicryl colours and kundans"

Though Reddy is a novice to this art she enjoys it doing. The kind of creative temper in her is fascinating.  She would like to continue this kind of creative things whenever she gets leisure time. Thanks to her efforts. 


Some children are borne genius.  They are gifted with the immense power of IQ and agility. If planning and systemic work is added to this inborn qualities the success will come in its own way.

Here's an example for conducting a quiz programme.  Quiz competitions are common, but the approach selected by this little quiz master is quite different.  He brought 4 slips with him with alphabets A, B, C & D. Out of these four, two slips had easy to answer questions and two with difficult to answer questions.  He asked both the groups to pick out any two slips out of the four. He put the slips folded separately. Each group had to pick out one slip from easy questionnaire and another from the difficult one.

His intention was that no one should be disappointed or depressed after participating in the contest. Atleast a few questions can be answered by all categories of children and get encouragement.  Thanks to this approach. But participants should worry and continue to acquire knowledge after facing some difficult questions.

Following questions were asked in the quiz programme:

1) Who is the missile man of India?
2) Which country has the highest Muslim population?
3) Where is the Dal Lake located?
4) Give the smallest number that can be expressed into 2 sums of 2 numbers.
5) Give the colours of rings in Olympic symbol in sequence.
6) You suppose that you have 59 cubes. What is the minimum number of cubes required to be taken out to make a complete cubic block?
7) Who is the first woman leaders of Taiwan?
8) Name the first Indian to join ICS?
9) If a doctor gives 6 pills and asks to take each pill every half an hour.  How much time it would take all the 6 pills?
10) If a man takes 3 minutes to eat 6 apples, how much time it takes for 4 men to eat 12 apples?
11) If a man can carry 3 bottles at a time, how many trips he has to make to carry 11 bottles to the shop that is 10 M away from his home?
12) When did Tsunami attack Japan recently?
13) Why is it easy to swim in sea rather than in a river?
14) Which is the first zoo of the World?
15) How many capital cities are there in India?
16) Which Indian got the first Nobel Prize?
17) Expand KFC.
18) Which is the capital city of Belgium?
Winners: Boys group

Answers :
1) APJ Abdul Kalam; 2) Indonesia; 3) Kashmir;  4) Ramanujan number 10 cube 19 cube; 5) blue, yellow, black, green, red; 6) 32; 7) Tsai Ing-wen; 8) Satyendranath Tagore; 9) 2 hours 30 minute; 10) 9 minutes; 11) 4 trips; 12) March 11, 2011; 13) Sea water has more density than river water; 14) Schonbrunn, Vienna; 15) 27; 16) CV Raman; 17) Kentucky Fried Chicken;  18) Brussels

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Zoo Park Model

It's a known fact that children love nature. They love nature full of green trees, colourful and fragrant flowers, singing birds and wandering animals all around. But children have no safe access to any wild jungle. They have only one choice to enjoy it a little bit by visiting some zoo park, that's also once a while when they get summer vacations. 

Their interest motivate them to create a model where they can dream of having all that natural grandeur.  Afrin and her youngerbrother Musharaf are not different from other children who love the nature to its fullest extent.

For the science fare at their school they planned to create a model for zoo. But it's a costly affair. But will-power showed a path to reduce the cost. They collected a few hundred ice-cream sticks,  thermocoal from packing material and colours to start their model.

They explain the procedure for creating this beautiful model of zoo hereunder.
" 1) We have collected about 400 ice-cream sticks
2) We have made the rectangular base by placing sticks side by side and one above the other in 12 layers by sticking them together with glue.
3) Above the base we raised a boundary wall on four sides and partition walls with sticks by piling and gluing them one above the other.
4) Likewise we have created 10 chambers for housing different kinds of plastic animals.

5) To make a little bit natural  we have put a thin layer of sand as the substratum for the tiny animals.
6) Created mini trees out of thermocoal and placed them along the pathways and in front.
7) We have prepared and placed 2 boards on either side of the entrance displaying  "WELCOME" and "VISIT AGAIN".
8) We have made and placed "NATIONAL ZOO PARK" arch over the entrance",

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Farmer, the Backbone of the World

We live in such a place that every family is either a farming family or the one with relatives engaged in farming activities. So naturally every child here is an observer of farming and its leader, the farmer. Children know the condition of farmers around them. They know how they get benefited from farmers. This all we can understand from a little poem written and a picture drawn by Keerthi,  9th class. The attitude she shows towards the farmer is heart-rending.

She writes that the farmer is one who has patience both to do hard work and also to bear losses due to indecisive prices, unknown and unpredicted disasters. But we all survive only because of these qualities possessed by the farmer. Thanks to her genuine perception! 

Wherever the fields
You are there my dear farmer!
Wherever you have stood
There has been a world full of food
You do hard work to make us grow
And to keep us healthy
You are the symbol of patience
You are the backbone of the World's  nations
You are the donor whatever be the price
You are the loser whenever the disaster strikes

Wednesday, 30 March 2016


The day on which the English Learners Association was inaugurated some students expressed their opinion to have a logo for the Association.  No sooner had they expressed than Mr. Mohith, a 9th class student, promised to make a logo for the purpose. Within a week period of time he has sent this logo. After doing some slight modifications it has been adapted forthwith. 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Wall Frames

It's common that most of the children enjoy eating ice-cream. But K. Sandhya, 8th Standard student, enjoys creating wall frames and other crafts from left over ice-cream sticks, scrap paper, etc.

She collected several such sticks and turned them into beautiful frames. Her experimental creativity got a fillip one day. One fine morning she enjoyed making hanging wall frames to decorate her drawing room. In the process she took 4 ice cream sticks and arranged them into a square. She had taken another stick and pasted it a little bit above the first one (that's placed the stick on both sides). She placed some more sticks slightly above and higher than the former ones (on both the sides). She covered the empty spaces with some more sticks. A single stick is placed in the middle of the frame.

After this she had turned the set up around  and pasted the vertical sticks first and later the horizontal sticks together (into the square). She had left a gap in the frame to insert or change photos. Finally she coloured, pasted with a few bits of scrap paper and  decorated with beads to give extra attractive look to the frame. 

The wall frame was ready.  Then she had tied a thread on both the ends of the frame and hanged it down from the wall. Likewise she has made a few frames to decorate the wall around with beautiful  flower pictures, inserted within.

Monday, 28 March 2016


One of my old students has sent me a poem written a few years back by him about the protection of nature. He has personified the cloud to make a complaint against the destructive nature of human being.  The floating clean cloud becomes acidified due to release of toxic gases into the atmosphere and also due to cutting down of trees, which otherwise might have purified water vapour in the air. The acid rain from the cloud will inturn harm the human beings and other living creatures.


Oh! you a little human
Me the cloud floating in the sky
I'm telling the pathetic plight of mine
I'm giving you rain, you are giving me pain
I'm growing forests, but you are cutting them off
Oh! you little human
I'm giving you water, but you are giving me acid
You are destroying nature, your mother earth!
You are killing your dear colleagues
When will you change?
Oh! you little human
why are you doing this?
This is your day
Tomorrow is mine
Oh! you little human change your mind
By Venkat Kashyap Varma (IX B section 2013-14)
dedicated to my mother, mother nature and mother land.....

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Swetha's Budding Creativity

A few years back it happened to me to visit Mr. Premdas who is my colleague and friend. He showed some of the beautiful drawings,  paintings and crafts done by his two daughters. Till then I hadn't known of their creativity. They get a lot of guidance from her dad who is also an artist. Her mother Mrs. Sajitha too is encouraging.  The younger daughter, Swetha who is now studying 6th class, never feels leisure either at school or at home. Whenever she gets free time she thinks of doing something creative. Her dad has now sent me some images depicting her budding talent. 

My Dear Friends!

Whenever a child comes across a friend it forgets even her parents. Indeed friends are so dear to children.  But sometimes they form their opinions towards their friends too. Likewise  P.J. Pooja Sri who is studying 8th class expresses her perception about some friends who bullies and hurts others just for the sake of fun.  She says that friends shoud be generous enough to soothe even the paining hearts. She has a brother named PJ Harish. Her parents are Smt J Gayathri & Sri PM Jayakumar.


Don't make your friends so sad
By acting yourself so bad
It may be a simple fun for you
But it's a hell for the one at you
Don't pierce through anyone's heart
Instead soothe it through your generous act
Hearts are more sensible than flowers
Friends should be there as protective covers
Friends are not expected to trouble
That intensifies the pain to double
As the protective covers are torne
The unexpected horrible pain can't be borne
Always do good to friends if you can
No problem even if you can  do none
Don't make your friends so sad
By acting yourself so bad

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

My Dear Life

Children seem to have a lot of value towards their lives. This I have come to know from K. Jyothsna, daughter of Smt. K. Padmaja & Sri K. Nagamohan Redy. She is now studying 9th class. She has expressed her inner voice in the form of a light poem but with a strong opinion. She says that nothing is dearer than her life to her. Money is not greater than her life. Even respect needs a life to be observed.


Hist! Listen to me ....
Life is so dear to me!
Is there anything better  to me?
More than that of my life to me
It's great that's my good fate
It's precious and so gracious
Nothing is greater than my life to me
That's how my life is to me
I give so much respect to my  life
That's how I get respect throughout my life
Money is merely a medium of exchange
I can't exchange it for my life
My life is the ray of hope for me
Spreading its rays through out is must for me

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Brightstars Scope

It's a very amazing and interesting that a few students from 8th and 9th classes had met and requested me to convene a meeting as an opportunity to widen the scope of their learning process. I had no other choice but to accept their humble request.
As per my promise I went to the school and found that hardly one or two students were there. Anyhow after a while a few more students joined them. Atlast the programme began. They asked me, "What should we do now, Sir?". I told them to be divided into two groups and discuss whatever the topics they would like to talk, but in English only.
I was a mere passive spectator. The students seemed to be discussing a lot. They finally came up with some points noted on a paper. I was amazed to find that they had prepared a long list of points indicating their scope; as a future strategy to enhance their skills in a myriad of fields, besides academic studies.

The scope of our Bright Stars is as follows:

1) Perpetual efforts to improve English conversation skills at home, on the way to school and in school.
2) To prepare and conduct quiz competitions on English and General Knowledge
3) To conduct  essay writing, elocution and drawing  competitions
4) To conduct debates on burning topics or current issues
5) To prepare weekly posters
6) To have mock conversations and interviews
7) To prepare ans show power point presentations
8) To publish creative drawings, pictures, interesting photos and crafts on my blog
9) To have problem, brain-teaser or riddle solving sessions
10) To present a review of important weekly or fortnightly news items along with some strange facts


Sai Rupesh (9th Std)
S. Muni Dhanush (9th Std)
R. Mohith Kumar (9th Std)
A. Kushaal (9th Std)
S. Fareeda (9th Std)
P. Bhargavi (9th Std)
Sandhya (8th Std)
Thaswin (8th Std)
Reddy Yamini (8th Std)
Varshitha (8th Std)
Nishitha (8th Std)
Laxmi Prasanna (8th Std)
I am very thankful to these students to give me the opportunity of heading their meet.