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",