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[5 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 28 views]

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Books, CrazyWorld, Story Telling »

[30 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 557 views]

Finally, I ate it anyway!
You wonder why kids love Barbara Park.

Events, Headline, Parenting »

[27 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 774 views]
Parents, Leave Us Alone This Summer

Summer is here and so are all the tempting summer camp invitations pasted next to staircases and elevators. Now summer camps used to be fun. Like everything else which used to be fun we revisit the very notion of summer camp and ask big question in our internet-addicted times. Are summer camps still fun for kids?

Books, Events, Featured, Parenting, Story Telling »

[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 976 views]
Events: Stones2Milestones – Summer Affair 2012

Event: Stones2Milestones – Summer Affair 2012
Where: Multiple places in Bangalore. www.stones2milestones.com
When: April, 2012 – May 2012

The camp will be at following places:
1.Stones2milestones Centre:482/57, Behind Akme Harmony, Near Trinity Meadows Road.
Date: 9th of April to 30th April.
Age group: 5 to 8 years
9 to 12 years.
Timings : 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our centre.
2.The Bright Beginnings Pre –School: Green Glen Layout, …

Books, Events, Featured »

[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 816 views]
Events: READING BUG – Summer Reading Program 2012 at Treasurehouse, Hyderabad

Event: READING BUG – Summer Reading Program 2012 at Treasurehouse, Hyderabad
Where: Treasure House, Hyderabad.
When: April 15, 2012 – May31, 2012
The reading bug summer program is designed by Anitha Ramkumar of utbtkids fame. They have many programs to choose from depending on the age of the child and their reading interests. More details here and here.

Causes, Crafts, Events, Featured, Headline »

[23 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 659 views]
Event: Story Telling by Tulika Author Alankrita Jain

Events are great way to introduce kids to new books and similar adventures. At MyToyStory we will be following events happening all over India. Our aim is to highlight good quality events and spread their story. If you are planning any event related to kids, crafts, apps or books then please let us know. Our submit form is not ready yet but you can use comment section in the meantime.

Causes »

[24 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 4,060 views]
Child Sexual Abuse in Cyber World. Just Cannot Ignore!

Bunch of blogger friends are hosting a month long initiative on child sexual abuse awareness. Please visit the site, support and spread the word. Do your bit for your child.

We like it or not, we have stepped into times where the line between the virtual and physical world is getting blur. Online sexual abuse is on the rise and is as damaging as physical abuse. When I talked to friends about this initiative, was surprised to hear how they completely overlook online abuse. These friends, who are otherwise …

Apps »

[6 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 3,704 views]

Kidosphere has launched a useful app for preschoolers. An iPad app to help kids familiarize with Hindi consonants and their sounds. Kids can doodle to practice writing. App also comes with 2 games bundled. One to recognize the beginning sound of a word and another puzzle to familiarize with the order of the alphabets.
This app is free to download. As always, we would love to hear from you and your kids.
Video Demo –

 

Crafts »

[24 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 3,589 views]

The theme for one of the Sunday’s reading/crafts session we did back in August was Reuse/Recycle/Reduce. We started the session by reading this book – Chasing the Plastic Pisach by Pratham Books. We followed the reading session by making a paper basket out of newspaper strips and out of cereal cartons. In a repeat session, we made another basket with a LOT of glue and magazine strips ( post to follow ).
 
What you need:
One hour’s time, newspaper OR cereal cartons, stapler, paint, patience and a lot of excitement.

How …

Books, Events »

[22 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 2,961 views]

Excellent write up on the role of picture books in child development, by Lori Calabrese at The Children’s Book Review site.
Some points I could completely identify with:

-Picture books are multi-sensory, which aids a child’s growing mind and stimulates their imagination.
-The repetition in many picture books allows a child to participate in the story.
-Children love art.
-The illustrations of a picture book help children understand what they are reading and allow young readers to analyze the story.
-Chapter books are not necessarily more complex than picture books and in fact, their vocabulary …

Books, Events »

[16 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,831 views]

Inventory of books bought from the Bangalore Book Festival 2010. We have read, read and read in the last couple of days. These books have been accompanying us everywhere, to the park, to friends house and to the school even! A handful of books already missing, apparently they have been given to their friends!
National Book trust
Pratham Books
Tulika Books
eAppu and some adhoc books
Thanks to SaffronTree, I had read a lot of reviews on NBT books. Obviously picked up a whole lot, luckily the walking talking encyclopedia happened to be there …

Books, Events »

[7 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 3,041 views]

The eighth edition of the Bangalore Book Festival starts on November 12th @ Palace Grounds. It is a 10 day feast, with publishers and distributors from all over the country participating. The festival also claims to host entertainment programmes, book reading sessions and author meets.
 Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindonfire/3956865159/in/photostream/
 
via The Hindu

Over a million titles under various categories and languages will be displayed in more than 300 stalls during the 10-day Bangalore Book Festival (BBF). The fest is expected to attract more than two lakh people. The country’s biggest publishers, distributors, exporters …

Books »

[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 4,769 views]

Printable flash cards of Hindi consonants.
Also available as a free iPad app on app store – http://www.mytoystory.com/2011/03/06/hindi-consonants-ipad-app-on-app-store/
If the embed does not work, click here to download and print.

Books, Events »

[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,442 views]

If you haven’t visited

Crafts »

[17 Oct 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,640 views]

As part of the Sunday reading/crafts session I do, we tried “cooking” play dough. Must say this was such a super hit, the kids are asking for repeat session already.

Goal was to make the kids measure, mix, feel the texture, observe the texture change from coarse to smooth. And of course the glow on the kids faces when they start mixing color to the cooked playdough and see it all coming through after patiently waiting for 15 minutes!
 
There are about a million sites talking play-dough recipe, and here …