MIGHTY MUMS MEET UP

June 23rd, along with various mom bloggers of in and around Delhi, the little one and I were invited to this super interesting event held by Palmers India and hosted by Funderland India.

Before I begin with the how abouts of the event, I’d like to draw your attention to how much fun my little chap had and I’m so glad we were a part of this event.

The reason for this happiness is the gala time we had at this indoor play area. Funderland not only impressed me with its facilities but also how warm the staff is. Every wish that was made by either the moms or the kids, was immediately fulfilled, thanks to the co-owner and Senior MD – Mr. Mayank Aggarwal, who made it a point to personally look after each and every one of our requirements.

What I liked most about Funderland is its hygiene (socks only policy) as soon as you enter the place and how they have divided the area for various activities so thoughtfully.

Seeing a ball pool the moment we entered the place made my little one so excited, he pulled his shoes off and dived into it immediately. A lovely carousel, tattoo artist, trampoline are few of the many activities available to keep the little ones occupied for hours. The kinetic sand pool kept him hooked for the longest time, post which the tattoo artist grabbed his attention and I felt free-er than ever. The staff is so courteous, they took care of him while I was busy with the moms meet up.

I also cant miss talking about the scrumptious snacks and meals we were offered during the course of the event, with extremely sincere staff who thoughtfully planned the meals to the T such that the moms and kids both could enjoy the same meal. The best part, they had the oreo shake for the kids and yum cold coffee for mums, that took my heart.

Not to forget the fact that Funderland has so much to do in the most reasonable prices and also some great deals for kids birthday parties and get togethers.

Apart from so much for the kiddo, there was a lot more for me too. Palmers, a brand that most moms are well aware of, especially during our pregnancies, introduced some new range of products. We have used their cocoa butter and stretch marks cream as a saviour during our pregnancy but what interested me here was the skin therapy oil. Loaded with vitamin E it heals problem skin with dark spots and lines and wrinkles, a must have for anyone above 30. Palmers was so generous with gifting all moms and kids goodie boxes with so lovely shampoos, lotions, conditioners and what not. All this is easily available on the Nykaa.com website.

If all that wasn’t enough, the gorgeous Dr Mahima Bakshi was there to chit chat with the moms discussing our pregnancies and diet and skin care related issues. She introduced her new book called Birthing Naturally, which is available on amazon.in and I’m sure is a great buy for expecting moms considering how well versed she is with the subject, being a lactation consultant too.

For more deets about any of the above, please refer to –

www.palmersindia.comwww.funderland.co.in

The earth has music, for those who listen

A very essential part of our daily schedule is being in green surroundings. My mini is one wild child and can not call it day without being at the parks at least once per day.

Why it is essential to take kids to the natural surroundings more than indoor play areas?

Primarily, because there is so much to learn and gain from nature. Kids improve and build their fine motor skills, observations, creativity, imaginative thinking, problem solving so much better when they are left to play in natural surroundings. No books/ educational toys can ever teach a child what a hands-on experience with nature can.

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Although we are not morning people at all, we have switched to visit the gardens early morning instead of/including the evenings because we feel that the early morning sun and fresh air do so much to improvise us.

Keeping little minds occupied

Moms have to undergo a tremendous predicament each day to maintain the planners of their kids’ day to day lives.

My two year old is an absolutely over-active child and I need to look for several ways to keep him occupied. Baby K loves toys but his interest in them is very short lived. The weather these days isn’t very supportive either, so it becomes even more important to look for ideas to keep him busy indoors and also to simultaneously make him learn something new each day.

Here is a list some of the activities that can keep your little ones occupied and hooked. You can pick whatever you feel can be useful for the age group of your child and alter them as per your ideas:

  1. Colours – sort 4 different colour of legos. Colour 4 plates with red, blue, green and yellow colours each. Teach the kids to sort the lego colours and put in respective plates and sort according to colours. You can change the colours and use something else in place of legos once they learn this set of colours.
  2. Sounds – half fill plastic containers with lentils/ marbles. The sound the container makes when rolled on the floor seems very entertaining to kids. It strangely keeps my little one busy for several minutes at a stretch.
  3. Pom-poms through a tube – I saw this on teachingmama.org and found it very interesting. Tape an empty kitchen roll tube and give your kid pom-poms to drop through the tube. Kids spend a lot of time collecting the pom-poms from the floor and putting them back through the tube again.
  4. Cognitive – use a matching card game with kids. Give the baby a card and tell them to find the matching one from the rest of the cards. I like ‘DITTO’. You can look for a similar game. You can use something as basic homemade colour cards if your child is too small for complex ones.
  5. Motor skills – Make 3 bags/ boxes each one full of basic household items. Believe me kids love household items more than expensive toys. I use pen caps, switch boards, lock and key, balls, paper cups, animal toys, playing cards etc and give a different one to your child for each day. Hide the other two, this way it doesn’t get monotonous and they find something to keep them hooked for pretty long.
  6. Sensory – give them a variety of food each day to play with. This improves their sense of texture and touch. You can do this while making the child sit in a playing mat or their dinner chair to avoid creating a mess throughout the house. Also, preferably do this activity before bath time.

Please make sure that during these activities you child is always under supervision.