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2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids

Here I have put together 2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids.

Summers bring forth fond memories of school break, vacation to the hometown, the idle hot afternoons and waiting for the evening snacks and drinks by mom. What to do when “You” are that mom, who the kids wait for to prepare scrumptious dishes??

I often call my mom to check for my favourite recipes of her. I can never match up to her level of cooking, however I do often try her recipes.

I have put here a few summer drink recipes, aampanna (from my mom’s notes) is my favourite out of these.

 

1.Plum and pear smoothie
Take a plum and a pear cut it into small pieces and put it in your blender. Add 1 cup of yogurt and blend to a smooth consistency. You may add date syrup if it lacks desired sweetness and you have a healthy between the meals drink ready for your child.

2.Aam panna

Summers are incomplete without this king of fruits! Enjoyed ripe as it is or as mango juice/smoothie and raw in Indian chaats, pickles and in Aam-panna. Here I have a simple no sugar Aam-panna recipe.

Take 2 raw mangoes, pressure cook them in a 2ltr cooker (2-3 whistles) let it cool. Separate peel from the pulp.Blend the pulp with 3 table spoons of jaggery, 1 teaspoon of roasted jeera (cumin) powder and 1 tea spoon of kala namak. You can also blend in some mint leaves. Other things that can be added to enhance the flavour are chat Masala and black pepper powder.

Add 1 cup water and refrigerate. You can use 1 portion of this aampanna with water just when you need to serve. It is a refreshing summer drink.

  1. Watermelon n Lime juice – My son’s favourite and mine too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 1 cup of cut watermelon, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, few pinches of kala namak (a type of pungent rock salt used in Asia). Blend these in your blender and you are done. You can strain the juice, I don’t strain it as we love the small fruit chunks.

 

  1. Banana and oats smoothie

This simple 2 minutes recipe is not only easy and quick, but also full of energy and nutrition.

Take 1/3rd cup oats, 1cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt , 1 banana, 1 Tbsp roasted flaxseed, for flavour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or elaichi (cardamom) powder.

Blend all of the above ingredients and serve. You could create variants of this recipe by changing the fruits as per your little one’s preference.

Hope you liked these simple and easy ideas as much as I liked bringing them to you; now hoping that your little one too relishes these tasty drinks.

Please try and share your feedback here! 🙂

This Blogpost is a part of #Baby_Toddlerfoodblogtrain hosted by Deepali of myteenytot Anisha of momzdiary and Danisha of lovethatyoucanbuy.

40 Mom bloggers from all across the globe have come together with some amazing baby/toddler food ideas just for you, hop on to this blogtrain and create magic in your kitchen! Also, do not forget to check this wonderful mom who introduced me in this train- Upasana, mom to Maithili who blogs about her experiences at momandmaithili.

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How to select a playschool or Pre-school- Quick Guide For Parents


Why would you write a post on selecting a school, someone asked me. Well that someone has kids who are my age and that someone doesn’t know the challenges that we face. 

 

Being an army kid, my parents had to move cities every 2-3 years, which meant changing schools that often. Was it difficult? Well no, it was rather like a cake walk, easier for them than for me. Fewer schools, even fewer boards and our safest bet was a KV(Kendriya Vidyalaya) or an Army School. Things have changed drastically and choosing a school is as crucial and as confusing as making a career choice. 

 

Before move further, let us first know what exactly a play school is? A playschool as you may have guessed, is an informal set-up where a child learns through play. Pre-school is a term often interchangeably used with playschool. However, preschool is from 3 years to 5 years before a child starts his formal education at 6 years of age. A play school can start as early as 1.5years of age. 

 

Parents are flustered just by the thought of leaving their tiny baby in a play school or Pre-school, all by herself. They are confronted by many fears.  Here are a few things that you may look at before finalising a play school or a Pre-school for your child.

 

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Bugs And The Bunny- Brushing Time Story

I love how motherhood gets the best out of us.  It brings out so many talents that we never knew existed within us.

With the birth of my little one, I have become a clown, a writer, a better and more innovative cook, a not so great photographer and yes, a storyteller.

I have suddenly developed this talent of weaving quick yet interesting stories, I love the magic spell they cast on my toddler and how he looks at me with his mouth agape.

Trying to get your toddler to brushing his teeth? Tired of all the coaxing, running and failing yet again?

Well, I may not have a jaadu ki chhadi  (magic wand), but I do have this little story that gets my tiny monster to brush his teeth, though not always.

Here it goes..

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Interesting Summer Break Activities For Kids

Our kids take us back to our own childhood. Summers are approaching and I can’t stop thinking about how as a child I would wait for the summer break and that long 2-3 days train journey to my native place, a tiny town in Uttarakhand, where relatives and cousins doted on us. We would gang up and go for short treks, put on fire in the woods and cook maggi, we climbed trees and made dishes and toys out of clay(mitti)

Times have changed and our kids probably won’t experience what we did, however our attempt should always be to engage them constructively and let them be close to nature.

If you have no extravagant plans for this summer holiday or you are unable to take your kids to their granparents home, here are a few things that you can surely do to add fun and value to their summer break.

1. Gardening-  A brand new toy may give instant joy but an activity such as gardening will have an everlasting impact on your child.
You do not necessarily need a huge garden space, a small balcony with few pots can do the works too.

Try taking your kids to the nursery and engage them while you buy stuff for preparing your garden. Talk to them about flowers, bees and butterflies and about seeds and vegetables. Buy seeds as well as a few plants. Try including season specific flowers,fruits/ vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes etc. and herbs like basil, mint, ajwain and curry leaves.

You could also consider trying the famous “touch-me-not plant” (mimosa pudica or chhui-mui). Then there are other plants like tulips and hibiscus that have flowers blooming during the day and closing during the nights. Including these in your plants will keep the interest and curiosity piqued.

You could buy seeds online from Amazon too, checkout the link here

A mini landscaped garden on a large tray or tub will not only make your kid ecstatic but will also accentuate your balcony or terrace.

Upcycling old dishes, wine bottles etc to keep plants is a good idea as well. Tyres and old shoes too can be used for plants. Succulents would look lovely planted in boots or in your worn out stilletoes.

Let your kid’s creativity take over, trust me you’ll be surprised with the ways they think and things they can create.
Get them into a ritual of watering and weeding the plants.
The sheer joy of seeing a flower bloom or a new fruit come to life is inexplicable, let them experience it.

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Eco friendly Return Gift ideas

What is a birthday party without party favours or return gifts? Kids look forward to bday parties for 2 reasons; 1. The Cake 2. Return Gifts
Last year we celebrated our son’s birthday the eco friendly way.  It was pretty doable, from décor to return gifts, all was either wood, paper or cloth.
You can check out the post here.  I am always on a look out for sustainable gifting options and hence this post on eco-friendly return gift ideas. Some of which I have personally tried and tested!

1. Piggy bank- A ceramic or wooden piggy bank. Piggy banks or Gullaks as we would call it have been one of my priced possessions all through my childhood and teenage years and that is what precisely I chose as party favours for my son’s first birthday party. The Gullak (piggybank) was a wooden house shaped box with lock and key. I sourced these from Sarahanpur in Uttar Pradesh known for artisans making brass and wooden artefacts and furniture. The gift was super-hit, everybody loved it.

2. A sapling or a plant with a pot- for Little A’s second birthday. I had a mix of return gifts. For kid’s above 3, I chose plants like ajwain, mint, tulsi etc and gave a pot separately, with a message ” plant me, water me and watch me grow”.  The plant was given separately so that kids can engage in potting exercise and take ownership, learn to nurture, watch it and relate to the lifecycle of plants and what is required for them to grow.

3. Wooden puzzles/toys- Unlike plastic toys, wooden toys last longer and look better.
There are few Indian brands selling wooden toys puzzles etc.  I have written a dedicated post on why we prefer wooden toys, you can check it here .

Also my personal favourites are Chanapatna toys. Chanapatna toys are wooden toys made in the town of Chanapatna near Bangalore. Channapatna is also known as GOMBEGALA OORU ( toy-town) of Karnataka. The toys are handcrafted and have a unique appeal to them, these can be used as art pieces or just as toys to play with.

Chanapatna kitchen set

For kids under 3 years I chose to give wooden puzzles/puzzle books and regular books. I bought puzzles from “little fingers at work” they have great variety of educational toys that are also reasonably priced. You can find more about them at their website. 

4. Small Terrariums or a Terrarium “make and take ” activity. – Terranium is a sealable glass container having soil and plants, the container can be opened for regular maintenance. These look wonderful, though slightly expensive these  can make a perfect return gift. Check this post to know about different varieties of terrarium and how they aren’t so difficult to make. Bigger Terrarium can make a good b’day/ house warming gifting option too.

image credits- whatagreenlife.com 

5. Craft kits- Craft kits are always a hit with moms and kids alike. You could gift a quilling set, DIY craft set for making paper bags/envelopes or just a kit with variety of craft supplies for open ended work. We absolutely adored the craft kit that we recently got in a party.

6. Terracotta clay with steel moulds or cutters- I love how clay can take any form, terracotta clay is natural as it is sourced from the riverbeds and prepared to produce various articles. It can be baked for strength or just used as it is. You can now buy terracotta clay at Amazon too.

The cutters can be bought at snapdeal or amazon. I found these at a throw away price for a set of 20 cutters. (click here )
You could alternatively buy cookie cutters and give 2 each to a kid along with some (250/500gms) clay and paint.

Here is a picture of me with my amateurish work at handbuilding pottery, I find working with clay therapeutic, you can tell that from the smile on my face in the this picture.

7. Books to choose from- You could keep 2-3 sets of different books and have the kids choose one from them.

8. Cloth hand puppets or dolls – hand puppets and cloth dolls look really cute and can be used as props for story narration and for pretend play. Not only the kids will love it, your mommy friends will love it too.

9. Plush toys – keep a counter/table with a placard saying “adopt a friend” and have 2-3 varieties of plush/soft toys, the kids can choose one and take it home as a return gift. The fibres used for a soft toy may not be natural, however it is better than giving plastic toys/tiffins/boxes that would soon break

10. Gardening kit- The real learning happens outdoors and there is nothing better than growing your own garden. Sowing the seeds of greener practices early on in life will have a positive impact on little ones. A gardening kit makes a great gift for young kids aged above 3. 

 A gardening kit for kids may include Rake, shovel etc, include a pack of seeds too to complete it.
These were 10 eco friendly gifts that I could think of, if you have anything in mind please do share here in comments.

The purpose of your gift will fail if you choose to give it in a plastic bag, try to use eco-friendly packaging for your return gifts. We have been using home made newspaper bags and for heavier gifts repurposed clothbags ( made from my old kurtas and pyjamas). I am going to do a dedicated post on packaging gifts the eco-friendly way!!

 

 

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