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What the heck do kids learn outdoors?

For fun they played in snow
In pain they cried in snow
The contrast taught them a lesson which they don’t realize now

Take your kids to the great outdoors and face the elements, let them handle the inconveniences and they will quickly stop crying and start thinking solutions.

You can’t give them anything better as a parent… Anything.
    
what the heck do kids learn outdoors?

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What do you want to be? happily rich? or richly happy?

What do you want to be? happily rich? or richly happy?

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kids’ saplings

Its important they plant seeds and then grow their understanding of nature along with the sprouts and saplings 🙂

kids' sapplings

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bug day at Randall Museum, SFO

Its important to teach your kids something about bugs, what are harmless and what are harmful etc. Thanks to the Randall Museum in SFO, we had a fun day with lot of infotainment. Add that to all our outdoor time and I am sure my kids would have their curiosities answered and still be safe…

Of course each bug is a lesson whether its biting your neck or breaking your code ;):P

hand-crafted Bug Crowns 🙂

bug day
 

The real Tarantula is hide sleeping in grass but the one you see in the box is only the shell he just shed:
bug day

 

One harmless scorpion.. believe me!

bug day
 

the common beetle:

bug day
 

larvae will never be disgusting again:

bug day
 

Its the daddy beetle who carries all the eggs around:

bug day
 

 Not indoor plants, they are all carnivorous hunters:

bug day
 

 This cone shaped death trap is probably the most misguiding:

bug day
 

 Not all beauty is naive, it eats a bug alive and slow:

bug day
 

 Spot the snake:

bug day
 

 Thats the first time I saw a birdie skeleton:

bug day
 

 and a tortoise one too:

bug day

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real time lessons

Daddy is painting after a long time 🙂 and his brief 5-minute lesson on drawing real time objects looks overly simple on paper but kids picked it up quickly and they even started drawing objects that are NOT displayed… If only you appreciate how difficult it is to imagine something in your mind and put it on paper whether its a painting or a write-up that you will spend those 5 minutes with your kids and give them a certain opportunity to open a new door in their minds 🙂

Its never too early to buy them easels..

Daddy's real-time-drawing lesson

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unintentionally emotional blackmail :)


My kid innocently said:

Naannaa! Today after taking bath, I went to Puja room and chanted the sloka ‘Shuklam Bharadham…’ and then asked the Elephant God to give me ‘skating boots, helmet, walkie-talkie and binoculars’.

Daddy laughed his heart out but fainted with responsibility and of course happy (i) seeing him ask all outdoorsy items; (ii) that my kid’s correlation of his toys to be a grant of God;

Ain’t this the daily dose of warmth that is worth writing in my life book? 🙂  Whatz yours today?


 

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Imagination is everything

imagination is everythingThis is not any modern art but my 5 year old kid told me that its a picture of a big mountain in a “national park” (yes he said ‘national park’) where a spaceship crash landed making a big hole in the earth with fumes coming out, then a bear came and scratched all its surface (probably out of curiosity or food smell)… i am struck with his description and felt happy that I could let him imagine something extraordinary for his age on a simple paper.

I know the time we spend outdoors would finally be justified someday but the doors of imagination are opened in every dream… every day…

🙂

I am happy.

 

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a 1-minute game every father plays with his kids

Its a silly one minute game, i think every one plays it and must do so.. 🙂 But then, I am not sure how many of you would tie up dreams, games and memories into a single bundle.  I watch time flying by fast and ruthless. Kids are, no doubt a respite from all the other tensions ( often by being themselves a tension fountain). They certainly have changed the course of my life and with all the new/unplanned flood of events and emotions, I lost track of where I started, what I wanted to do and when I would stop. But I learnt one thing by now… To convert everything into a memory and to keep it forever.  Some are good, some are bad and a few are ugly, but you know, sleeping on the terrace, looking at the stars and then pulling out a decade old photo to relive the memory, is just exhilarating. Try it.

Every man, in the end,
is just a bookful of memories and a bagful of sand.

what say? 🙂 please watch this:

thanks for reading and watching. 🙂

~balu

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