Posts Tagged With: kids

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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French Fry Bajji

Don’t laugh but my new invention today is an instant hit with the kids and of course my wife’s exclusive letter of appreciation. Presenting to you the “French Fry Bajji”. After the kids’ rounds, add lot of chilli flakes to make your evening and also welcome the winter, hot hot 🙂
French Fry Bajji -- my new invention :)

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Half-moon bay beach camping on a full moon day

My kids were camping for the first time and I wanted them to start big 🙂 so whats better than a beach front on the night of a full moon?  Book your campsite on the Half-moon bay, arrange for lots of food n drinks, carry a ton of firewood, plan your barbeque ahead, pitch your tent,  exhaust them on the sand, split the woods, fire the pit, show them how to manage fire, make a few smoking corn and let them avoid burning their lips, lights on, open the sleeping bags, teach them how to go to bed comfortably… All this when the waves of the great Pacific ocean are splashing heavily just a 100 yards away, with a chilling breeze making your fire most valuable.. 🙂

Enjoy the life with most basic amenities and appreciate the value

The cozy small place to stay for the night:
our tent a 100 yards away from the Pacific waves

Thats all you have:
car camping

smoking corn for the evening:
smoking corm for the evening

good night with no electricity:
good night

Thanks for reading, hope this inspires you to go out into the nature.

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Mussel Rock, McCluers Beach and the San Andreas fault in between

Not many would be interested to go to an Earthquake fault on a weekend road trip but what if you add a beautiful beach to it, and a stunning rock floor all filled with mussels, and a big tunnel in the rock with the high waves crashing and trying to close both sides of it? That would be one awesome day, trust me!

As for the record, Mussel Rock is the place where the San Andreas fault re-enters the land mass. The “Pacific Plate” and the “North American Plate” just rubbed against each other and made an 800 mile long fault that looks like a scar on the Earth’s cheek.. Isn’t it creepy?

And touching the edge of such a ” tectonic plate” with your human hands is like a crazy dream.

And then, all the rocks on the shore are filled with tiny black mussels, wow, why? Don’t miss the “hole in the rock” which is just one wonderful experience to sit in the tunnel and hear the crashing waves at both sides.  And another point close to the fault but far away from here is the McCluers Beach. We will do Fort Ross some other day, but this beach is hidden from the public view by few hillocks and the hike down took just 0.5 miles and you enter a private beach thats all your own 🙂

hole in the rock

mussels on the rocks

ever ever sand

ever ever sand

Thanks for reading. You have nice time too.

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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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hiking thru Bear Gulch caves at Pinnacles

A superb start to the Spring 2016 with a 3.2 mile hike in the deep talus caverns of the Pinnacle National Park in the Bear Gulch Nature Reserve. My 5 year old kids did this full loop along with my senior citizen mother-in-law and everyone liked the narrow passages laughing heartily squeezing thru the wet rugged rocks 🙂

Don’t forget your headlamps:   Moses Springs Trail -> Bear Gulch Cave Trail -> Rim Trail -> High Peaks Trail -> Bear Gulch Nature center;

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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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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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earlier-better

earlier-better

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వెన్న మురుకులు

Packed with energy, this traditional snack made with fine grained black grams, lot of butter, generous amounts of ajwain with the rice flour base., is an instant hit and a childhood memory for every generation of tired kids.
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they walk

 

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space kids

The half minute video I submitted to the ‘Vimeo Weekly Challenge’ today in ‘call for action’ category on any subject 🙂

space-kids from balu on Vimeo.

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Beginning of a life!

Yes, Curiosity is the beginning of a life! A life worth living.

I don’t know how many of you look at the stars in a night sky and wonder about what lies behind that curtain of silence and what awaits us beyond that layer of scintillating darkness. But when I do, it always puzzles me. I ask myself a hundred questions and then I stand up and go try answering them one by one. I might have already lost the opportunities to see myself as an explorer scientist or whatever, but I have decided to give my kids a fair chance to be curious.. To be curious of everything around us and then choose their own path to find their own answers. I don’t plan to leave them any inheritance other than spending all my fortunes to develop a sense of eagerness that would eventually let them begin a life. A life worth living!!!

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when you are bored with wheels

you invent unwheels ;):P

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