My toy story

Logging my daughters journey with books, toys, projects and fun sites.

Crosswords For Kindergartern Kids

Posted by mommyof2 on December 9, 2009

Puzzles are good tools for cognitive development of the child, some puzzles like jigsaws and shapes sorting also sharpen motor skills.

Uploaded few crossword puzzles aiming at kindergarten kids. Idea is to introduce them to the concept of crosswords. Print, solve and enjoy.

The importance of vocabulary through word power cannot be emphasized enough. Crosswords in addition to cognitive development, helps develop language, numeric and problem solving skills.This is an attempt to introduce picture and theme based, partially solved, 3-4 letter crosswords to Kindergarteners (Age 5). So, kids can identify and spell them easily. Idea is to introduce them to the concept of crosswords, clues down and across, associate the clues numbering with the one on the crossword.


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Snoring Shanmugam, Tulika Books

Posted by mommyof2 on November 25, 2009

Snoring Shanmugam

Tulika Books Snoring Shanmugam

Snoring Shanmugam by Tulika Book Publishers is a super hit with my daughters, leading to hysterical laughs when weย  snore like Shanmugam. Tulika publishers are well known in the Indian context bilingual book.

The story is about a gentle lion who does one of the three things, eating, sleeping and snoring. The jungle animals are annoyed and find a way to stop it. The very same snoringย  comes in handy at a later stage.

Read More Here..

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Tulika Books – What Shall I Make?

Posted by mommyof2 on July 9, 2008

First of all, let me make an announcement that I have my very own domain now. . Please update your readers and feeds.

Picture Courtesy – What Shall I Make
A friend got my daughter a bunch of Tulika books. The bilingual [Hindi / English ] ones. One of the book my daughter loves in the series is What Shall I Make?

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I like me

Posted by mommyof2 on February 24, 2008

Written By: Nancy Carlson

I Like MeHonestly, I picked this book up just for the title. This is the first Nancy carlson book I have come across. She liked it the very first time we read it. It is a very simple book, very simple message in each page. Its about a girl pig liking everything about herself. Just the way she is. How she finds ways to be happy when she is not at her best. It starts with – I am my best friend.

It has been a while we returned this book back to the library, still my daughter remembers few of the dialogues and reads it out every now and then. And I so love it ๐Ÿ™‚

If I make a mistake, I will try and try again..

If I fall down, I will pick myself up.

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Valentines Day Crafts

Posted by mommyof2 on February 20, 2008

My 3 year old daughter’s school introduced the concept of Valentines to the kids and asked the parents to send cards OR gifts for her classmates. Personally I am not very comfortable with the idea of Valentines, especially the hyped up commercial version. But my daughter was all excited as she was told the kids were going to exchange gifts.

Plan was to pick up some cards the day before school. I picked her up from school, fed her snacks and milk in the car and head to the store. My 8 month old was with her father at home, so we were to hurry up. We hit the store, bought other essentials and then went to target to pick up the cards. Just then papa calls from home that the little one has been crying non stop for the last hour or so, and will not be consoled. We scraped the cards plan and headed back home, I promised my 3 year old we can get the cards on our way to school the next morning.

We came home, pacified the little one, ate dinner. We had an hour before bed time, I got the enthu and energy to make home made cards instead of buying them. I asked her if she wanted to do coloring project and she got super excited.

So here it is: [More pictures coming soon]


    Foam sheets cut into 4 x 6inches rectangles.
    Sheet to paint
    Pen to write the message


    Paint a plain white sheet. I left it to her and she went wild.
    Cut the foam sheets into 4 x 6 rectangles
    Print out a heart shape that would fit into the rectangle and use this as a base to cut the painted sheet
    Cut the heart shapes, as many as needed
    Glue the painted hearts on the foam sheets. Try different angles. Some crossed, some straight.
    Write the personalized message
    We had one of those pens that make designs when pressed on paper. We had one that had hearts and we used this to decorate the card.

!!We Were DONE!!

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Movie songs

Posted by mommyof2 on February 6, 2008

We avoid watching bollywood movies/songs, hollywood rated movies/music videos when my 3 year old is around. Though we don’t watch videos as often, we play the songs very often. She dances to the tunes with her papa and enjoys it very much.

These few songs she likes and hums once in a while.
The very first hindi movie song she got hooked onto was Khalbali from rang de basanti. She was 1.5 years at that time I think. She has never watched the video, just heard the song and danced with her father. The beats and A.R’s music it is ๐Ÿ™‚

Pal pal har pal
A friend had visited home with their 3.5 year old daughter. We were playing with the kids and singing rhymes and this kid insisted on playing this song. Seems thats her favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ What next? We ended up playing the youtube video and the kids started jumping for this. My daughter also seemed to liked it. She still asks for it once in a while.

Bum bum bole
Her latest bollywood song obsession is Bum bum bole from Taare Zameen par. Something with the way Aamir khan is dressed up. She calls him funny clown uncle. She loves the way he suddenly appears and makes the chaka laka verse..


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Books picked up from the library on 01/31/2008

Posted by mommyof2 on February 4, 2008

[Will update with post links once I write them ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

I like me by Nancy carlson

The Mixed up chameleon by Eric carle

Orange Bear Apple Pear

Tha cat in the hat came back by Dr. Seuss

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Ek Titli Anek Titliyan

Posted by mommyof2 on February 2, 2008

Brings back nostalgic memories. Showed it to my daughter few times, she asked what it was all about, but it did not seem to make an impression on her. Will definitely try again in few months.

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Posted by mommyof2 on February 2, 2008

There she was, watching Jungle Book’s title song for the zillion’th time. Almost always she watches videos with parent supervison. This one time I stepped out of her visual range for few minutes and she managed to click on this video from the related videos listing, thanks to youtube. I heard the song and it caught my attention too. Something in it, the tune, the girl so chulbuli, full of energy. Just too good, loved it. Only when we reached the end of the song, did we realize it was a clinic plus shampoo advertisement. Could not believe it. Well.. who cares, my daughter loves it and I love it.
And it has made my job a little more easy in asking her to wash her hands when she comes into the house from outside. Saves me from her usual question – But, what did I touch? Why are you asking me to wash my hands?

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Lakdi ki kaathi

Posted by mommyof2 on February 2, 2008

Both my daughters are crazy of this video. My 3 year old understands hindi, but cannot speak hindi. Hardly few words here and there. But she memorized the first part of the song. She plays it so often that my little one squeals when it plays.

Haven’t found a good quality video as of yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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