Feb 23, 2018

Top 4 Benefits Of Mazes For Kids & Free Maze Printable

Mazes are great for working on various skills for kids. Read on to know the benefits of mazes for children & also featured is a FREE maze printable / worksheet (Spring theme) for kids, which is powered by education.com

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Mazes are loved by most of the kids & they provide a challenge for children that they enjoy! How the child solves a maze also provides a window to a therapist into the skill set of the child if therapy session is in progress. Mazes can also be taped to a wall at your child’s eye-level. Working on a vertical surface helps to promote wrist extension in kids.


Here are some benefits & reasons to do mazes with your child -

Fine Motor
Mazes require the child to control the pen/pencil through the maze without hitting the black lines. Fine motor skills are mastered by this very exercise that helps in writing later.

Visual Tracking
Mazes require the child to use his eyes to scan the maze in order to find possible solutions. Scanning is a great skill used for reading and writing, as it is important to scan from the left side of the paper to the right side.

Problem Solving
Mazes help the child to work on planning and problem solving skills to reach to the end of the maze.

Confidence
Mazes boost your child’s confidence like anything. Starting from easy to difficult mazes, a child can glide into the mazes gradually.

There are many websites that offer free printable maze worksheets for a variety of age levels and themes. 

Spring is in the air! This flowery maze is great pre-school practice for those fine motor skills. 

Download this FREE maze printable from HERE

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Feb 22, 2018

What Is Lunar & Solar Eclipse - DIY Model & Activity - Astronomy For Kids

what is solar lunar eclipse diy model activity kids astronomy

With the recent rare phenomenon of Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, kids have been pretty amazed with the eclipse phenomenon. This is a perfect opportunity to make a hands-on model & activity showing how exactly the solar & lunar eclipse occur. This DIY solar system model is super simple & you can make use of things at home to make it. This is a perfect Astronomy starter for kids.


Solar system models are a great way to demonstrate how an eclipse works, and can be constructed with varying complexity for all ages. By setting up the sun, moon and Earth, parents and teachers can demonstrate the phases of the moon as well as an eclipse.


Things Required

  • Sphere 1 - Sponge ball or yellow smiley ball or an orange
  • Sphere 2 ( smaller than sphere 1) - Ping pong ball or lemon or small thermacol ball
  • Wire that can be bent easily but is stable enough. I used pipe cleaner
  • Aluminium foil
  • Red gelatine paper
  • Stack of books or an elevated platform
  • Something to put the sponge ball on, I used a diya lying around at home
  • Torch

How to Setup

  • Sphere 1 represents the earth & sphere 2 represents the moon. I used a sponge globe for sphere 1 and a small thermacol ball for sphere 2.
  • Wrap aluminium foil over sphere 2 so that it reflects light falling on it in a better way. Moon reflects the light falling on it. This step is optional though.
  • Pierce a little hole & insert the wire (I used pipe cleaner) into the earth, bend it at right angle, then again bend it at right angle & then insert it into the moon. Align the wire such that earth & moon are in front of each other with their equators aligned horizontally. Refer the picture for clarity.
  • Place the earth on a stand, I used a diya
  • Take a stack of books or an elevated platform (I used a small stool) & put a torch on it. Torch represents the sun. Adjust the height of the book stack such that the torch light falls at the equator of the earth.
  • Switch off the lights of the room & switch on the torch.

  • With this setup, you can explain first how the earth goes round the sun by moving the earth manually. 
  • You can also explain rotation of earth & tell how days & nights happen when sunlight falls on a specific part of the earth. 
  • Now by taking the moon round the earth, you can how how differently the moon shines at different alignments because of the angle at which sunlight is falling on it. You can explain moon phases with this setup. 
  • Now to explain lunar eclipse, you can align sun, earth & moon in a line respectively. Of course you have to revise your own concepts first before you start explaining verbally about this setup, kids have deep strange questions!

  • In a similar way, you can explain the solar eclipse as well.
  • To show the blood moon in some sense, you can take red gelatine paper and put it in front of the torch. However this is not the real explanation of blood moon. It occurs because earth’s atmosphere absorbs all the colours in the spectrum instead of red & hence very little percentage of sun’s rays (in red spectrum) reach the moon during eclipse & it appears to be red.


Hope you liked this simple to set up activity to explain earth’s rotation & revolution, moon’s revolution, moon’s phases, lunar & solar eclipses.


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Feb 20, 2018

Rentoys.in - Subscription Offer Alert - Online Toy Library For Kids - Review Of Our 2 Subscription Boxes

Have you been eyeing upon expensive international brand toys for your kids & not able to justify a purchase because they are so expensive? Are you planning to buy new toys for your kids & thinking how to declutter the old ones? Are you a kind of parent who is constantly on a look out for sustainability, even when it comes to toys? Then this Online Toy Library Rentoys is the answer for you! And if the collection of this library was not awesome enough, I am sharing with you an irresistible deal for your subscriptions that you can order from Rentoys! Also in this post is my reviews on two subscription boxes that I have ordered till now from this toy library.



I recently discovered this awesome toy library Rentoys that has some really beautiful, engaging, expensive, international brands' toys for kids that they RENT out. I absolutely fell in love with their collection!!! I had wanted to buy so many of those toys but they are so expensive & hence I could not justify buying for personal use.

Till now I have ordered 2 subscription boxes from them & absolutely loved both the boxes. Currently my third box is in transit & I cannot wait to open the box!!!

And guess what!?! I have An Irresistible Offer

You can get 15% OFF + 40% cashback on your first Rentoys box if you use this coupon code "KJUNCTION" , without quotes & all caps.

Visit rentoys.in today & start adding your favorite toys into your wishlist!

Video Reviews Of Subscription Boxes

Box #1





Box #2





Need More Reasons Why To Go For Rentoys?


  • The excitement of a new toy box arriving every month gives me a high as a mom, lol! A child will certainly be thrilled!
  • Smart educational toys are very costly and can go for ₹5000+ a piece. Now, parents may not feel the heat if buying toys were a one-time expense. However, this is hardly the case.
  • Renting a toy saves money! Rentoys has almost all the toys that are super expensive otherwise from brands mentioned below & not affordable for middle class families like mine. 
  • Decluttering is done on the go! You do not tend to store the toys that are no more relevant to the child. You save a lot of storage space!
  • Sustainability issues are addressed. The toys are reused by so many children. We leave lesser carbon footprint on Mother Earth.
  • The collection of toys is just amazing! The variety, quality, brands everything is superb! Spoilt for choice! 
  • Customer service is amazing! I had some issue with adding toys to my wishlist & they were super quick to revert! They even called me saying one toy from the three toys that I chose, will be available after two days so they are sending the available two toys right away & will send the third one after two days. I mean why would someone call me up for this, but they did! This shows their commitment & service for the customers!

Related Reading - Step by step guide - what are STEM toys?

More About Rentoys

Rentoys is a toy rental service focusing on educational and award-winning toys. We deliver and pickup toys from your doorsteps, anywhere in India.

Rentoys is founded by parents having years of experience of managing kids. Been there, done that. They understand how children's early experiences - the bonds they form with their parents and their first learning experiences - deeply affect their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. This is why they are on a mission to help parents optimize their investments in the early years of children's lives to ensure children's future success.

All the toys at Rentoys are selected keeping in mind what they call "open-endedness" which they measure by asking questions such as in how many ways the toy can be played with, is there any rule book, and does the toy force the kids to think/create on his/her own.


Related Read - Tons of ways to play with Waldorf Rainbow Stackers - An open-ended toy


Check out their toys collection HERE. They deliver all over India. Do not forget to use the coupon code I shared above in this post to avail the discount!

Confused about their working? Click HERE to know how it works. And your FAQs are answered HERE.

Subscription Box Pricing

It starts with Rs 599 per month where you get premium educational toys worth at least Rs 5000 in a box! There are other plans as well, you can visit the pricing page HERE for all the details. If you are concerned about damage of toys from the library, THIS link might answer your questions. 

You MUST read this wonderful article that explains why Rentoys is into toy renting business!

Do let me know in comments below what all you have ordered from Rentoys, I would love to know!


Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post but the views shared are honest and solely mine. I believe in using the products/service myself before putting up the review or opinion about them here.

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Waldorf Inspired Winter Nature Table & Winter Themed Books For Kids (VLOG)

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Nature table holds a very important place in Waldorf inspired classrooms. This is how I set up my Winter themed nature table with some story props, polar animals, Christmas scene & some activities that we did as a part of winter season. You can also set up seasonal nature tables for kids. Briefly, I will also take you through some Winter themed books that we read this season.


Watch this video below to check out my humble Waldorf inspired winter nature table setup for my almost 3 year old son. You can grab some ideas & understand how to setup a seasonal winter table for your child.


You can also check out this YouTube playlist that has all our Winter & Christmas activities, Winter DIY tutorials, stories books.

And here are 18 Christmas & New Year themed Montessori inspired activities for kids that I did in 2016.

Hope you enjoyed watching this nature table. I would love to see your nature tables, so do drop your links below in comments.


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Feb 17, 2018

All About Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra - Chakra Balancing & Healing - #SoulfulSaturdays Week 6

All About throat vishuddha Chakra - Chakra Balancing & Healing - #SoulfulSaturdays Week 6

#SoulfulSaturdays is an attempt to put out weekly, simple to consume knowledge bits, help people understand the concepts of holistic living, spirituality, healing, meditation & the likes & share my experiences with the world. This is week 6 and let us understand about the fifth - Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) - its characteristics, mantra, healing & balancing techniques and more.


This post is a part of #SoulfulSaturdays series that I am doing on my facebook page & group. I would be delighted if you join me on my page or group & participate in the discussions on this beautiful topic. You can also subscribe to this blog & be the first one to receive the updates!

#Week6 #AllAboutThroatChakra
#ChakraBalancing #HolisticLiving #EnergyHealing


I hope you have gone through & understood the week 1week 2week 3week 4, week 5 posts of this series.

Today let us understand the third chakra - Throat or Vishuddha Chakra.


I am sharing various aspects of the throat chakra, and pointers to find if your throat chakra is imbalanced & couple of modalities you can opt to balance your chakras. I want you to do a simple exercise at the end of this post.

Physical Location - At the level of the throat (In the neck and shoulders region)


Physical Characteristics - Thyroid & Parathyroid Gland, Neck, Shoulder, Mouth, Arm, Teeth, Jaws, Oral Cavity, Metabolism

Non-Physical Characteristics - Expression of self, communication (verbal or non-verbal)

What Happens When This Chakra Is Balanced - Effective & truthful communication, Good metabolism, good creative identity, good health of the physical characteristics mentioned above

What Happens When This Chakra Is Imbalanced (Blocked or Over Stimulated) - insecurity, introvert, aggressive expression, lack of control over expression/speech, fear of speaking, shyness, social anxiety, stifled creativity, feeling choked up, neck pain, headaches, throat problems like soreness or hoarseness, dental issues, mouth ulcers, thyroid issues

Associated Element (Panch Tatva) - Akash/Ether/Sky

Associated Color To Meditate - Visualize the color Blue at the location of this chakra & concentrate. You may also chant the beej mantra of this chakra.

Beej Mantra To Meditate - Sounds create vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help the cells work together in synchronistic harmony. The mantra sound that corresponds to the Throat chakra is HAM.

Yoga Poses To Balance This Chakra - Shoulder Stand, Fish Pose, Lion Pose, Plow Pose
(You can easily google up these poses if you do not know them)

Affirmations To Balance This Chakra -

I express who I am.
I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
I have a right to speak my truth.
I communicate my feelings with ease.
I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
I nourish my spirit through creativity.
I love to share my experiences and wisdom. I know when it is time to listen.
I express my gratitude towards life.
I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

Crystal To Heal This Chakra - Blue Lace Agate

Healing With Nature -  Working with the expression & blue color - Express yourself with any art like singing, dancing, writing, painting etc, Being outdoors & watching the blue sky

Exercise To Do At Your End -

  • Have you personally felt any issues like mentioned above that are related to Throat chakra? 
  • What have you done to overcome them till now? 
  • After reading the pointers on how to balance this chakra, which modality will you pick up to balance your Throat chakra?
If you have any questions about the topic for today, please drop in the comments below & I will try to answer them to the best of my capabilities :)


Drop me a message via contact form HERE or email me at thekjunction[at]gmail[dot]com if you want a paid consultation session (skype or phone) on chakra balancing, healing or meditation.

See you next week!

Love, Light, Peace
Kuhoo

This post first appeared on this group - "Our Earth & Us - Striking The Right Balance". I am gaining some good karma by sharing my knowledge & experiences with this group members.


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Feb 14, 2018

#OMGThursday Win 500Rs Amazon Voucher Every Thursday - Week #3



Welcome to Week 3 of #OMGThursday at The K Junction! I am so glad you stopped by. You stand a chance to win Amazon voucher of 500 INR this week! Read on to know the steps & rules.


Steps To Participate
  1. Like my Facebook Page - The K Junction
  2. You will find the week 3 #OMGThursday contest announcement in one of the first few posts on the page. Follow those steps. (Details will be posted on 15th Feb 2018)
  3. Cross your fingers!

Come back right HERE on 22nd Feb 2018 to know the name of the winner!



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#OMGThursday Win 500Rs Amazon Voucher Every Thursday - Week #2


Contest closed, winner announced.

Welcome to Week 2 of #OMGThursday at The K Junction! I am so glad you stopped by. You stand a chance to win Amazon voucher of 500 INR this week! Read on to know the steps & rules.


Steps To Participate
  1. Like my Facebook Page - The K Junction
  2. You will find the week 2 #OMGThursday contest announcement in one of the first few posts on the page. Follow those steps.
  3. Cross your fingers!

Come back right HERE on 15th Feb 2018 to know the name of the winner!

The winner is Vilasini, congrats :)



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Feb 13, 2018

Sewing For Kids (Beginner) - Tutorial - Waldorf Handwork - Valentine Day Craft - Felt Hearts (VLOG)



This is a tutorial for Waldorf inspired handwork - sewing project for kids. This beginner level project is suitable for kindergartners & preschoolers. In this tutorial, watch my almost 3 year old son doing his first ever sewing project & making a stuffed heart from felt. We did this project as a part of Valentine's Day craft.


Watch the video below to know the step by step process of making felt hearts.



I would love to see what handwork you have done with your child. Do post your links in the comments below.


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Feb 10, 2018

All About Heart (Anahata) Chakra - Chakra Balancing & Healing - #SoulfulSaturdays Week 5

All About heart anahata Chakra - Chakra Balancing & Healing - #SoulfulSaturdays Week 5

#SoulfulSaturdays is an attempt to put out weekly, simple to consume knowledge bits, help people understand the concepts of holistic living, spirituality, healing, meditation & the likes & share my experiences with the world. This is week 5 and let us understand about the fourth - Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra) - its characteristics, mantra, healing & balancing techniques and more.


This post is a part of #SoulfulSaturdays series that I am doing on my facebook page & group. I would be delighted if you join me on my page or group & participate in the discussions on this beautiful topic. You can also subscribe to this blog & be the first one to receive the updates!

#Week5 #AllAboutHeartChakra
#ChakraBalancing #HolisticLiving #EnergyHealing


I hope you have gone through & understood the week 1week 2week 3, week 4 posts of this series.

Today let us understand the third chakra - Heart or Anahata Chakra.


I am sharing various aspects of the heart chakra, and pointers to find if your heart chakra is imbalanced & couple of modalities you can opt to balance your chakras. I want you to do a simple exercise at the end of this post.

Physical Location - center of the chest (not located where our actual heart organ lies)



Physical Characteristics - Heart (Cardiac System), Thymus Gland (in charge of regulating the immune system), Lungs

Non-Physical Characteristics - connection to emotional self, forgiveness, generosity, capacity to love, compassion, empathy, bridge between earthly and spiritual aspirations, Appreciation of beauty in all things, Experiencing deep and meaningful relationships

What Happens When This Chakra Is Balanced - joy, love, gratitude, compassion, empathy, experience beauty in life, good respiratory health & heart health

What Happens When This Chakra Is Imbalanced (Blocked or Over Stimulated) - over loving, jealousy, abandonment, withdrawn, anger, loneliness, bitterness, defensive, fear of intimacy, isolation, antisocial, not being able to forgive, have trouble sticking to one thing (air-head), over critical of yourself, selfish, respiratory problems, lung infection, bronchitis, heart related ailments

Associated Element (Panch Tatva) - Air

Associated Color To Meditate - Visualize the color Green at the location of this chakra & concentrate. You may also chant the beej mantra of this chakra.

Beej Mantra To Meditate - Sounds create vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help the cells work together in synchronistic harmony. The mantra sound that corresponds to the Heart chakra is YAM.

Yoga Poses To Balance This Chakra - Camel Pose, Cobra Pose, Cat Pose, Bow Pose, Wheel Pose
(You can easily google up these poses if you do not know them)

Affirmations To Balance This Chakra -

I Love Myself and All The People
I Love God/Source/Nature
I Give and Receive Love Easily
I Receive Abundance
I Receive with Open Arms
Love and Beauty Surrounds Me
Love Flows Into My Life and Being
All of My Relations Are Harmonious
I Forgive People Who Have Hurt Me
I Forgive Myself For All The Wrong Things I Have Done
My Heart Overflows With Love
I Breathe Love and Beauty
I Embrace Life
I Have Gratitude

Crystal To Heal This Chakra - Rose Quartz, Aventurine

Healing With Nature -  Working with the breath since it corresponds to air element - Breathing exercises in nature, breathing in essential oils aroma. Practicing self care & self love, expressing gratitude, eating more of green vegetables.

Exercise To Do At Your End -

  • Have you personally felt any issues like mentioned above that are related to Heart chakra? 
  • What have you done to overcome them till now? 
  • After reading the pointers on how to balance this chakra, which modality will you pick up to balance your Heart chakra?
If you have any questions about the topic for today, please drop in the comments below & I will try to answer them to the best of my capabilities :)


Drop me a message via contact form HERE or email me at thekjunction[at]gmail[dot]com if you want a paid consultation session (skype or phone) on chakra balancing, healing or meditation.

See you next week!

Love, Light, Peace
Kuhoo

This post first appeared on this group - "Our Earth & Us - Striking The Right Balance". I am gaining some good karma by sharing my knowledge & experiences with this group members.


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Feb 8, 2018

How To Make Cheap DIY Fake Snow - Winter Sensory Activity For Kids (VLOG)

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Make your own quick & cheap DIY fake snow at home using just two ingredients & gift your child hours of free play & pretend play fun. Watch the video below to see how to make your own DIY fake snow for kids.




We did this activity as a part of our winter theme unit. My almost 3 year old son enjoyed it to the core playing with the fake snow & building snowman out of it. I also included polar animals figurines to his free play / pretend play. You can find more of our Winter Themed activities HERE in this YouTube playlist.



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