Toddlers, Billa, Hustle Bustle

Bustling Billa

Billa was an excited and energetic child always hustling and bustling around. He didn’t have much patience and was always restless.

During running races in school, even before the teacher would blow the whistle to begin the race, he would start running only to disqualify himself.

In cricket matches due to his impatience even before the ball could come closer to his bat he would raise the bat high and get bowled out.

He would not wait until everyone got off the lift or bus to enter it and cause a lot of confusion to the people getting off that they would angrily look at him.

Family and friends tried to explain to him that he needs to be more patient and not bustle around like this. He would hardly give an ear to what they were saying.

It was his uncle’s wedding and many relatives had gathered. Billa was super excited on meeting his cousins who were mostly of the same age group as him. The big party hall had given the kids umpteen place to play hide and seek.

Even before the kids could decide on the boundary for this game Billa dashed across to find a good hiding spot. He hurriedly crossed the main stage only to trip over the flower baskets. This caught the attention of the aunts nearby who warned him to stop fluttering around.

Giving no heed to them Billa rushed through the musicians who were taking rest. He missed to see the tables that were kept behind and stumbled upon it. The grandfather noticed it and asked Billa to slow down which was of course not heard by him.

He then reached to the outer portico where lots of electrical work for the evening decorations had started. Billa tripped over the wires and banged his head on the bumper of the beautifully decorated wedding car. His mother noticed it and rushed to the spot.

She warned him to be more careful and patient else he would be the one to get hurt. Billa was in a hurry to find the hiding place that he had no patience to understand what she was saying.

As he ran his attention was drawn to a small window from where smoke was emerging. Moving closer he realized it was the kitchen window.

The sweet-smelling aroma dragged him inside. He noticed the many cooks handling big ladles, churners, strainers, serving spoons along with the big sized vessels on very big burners and gas stoves and was awed by it.

A little away, one cook lifted from a large frying pan a set of cone shaped “Samosas”. This lit up Billa’s eyes, his favorite snack was getting freshly prepared.

He quickly leapt forward and reached out for the Samosa and gulped it into his mouth. The cook was taken aback by his action and immediately screamed “It is hot, it is hot”. Alas! It was too late, the “Samosas” had burnt Billa’s tongue but this time he had learnt his lesson on patience.

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cloud, perception, Toddlers


Preparation:  Nothing
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Observing surroundings is an important aspect in the growth of our Toddlers(Todds) which helps them gather lots of information. Along with these observations they are also forming many perceptions. This is an influential factor which guides their thought processes and reactions in different situations.

In this blab-tivity I am restricting to one fun blab-tivity which helps us understand the perception of our Todds. Of course, it can be tweaked as per your convenience.

Try it!

Watch the clouds in the sky and ask them what they see. E.g.: Is it a lion roaring or a crocodile opening its mouth wide etc.

In case your Todd is unable to form any, you can help them by suggesting “To my eyes it seems like____________”, with this encouragement I am sure they will surprise you with their amazing perceptions.

This can also be done during car trips when you have mostly run out of other games.

An extension to this activity is asking your Todd to make a story out of it.

Tip: In case you don’t find clouds, just draw something on a piece of paper and go ahead!

All in all, it is a simple and fun way to help us gain an interesting perception of our Todds.

Do share your Todd’s experiences with this blab-tivity.


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blab, disappointment, Toddlers, vanilla

Bitter Vanilla

Vanilla was loved by the little child. The vanilla cup cake, vanilla milk shake, vanilla cookies , vanilla doughnuts sprinkled with those colorful toppings were completely enjoyed by her, with vanilla ice cream being her all time favourite.

It was Friday and the school had planned an event “Thousand shapes cookies” day. She was super excited to see, smell and taste a bite of her favourite vanilla cookies in so many different shapes.

All the kids assembled in a queue and as her turn approached she was excited to see the collection, but suddenly her excitement went down.

There were no vanilla flavored cookies. This had brought a deep sorrow in her and she was almost in tears when her teacher announced that “Children,  Vanilla will come in two minutes”. These words bought the sparkle back in her eyes and she immediately looked up, eagerly waiting once again.

In her mind she was imagining, what if it was vanilla ice cream and chuckled at its thought. Just then the teacher interrupted her thoughts by saying  “Vanilla will be your new class teacher from tomorrow. Introduce yourselves now”. And there stood a lady in an off white shirt and dark black skirt.

The girl couldn’t bear the second time disappointment and began to weep.

The Vanilla had turned Bitterrr!

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activities, blab, brain, Counting, exercise, memory, Toddlers


Preparation:  Nothing
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

All of us teach, play and have fun with our toddlers (Todds) and each of this creates experiences and memories in them. Do our Todds remember everything? This blab-tivity is a simple game with twists and turns that helps to improve and enhance our Todds memory span.

My Todd loves to learn about numbers hence I have used it for the blab-tivity. You can change it based on your Todds interest.

Write random numbers on a sheet of paper. Let your Todd have a look at the numbers.

Tip: Help your Todd remember the sequence by weaving a story around it. For the below sequence, you could use this one: Seven Ate(eight) Nine


After about a minute turn the paper away and strike a casual conversation with your Todd and speak about totally unrelated things like:

  • What did you eat for Breakfast today?
  • Is there water in the bottle?
  • Did you cut your nails?
  • We need to go for a long walk today

After this ask your Todd to tell the numbers that were shown to him.

Note: The stories that you created around these numbers will help them re-collect the numbers easily.

Isn’t this a fun way to help them increase their memory span easily?

Do share your Todd’s experiences with this blab-tivity.

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Counting, Musical Instrument, Musical Maths, Toddlers, Zen Zula

Musical Maths

Preparation:  Any musical instrument
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) love music in all possible forms. Be it rhymes, songs, xylophones, piano, drums or just banging the floor with a stick or spoon, they surely have a musical inclination.

This activity uses this interest of theirs to help them learn numbers and patterns and thereby creating their first music compilation. So, let the Mozart count!

I have used “Zen Zula” also known as the thumb piano with my Todd. It is a very compact and can be easily held by Todds. Also, it has about nine strings which are all easily reachable to be strung.

zenzula_numbersIn the below slideshow, you can see my Todd has played the string numbers- 5-6-7-8-9

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Slowly you can add patterns and rhythm by changing your counts to something like this 464-464-464-345.

The above count roughly gives the background music (BGM) for the song “Shape of you

The Zen Zula was just an example, this works also with the xylophones, piano, keyboard or even the drums.

For the drums, you can do the count activity by asking your Todd to use fingers instead of the sticks. The sticks can be used for the pattern activity.

If you get a hang of the Jal-tarang, then do try it out too.

Please do share in your Todds experience.

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3D mapping, 3D positioning, activities, blab, concepts, left, right, Toddlers

Toy Mapping

Preparation: Story books with character representation
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) get confused with the concept of left and right, ahead and beside. Sometimes differentiating between big and tall, fat and wide also get complex for their curious minds. This fun blab-tivity will help Todds understand these concepts and in-turn 3D (three-dimensional) mapping and positioning.

Choose the picture story book which your Todd loves the most. Next arrange for small objects which will represent different characters appearing in the story. These objects can be exact ones or substitute ones. The focus of the activity being on 3D mapping, try your best to not use paper drawings/print outs or other 2D (two-dimensional) representations.

Now begin reading the book and at every page allow your Todd to arrange the characters in the same way as it is pictured in the book. During this time, ask them questions which will help understand the concepts as described in the beginning of the blab.

Some sample questions which i have asked my Todd:

  • Which is the tallest character?
  • Who is to who’s left/right side?
  • Which of the character is occupying more space?
  • Which is the tiny character?
  • Which character has nobody beside them?

This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by my Todd while reading his all-time favourite book “Disney Planes: Classic Story Book”. You can notice below the arrangement of characters as well.

Mapping the characters outside the page
Mapping the characters
Mapping the characters on the page directly

Our Todd loves it so much that the normal reading sessions have now evolved to role plays, with the characters enacting. However, I now have the additional work of keeping together the books with their characters emoticon3dtoyps

Also don’t forget to provoke your Todd with the other concepts like: who is to the left/right/beside/ahead/ of whom?

Try this out with your Todd too and share/comment on how engaging it was for you! Don’t forget to also let us know how much of fun got added into your regular reading sessions.

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Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) help in finding long-lost things. They have a great memory and are very observant. From simple finds like toys and paper planes under the sofa to complex ones like the single sock from under the oven, they help us find stuffs from unique places in our houses(of course, they are also the ones to hide these things).

All aside the word “Find” sets them into action and they will surely not give up until they have found it. This activity tries to make use of this skill.

‘A’ for apple/airplane/alligator, ‘B’ for ball/basket/bag/boy…Z for ‘ ‘, these lessons are many with special emphasis on the phonics. Educators spend a lot of time to help Todds understand the concepts. This blab-tivity helps find the phonics!

Choose an environment you want to play this in: Parks, Car, Super markets etc. and ask your Todds to find objects starting from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ within this environment.

The important part of this activity is that the objects have to be found, this kinda helps them understand not just the phonics but also other concepts like: which objects are found in which environments.

The first time we played it in my home and we had a great time finding, hunting, thinking and looking out for stuffs. Here are the pics of our finds.

This way as the environment changes, there are newer objects which will fit the letters and hence more exposure to our Todds. The sense of excitement to search for objects keeps this activity going!

The best result of this blab-tivity was when our Todd totally amazed us by saying “We can also use newspaper for ‘N’ instead of nuts, right?”

Don’t you want to try this out too? Please do share on all your Todd’s finds.

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