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

Memor(eas)y

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

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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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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.

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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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Imagineering

Preparation : None

Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

This one is my all-time favourite! It is a good family fun time indoor activity which keeps the whole family involved with absolutely no preparations needed.

Give the Toddler( Todd ) a situation which needn’t be life scenarios, they can be very silly and stupid ones too and ask them questions to kindle their thoughts like:

  • What they would do if they were in it?
  • If they like to be in there
  • Whom would they like to be?
  • Why would they do that and not something else?

This way keep on questioning and reasoning with them back and forth and don’t forget to add more twists to it.

You would be pleasantly surprised to know how much creativity your Todd has in them. Along with improved impromptu speaking skill, this activity also gives a sense of importance , since they know that everyone is waiting to listen to them. Also it helps you understand more about your Todd, his responses and behaviour in different situations.

Remember, for starters keep the situations simple and a topic of interest for your Todd.

Some situations I remember asking my Todd:

  • What if you were on an island with mango trees?
  • What would you do if an egg fell on your head?
  • What if you had an extra mouth?
  • What if you drank the cat’s milk and turned into a cat? How will you become yourself again?
  • What if you could live in Mars?

And a lot more!!!

Try it out too and do share back your Todd’s responses.

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activities, blab, funny, jokes, riddles, Toddlers

Jokes and Riddles

Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

My toddler (Todd) enjoys jokes and riddles, in fact at a very early age (two years) he could understand them and today he even makes up his own (of-course, some credit to his genes). Laughs and giggles are always infectious and if it is from our Todd’s, then they are much more special.

It is an evident fact that jokes (silly and witty) help keeps kids quite refreshed and relaxed. It’s an option when they are bored of regular stories. Some jokes when twisted into a riddle or a tale adds more charm to it. These activities go a big way to help them think differently.

Below are some which our Todd enjoys.

  • How does a baby corn call his father?
    • “Pop”-corn
  • You can eat all jams except one?
    • Traffic-jam
  • Why does the ‘B'(pronounce as letter bee) always feel cold?
    • Because it is always between ‘AC'(letters A and C, in the alphabet series)
  • What do you call it, when an ant who carries sugar, meets an ant who carries corn?
    • Sweet Corn
  • Two friends were famous in town.  One’ s name was “S. Sangeetha “, what is the other’s name?
    • No Sangeetha (S = Yes, no ~~ not)
  • A boy was eating a tub of cream, when he spilled some over his eyes, he immediately screamed “Ice-cream”
    • (Ice = Eyes)
  • A teacher asked in the class, how many heads do i have? A boy answered 5. How?
    • One head and Forehead (fore = four)
  • Which drinks do snakes like?
    • Juiceessssss(Pronounce with the ‘ssss’ sound longer)
  • What do cows like to watch on TV?
    • Moooovies(Pronounce with the ‘mooo’ longer)
  • What do you call a room filled with bikes?
    • Vroooommmmmmm(Pronounce with the ‘vrooo’ as fast as the bike)
  • Why did the boat sail to the shore?
    • Because the beach waved a goodbye (waving by hands = water waves)
  • What happened to the witch who tripped over the beach?
    • She became a sandwich (witch = which)
  • What is the milk of a dancing cow called?
    • Milk shake
  • Why did the boy throw some butter on the garden?
    • He wanted to see the butter-fly

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blab, curious, funny, stories, Toddlers

Missing Stories

It was a sunny afternoon and the little boy was wandering aimlessly and bored in the veranda of his house. Just then his grandma appeared and sensed the restlessness in him.She walked over to him and lovingly made him sit over her lap and asked “My dear, I can tell you a story if you are bored”. The word story thrilled the boy and he immediately nodded a yes.

The grandma started “Once upon a time a thirsty crow was”, just then the boy interrupted by saying” I know this one granny. Something else”.The grandma replied “Alright then. Once upon a time a hungry fox saw a bunch of grapes hanging”, when the boy again interrupted by saying” I know this one granny. Something else”.

The grandma lost a little of her patience “Ok! Jack and the Beanstalk”, to which the boy screamed loudly saying” I know this one also granny. Something else”.

That was it, the grandma couldn’t think of any newer stories and didn’t know what to do.She got an idea. “My dear i am feeling very thirsty, can you please get me a glass of water?”. The boy on hearing this raced towards the kitchen to fetch the water. In the meantime, the grandma raced silently to the bedroom and covered herself from head to toe with the blanket.

The boy came back to the veranda with the water but was unable to find his grandma. He then started to look for her, when he met his mom . She asked him what he was looking for and on hearing how grandma was missing before she could tell him a story, she was saddened and offered to tell him a story.

Super excited by this, the boy hugged and sat down beside her. She started, “Little Red Riding wood was”, the boy interrupted by saying” I know this one Ma. Something else”.

“Alright”, she whispered and continued “Aladdin was a poor boy”, to which the boy once again interrupted by saying” I know this one Ma, the magic lamp story right. Something else”.

The mother now seemed to realize why the grandma suddenly disappeared. She told the boy, “My dear, I too need some more water. Can you please fetch one?”. The boy rushed to get the water, during which time the mother raced silently to the bedroom and pulled the blanket over her. That’s when she felt the warmth of the grandma too. Now there were two people hiding from the boy.

Returning to the veranda and finding his mom also missing. He just began to search for her, when he met his father. The father heard the story of the missing ladies and offered to tell stories for the boy.

The boy was all happy and the father began “A tortoise and the Hare were”, not letting him complete his sentence the boy yelled “I know this one Pa, the hare will lose. Something else”.

The father continued “A tired cap-seller”, and once again came the interruption “Oh yeah, the monkeys one. Something else please”.

The father understood, why his mom and wife got missing, he then used the same trick “My dear, today seems very hot. Can you please get some water”? The boy ran to fetch, by when the father also raced to the same bedroom and pulled over the blanket when he realized two other people were also hiding in there”

The boy was disappointed on his return when he couldn’t find his father too. He then decided that it was better to take a nap and walked over to the same bedroom.

He heard mysterious giggling and chattering sounds coming from beneath the blanket. The boy was a little scared. He slowly mustered courage and pulled the blanket from the bed.

He was shocked to see all the people who were missing sometime back lying and smiling weirdly at him. Having been caught red handed by the boy, each of them confessed to him that they had run out of stories, since he knew all of them.

Suddenly the father got the idea of taking him to the library, the world filled with new and never ending stories.

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Clown Cook

News had spread that the famous Jumbo circus was performing the world’s most fascinating show tonight. This was going to be the last show of the year.

There was a huge rush at the ticket counters. Everybody was thrilled to watch this show, since they will have to wait for one more year to watch the remarkable performances once again.

The show was to start at seven o clock in the night and both the adults and children were excited to watch it.  The seats at the venue were arranged in a circular fashion around a muddy arena. Many stalls to eat and drink were available with popcorn being everybody’s favorite. Just then, a bell rang loudly which made everyone rush quickly to their seats.

The show was going to begin.

A team of acrobats welcomed the audience and enthralled them with their balancing acts. They walked over ropes and displayed the trapeze act, which amused everybody. Next the jugglers and the cyclists joined in with newer twists and turns in their act. Soon after the knife thrower stunned the crowd with his remarkable performance.

The visual treat from the amazing fire breathers and fire dancers left the audience dazzled. The magic tricks then popped in and the “Vanishing bird-cage” was most liked.

Then came from nowhere a group of clowns: red, white and yellow-faced. They were carrying a big pressure cooker, some spoons, jars, a fridge, knife and cutting board.  Everyone was wondering what this could be? People began guessing; “Perhaps cooking?” said one. To which another replied,” You mean cooking in a circus show, by these clowns!”. Somebody announced,” Look they are wearing the chef cap and it seems like they are really cooking. The fire is lit”.

Yes, the most unusual “Clown Cook” act had begun.

One Clown opened a jar titled “Jungle book”, and took a handful of something from it and poured into the cooker. Next they opened jars “Alice in wonderland”, “Disney Cars and Planes “,” Spiderman”and” Superman” and emptied them into the cooker.

Later, they washed something like a vegetable. However, the glowing label “Iron man” was stuck on to it. They chopped it well and put them into the cooker too. They opened the fridge and cubes of “Dora”, “Chota Bheem “, “Noddy” and “Tom and Jerry” were stirred into it. With this the cooker’s lid was finally closed and the whistle placed.

The crowd was curious to know what was cooking. Suddenly they heard weird noises : giggles, laughs, cries, shrieks, squeals etc. as the whistle blew. After three whistles, the cooker was turned off. Soon the clowns emptied the contents of the cooker into a big vessel and sprinkled some special characters like “. -*?!” all over it.

Next, they gave everybody white paper plates and announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, food will be served now”. The audience turned suspicious. They were wondering if they really had to eat this dish now. Disbelieved , shocked and surprised they were both reluctant and at the same time curious to taste the dish.

Suddenly their plates jerked and the food on their plates started to wriggle and move around. Nobody could believe their eyes. With their jaws dropped and mouths wide open, they were dumbstruck.

The plates were filled with stories! Oh yes, the Clown Cooks had Cooked stories ☺

The audience split into laughter and went back home with some lip smacking fun-taste-tic stories.

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