Raising a Reader – Books on Wild Animals 

My last post was all about wild animal themed Montessori activities, while we do themed activities we read and browse through many books relevant to the theme.


Little N is 22 months old and loves books with bright pictures and can recognise animals while browsing through the books that means a lot of Independent book browsing which we call reading. N is not patient enough to read a story book that only happens at the bedtime rest the whole day it is browsing through the pictures of the book and most of the time it is done by him Independently. Only during bedtime he needs either me or his papa to read a book .
Let me take you through our collection of wild animals.

 

Wild Animals -Touch & Feel Book


This is N’s first book on wild animals and it started with touching the texture and now he makes sounds while browsing through the book. He loves to point out details like trees, butterfly,flower apart from the main subject in the page. This helps me cook Story around which in next reading session is pointed out by him proudly.

 

Noises by Neal Layton


This book is a must buy for babies and toddlers. Bright illustrations with one animal per page. The book has no text other than the sound animals make, this makes the book all the more interesting for the babies.

This is little N’s sound book(not battery operated but self 😜) and it starts with a roar because the lion is in the cover pic.This book is often repeated in our car stash of books as well.

 

Roaring Lion by Emily Bolam


This is a story book about a roaring lion who has no friends because he roars and everyone is scared of him . Well Honestly I didn’t like the story as in the end lion stops roaring and starts purring to make friends. But for lil N it’s his roar book and I have let it be a roar book.

 

Jungle Animals – Cup Cake books

This is a very interesting and engaging book as the black and white animals take colour as you pull them out . A nice book to teach colours and animals at the same time and has a very interesting story line as every animals after getting colour starts searching for another animal in the next page.

This is little N’s Magic book .

 

Who am I? monkey by Sawaan publication


This is a series of books we have few farm animals book from the same series. This book has some interesting facts about monkeys and funny illustrations with monkey wearing caps , sunglasses and hence becomes an excellent book for language as well. As we find which monkey is wearing glasses or cap.

 

My first Animal book -By Sterling Publications


I bought this book from Big Bazaar for just Rs 20/- and the reason I bought this was it has real life illustrations. All pictures are real and hence an excellent Montessori book.

Reading the books relevant to our theme not only helps Nirvaan gain more knowledge but also makes the reading fun as he relates the animals with the activity.

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WILD ANIMAL THEMED MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES

The last time we did the farm animal themed activities and it was loved by Nirvaan and I thought of doing the wild animals in the same lines.Check the Farm animal themed activities here if you haven’t checked it already.

Activity 1

Wooden wild animal puzzle


Puzzles are one of the favourite activites that we do almost everytime  little N does shelf activities.This is a wild animal puzzle and a very nice language activity as well.

 

Activity 2

Three piece puzzle and colouring activity 


This is a three piece puzzle activity on one side and magic colouring with water on the other side.N enjoys solving the puzzle and also the magic colouring only with water keeps him occupied for a while.

 

Activity 3

Printables Matching


I have taken two copies of these printable and N loves matching them and also tells the sound the particular animal makes while matching.You can get these printables here

 

Activity 4

Figurine matching with printables


One of the most interesting activity is matching the figurine with the printables, this can be done with the prinatbles or the book but the idea is to match the real looking figurine with the images.

 

Activity 5

Lacing 


Wild animal lacing an excellent fine motor activity.This is little difficult for Little N but still I love the way overtime this is in the tray and he tries his level best to do it.

 

Weekend Activity 

Made a jungle and fun book reading session with Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


This time we made a jungle for our weekend activity , And Little N had a fun time with the free play and a fun book reading session with Dear Zoo where we sent back all the wild animals and kept our Puppy as pet.


Wild animals belong to the jungle and hence we have sent them back to the jungle.


 

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY-DINOSAUR EXCAVATION FROM JELLY

Dinosaur are a favourite at our house and I really don’t know how many books I have bought just because it has dinosaur in it.But I never have to regret buying those books because little N loves those and you can find him reading those while he would make sounds like Dino says Raaaaaahhhhhhh!!!

So for the love of Dinosaur I wanted to plan an activity that would be fun and would include Dinosaurs.Little N is too young to understand that the Dinosaurs are primitive and for him they as alive as tiger or bear.

To start this activity I told him after he got up that his Dinosaurs are missing and I could not find them anywhere.He went to the storage box where I store those Dinosaur and searched himself while moving his hands expressing “where are the Dinosaurs”.WE did the activity at around his bath time and till then I kept on telling that “we need to find the dinosaurs”.So the excitement and tension was created before introducing the activity.

How to make Dinosaur jelly


  • Add the content of jelly (available in general stores easily) to boiling water (250ml)
  • Stir till the content is mixed well with the water
  • Add another 250ml of cold water
  • Let it cool and pour it in a vessel
  • Put the dinosaurs in the vessel (use balloons or different shaps to make it more interesting )
  • Refrigerate the mixture for few hours

Tools we have used 

  • A plastic knife which comes with every prestige pressure cooker 😉 and few serving spoons from Lil N’s kitchen
  • Our activity box (its a storage box but now we do all activities in it )
  • A tray (Again its our activity tray )

How we got started 


Kept the Dinosaurs in the jelly in the storage box and asked Lil N to see what is there in the box.He was shocked to his dinosaur all struck in jelly before he could realise that  it was going to be fun.He tried lifting but didn’t like the feel of jelly and left it asking help from his daddy to rescue his dear Dinosaurs.

We kept few on the tray for him to explore, his daddy showed him how to cut and there was no stopping after that , he loved cutting the jelly which actually looked too good to us as well for cutting.

After he rescued all the dear Dinosaurs he had fun making mess squeezing ,rubbing the jelly everywhere .

He even applied the jelly on his legs like  a moisturiser.He shared the mess with his dad and wanted him to look equally messy but he bargained with just messy hands.

See the happiness in his face because for him he rescued his dinosaurs who were missing since morning.For him it was  the biggest rescue he has done because till now he has only drowned his bath toys while bathing in the tub so that pretty much counts for his good deeds now.






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On the cleaning front 

The jelly was sticky so I was mentally prepared for a massive cleaning drive afterwards but it was easier than expected.

  • Wiped the jelly from the mat using a wet cloth.
  • Scrubed he mat using dishwasher and scrubber
  • wiped again with a clean wet cloth
  • sun dried the mat (We use the other side of the mat for messy activities and safari side for daily use)
  • Little N took bath with his dear Dinosaurs, and there was a lot of raahhhhhhhh in the bath tub too.
  • Cleaned the tub and his kitchen tools separately and sun dried before storing again.

 

 

 

SENSORIAL ACTIVITY-INSECT SENSORY BIN

There is never a better way to learn than experience ,sensorial activities not only make learning fun but makes learning easier as well.One of the sensorial activity we tried recently was the Insect sensorial bin.It was fun learning about the various insects and also discovering and finding them out of the soil bin that we have created

 

How too make an Insect sensorial Bin

1.storage box

2.Insects set

3.Pebbles

4.Some leaves and grass

5.Soil

6.dump truck or any vehicle to make the discover interesting

7.scooping spoons or shovels to scoop the mud out

8.Insects flash cards

9.Dust Pan and brush for cleaning

How to prepare the box


Pour the soil into the box mix it with little water if it is dry, fill the box upto the level you think it will be comfortable for your baby to scoop out.Hide few insects below and few above.Make sure the insects are little visible for the toddlers to see and scoop out.They might just loose interest if it dug too deep.


Put the pebbles where ever you are hiding the insects it will be interesting for them to take out pebbles as well.And it will act as clue for older kids.

How we played it 

Our last weekend activity was . INSECT SENSORY BIN . For the bin we have used 🐞🕷From the insect set . Storage box as bin. . Scooping small spade and fork from beach play set. . Pebbles . Dump 🚚 from the construction set . . Dust PAN and brush from Montessori cleaning set for toddlers . Flash cards made by me 😀 . Activities done 👍Scooping and transfer . 👍Insect discovery . 👍Insects matched with the flash card. . 👍Practical life activity by cleaning the mess . . . #montessori #montessoriathome #montessoritoddler #sensoryplay #bugsiscoverybin #insects #insectsdiscovery #indooractivities #montessoriactivity #learningisfun #handsonlearning #handsonmama #funschooling #funlearning #messyplay #messisgood #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #toddleryears #toddlerslearning #toddlerhood #momblogger #mombloggerindia #muscatbloggers #muscatmums #expatlife #asianblogger #dubaiblogger #mombloggersofig #momtribe

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  • When we started Nirvaan was more interested in transferring the soil out of the bin to the dump truck and transporting it.

  • While scooping when he started getting pebbles and insects he started showing interest in the discovery box

  • He started finding the insects out and we named the insects as he was taking it out.
  • After taking all the pebbles out we gave him the flash cards and he had a fun time matching them.

  • He counted the pebbles he has taken out.
  • Finally he was busy with transporting the insects and mud in his dump truck.
  • He helped us in cleaning as well and it was a great practical activity where he tried to brush the dust from the mat using his pan and brush.


This is a very simple activity which needs very less time and effort to prepare the bin.If you wish to keep it mess free try this activity outside the house.And if you also have a space and heat constrain for playing outside spread a mat and let the little one play there.It is easier to dust the mess out of the mat then sweeping and cleaning the floor.

All these activity we start as a family play with all three of us Nirvaan, his father and me play it together and then when he develops interest in the play we let him explore on his own.Few activities he doesn’t need us at all but doing it together is so much fun.I plan these activities in the weekend so that we can enjoy it together.

 

 

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC-MY EXPERIENCE

So when we talk about Breastfeeding and normalising it one of the most controversial topic that crops up is “breastfeeding in public”,I thought to take this weeks celebration as an oppurtunity to talk about breastfeeding in public and my experience so far.

I like travelling and weekends are only fun if we are out and if you have read my last post MY BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY you would know that my son’s primary diet and soother till now are breasts. But that has never stopped me from venturing out or going for dinners or for that matter stopped myself from venturing into the streets for shopping or long walks.

I would not say that I was comfortable breastfeeding in public initially.It took me a while to get comfortable and get out of my own mind block of people are watching.

But before I write about my experience I would like to thank my parents, sister and my husband who have constantly worked on making me comfortable.I was very nervous the first time we went for a dinner and Nirvaan got cranky and I was scolded by my mother saying either you stay at home or be comfortable feeding in public.

Since then I don’t think I have ever felt nervous or refused to feed in a place where people are around.Breastfeeding in public or at any place is a personal choice and should be respected.A mother’s primary concern is her child be it any place that can’t change just because she is in a public place her right to feed her baby should not be questioned or looked down upon.

My Experience 

Initially when Nirvaan was an infant my outings honestly were to the places where feeding was comfortable like to a mall where there are feeding rooms or to the restraunts where we used to book the corner tables for extra privacy.Nirvaan made his maiden flight travel when he was just one and half months old and we did quite well with the feeding rooms at the airport and the window seat.Feeding an infant in public is honestly easier.All I did was to either use a cloak or a long shrug as I couldn’t feed him without looking at him.

I have fed him in parks , airport very much infront of people but always with a cover on that is my idea of being comfortable in public .

The real challenge I faced or rather face during feeding in public places is with a toddler who doesn’t want to keep the cover on him and also breastfeeding for us is not just breastfeeding it is a bonding time where Nirvaan loves to hear the sweet nothings I tell him and also he demands a lot of skin contact even till now.So in public places where he gets really cranky I don’t feel like feeding him out in open and honestly I prefer washrooms if there are no feeding areas.That gives me the required privacy and also gives him the required comfort.I find nothing wrong in it but yes one should not be forced to feed in washrooms when they are comfortable anywhere.

Well washrooms have been my last options I usually rush to clothing store and use their changing rooms and those are the best 😉 or if he is sleepy feeding him is easier in public .

I don’t bother those looks and till date have never stopped myself because of those looks.

I feel like if my breastfeeding makes someone uncomfortable then they should just avoid looking at me and can take a walk as I have not sat down for them to stare at me. You don’t like it then move on why bother looking and getting uncomfortable watching a baby having food. 

The whole idea of breastfeeding in public comes down to just one point of being comfortable whether with a cover or in the washroom it should be you who should be the decision maker not the people around.

For the beginners I just have one tip be confident you will get those looks even if the baby cries inconsolably,so just don’t bother and go ahead breastfeed any where  you feel comfortable.

HAPPY BREASTFEEDING MOMMIES 

I would highly recommend to check fellow mommy Natantara’s blog post on breastfeeding which is a complete guide for new moms click below to read it

http://mommyingbabyt.com/first-30-days-breastfeeding-new-moms-need-see-success/

Don’t forget to share your experiences down below in the comment section would love to know your breastfeeding experience in public .

 

MY BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY

This post is not just about my Breastfeeding journey but more about my journey as a mother.The journey which started as a painful experience and nothing to cherish about, which started with me questioning my ability to become  forget good but a mother all together.

Read about my initial breastfeeding story My Story-Breastfeeding and the sore nipples and get to know what I am talking about when I say it was painful.

After the initial teething issue we both faced as a new mother and baby N as a new baby we evolved as a better team.We understood each other better in the terms of need and attachment.So the first six months went on smooth with both of us becoming expert in the matter of breastfeeding .Then came the phase of tasting the real food directly and we did pretty well here too.Initial food introduction was a hit Baby N would never fuss and eat so well and I thought I am the luckiest mother on this earth with every mother complaining about their child being picky eater.

I joined office and Baby N was doing well with expressed milk, pureed food, and me coming during lunch time to feed him.It was at 8 months that my sabbatical started and we moved in a different country altogether.Initially when he refused to eat I thought its the change and I should give him time but it went on for almost a month, he would not even take a single spoon of food and will only asked to be fed with breast milk.I started loosing it as it was taking a toll on my life with an almost 9 month old healthy baby with a good appetite feeding on me day in day out.

There has not been a single day when I didn’t discuss his feeding issues with my mother and my sister and there has not been a single day when they have not told me that he is just doing fine and its a phase.My mother would quote my brothers example who was breastfed for  3 yrs  and was least interested in real food and my sister would quote her son’s example who till the age of one even refused to take real food.

It went on till 10 months and finally I decided to take  it as it is.I stopped forcing him to eat and partially adopted baby led weaning.why partially because Nirvaan asks to be spoon fed now so we are not exclusively into baby led weaning.And my life was much easier after I accepted the fact that me being around makes the real food less interesting.

Till one year I was quite relaxed with him being exclusively breastfed.Infact it was a boon in the vacation we went on his birthday .I didn’t worry about his food and he was one happy water baby there.

After his first birthday I noticed that he was showing interest in eating the finger foods and many other food items by himself and I was relaxed that finally things are working and getting into track.But I was completely unaware about the monster named Teething and it happened when we were all settled and eating well.Teething happened at 14 months and He stopped eating and was again into exclusive breastfeeding.

Exclusive breastfeeding and a cranky baby who wants to bite your nipples to ease his teething pain is a worst combination.It was an emotional phase where I thought it is better for both of us if he is weaned off the breast completely.There has been so many moments when I felt like Why me ? I see other moms with kids of same age roaming around wearing their favourite dress and here I am struck with my baby who still wants to be fed like a new born.But Thankfully those feelings were momentary and I made up mind to be the mother he wants me to be.Not forcing him to eat and feeding him on demand.

And today at 21 months when I look back I seriously think why did I fuss over a 9 month old not eating ? I laugh at myself thinking how stupid of me to think of weaning him off his primary diet at that age.

And are we working on our weaning journey ? No not yet we are just gonna enjoy this beautiful journey of breastfeeding as long as we can.May be next year at this time I might just talk about weaning while we would be celebrating the World breastfeeding week.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the mothers who have  fed love to the little ones through breastfeeding and to  the mothers who  have fed all the love through the bottle.A big salute to all of you for being what you are and being best at it.

Also check the inspiring journey of Karuna and Baby K on how she started with formula and still breastfeeds baby K at two plus

http://nameplaceanimalthing.in/2017/08/07/chose-extended-breastfeeding-2-year-old/

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