AUGMENTED REALITY :WHAT?WHY?HOW ?FT PLAY SHIFU


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What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is a technology which enhances or visualizes an object when seen through a gadget like mobile.The Image when viewed through the app in mobile or tablet comes to life (animated).And is in sync with the object in reality.For example if you have an image and you view it through the app to augment if you move the image in real the augmented view on device will move accordingly.

Why Augmented Reality ?

Augmented reality is the next generation technology and is making a great impact already in many fields.Taking the education or play in consideration.It makes the screen time more interactive.Learning through touch and interaction is known to have deeper impact. augmented reality in play and education is providing that interactive way of learning.

Read this excerpt from National Geographic on Augmented Reality

Some scientists contend that screen time may rewire the developing brain, hinder cognitive abilities, and cause behavioral problems. But unlike other forms of digital media, “the primary activity in AR is interacting with the real world,” says Chris Dede, a professor in learning technologies at Harvard University.

Source:www.nationalgeographic.com

How to use augmented reality for educational based play?

So now the question arises how to make the augmented reality work for us and impart knowledge and make the screen time effective.

There are many games available which are based on augmented reality,I will be talking about my personal experience with my two-year old son and augmented reality games from Play Shifu.

Being born in the age of gadgets no doubt these little ones have extra flair over the gadgets, and hence technology serves as the best nanny.But all said and done technology has its own loop holes and as a parent instead of using it as nanny we need to use it wisely.

Augmented reality games like Play Shifu are interactive and hence can act as a great source of learning when played in moderation.

  • Choose the age appropriate play for your kid.
  • Explain them how to play once
  • Let them explore the cards and choose the ones they want to play with
  • Click on the information mode where they can learn about the particular object or animal on the card.
  • Let them touch and move in the screen.
  • Let them move and adjust the card.
  • Switch to library mode and let them go through that.

It is always advisable that you administer your kid while they use gadgets like mobile or hand them over with limited access or app lock, So that they can’t access something which is not meant for them when left unattended.

Our experience with augmented reality and review 

Play Shifu Wildlife

Whats Inside the box?

  • Tablet/mobile stand
  • Activation code
  • 20 Animals cards.

Play Features

  • Animals in 3D
  • Natural habitat
  • Distinctive sounds
  • Feed me quiz
  • Fun spelling game

How to play Shifu Wildlife ?

  • Download the app
  • Use the activation code
  • Click on the game
  • Place the cards in the play area in the range of camera
  • enjoy watching the cards coming to life.

Our Experience

This was the first time Nirvaan was experiencing something like this so we were pretty excited to see his reaction on this particular game.Animals are his favourite and I was sure he would be happy to see the flashcards.

The app was launched and while it took sometime to launch probably 2 mins Nirvaan was impatient and constantly asked why is it not working (lesson learnt download and launch before presenting it to your kid).

And once it was launched his father showed him how to place the cards and see the animals come to life in the screen.There was no stopping after that.He is currently in his I can do it all phase, so we took a back seat and he was busy shouting the names of the animals he knew and asking for those he didn’t.

Then after few days we again played Shifu wild life but this time we played and learned about the natural habitat and sounds.

The other day he played the feed me quiz and he loved and found it really funny when the automated voice said No or that’s tasty.

He is too young for the fun spelling game hence gave it a skip for later.

The library mode is a nice way to browse through without using the cards.

The reason I introduced him the game step wise is simple 

  • For a two-year so much of information in one go can be over stimulating.
  • He will easily lose interest if I hand him over the app and let him play all.
  • Step wise learning is more enriching.
  • It will be less confusing and he will have a better understanding.
  • The app can heat up the device when used for longer duration.
  • And anyways exploring the whole app in one go needs time and I told you we use technology in moderation.

About the app 

  • Easy to download and available in Android OS 4.4 & above / iOS 7.0 & above
  • The activation code can be used in three devices max.
  • The whole process of download and play is very easy to understand.

Some added benefits

  • The flash cards are of great quality and hence can be used for offline learning as well.
  • The stand comes really handy for watching movies and YouTube videos for parents.
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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS:PEE SAFE,MOSQUITO SAFE & PALM SAFE REVIEW


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So last three months were crazy for me as I had to travel a lot and  that to with a toddler.Apart from packing lots of snacking options and diapers there were few other things that I packed and were essential for my travel as I travelled by train and cabs as well.I tried these three products by Redclifee Hygiene Pvt Ltd sent across to me for an honest review.

My travel plan was made keeping few family functions in mind and hence I had to travel across cities as well.The first thing that I used was Pee safe.

PEE SAFE-Toilet Seat Spray Sanitizer

The reason I mentioned family functions before I started the review must have made it clear, yes it rescued me! I have had bad experiences before of contracting urine infection .And I completely avoid using public toilet as much as possible no matter how clean and hygienic they look.But a family function means staying outdoors for long and hence pee safe was the best thing in my bag.

Before using the sanitiser I had my own way of using the public washroom, I never sat on it and used it in a seating position but without sitting.But when I had to poo this trick failed and hence Pee safe made it easier and comfortable for me.

Travelling with a toddler is not easy specially when they don’t stay stable for the diaper change.I don’t trust the airport changing tables as well when it comes to hygiene for my son.When he was a baby the sheet was enough to protect him but now with the mobility that sheet doesn’t stay and he ends up on the tray straight.Pee Safe came to my rescue there as well.

How to use it ?

Just spray on the area your skin will come in contact with specially on the seat area. wait for it to evaporate never wipe it with toilet roll wait for it to evaporate.it does quickly.

For babies spray on the diaper changing able and wait for it to evaporate if you wish to keep the sheets as well.

Pros

The packaging is handy and small and hence allowed in flight as well

Easy to spray and evaporates quickly

makes the journey and outing so much more pleasurable.

Cons

Honestly could not  find any.

Palm safe- Foam Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitiser and toddlers they go hand in hand,Personally I don’t like using sanitiser a lot and prefer washing my hands and same goes for my son.But while travelling this is not possible and sanitiser is the best option.The sanitiser available in the market and i have used till now were all alcohol based and hence not good for skin but had no option before I came across Palm safe.

Palm safe is an alcohol free foam based sanitiser which makes it a must buy for babies and toddlers.

How to use it ?

Pump twice and rub your hands for a good 5 secs.

Pros

In love with the packaging compact and small again can be carried in hand baggage in airport.

The pump makes it a zero wastage product.Usually it is not possible with the sanitiser bottles to get a pea sized drop but with this you get just the right amount pumped.

Alcohol free

Cons

Again couldn’t find any.

Moskito Safe- 100% Natural Mosquito repellent

My visit to India coincidentally was planned in such a way that I guess dengue epidemic and we landed at the same time.There could not have been a better timing to test this product as in Oman we use a repellent only when we visit the park at the evening time rest there is simply no need.But in India and that to in Delhi, we just couldn’t live without it.

How to use it ?

Spray on the exposed part and on the clothes.Reapply every 3 hrs so maximum effect.During the dengue season it is highly recommended that you apply this during day time as well as dengue mosquitoes bite during day time.A mosquito net during sleeping hours is also recommended.It is equally important for an adult to use mosquito repellent as for babies and kids.

Pros

100 % natural Repellent

Alchohol and DEET free

Has neem and citronella oil which are most effective natural mosquito repellent.

Spray bottles makes it easier to spray on clothes.

Cons

I just didn’t like the smell but honestly for a mosquito repellent to be effective it should have a strong smell.

PeeSafe, PalmSafe, and MoskitoSafe are currently selling online on SafetyKart, Flipkart, Amazon, Nykaa and other top-selling e-tailing platforms as well as 2500+ retail stores with the kinds of Le Marche, 98.4 Pharmacy, Global Healthline, Fortis Healthworld, Medirent, Apollo Pharmacy, etc. in India.

OUR PEDIASURE JOURNEY-Healthy & Happy


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As you all know we started our Pediasure journey few months back and I have also  updated on the different recipes that we have tried to make our morning routine of PediaSure more interesting.

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If you have not checked the last two posts then you can click the below links

Picky Eaters and PediaSure

Breakfast with PediaSure- A Journey worth sharing

Picky Eater Morning Routine 

When we started our PediaSure journey I was struggling with a Picky eater who would throw tantrum everytime I would try to feed him something.Then we started with breakfast with Pediasure where every morning for last few months I have been giving him a glass of PediaSure.It was easier for me to make him drink something as usually with solid he would throw tantrum and refuse to open his mouth.

How I made my Picky eater Love food 

people-2560321_960_720.jpgHonestly when I started with PediaSure my expectations were limited to meeting my baby’s nutritional requirement which he was losing out on being a picky eater but the results have been just more than that.

The Results

Along with PediaSure I also started offering him food and freedom to eat on his own without me pestering him to eat again and again. Initially as he used to drink a glass of PediaSure in the morning he didn’t use to eat much during the whole day but gradually his appetite increased and he started eating on his own.

This increase in appetite has led to him experimenting with his tastes as well now he doesn’t reject the food offered out rightly the way he use to do earlier. I offer him a variety so that he has options to choose and now he eats his meals three times along with few snacks and a glass of PediaSure.

When did he last catch cold I don’t even remember that honestly season change I don’t get to know through my Baby falling sick as his immunity is better.Now season change is just change in season  rather than a reason for my baby’s bad health.We have not visited hospital or called a doctor since a long time.(Touch wood or rather should I say Thanks to PediaSure).

Before starting with PediaSure my baby’s weight was almost constant although he is a healthy baby but off late he was not gaining weight.The reason could have been the eating habits as he was extremely picky.But since last few months I have since a constant gain in his weight. 

Toddlers are just filled with so much of energy they need to get tired and need to utilise that energy in the form of play. But do you know if the body’s nutritional requirement is not met Kids might just lose interest in playing and can be lethargic as well.I have seen an increase in my baby’s energy level after starting with PediaSure.The park outings are now longer and more fun.

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And he returns home for a good uninterrupted sound sleep which is again required for the overall development in the growing age.

After using PediaSure for these months all I can say is our Journey with PediaSure has been Healthy and Happy.

Although trying PediaSure for all these months was a part of #90DaysWithPediaSure campaign but I am thankful that I did and the results are much more than what I expected.PediaSure is going to stay in our morning routine and also in our night time routine as we grow with PediaSure and continue #MyPediaSureJourney.

Have you started your journey yet? Do share your experiences in the comments below if you have. If you wish to start your journey with PediaSure nutrition, you can buy it from the company website or from any local store or druggist near your area.

Disclaimer: Although Abbot approached me to try PediaSure nutrition for my child, the views, opinions and experiences shared in my post are my own.

Top 10 things to bring fun home this children’s day

14th November brings back so many memorable moments that I have shared at school, preparing the speech on Chacha Nehru,remembering him more as Chacha Nehru than as first prime minister of India all thanks to children’s day celebration at school.I really don’t have any fond memory of this day at home, I wonder why? when this day is all about children then why is this day not celebrated at home with parents and siblings.

This year my husband and I decided to bring fun home and make it memorable for Nirvaan so that while growing up he will remember this day as a fun family day as well.I am listing the top ten things you could bring home to make this children’s day memorable for your children.

Bake a cake together 

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Baking alone or a surprise cake can never bring the joy on those little faces than the cake they bake for themselves.Bake a cake together!Let them wear the baker’s cape and spread some magic icing of happiness over the cake.Let them peep Hundredth of time over that oven to check  the cake. Don’t forget to tell them the secret of perfect cake ‘ the toothpick trick’.

Watch their Favourite movie

Yes I know watching that movie all over again is something you would not want to do so why not press that mute button and enact the favourite movie and let them take the favourite character.Oh yes ! don’t forget to watch the movie for yourself the night before I am sure you would not like to forget the dialogues while enacting.

Plan a Messy Play 

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How can a day be memorable if you can’t make it merrier with mess.Plan a messy play and have some fun with the mess.

Order in 

Order in their favourite food and let them open the door once its there,I am sure that smile will be worth a million bucks.

Have a fight 

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Don’t say no to fight this children’s day ,have a pillow fight with the little ones.Let them jump and hit each other with the pillows. Don’t be your strict self and join them in the fight.

Plan a get together

Invite the cousins and friends over this children’s day at home and have a small get together.Nothing like seeing the little ones having fun together.Will remind you of your childhood get togethers with cousins.

Switch off that mobile 

I know its difficult but keeping it in silent is manageable, just give your full and undivided attention to your kids. We spend a lot of time on these gadgets when we are home and often miss out on the one to one communication. This children’s day keep that mobile away.

Plant a tree 

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In our busy life we often forget the small happiness we get from being close to nature.Plant a tree with your kids so that they will remember the birthday of the tree and cherish it growing every year. If you don’t have space then consider planting some plants which purify air.

Raja Mantri Chor Sipahi 

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Children’s day is not just about the little ones its for us too, to relive the childhood we had which had made us the person we are today.Play those old forgotten games with your kids and take them down to our childhood where there were no gadgets and a piece of paper could keep us busy for hours together.

Kuch Mittha Ho jaye !


Relax if you can’t plan anything just remember to buy some cadbury Dairy Milk.Sit with your little ones and share the chocolate. Remember to fight over the last piece and when you win over the last piece just hand them over the bigger packet of Cadbury Dairy Milk you got for them.Don’t forget to capture that smile 🙂

Take a break from the busy adult life let the child in you take you over this children’s day. Let that carefree child in you be the parent for a day and do all the mischiefs with the little ones.Surprise yourself and the little ones and make it a memorable day.

Here is a small video to pep up the day for you

Disclaimer:A sponsored post to just let the sweetness take over this children’s day in association with Cadbury Dairy Milk

 PRODUCT REVIEW: ANG TATVA -Kesh Tatva for hair and Kaya Tatva for face 


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I am sure if you are on social media you must have heard about the skin care products by Ang Tatva , a skin care product personalised as per your skin type and delivered to your door step.And the best part is the products are all made of natural ingredients and are completely safe and chemical free.The person behind this skin care range is a mother of two and does an excellent job managing her business and kids.Being a mother she understands the importance of skin care in a mom’s life takes a back seat and hence  no time to take care of oneself the natural way using the house hold ingredients. I seriously feel there is nothing better than getting these products all ready made.


I have used both the product thrice in a span of three weeks and here is my experience and review.


KESH TATVA :The Black Magic Hair Pack




My hair type
– Dry , Frizzy and I got smoothening done last year so now my hair are most messy than ever as I have a combination of wavy curly hair.

Ingredients
: Amla, Amrood Patti, Mahabhringraj, Yasimadhu, Majishtha, Lodhra, Kal Til, Patchouli essential oil , Avacado oil and few more herbs 

Directions for use:
soak the hair mask in tea water for an hour or more and apply a thick paste on the hair and wash with a mild shampoo.
I followed and used as per the instruction mentioned.

Results
 
My hair feels shinier and smoother than before.

The hair mask has enough oil to prevent my hair from drying out.

Usually the mask for Dry and curly hair makes my hair straight ( which honestly I don’t like ) but to my surprise this hair mask made my hair bouncy and smooth without making my hair look straight.

It made my hair look healthier.


Drawback
 
The only drawback I felt about this particular product is the packaging as the product spilled while it was delivered. I loved the concept of glass jar but if the lid used can be changed to a tighter and spillage safe it will be better.

KAYA TATVA: Glow Worm 



My skin type: I have a combination skin which is normal during summers and dry during winters.

Ingredients
: Rice flour, powdered oats , fenugreek, white poppy , turmeric powder, yastimadhu and few pulses mix.

Directions for use
: Take a spoonful of the pack and mix with honey and milk to make a thick paste and apply evenly on the face. Let it rest for 25 minutes and rinse with cold water.
I followed and applied as per the instructions.

Results
 

I am blessed with a skin with no breakouts so honestly I don’t use much of face masks. I really never thought a mask can bring glow on your face. The first time I used it and felt nice I thought it was psychological I am being very honest. My skin felt supple and soft. The next time I used it I could feel the difference it was making to my skin. I recently used it night before I had to attend a family event and went with minimal make up of sun screen , kajal and lipstick. My skin felt good and I didn’t miss putting make up.

Drawback

Not applicable is all I can say for this product.

I will highly recommend Ang Tatva products, and if you love home made natural skin care products but have no time this brand is a blessing. The products I have received were just few of the amazing products this skin care range has . You can check the whole range and much more on their Instagram page just click the link below to view.

Ang Tatva Instagram