Virtual Reality World - A Lego Model


A Virtual Reality Theme Park in My imagination.
The Virtual Reality Simulator is movable and is on a slider..
and has seats inside..
The park is complete with Emergency Exits, Food Court and all amenities.

Magnetix Mania


Lego House - Novel Roof


Halloween Inspiration


A random design using a slingy and a spring fish that I won during the fall festival at school.

Robot on Roller Skates


Design Mania


Title 'em


It was lunch time and one thing led to another and we found ourselves inventing a new game! Mom was asking me to describe the household items in one or 2 words and soon we realised this could very well be a game on the go. I call it "Title Them".
Yes, simply go about 'titling' anything and everything under the sun. Soon the poet in you will be set free.This is a good stepping stone to poetry and paragraph writing.
Some of the titles I came up with on the spot are:
* The Cake pan on the dining table : Cake Land
* Noodles on the table : Noodle Plaza
* Mom's Paintings : Forever Auroras
* The fan : Summer Friend

Try Title 'em and poem the Poems!

Brain Teaser for the week


Try to solve this:
A parking lot has 4 bikes in next to one another in an order.
1) The White bike is not next to the Red or the Yellow one
2) The Red bike is not the first or the last one
3) The 1st bike is a Yellow one
Find out the order of the bikes.
Click to see the solution:

Binoculars with built in Camera - Paper Roll Craft


Offlate I am drawn towards binoculars and can't wait to get a working one for myself. Couple of weeks back I saw a real one in a store but it did not appeal to Appa so he promised me to get a different one pretty soon. But then it occured to me - why wait when I can make my own?  I asked Amma to save 2 of the toilet paper rolls which she normally trashes.
Once I got them, I quickly put a rubber band to hold them together and there it pretend Binoculars! Then I saw the small flash light that I got as a goody bag gift from my friend Bastle's birthday Yesterday..I just put that between the 2 paper rolls so that the flash light's switch is on top - oh yeah..there it is.. my very own Binoculars with 'built in camera'!
Amma (mom) got carried away and she was head over heels to get the camera (the real one) to shot a picture. :-)
I am happy to share my simple easy cool project idea that you could do all by yourself. I am sure you will like it - I know my friend Muaaz liked it so much that he did one for himself!

Letter Race - Dictionary Skills Game


Looking up words in a dictionary is an interesting task. You may consider yourself as a detective searching for clues to find wherein that dictionary is that mystery word. The alphabetical order is the sole and sufficient clue. Mom cooked up a game to improvise my dictionary look up skill.
We used the 'Smart Mouth' Letter Getter and Alphabet tiles for this game which I call "Letter Race". The rule is pretty simple: Slide the getter and look at the 2 letters. Shout out the letter that comes first in the alphabetical order. Say, you get 'R' and 'M', the first one to call out 'M' gets a point (or collects the 2 tiles). The one with many points (or many tiles) at the end of the game is the winner. Another variation for a one player game is to recite the alphabets in the order starting from the first tile..say you get 'R' and 'M', player has to quickly say 'R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z'. This will be a practice to be able to say the alphabets from the middle - Some can say alphabets only from the beginning everytime starting from 'A'..this variation will be a good practice for them. Hope you enjoy playing this simple game and love your dictionary time.

Addition War


It is bedtime but the deck of cards that mom & dad had dispersed on the floor after a hand of RUMMY lured me. I played Addition War with mom. Ofcourse I won - do you even have to ask?!

Graminos - Nouns & Pronouns


I revised Nouns and revisited Pronouns. I encountered a word that can be a Noun as well as a Verb..Can you find that out from the picture? And I earned more money for my next toy at the end of the game. Mom offered bonus points if I could tell the missing pronouns and I came up with a couple more like him, her.. Mom plans to make a complete list of pronouns as our current word pool does not cover all.

Graminos - Flavor: Pronouns


I liked our newly invented Graminos game and Today we tweaked the rules and came up with a version for Pronouns. Like our Food Pyramid game, this Graminos is also very extensible to cover many elements in Grammar. We plan to play all possible versions of Graminos in the next few days - ie until I get bored with the game.

By the way, I like to nickname Pronouns as "Professional Nouns" - don't ask me the reason..I just felt like it.

My trip to the Tech Museum


I went to the local Tech Museum Yesterday. I went to the IMAX theater and watched "Forces of Nature". I also made a souvenier coin.I even designed a bike. I experienced the Turkey earthquake simulation. I programmed a microchip for Mr.Potato Head!

I liked going to the Tech Museum. Going to the Tech Museum is one of the best ways to spend your summer weekend.

And FYI: The above paragraph was written all by myself and Mom just blogged it on my behalf. U know instead of scanning my journal on this trip, she decided to type it down in my own words though.. That said, include your local Tech Museums, if any, to your places of interest. It is worth your time.



My summer is going awesome with weekend day trips to theme parks & beaches and all day play with friends in the neighborhood, pool parties and so on..
We stayed in an Ocean Front vacation home in Mendocino, located north of CA for the long weekend. It had been a while we even talked about our game school.
After enough refreshment, we are slowly being drawn to our 'Play it! Learn It! club.
We are thinking of reinstating our game spirit. :) Let us see..
Last night, I asked Mom to come up with a learning game using Dominos. She discussed a game idea with me and got my approval. I call it 'Graminos'. Can you guess the game from the name? We will be playing it Today. Stay Tuned..

A trip to the Aquarium


After over 2 years, I visited the Aquarium again. Last time I went, we ended up making this lapbook on sea animals. This year, mommy suggests a journal on the trip..Not a bad idea. Shall update my journal in a shortwhile. My favorite part of the trip was playing various games there like helping the sea horses camouflage by changing their size, color and texture. And ofcourse the follow up dinner at my home with my friend Varun and all Aunties/Uncles.

Got my Bakugans!


Yesterday Mom and Dad took me to ToysRus to honor my game dollars. Yes, I bought 3 Bakugan Balls with Gate cards and ability cards - one from each planet Haos, Darkus, SubTeraa. I will be collecting 3 more Bakugan balls from the rest of the 3 planets when I earn some more Homeschool Gameschool dollars.

Sentence Sorting - Grammar Game


Mom cooked up a game to identify the 4 types of sentences. We cut out strips of sentences from old books and magazines. I assigned values to each type of sentence. For instance, an imperative sentence is worth 25cents, an exclamatory is 10cents, an interrogative is 5cents and the declarative is worth 1cent. I then drew each sentence strip from the pile and identified the type. If identified correctly, I get the assigned money. At the end of the game, I earned a total of $4.59 which I will be using to buy my favorite Bakugan Toy. Ofcourse mom will pitch in $10 more for the toy and also I have about $5 left in my Food Pyramid Game Locker.
This game introduced me to the sentence types all the while reinforcing my reading skill as I have to read out the sentences. And since mom had not sorted the coins, I had to pick the right coin from the coin tray for each sentence type - there I goes my money skills. And at the end of the game, I counted the money I made through this fun activity and oh yeah, that was money math! Above all, I earned my toy..there goes the lesson on life and practicality:You got to earn your bread!
Wonder how many declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative sentences are in this post?! Play this game and think through it.

Triominos Treat


We played Triominos - the adult version Today. Mom made us to calculate the score on each turn and so that was like a little addition practice in disguise. The game was fun too. By the way, I am in my 'Batman' costume. Love the cape, huh?!

Food for your Brain


Mom asked me some puzzles/riddles as part of the summer fun. Let me relay them to you. Try to solve them. Oh, yeah! I did solve them, ofcourse with some clues. I shall post the answers in a separate post in couple of days, so you won't get tempted to peek at the answers. Here you go:

1. There were 26 crows on a fence. A hunter shot 8 of the birds with a single bullet. How many crows would be left on the fence?

2. There were an elephant and an ant. They were very good friends. But they both had a bad habit of lying. The elephant would lie only on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. The ant would lie only on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The rest of the days they speak only the truth.
Oneday, the elephant told the ant, "I lied Yesterday!" The ant immediately said, "I too!"
Which day did this conversation happen?

3. A boy has 2 US coins of which one is NOT a nickel. The sum of the coins is 30cents. Can you find what are those 2 coins?

4. A Tiger, an elephant and an ant were standing in a queue (in the same order) to get their hot lunch in their school cafeteria. The tiger looked back and said, "There are 2 more animals standing behind me". The elephant looked back and said, " There is one animal behind me". The ant looked back and said, "There is one animal behind me". Can you explain how that is possible?

5. A boy was challenged by his friends to stay inside a room for exactly 30 mins. He was given a stick and a match box. The stick will take 1 hr to completely burn. The boy has to come out exactly after 30 mins. He doesn't have a watch/clock to know when it is time to come out. All he has is the stick and a match box to light it. How will he know when to come out?

Mom could only recall these puzzles from her childhood. :-) Hope you have fun solving them as a summer treat.

The Art of Caricature


Mr.Max, an artist drew my caricature in a matter of minutes! It is a fun experience posing.
A funny me racing in a funny car, 'thumbs up'-ing.
Learn more about the art of caricature here.

Balloon Art


Hold that thought..I didn't do it.. Mr.Yaski, a Balloon Artist made this for me. Can you guess what it is? It is a Bike. Kudos to those who guessed it right.

A prelude to the Summer


A casual playdate spiced up with time and turned into a prelude to the approaching 2009 Summer Break! The backyard basketball game is not all..we are now dancing to Dhoom 2 title song..Mom may slideshow them too..
(And all this gala happened after I was excused from school this morning.. Apparently the teacher thought I was not feeling well! ;-) No Sir! It was just some pollen allergy. A good face wash & a sound nap was all it took to rejuvenate me)
Update: She did it..She slideshowed us dancing to the DHOOM.. So go.. walk out the door.. get down, get on the floor. let's shout! break out! come on once again let's hear it.. DHOOM MACHAALE!!!!!!!