Handmade Christmas Balls

Both adults and children can make such beautiful Christmas balls! And it does not take much time really! Here is the instruction how to make them: Christmas Crafts. Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations

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Painting with Little Children. What to Begin with?

Can a 1-year-old paint with finger paints? Yes, he can and painting is considered very important for the child’s development. To learn the ideas of how to paint with toddlers using finger paints we invite you to look through the article “Painting with Children. Finger Painting. From Abstraction to Realism“: traditional and untraditional methods of painting for little children.

A Children’s Meeting Devoted to Shri Ganesha

Today there were three kids at our meditation and art-meeting: Soniya (1,5), Kirill (3,5) and Bazhena (5,5). We showed them a picture of Shri Ganesha and asked them what qualities they thought he had? “He is kind, honest, wise and he is very obedient to his mother. He also wants us to have such qualities!”

At the beginning of the meeting we offered Shri Ganesha Puja. Then we told the children the legend about the creation of Shri Ganesha (why he’s got an elephant’s head).Red flowers (red is the colour of Shri Ganesha) and sweet things (Ganesha likes them very much) added special atmosphere to our today’s meeting.

The art&craft part was also devoted to Shri Ganesha. We discussed his appearance beforehand: he’s got a trunk, big belly, one tusk, four hands, one of which gives blessings, another holds sweets and in the other two hands there are weapons to fight with evil things. His transport is, according to the legend, a little mouse. And again this craft was appropriate for both a 1,5-year-old and a 5,5-year-old. I think I have already got used to such conditions 🙂 Here are the Ganeshas our little children made:

You can learn how to make such crafts with children here.

Each child was very happy that he/she had been able to make such craft him/herself! And all the kids got even happier when Continue reading “A Children’s Meeting Devoted to Shri Ganesha”

Shri Rama and Shambary

Script for a children’s play

The play was written and staged in Togliatty Sahaja Yoga Kindergarten (Russia) in 2009.

Characters:

  • Rama
  • Lakshmana
  • Sita
  • Shabary

Author: In an Indian village, there lived a poor old woman. Her name was Shabary. She was so old that it was difficult for her to walk and she had lost almost all her teeth. But in spite of this she was very humble to God and every day she went to the temple of Shri Vishnu to clean the temple and to surrender to God.

Shabary comes in, she moves with difficulty. She comes to the temple, sweeps all around, rings the bell hanging at the entrance of the temple and makes Aarti with an incense in front of the picture of Shri Vishnu (or Shri Mataji). Then she sits down and meditates.

Shabari knew that the incarnation of Shri Vishnu – Shri Rama – was Continue reading “Shri Rama and Shambary”

Handmade Vases. Do-It-Yourself for Children of Any Age

These beautiful vases were made by the kids aged from 1,5 to 7,5 eyars old at the meditation&art meeting for children we have held this month. To learn more about the meeting and to learn the instructions how to make such beautiful things you are invited to visit the “Parents’ Ideas” blog: Handmade Vases – by Children of Different Age, or the 2nd Meeting of the Children’s Art-Group

So, the vases are ready. But is it really a vase if there is no bouquet in it?!

A couple of days before the meeting of the art-group I Continue reading “Handmade Vases. Do-It-Yourself for Children of Any Age”

The Bullock Cart – A Story about Equality

by Sia Reddy

On a farm in the heart of India, there lived a farmer and his wife. They were rather poor, but earned their living by collecting milk from all the farms in the area to sell it on the market in the city.

One day, like all the other days, the farmer set off to work. He fed the oxen and attached them to the cart. Everything seemed to work smoothly, until the front wheel started to speak.

“I am so great. Look how well I am made. The best iron bars have been used to shape my wonderful, round frame. The wood is still in brilliant condition after so many rides and see, what a beautiful pattern I make in the earth! Without me, this whole cart would not move an inch!”

“You are terribly vain, dear wheel” called one of the wooden planks. “Without us, there would be no cart! We planks are holding the whole cart together, keep the milk from falling and offer our farmer a place to sit.”

“Well, maybe.” Said the wheel. “But after all, I and my three wheel brothers are Continue reading “The Bullock Cart – A Story about Equality”

The Benefit of Footsoaking for Children

It was in Sahaja Yoga that I first learn about the beneficial influence on the organism of baths for feet. Negative energies that we could “pick up” during the day go into the basin with water and salt. Peace sets within, negative thoughts and emotions leave us, sleep improves. And imagine how surprised I was when I found out that doctors also recommend keeping our feet in the water of comfortable temperature where some sea salt is added. Moreover, they advise to do it both for adults and kids.

Last month, the doctor who came to make a professional massage to our toddler told us something about footosoaking. Our little girl (17 mo) keeps her feet in the basin with water and salt two times a day since she turned 1 year old. She does it at the same time with us (in the morning and evening). The masseur explained to us the benefit of this activity from medical point of view:

  • the nervous system relaxes – the child becomes more peaceful;
  • the salt clears the body of chemical waste drawing it out from the organism through pores.

In fact, if our daughter is in a gloomy mood it is just enough to do the footsoaking together with her for her state to improve for the better.

And today the neurologist who we attended on a routine basis prescribed our little girl the same method for strengthening her legs. When I asked the doctor what the benefits salty water are, she answered that Continue reading “The Benefit of Footsoaking for Children”