Sudoku is one of the most famous board game. People love this game for different reasons. Some play it for leisure, while others love the thrill that comes while they unravel the hidden tricks of this game. There are some benefits of playing sudoku that I would like to share this post.
Did you know that playing Sudoku could help boost your brain power?
Whether you play it online, on a paper or on your phone, sudoku helps kids of all ages.
It works towards training the brain to perfection.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are of my own.
Here are some benefits of playing sudoku:
Sudoku being one of the best learning game for children and a brain game, helps polish a child’s cognitive skills. It familiarises a child with numbers and also improves his mental math skills.
Since sudoku urges a child to use different thinking processes, it is highly thought provoking.
Does this series make sense? Are all the numbers in the series correct? Do all the numbers match? Should this number fit?
All these questions help a child to learn how to think critically, since he would keep trying to find the solution till he should surpass the level of failure and would get the solution.
It’s difficult to remember if you used a particular number in a row, column or box, and Sudoku helps you to remember it. This game helps in polishing a child’s skills of remembering where he placed a number.
When one repeatedly solves sudoku, it helps in sharpening the long and short term memory.
So all you mommies who keep complaining of memory loss after becoming a parent, do practice playing sudoku😁😎.
Positively diverting energy:
Any kind of Puzzle involves trial and error, and children usually don’t succeed at it in the first go.
This gives a child an opportunity learn two important lessons: never to give up and also be patient.
Instead of wasting time on television or YouTube channels, a child could spend time solving sudoku which works wonders for the brain cells and it’s something more constructive and positive too.
Sudoku helps a child to be more focused and alert, which would have a positive influence on his performance. It helps a child to control his wandering mind and helps in clearly focusing on a task.
So next time don’t shout at your child when he is playing sudoku, instead join him.
You can play sudoku online as well on a website called Livesudoku, which gives you an option to randomise Puzzles with your own preferred settings, instead of offering you a set of pre-made Puzzles to try slowly and beat.
Trust me there is nothing that could beat a free online Sudoku which you could enjoy playing anytime, anywhere.
This website also gives you an option to compete with other players across the globe.
Click the link to check it out: www.livesudoku.com
How I bust gender stereotypes – ‘My parenting mantra’ Blog train
I always thrive to break the stereotypes if it makes rational sense to me. Even before my first child was born, my husband and I had decided to bust the usual gender stereotypes in our family. We wanted to give a gender neutral environment to our child. Today, I want to share with you all about how I bust gender stereotypes and how I ensure that my little muffins know, that they could achieve anything they want in life, irrespective of their gender.
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It’s hightime we flex some muscles and bust the gender stereotypes in our society.
Kids have a natural ability to see the world without any limits. However it’s often observed that the adults usually signal that certain behaviour or things should be off the limits for kids based on their gender.
When this happens, the little heart gets smaller and smaller and it could also damage the child’s character.
All parents have the best intention for their child, however one might end up promoting stereotypes unknowingly, that could fence your child in.
The mantras that I follow, would ensure that your child understands that he or she could accomplish anything in life.
1. Let there be just toys:
Give your child a wide variety of toys to play with, for the sheer reason that it’s still unknown what the child would gravitate towards and why.
Your son might like playing with the kitchen set, since he sees you in the kitchen most of the times and wants to be like you.
Your daughter might like action figures merely because she enjoyed watching the latest super hero movie.
You won’t really know what your child might want unless you give her some options and encouragement to seek out what interests her the most.
That also means that if your daughter chooses to play with dolls, accept it as long as it’s absolutely her choice and isn’t the only option presented to her.
2. Make your child meet some meaningful people:
By meaningful people I mean making your child meet women who have followed all sorts of paths in life.
The reason why I’m suggesting this, is that the kids often take women as the ones who are responsible for taking care of her family. It’s important for the kids to understand that women have passions, interests and career outside of their family life. It would help expand your child’s horizons and would show her all the things women could do.
You could also get your child some child friendly biographies that showcase the real life achievements of women all over the world.
3. Discuss what you watch:
Television shows and online videos have a really short period of time to convert a story, and kids usually rely on the visual cues they get from there which is quite often gender stereotypical.
I wouldn’t suggest to avoid watching such things, rather watch and discuss.
Ask your child questions like, was the main character male or female? Would it make sense if that character’s gender was reversed?
The more you help your child look at the media critically and understand the negative impact of the gender stereotypes, the better equipped he or she would be, to defy them throughout their lives.
4. Think and then speak:
Your child is watching you all the time. How you speak about the women in your life has a big impact on the way your child would view a woman (or herself if you have a daughter).
When you compliment a girlfriend, your sister or a co-worker, avoid complimenting all the time about their clothes or how they look.
What I would suggest is, try to broaden what you praise in other women. Compliment them about how you admire their work, or like how they nailed it in a meeting.
All women, including your daughter definitely love being called beautiful, but they also need to know that they are valued for so much more than just their looks.
Also avoid talking ill about how someone looks, this could make your child learn about judging someone based on their appearances.
5. Chores have no gender:
You should try to assign household responsibilities in a rotating schedule, so everyone could get to try their hand at everything. If you have same gender Kids like me, try to showcase an environment where your husband and you switch your household tasks often, so your child understands that there isn’t any gender based chore.
6. Be adventurous:
Try to have some time together with your child where you could just do whatever you want. If you have a daughter you could paint your nails someday, but ensure you don’t do it most of the times or everyday. Be adventurous and try some fun outdoor sport too. This helps a girl child to see herself as capable and strong and not just a pretty kid. It would also teach her that the sports aren’t just for boys.
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I would like to share with you a review about Globetrotters Box , which is a monthly subscription box for kids.
I love educational activities for kids, and when this fun box from Globetrotters arrived, I was probably more excited than my girls.
These are country themed boxes that you could choose to subscribe for and one country themed box would be delivered right to your doorstep. You could choose the subscription for 3 and 6 months.
Each of these boxes contain 4-5 cool activities that would revolve around the country you choose.
You get to choose the box according to your child’s age:
Little explorers for 4-6 year olds
Young explorers for 6-12 year olds
Disclaimer: I was offered to pick a product of my choice from Globetrotters for my honest and unbiased opinion.
My first expression of the Globetrotters subscription box for kids:
My muffins jumped with joy when they saw the box. I had to struggle to hide it away so I could make a video of its unboxing. Somehow my big muffin couldn’t wait, she found it and unboxed it herself.😁😎
Here’s the unboxing video for you all:
The box contained the following activities:
Pizza playset making kit
Italian mosaic photo frame making kit
Italy Puzzles and art set.
World map ( wall sized)
Italy letter and stickers
Price of the Globetrotters subscription box for kids (Italy) : 799 Rs.
High fives of Globetrotters subscription box for kids:
The first box came with a large and really adorable world map and a passport. The world map is such an apt thing to put up in your kids’ room.
All the materials required to do the activities are present inside the box.
The box doesn’t just ensure that it makes you have fun but also gives your child an educational experience.
What I really liked was a letter we received from Moozo Characters: Oyo, Zu and Ask, who introduced my girls to the country box we received.
Each activity was wrapped separately and had a separate detailed card which showed how each activity is to be done.
This box has very well designed activities.
It can easily engage your kids for a month.
All the activities in the box are different from each other, hence keeps the child interested for long.
It’s pocket friendly.
Benefit of Globetrotters subscription box for kids:
This box has a unique concept and since they would send you a new box every month, their activities would continue to stay interesting for your child and you.
Not so high fives of Globetrotters subscription box for kids:
Frankly I couldn’t find any low five about this box, just that I wish there was something for my little muffin too who is 1.6 years old.
Mylittlemuffin conclusion for Globetrotters subscription box for kids:
This box helps you pull your kids away from “screen”. It’s such a perfect way your family could engage in some fun, exploring and learning time together. It would be perfect for days you are stuck indoors due to rains😃.
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(Check out JS Puzzles that offer Jigsaw puzzles for adults)
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are of my own.
Jigsaw puzzles are games that are not only entertaining but also have an exceptional educational and health benefits. It’s one of my favourite activity to indulge in with my little muffins. It acts as a stress buster for me.
Jigsaw puzzles help me relax and always help put my mind on a better place.
Whenever I play jigsaw puzzles, I’m forced to concentrate all of my attention on just one specific thing, hence there isn’t any room for my mind to wander around and stir up unnecessary trouble.
I always wished I had a pocket jigsaw puzzle, which I could carry anywhere with me.
I came across this really cool concept of a website called JS Puzzles, which provides some really interesting online jigsaw puzzles for adults. Now I have something that could help me unwind and recharge my mommy battery.
Don’t we all mom’s have a chatter going on in our mommy brains all day long?
Well! I have realised with my personal experience, that jigsaw puzzles have a calming and relaxing effect.
Jigsaw puzzles are a way to have some ‘sane ME time’, in between the daily juggling that every mother has to go through.
Ever since I got to know of JS Puzzles, I spend atleast half an hour on enjoying my jigsaw puzzles, and once I’m done, it feels as if someone just pressed some ‘reset’ button installed on my brain and I’m all refreshed to tackle new mommy situations?.
We have to accept, that apart from the joy that parenting brings along, there are many times where a mom needs a quick break which works like a power nap. JS Puzzles helps me enjoy my quick break.
At times it’s just 10 minutes a day that I require on this website ( along with my super strong coffee) to feel rejuvenated.
I love indulging in various activities with my muffins, and we do have many jigsaw puzzles with different concept, shapes and sizes at home. However, this online jigsaw puzzle website is my ‘on the go entertainment partner’ now. Whether it’s waiting in queue at a doctor’s, a quick break in between my work, or my ‘ME time’ washroom breaks, this is something that helps me have a quick therapy that refreshes my mind.
Why should you choose JS Puzzles (Jigsaw puzzles for adults) ?
JS Puzzles helps you to create your puzzle as per your preference. You can also upload your own image to play a customised jigsaw puzzle.
They have a lot of themes you can choose from.
You can choose the number of pieces as per your mood. If you are in a competitive mood, you could choose smaller puzzles with more number of pieces, and you could also choose large and less number of pieces, incase you are just in a mood to relax.
If you are in a mood to challenge yourself even more, you can choose some complex shaped puzzles too (Yes, they have a choice to choose the shape of the puzzle too).
And the best feature that they offer is that you could time yourself and compare your timing with the other players.
I would suggest you to give jigsaw puzzles a second chance to come into your life, and you would be surprised to know the benefits of this ‘jigsaw therapy’.
I would like to share with you my experience about an online gifting portal that could take care of all your gifting worries, specially when it comes to personalised gifts.
Sending gifts is what i have always loved, more than receiving them.I have always done a lot of brain storming for every gift that I have ever given to anyone.
I have always been a sucker for personalised gifts. I somehow feel that it’s the most special thing to gift someone.
When IGP.com offered me to choose a product of my choice, I couldn’t help but chose something cool and personalised. I chose a hamper that consisted of a personalised coffee mug for my husband, some ready to make coffee pouches and a personalised notepad for myself. I also received a discount coupon for my next purchase.
Disclaimer: I was offered to order a product of my choice from igp.com for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the personalised gifts I ordered:
Personalised coffee mug: It has my husband’s name engraved on it beautifully. I love the font they used. The mug send to be really sturdy and has a snap tight lid. Its such an apt mug for a work desk.
Personalised notepad: It has my name engraved on it, which ensures that only I use it (well! I’m hoping that, specially now that my little girl has learnt to read my name). It has some colourful post-its and I like the quality of this notepad. It has a nice pen along with it which goes with the theme of the notepad. Coffee sachets: These are ready to mix coffee pouches which is from the brand that we use.
IGP.com (Indian gifts portal) is India’s largest multi category online gifting company. It provides one of the best curated collection of gifts.
Indian gifts portal specialises in flowers, chocolates, cakes, festival merchandise, personalised gifts, home and living products, kids and fashion categories.
They ship orders to 150+ countries ( that includes USA,UK, Australia, Canada etc) and 7000+ pin code in India.
High fives of IGP.com :
It makes gifting really easy and convenient
It specialises in gifts for all ages and occasions
It provides a good level of hierarchical filter. For example the category Gifts by occasion , divides into several age and profile based sub- categories, which diverges further into individual sub categories based on your relationship. And this later subdivides into occasion and personality. Hence making it really easy for one to choose the most apt product.
They seem to understand the consumer’s gifting needs
They have a hassle free and quick delivery, with option of midnight delivery of gifts
The packaging of my personalised gifts was good. The products came nicely wrapped in bubble wrap and placed beautifully in a cane basket.
The payment procedure was hassle free too
There is a vast variety of gifts as per your budget.
For the ones who are running short of time, they also have same day delivery network in over 300 cities in India.
Not so high fives of IGP.com
I wish they had an option of gift wrapping. Maybe what I ordered didn’t have an option for the same.
However I did have an option to send a personalised message along with the gift, which made it really special.
I would highly recommend you to visit the website once and browse through their products. My experience of placing an order was great, more because I could really zero down on the kind of product I wanted. A perfect place that could show the magic of technology.
My mother’s house is in another city and I always have a trouble sending them gift on various occasions. Now I’m sure where to head to, for all the occasional gifting. I would definitely want to order again from IGP.com.
Do check out their father’s day special gifting optionshere