Salt Play ~ Therapy & Fun

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honest results visible : ' this ' by sawaab

Last week sam was in Libya, Algeria etc and that really left us feeling abit low. I have let the kids completly enjoy the  initial outlet, the kids desperately wanted after the exams, last two to three weeks and now it has started to fade off. They are getting restless and need some form of constructive routine. As such we have been sleeping at the wee hours of the night/morning and having breakfast at lunch !!

 Playstation ~ computer games and Cartoons are the only agendas in their lives at the moment.  These kids have really had to bury their heads in alot many books this year and thats why I felt it was ok to let them just “Chill out”.

Hopefully they will be getting into a better schedule with activities and sports shortly. Till then, I am going to relax too.

Last week, we played with salt. The boys not only made signs and alphabets but they also enjoyed making things with it. I could see sawaab making improvements in his spelling, but unfortunetly there was little to no progress in Eman’s case, it saddened me to see, how desperately he tried and kept trying. There is immense zest in this little fellow to “try” and try he does only he constantly looks at my face for reactions.  He excels with just a little encouragement but perhaps I am the one who really needs to practise more patience with him.

All you need is a large tray, some salt and a few pieces like twigs, combs or plastic knives. It adds a whole lot of fun to an afternoon.

All you need is a large tray, some salt and a few pieces like twigs, combs or plastic knives. It adds a whole lot of fun to an afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

abba I miss u, by sawaab .. message for his father by sawaab

abba I miss u, by sawaab .. message for his father by sawaab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He has written his name : as emna where as it is Eman !

He has written his name : as emna where as it is Eman !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

struggling to read and write

struggling to read and write

Bilal, taking it a step ahead. Blowing to make designs later using a straw too.

Bilal, taking it a step ahead. Blowing to make designs later using a straw too.

Hopefully we will be making salt dough tomorrow, and thats a whole new dimension of fun and experimentation.

Trash to Treasure – 2

Remember I told you in an earlier post, how people here in Dubai, dont mind dumping perfectly good and intact stuff out ! Well, here are another two of my latest finds. They are two paintings… thats right .. original pieces of someones work !!!!!

This one is an oil paint I think.  I like the way, the painting has a border of the same flower pot divided on the frame. Frame looks like Mdf and has a rough paint finish over it.  But it is a very beautiful painting and whats more, it is signed !

wud u want to dump it in the thrash ?

wud u want to dump it in the thrash ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one has a wooden frame and the painting is created to look aged with a couple of dark lines drawn in halves. And a little paint kinda scraped off on the right corner. Its beautiful, the little teddies have such cute expressions.

bunch of cute little puppies having some fun.

bunch of cute little teddies having some fun.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats more, both frames and painitings are in excellent state without even a scratch !

Heres a close up.

the close up.

the close up.

Dubai is truly a land of oppurtunity ! So next time when your in Dubai , pass thru a trash bin, keep your eyes wide open. You never know, whats around that corner .. .. ..

How well do you play scrabble ?

Someone out there must be “deadly” at Scrabble.
(Wait till you see the last one)! 

 

PRESBYTERIAN
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER

 

ASTRONOMER
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER

 

DESPERATION

When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT

 

THE EYES:  
When you rearrange the letters: 
THEY SEE

 

GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters: 
HE BUGS GORE

 

THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters: 
HERE COME DOTS

 

DORMITORY
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM

 

SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters: 
CASH LOST IN ME

 
 

ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY

 
ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters: 
LIES – LET’S RECOUNT

 

SNOOZE ALARMS
When you rearrange the letters: 
ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S

 

A DECIMAL POINT
When you rearrange the letters:
I’M A DOT IN PLACE

 

THE EARTHQUAKES
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

 

ELEVEN PLUS TWO
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

 

MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters: 
WOMAN HITLER

Silly Questions

 

ummmm have been wondering .. .. ..

ummmm have been wondering .. .. ..

1. When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? (to be given a thought)
 
  2. If the “black box” flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn’t the whole airplane made out of that stuff? (very good thinking)
 
  3. Who copyrighted the copyright symbol? (who knows) 
      
  4. Can you cry under water? (let me try)
 
  5. Why do people say, “you’ve been working like adog” when dogs just sitaround all day? (I think they meant something else)
 
  6. Why are the numbers on a calculator and a phone reversed? (God knows)
 
  7. Do fish ever get thirsty? (let me ask and tell)
 
  8. Can you get cornered in a round room? (by oneseyes)
 
  9. Why do birds not fall out of trees when they sleep? (tonight I will stayand watch)
 
  10. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oilis made from vegetables,then what is baby oil made from? (No comments)
 
  11. What should one call a male ladybird? (Nocomments)
 
  12. If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they rememberthat they forgot? (can somebody help )
 
  13. Can you blow a balloon up under water? (yes u can)
 
  14. Why is it called a “building” when it is already built? (strange isn’t it)
 
  15. If you were traveling at the speed of sound and you turned on your radio would you be ! Able to hear it? (got to think scientifically)
 
  16. If you’re traveling at the speed of light and you turn your headlights on, what happens?
 
  17. Why is it called a TV set when theres only one? (very nice)
 
  18. Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to at least 130 when you legally can’t go that fast on any road?
 
  19. If drink & drive is not allowed why the hell they have parking in Bars?

Gujrati Funeral.

I received a mail from one of my English cousins and after having a real laugh at the hilarious little story that followed, I realized that although I am not biased towards any one religion, nationality or region, we are still quite bound in these prejeduices, we get influenced by media, even when we are saying one thing, deep rooted in our thoughts, are those of what we believe.

Gujrat is a state in the west wing of India. People are very humble, culturally inclined and traditional. (like in many other parts of India ) I completly enjoy their sense of colors. Personally, I have close friends and family friends from there, so it is easy for me to see where the joke is going !

Most Gujrati people have large or small scale businesses because they are extremly good at calculations and have an excellent business sense.  I think the joke here is talking about one of the many families settled in the US but still follows the same traditions of typical guju, as they are pettingly called. Gift giving is traditonal in India and in most cases, carried too far. One gives it to please others and at the same time it is expected as well from the other end. One makes a real fuss when not given a thought full gift when a relative returns !!

Here goes :

A family in Gujarat was puzzled when the coffin of their dead mother (Ba)
arrived from the US . It was sent
by one of the daughters.

 The dead body was very tightly squeezed inside the coffin, with no space left in
it when they opened the lid;
they found a letter on top addressed to her brothers and sisters:

 

 

Dear Chandrakantbhai, Arvindbhai, Smitaben and Varsha ,

 

 

I am sending Ba’s body to you, since it was her wish that she should be cremated
in the compound of our
ancestral home in GUJARAT .

 

 

Sorry, I could not come along as all of my paid leave is consumed.

 

 

You will find inside the coffin, under Ba’s body, cans of cheese, 10 packets of
Tobler chocolates and 8
packets of Badam (peanuts) please divide these among all of you.

 

 

On Ba’s feet you will find a new pair of Reebok shoes (size 10) for Mohan. There
are also 2 pairs of shoes
for Radha’s and Lakshmi’s sons. Hope the sizes are correct.

 

 

Ba is wearing 6 American T-Shirts. The large size is for Mohan.

 

 

Just distribute the rest among yourselves.

 

 The 2 new Jeans that Ba is wearing are for the boys.

 The Swiss watch that Reema wanted is on Ba’s left wrist. Shanta masi, Ba is
wearing the necklace, earrings
and ring that you asked for. Please take them off her.

 

 

The 6 white cotton socks that Ba is wearing must be divided among my nephews.

 

 

Please distribute all these fairly.
Love Smita.

 

 

PS : If anything more required let me know soon as Bapuji is also not feeling
too well now a days.

Chore Chart ~ Rule of the game.

In preparation for the holidays, we had done a few “rules list”. We had it printed and pasted. It is really the usual kinda list that helps children focus with what needs to be done instead of ‘expecting’ them to do the “right ” thing when they dont know whats to be done.

I have realized, often we ‘assume’ that the child will understand, but we forget that we take it for granted at age 35+ but the kids are still only 9 yrs and how much did we understand at that age ??  Children need to be given specific tasks.

SCENARIO 1:

Example, when I ask the boys to clean up their room. As much as they would really want to, they attentively go back in and start playing with the first toy that they are supposed to pick from the floor … and another 2 hours later, the same scenario is repeated !

THEREFORE SCENARIO 2:

However, when I yell out,

sawaab – all toys from the floor to be placed in the baskets .

Eman, all clothes in the laundry bin

Bilal, make all beds …

The effect is Immediate and extraordinary.

Sam always says the same thing to the boys, clean the lounge room and they look around thinking, the louge room already looks great.  However when they are given specific instructions, and assigned chores, it makes more sense, not to mention productivity hits great heights.

eg: Eman, pick all wrappers and throw in the trash bin

Bilal : tidy the dining table & do the cushions on the couch ..

Sawaab : Vaccum the carpet  

Voila .. we sit back and reap the many benefits of having a chore chart ..

Oh and by the way, I dont wear horns on my head, not that, ‘THAT’ stops my boys from hating me for it. Hey they do get their ice creams and playstation time after all that effort is put in !

Reading the Quran – Desktop !

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please refer to this site of :

          
http://www.quranflash.com/en/quranflash.html

 This software is amazing and free download. It has English and Arabic traslations. It can be placed as desktop too. Not to mention the numerous benefits of reading and listening to the Holy Quran. Immense effort has been put forward to make this software and it is clearly visible. Please spread this to all your Muslim friends and relatives and neigbours too.

May we all follow the righteous path of our beloved Prophet (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) . Ameen