Learning Secondary Colours By Colour Mixing

One of the activities in a pre-school curriculum is to learn secondary colours and how to make secondary colours. It was fun to google and then I came up with something to try on my own.

I had previously posted on how I made homemade paint. So I already had three primary colour paints in the house. I brought those out and had a whiteboard that was easy to wipe after using. I replaced that with paper. Then I asked Azlan to dip his fingers in red and paint on the board and then dip his fingers in yellow and mix it with red. He was excited at the reaction when it turned orange. I did the same for green and purple. It was tricky for him to understand when I said, “Red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple”. I had to try something different for him to comprehend the idea and learn which colours make another by mixing two together.

I asked him to wipe the board. After cleaning up I asked him,”How do you make green?” ” Can you make green for me?”. That’s when he dipped his fingers in blue and said, “Blue and yellow makes green”. Then I asked, “How do you make orange? Can you show me which colours to mix to make orange?”. He no longer wanted to dip his fingers because he doesn’t like getting wet partially. He loves taking a bath though. So he scooped up some red paint and then some yellow paint and mixed them together on the board. He did the same when I asked how to make purple. I repeated this process 5 times in a week. It was short, quick and easy.

Another day, another achievement.


DIY Homemade Paint

I love the fact that there are tons of DIY (Do It Yourself) crafts and tutorials from redecorating your desk accessories to making your own colourful rugs. Seeing the lovely pictures and easy steps makes me want to try all of them. Once I was googling where to get playdough from and I learned that you can make your own at home with such simple ingredients lying around in the kitchen.

So that led me to today’s post. I wanted my son to finger paint and it made me lazy just thinking about going outside just to buy paint for the purpose because the ones I wanted were not easy to buy nearby. Yeah, I wanted quality finger paint or at least the ones supplied in bottles like we had back in school. So again out of the habit, I was googling and landed on DIY homemade paint. I felt like the universe heard me! I found three to four recipes and they all seemed the same to me. The one I chose to try was the simplest of all cause I did not want to go out to buy any more kitchen essentials (just to make the right homemade paint) that were inessential for me at the time. I did however have to go buy food colouring in yellow and blue cause I didn’t have those. Here’s how I made it.

1 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 Cup Flour
3-5 Drops of Food Colouring  (depending on how rich you want the colour to be)
Water enough to mix all the ingredients and make into a liquidy paste

I chose to keep it a teensy bit thick. And I made paint of all three primary colours red, blue and yellow in small bowls. They lasted long and I kept them out in the open cause the house temperature was cool. You can even store them in the fridge.
My son used them in big amounts and they never seemed to finish. They lasted enough for him to use and reuse 8 times. This is how they turned out to be.

So here is one accomplished DIY experiment.. Looking forward to trying out more!.

Learning Colours

Let me be honest and say when my son was about to be two years old, I wanted him to explore and begin learning basic pre-school knowledge. But not learn through the ‘admitting my toddler into a nursery or montessori to learn something’ kind of a way. Every time I googled where to start, I ended up opening numerous numbers of tabs with all sorts of activities and education. That drove me insane for days and nights. So I tried starting the abcs but my son wasn’t interested in them or the abc song. I mean what kid isn’t! (Mine apparently).

The next thing I could think of was colours. I gave that a try but he wouldn’t really listen if I would point towards an object and say, “Look at the car Azlan! It’s green. It’s a green car. Green Car.”  So one night, and I distinctly remember it was around 8 pm and we were about to have dinner when an idea struck me.

I logged onto Youtube and played a video that he had been watching for a couple of days – since he is a die hard fan of cars, monster trucks and trains. In it would appear cars in different colours and there was a melodious audio singing “red car”, “blue car”, “green car”, etc. He had, and still to this date has, toy cars that might fit into an actual garage because of the insane quantity. So I brought out his medium sized cars that were red, blue, green, orange, yellow and black. And every time a coloured car would appear on the screen I would pick up the same coloured car from his stock, hold it and pass it by in front of him in a way that both the screen and his toy car were visible. It took him a few minutes to understand what was going on. And the next morning when I played the video again he pointed towards the cars he had and had learned which one was red, green and blue. And Eureka! Mission accomplished!

That was a relief. We were finally on the road to learning.

Before this happened, whenever I had to clean up his toys especially his cars I would dislike them and say he has too many. But ever since then I was glad he had those.

I also found out different ways that I could’ve tried for him to learn names of colours but this was a successful attempt so chapter closed. 🙂

Cartoons I Let My Son Watch

My son loves to watch cartoons and I mean whose toddler doesn’t, right? And I must say some have helped develop his language, vocabulary, maths and science.

I know an unlimited amount of TV watching can be harmful especially when its unsupervised. So I tend to keep that in check.  Fact is all cartoons have helped build up his vocabulary in different ways. He picked things up from all of them. But some have influenced him the most. He learned the words ‘treasure’ and ‘pirates’ from Jake and The Neverland Pirates. The catchphrase Paper day saves the day! from Zack and Quack is a new addition in his language skills. Even my husband watches with us sometimes and he once said, “I never knew cartoons could be educational”.

The most helpful ones so far have been..

1) Super Why: He began recognizing English alphabets – both capital and lowercase. It improved his listening skills.

2) Umi Zoomi: Helped in recognizing shapes even though I was teaching him too. The way they introduce patterns and maths is brilliant.

3) Blaze and the Monster Machines: Apart from being my son’s favourite cartoon because it has monster trucks involved, it’s educational. Being a person who admires science many ways but finds it difficult to comprehend sometimes, this cartoon has had me going. Motion, friction, introduction to mechanics and tools, maths, you name it! It’s all educated in it with the help of songs.

4) Paw Patrol: I believe this is the most popular cartoon among boys as far as I’ve observed. My son goes crazy for this one. He learns how they pups help the community and have fun doing it as a team.

5) Bubble Guppies
6) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
7) PJ Masks
8) Little Einsteins
9) Thomas and Friends
10) Word Girl
12) Clifford The Big Red Dog
14) Curious George
15) Martha Speaks
16) Fresh Beat Band of Spies
17) Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends

He watches some other ones too from time to time but these have helped him the most helpful. I’ll definitely update the list once he moves to other ones or if I see any other improvements.

Pen Control with Priddy Books

My son doesn’t go to school – for the time being. I just don’t want him to right now for different reasons. So for now, I learn from him and he learns from me. I teach him and he teaches me. In other words,  he’s homeschooled.

I am new to homeschooling so most of the things me and my son do together are a result of what other homescooling moms post. I experiment and conclude whether a method, technique or procedure is successful. It’s been a few months and so far it’s been good.

He is about to be four in June this year and I began introducing different things to him like colours, numbers, alphabets, shapes and adjectives when he was a year and a half. I actually got him a Scholastic touch and feel book when he was around 9 months old. Since he liked to scribble a lot he had held many drawing tools such as pencils, pens, markers and crayons. He was used to holding them so when it came to introducing tracing to him, it was simple.
I am thankful to Priddy Books for designing these wipe and clean workbooks for toddlers. I got Starting Pen Control from a nearby Borders store. It has made my life easy and I bet my son’s too. The book is made out of hard, glossy pages and it comes with a washable marker.


Picture taken from Amazon.com

He enjoys this beginners book because it has so many pictures and different exercises – it has cars, trains and rockets included so he’s always excited to trace the lines or follow the paths. I do not force him to do anything. He gets so excited whenever I bring the book out in front of him. Here’s a look into the book.
The best part is its reusable  – forever. I think it’s a good investment, worth the price.
Not only does he learn how to trace but he also sprays water on to a tissue or cloth and wipes it. So he learns new vocabulary that way when I say spray some water, wipe it clean, yes it’s clean, it’s too wet and it’s dry now. So there’s a sense of responsibility there too and more physical activity.
He began tracing in this in Nov 2016 after a month or so we had to travel and I had moved onto other exercises I made by hand on paper for him to solve. Once we were back and he saw the workbook again his face lit. He was thrilled to see it and when I saw him trace on the dots again I was amazed at his perfection. Before he used to hurry and just trace sloppily but this time he was perfect. The lines were all perfect. Not that I demand they should be – I would only say once or twice to trace on the dots – but it was something he felt he should do. So this has been an achievement although he is little to be writing now but it’s so nice to see him want to do things in the workbook himself.I would love to know if anyone of you has used anything different to introduce tracing in a fun way. I am open to more ideas too so fill me in. 🙂

Is dunya main har koi judgemental hai!

Simon Cowell is the biggest judging person on Earth! If he wasn't, you wouldn't see him breaking hearts on American Idol, would you?

Is say pehley kay aap boleyn,”Naheen, main naheen hun. You have no right to judge people!”, main apko idhar hi chup ker wadu. 

Let me say this once (and will repeat it when forced to do so): EVERYONE in this world is judgemental. Yes, even you.

Put aside the fuzool ki behes that being judgmental is wrong or right. Yeah, those who say they aren’t and advise and sometimes even say it in your face, NOT to be judgemental, are the first ones to do it. They don’t stop doing it themselves and they never will. Know why? Because no one can’t STOP being judgemental.

Aur please woh MY POINT OF VIEW aur MEREY OPINION ka wazeefah yahan mat parhye ga.

If you say Justin Beiber is gay. You’re judging him. It is NOT your point of view or opinion. If you say Mahira Khan (Khirad) and Fawad Khan (Usher) make a lovely couple… you are being judgemental. If you say Shahid Afridi is a Cheetah… yes that’s right… you just judged him! Did you just see a couple holding hands out in the open and call them awara and beyhooda? Yep! That was you being judgemental.

This brings me to the main reason why I wanted to post this.

You see, everyone’s judging everyone. The so called secularists, liberals and modern people who say they don’t judge people, DO judge people. Acha… Naheen kertey? Really? Then why do they call the mullahs, extremists, Islamists the enemy? Or WHY do they even label them with those words? Yes, they are judging them beta.

Vice versa, the extremists, scholars of Islam are no different from these secular people. They label them as liberals, beyghairat, beyhooda… aur pasandeedha lafz unka KAAFIR hota hai unsey mukhtalif logon kay liye.

The only difference is the maulvis and Islamists don’t find judging others a bad thing. They do it themselves aur us hee ki tableegh kertey hain. But the secular, peace-loving, open-minded humans HATE judging people (so they so) and those who do so. LOL! They hate themselves? Funny.

Touh… Moral of this post: Everyone is judging everyone. Yes, you too. If you dislike or hate this post and call me a bad writer or paagal… YOU… ARE… JUDGING… ME. Saheeh hai, ghalat hai ye kerna, aik alag behes hai.

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