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Painting a gazebo birdhouse

Rishab has been looking forward to open his new acrylic painting set and gazebo birdhouse. Ended up painting it today.

If you are thinking of shooting a video like this, here are some tips

  • Video was shot with a DSLR camera on a tripod, you can record the video with your phone or handycam too. Rishab’s previous painting video was entirely shot on my cell phone.
  • A video editing software such as Pinnacle studio to trim the video clips, fast forward, overlay text & some motion effects between pictures.
  • Lots of patience to take multiple shots

Don’t forget to make it a fun process for you & your kid so that it feels effortless.

 

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Meeting Inu and Avni after years

As part of our Houston trip for Christmas 2014, we had planned to visit Anuj’s home. We met them on 28th Dec. Kids played so nicely and we had great time bonding with our long time friends.

Playing with Inu and Avni

Playing with Inu and Avni

I just wish good times like this last longer. I am sure we all wished the same.

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Winter-Christmas concert at northeast elementary school

Christmas is around and the kids are ready for the winter concert.

Winter-Christmas concert at northeast elementary school

Winter-Christmas concert at northeast elementary school

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Snow time

No matter how late or busy we are, there is always some time for playing with snow.

Snowtime

Snowtime

Snowtime

Snowtime

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Blue flowers Painting by Kattimani Boyz

Thought of spending some quality time with Rishab on some activity and painting came to my mind. We rushed to the art stores to grab our brushes, paints and canvas.

Blueflowers painting by Kattimaniboyz

Blueflowers painting by Kattimaniboyz

I had a rough idea of what I wanted us to paint and we got started. Drawing the background was easy part. Waiting for 2-3 days for it to dry was the tough part and we didn’t know about it. Internet helped us know oil paints better and we learnt to be patient instead trying to artificially dry the paint and mess it up.

After spending 35 hours spanned over 11 days (almost whole of weekends), the painting was ready.

Kattimani Boyz - Blue flowers painting

Kattimani Boyz – Blue flowers painting

Finally we also made a video of how the painting came up live.

It was great experience creating this beautiful painting (our masterpiece).

Kattimani Boyz
This was coined by one of our neighbor Ron Holmquist almost 5 years ago. We will continue to use this tag for anything that Rishab and I will co-create.

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Lego in Natick mall, MA

Rishab loves lego toys. We went to Natick mall for some shopping and had to wait for Rishab to be done with his share of fun. He built a multi-axel truck and raced with other kids.

Building a multi-axel race truck lego at Natick mall, MA

Building a multi-axel race truck lego at Natick mall, MA

Later created a lego skyscraper and it was kept on display

Building lego skyscraper at Natick Mall, MA

Building lego skyscraper at Natick Mall, MA

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Lost in the trail of Waltham, MA

This morning we went out to jog in the forest. Rishab is always a good sport. Got his bicycle and was riding it as long the trail was even. After some time his bicycle away and started running with me. Together we explored a lot about the nature as always and had some exercise to our body.

A fall evening in Waltham

A fall evening in Waltham

When it was time to go back, Rishab tried to lead us and went in to a wrong direction for quite some time. I had to really run hard to reach him and stop him from going further in the wrong direction.

Lost on the beautiful trail in Waltham

Lost on the beautiful trail in Waltham

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Rishab’s last day of Kindergarten

As a part of Rishab’s last day his kindergarten, teachers invited all parents and allowed kids to share their work with parents. It was amazing to see Rishab had done so many things in just one year.

Rishab sharing all his art work

Rishab sharing all his art work

He was all excited like all other kids to share his work with us,

 

Rishab explaining

Rishab explaining

Later that day all kids also sang together.

 

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Rishab’s dance recital

Rishab has been attending hip-hop dance classes at Miss Louise’s School of Dance for sometime. Now it was time for their Annual spring dance recital.

Miss Louise's School of Dance - Annual dance recital

Miss Louise’s School of Dance – Annual dance recital

Over 200 kids performed in different groups. Few of them had solo performances too.

Miss Louise's School of Dance - Rishab in a group dance

Miss Louise’s School of Dance – Rishab in a group dance

Grand finale had almost all kids dancing for the music of Lady gaga’s Applause

Miss Louise's School of Dance - Grand Finale

Miss Louise’s School of Dance – Grand Finale

This was Rishab’s first full fledged stage performance in group infront of an audience of 500+ people. He didn’t seem to be concerned much about the audience or the stage and danced as usual.

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Scratch-Lego-WeDo kit project demo/Tutorial

Ever since we attended Scratch day at MIT Rishab has been showing lot of interest to learn #Scratch. I got him a WeDo kit. With some help from me , he learnt how to create a car that detects an approaching object and ejects (more or less kicks out) the driver before the crash. All this using lego toys, wedo kit and bit of scratch programming.

Finally we decided to make a small tutorial which is Rishab’s first video tutorial where he explained how to make it.

Making this video was lot of fun and as usual, lot of work to keep Rishab’s attention on the topic. End result was amazing.

Are you a scratch user? please do connect with Rishab on his scratch profile – http://scratch.mit.edu/users/rishabkattimani/

We would love to learn about your projects too.

 

 

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