Skills

Melted Crayons Art By Kattimani Boyzs

This weekend we worked on another fun project. Melting crayons and making an art of it. Rishab loved it. Although its a lot more messier than other forms of art, kids thoroughly enjoy melting their crayons.

Melted Crayons Art By Kattimani Boyz

Melted Crayons Art By Kattimani Boyz

Carefully melt the crayons towards its edges to create that special effect.

Melted end of of Crayons art

Melted end of of Crayons art

Follow this time-lapse video for instructions and to explore how to create your own melted crayons master peice.

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Painting Batman Logo, #KB

BatMan has been Rishab’s favorite character from last 2-3 years. He has been drawing batman logos once in a while. For this painting we first Googled a good batman logo, chose the colors and a created an outline with pencil.

Batman logo painting by Kattimani Boyz #KB

Batman logo painting by Kattimani Boyz #KB

Rishab completed most of the painting. I refined the edges of the painting. We completed this painting in just 2 days(a weekend).
This was our second painting with signature #KattimaniBoyz #KB
Checkout our other famous (well at least our) blue flowers painting.

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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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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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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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Scratch day at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scratch day is celebrated worldwide and may be the largest celebration was here in MIT, where Scratch originated. After the opening ceremony as part of open sessions people of all ages could demonstrate their scratch programs.

Rishab grabbed his slot for demonstrating his programs.

Rishab marking his timeslot for demonstration

Rishab marking his timeslot for demonstration

Rishab demonstrated aquarium that he developed last year. Many people visited him and were curious to see what he has done.

 

Rishab demonstrating his scratch program

Rishab demonstrating his scratch program

This was the first time he saw his scratch programs being seen by others with so much curiosity. At the end of the demonstration he said he would like to create more programs.

Rishab demonstrating his Aquarium programs developed in Scratch

Rishab demonstrating his Aquarium programs developed in Scratch

He was the youngest to demonstrate there. But he is so tall that most people assume him to be way more older.  But for his age, its still a great progress.

Few minutes later we met Mitchel Resnick who is the designer of Scratch program and he saw Rishab’s animation program.

With Mitchel Resnick the designer of Scratch

With Mitchel Resnick the designer of Scratch

Although Rishab didn’t have any idea whom he was meeting, but later at home when I shared videos of Mitchel on TED, he was surprised. Mitchel discussed with us about how Rishab got in to Scratch programming so early on and then invited us to try ScratchJr beta version which is not yet available for public. It will be available on IOS towards the end of this year. Android version will be released next year.

Rishab learning about WebDo scratch kit with Martin

Rishab learning about WebDo Scratch kit with Martin

When closing ceremony was going on, Rishab kept repeating that he would like to be here. This was the first one for him and definitely there will be many more in future.

 

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Ice skating in Waltham, MA at Veterans memorial rink

Winter is here to stay and we better make the best use winter sports while it lasts. Rishab had taken a few starter ice skating classes in memorial at Houston, TX

Ice skating in waltham, MA

Ice skating in waltham, MA

These days he is learning to for good speed. If he leans this well enough, he will be enrolled for ice hockey classes.

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Winterstorm and Snow

This week northeast witnessed a winterstorm and snow almost halted the traffic for hours together. Next day morning everything was covered with snow. So were our cars which could not be moved out or used without 30 minutes good cleanup. Rishab is always a helping hand. He plays more and works less. So here was he cleaning our car.

Rishab removing the snow

Rishab removing the snow


He loves playing with it, but in the best interest of the car, weather and time it is best to let him clear a few spots with easily accessible snow. He loves it. Often ends up dumping some of that snow over himself

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Rishab practicing Keyboard/Piano

Summers were quite boring for Rishab without school. So he took 2 months(about 8-10 classes of music for playing keyboard. Here are the results of it.

🙂 Feels proud to listen to him. He also plays small songs like “Happy birthday”, “Tujhe dekha toh yeh jaana sanam”

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