10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

The African continent is a beautiful place – filled with the links of ancient history, geography, rich cultural links and artistic traditions, it isn’t a surprise that a lot of tourists choose the continent for their explorations, experiences and memories. The weather in certain areas is as harsh as the people are warm and friendly, treating everyone as one among them. South Africa becomes the hub of such expeditions and the best connected country with the global society. Here are some attractions that are a must-see on your next visit.

Boulders Beach

This is mainly because we are partial to beaches, but also the astounding beauty this scene of nature possesses. Near Simon’s Town in False Bay, this location is famed for the 3000 or so African penguins and an amazing point to view them in their natural habit. You will also get the opportunity to mingle with them and chill. You will also get glimpses of dolphins and whales as well as other small mammals and birds.

Table Mountain

At over 3500 feet, this mountain is one of the most popular natural sights of South Africa. It gets its name and recognition due to the flat top which you can view from the top either through a cable car ride or a day’s hike to the top, depending on the type of adventure you prefer. The aerial view promises natural resplendency and awe-inspiring images. Take some time to take in the imagery with other options on the top such as a restaurant.

V&A Waterfront

This is for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of the crowd, the local attractions and sights as well as the food and amusement. It is named after the late British queen Victoria and her son Alfred. Here is where the shopping culture comes alive with hundreds of different shopping destinations, opportunities for souvenirs and fine dining options if you roll that way. Live entertainment, without or with minimal fees, are also available. There are concerts and live shows, even puppet displays. Museums, aquariums and markets shouldn’t be missed upon. If you are into cruises, boat trips and helicopter trips, give V&A a visit.

Robben Island

Visit this island for a much-need trip to the colonial history of South Africa, the impact of which still lives on in the people of the country and their politics even today. Many members of the freedom struggle were held prisoners here, including the famous and compassionate leader Nelson Mandela. This symbolism is complemented by many tourist guides on the island being former inmates themselves, with the first-hand accounts of their trials with these prisons. Utilize the tourist ferries for the visit and be aware of the timings.

Groot Constantia

Set aside some time for the famous Constantia dessert wine Grand Constance, along with the equally famous brands of Shiraz and Merlot. The history of the building and its business extends back to over 300 years, when Simon Van der Stel gained the farm land where it is located now in 1680s. It includes a museum that documents the history of the wine, the barrels and the way of making it from a time before.

Cango caves

Underground fans must visit the Cango caves located in the Swartberg Mountain. Thesecaves are over 20 million years old with hidden chambers that are cut out from the solid limestone. Give the stalagmite formations a look over and experience the subterranean tours if you have the energy for the activity.

Addo Elephant National Park

Elephants are an important part of African history. The Addo National Park is home to over 600 elephants, various lions, hyenas, zebras, black rhinos and antelopes. It has the reputation of being the third largest park in South Africa, which not a surprise given the number and variety of animals as mentioned before. With the extensive types of flora, a swimming pool and a water hole, the park ticks all the boxes of being a must-visit tourist attraction.

Jeffrey’s Bay (J-Bay for the locals)

If you want to chill on a beach and get some surfing lessons done or even show off your pro-skills, use this coastline seventy kilometers west of Port Elizabeth, another major spot of fame. There are some pretty good hand-breaking waves in this spot that lead it to transform itself from a mere fishing village to a prime spot for tourists, especially surfers.

The Big Hole

Get yourself a sight of a large hole that is now filled with water, but used to be a well-dug excavation site and a mine that was closed in 1914. It was dug down to 800 meters for a total of 2.7 tons of diamonds, cementing South Africa’s name as the diamond capital. You can even try your hand in diamond mining with the lessons they give through the diamond-bearing gravel.

Augrabies Falls

Water splashing and roaring powerfully is always a sight to see. These falls course down the Orange River with 55,000 hectares on both sides, allowing for enough space for hikers and tourists with many birds, succulents and zebras as your companions. Watch out for the creepy kokerboom (quiver trees), giraffes and other reptiles that are used to the climate. You can always take a walk to the Summit of Moon Rock for good views of the entire scenery.

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11 Benefits of Books – Why is Reading Important?

Books are the essence of life. This may be a biased perspective, but everyone has at least one book in their entire lifetime that has influenced them so deeply and subtly, that it self-displays as the principle they live and breathe by. Books are never just words – they are emotions, contain wanderlust within each line, profess silent yet powerful truths and weave magic. They complement and contradict, they add to the peacefulness of your life or they cause a mental ruckus and make you view everything differently.

Read on to find out what else makes a book man’s best companion.

Helps the brain

Our brains need all the help they can get. Joking aside, reading assists in key brain stimulation of certain areas that help us focus on tasks and increase our memory capabilities. A good fiction (or non-fiction book for the rare gems) helps in de-stressing and finding out a different and better reality to lose yourself to. Consistent reading and love for the written word shows in your ability to concentrate well and in critically analyzing texts to understand all implications.

Read to Write

It is a truly proportional representation – if you wish to write more and express your thoughts, you will have to read more. This is never a difficult task for writers; most people who love reading show the appreciation for writing and expressing themselves. Reading exposes you to a lot of foreign vocabulary and improves your talent of communication. All types and mannerisms of writing welcome reading as the initial step.

Imagine and dream

Imagination is a powerful concept, few have the gift of descriptive imagination and even fewer have the ability to translate these vivid scenes of the mind onto a solid surface. Read a book and you realize there are millions of meanings, connotations, possible hints that the author leaves for the most astute reader that allows your mind to visualize and imagine endings more to your preference (yes, this is a shout out to incredibly talented fan fiction writers). These perspectives, views, worlds and characters leave a mark on your character and even relieve your stress levels.

Improve your Mental Health

We all live in a global society that pressurizes individuals on a daily basis to be the best they can be; human limitations are ignored in this race to perfection and this affects the mental health and stability to different extents for different individuals. It has proven effects on depression and Alzheimer’s diseases as the brain activity during reading keeps it well engaged and exercised, leading to lesser occurrences. Reading books help substantially for these individuals to find stability, a version from reality and pure entertainment and enjoyment in the written words.

Sleep better

This may be a less expected outcome but a welcome notion and no, we don’t mean literally falling asleep when you start to read. Since it provides stress relief, reading books also helps in the setting of a regular sleep pattern and relaxation. Reading a good and enjoyable book before retiring for bed is a good precedent to set, calming your body and mind and allowed you to unwind and become peaceful before sleeping.

A Better World

Reading leads to a better, more inclusive and empathetic world. It broadens your perspectives and viewpoints and allows you to witness the different workings and beliefs of different people and cultures. Parents can always take to reading out loud good stories and inspire the goodness of reading in their children. Every individual understands their own circumstances and recognize the culture and rules they were brought up under but fail to understand what they have not personally experienced. This gap in information is filled wonderfully by books through the magic of the written word.

Better Conversations

You become a better conversationalist by a hundred times more once you cultivate a reading habit. It informs your perspectives, stands, gives you an informed viewpoint and gives you the chance to develop your conversations from the mere surface of the greetings to more intense talks that give you a better view of the individual with whom you converse. A better read person becomes more respected and gains more value for their stand.

Challenge yourself

Bid adieu to preconceived notions and perspectives formed before you formed them. Read and challenge yourself, challenge what you believe in and analyze why you wish to challenge something or accept something you wish to believe in. This can include your faith, your customs, and your culture and allow you to read enough to educate someone else on the same and/or share opinions, questions and their answers.

Build on your intelligence

There is a whole world of knowledge and awareness to be opened with a single page. Earlier the exposure, better the children are equipped to handle ideas and information in all its forms and complexities. Vocabulary build-up allows all individuals to increase the possibilities and avenues of communications and exposure to many great ideas along with developing the sense to detect the failed, good and the great works.

Translate to empathy

Empathy can be a severely lacking emotion when no one makes an effort to step beyond sympathy and attempt to understand another position. Reading unlocks this potential of exploring beyond previously known boundaries and limitations. You are exposed to various perspectives and worlds that allow you to relate with and understand moral dilemmas, cultural paradigms and gain insights into the working of a world miles apart from your own.

Flip the pages to better memory

Research shows that flipping the pages of a book is more efficient in building up your memory skills rather than going through an e-book. Remember what you read and the emotions you felt when your fingers lightly press against the pages. Your brain automatically associates the feeling with the words you intake and this leads to better understanding of the content and deeper analytical insights.

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11 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

No one looks forward to growing old – there are too many new problems and responsibilities along with many other roles to play. This is especially true for women. In the midst of this whirlwind, we often forget to take some time out for ourselves and relax. Reading books is one such way that any individual can choose to unwind and absorb new details and facts through another perspective. On this note, here are eleven books every woman should read before she turns the magical number of forty.

This is the Story of A Happy Marriage

Both a recollection of her own life and pure non-fiction literature, Ann Patchett strives to display her entire life within this book – from her childhood to her marriage and her experiences in writing. The work revolves around the importance the author gives to her family, the role of her friends and her pets in her happiness and the satisfaction in dedicating a better portion of one’s life towards what drives their passion. The reader never fails to be impressed at the very real representation of an individual’s life story as the author takes the opportunity to delve through monumental incidents such as opening a bookstore that enshrined her beliefs, ideals, commitments, relations with people and other defining incidents in her role as a mother and daughter.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Pema Chödrön is here as a fairy godmother – the book is filled with bits of wisdom, pieces of self and unbridled wisdom for anyone going through a difficult time and such periods seem never-ending. Here’s a book that wishes to understand every woman going through situations of chaos, confusion and roadblocks; the author seeks to channel your conflicting and intensive emotions into better channels of growth and impact in personal and societal situations. Chödrön advocates a form of spiritual release and personal development, both in her advice and preferred method of dealing with problems. Unlike others, she believes that dealing with painful situations begins with encountering them intimately and emotionally which allows you to grow.

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

It wouldn’t be a list for women or for middle-aged individuals or even life advice if there wasn’t the ever-brightening presence of Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey always makes sure that her viewers (and readers) gain their inspiration and soul advice from the least likely sources and in a way that allows them to appreciate the simpler and smaller things in life. In this book, she collects thoughts, wisps of dreams and pathways of light from the many awe-inspiring leaders of the 21st century – this includes Shonda Rhimes, Elizabeth Gilbert and their perspectives into emotional dilemmas, dealing with life differently after so many years and love.

Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

Harriet Lerner (PhD) explores the unfrequented side of forgiveness. She counts on the premise that during this point of time, every woman would have experienced their fair share of emotional trauma, unexpected betrayal and mental hurt. This may seem too simple a premise, but this is what the entire book is based on – forgiveness and the power of one apology. The emotions that are set behind forgiveness and the idea that letting go and forgiving is the easiest way out of feeling mentally trashed upon has always been the norm. Lerner puts this thought on the pedestal and seeks to analyze the truth behind the thought. An ‘I’m Sorry’ is a long way from learning to trust again and going through the emotional process of healing, as the words suggest. She comes with the heavy backing of having studied apologies for a long period of time and analyzing the many reasons some people refuse to provide one. Accompanied with the desire to make amends, Dr.Lerner unleashes the true power of forgiving someone.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed emphasizes on dealing with the stumbling blocks of life through travel and gaining a whole new perspective to one’s life. After a messy divorce and the loss of her mother, her stranded thoughts found a new wholesome and safe place – travel. After embarking on a challenging hiking trip alone through 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995, Strayed found herself and a reformed purpose of life. She allows the reader a peek into the true transformation from rock bottom in discovering herself and overcoming the emotional impact of grief, making this book a must-read and a companion of every woman who has been in the same shoes.

The Handmaid’s Tale

This masterpiece requires no introduction neither a commentary on the achievements and the successes it has experienced. Margaret Atwood’s work is a must-read for all ages and all sorts of women as she explores an alternative reality in which a majoritarian religious government has taken over the United States of America. This dystopian world treats women simply as reproductive machines and not as individuals, banished to a life of producing children for those in power and increasing the population. The story is a powerful, and terrifying, depiction of today’s world where the society seeks to control women by their womb and regulate any and every right they are given.

A Room of One’s Own

In the title itself, Virginia Woolf seeks to grasp the true meaning of independence and individual rights and the female way of achieving the same. With apt recognition as the original feminist work, the book explores entities such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare and the sexual implications on restraining female creativity. It tries to understand a long-term method of placing women in the core of the literary pursuits of the global population that is often dominated by men. Never forget the famous line, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou combines the different tropes of beauty in words, literary music and imagination to propose a biography where she reminisces about her childhood with her grandmother, the memories and the lessons she learnt under the context of the 1930s. It talks about the reformation of a young girl, her character development and strength of spirit and how literature assisted her tremendously in her fight against racism and its emotional trauma.

Eat Pray Love

As the tagline says ‘one woman’s search for everything’, every woman in the throes of her 40s needs to read the book and see Julia Roberts enact the dream of gaining satisfaction and peace of mind, as everyone should at one point in their lives. Elizabeth Gilbert includes realistic details of her travels through Italy, Indonesia and India, the spiritual realizations of engaging in travel for one’s soul and wanderlust being the cure of getting through life’s harshest realities.

Midnight’s Children

There are no deep revelations in this book, instead Salman Rushdie simply draw the reader’s interest to those left forgotten in the steps to progress. Under the transition of British colonialism in India to people’s rule and independence and use of the literary tool of magical realism, Rushdie talks about a group of children gaining powers when born on the midnight of the day of partition. Each child gets a role to play in the geography they hail from and the book focuses on the problems faced by the main protagonist under the Emergency fiasco of Indira Gandhi with severe criticism against the political aspirations.

Pride and Prejudice

Any book by Jane Austen is always a delight to read, no matter the audience. Austen’s fierce convictions in her life and her fierce refusal of stereotypical roles for any gender promoted the greatest literature during this time. Pride and Prejudice is one of those masterpieces, spoken for by the many different depictions on TVs and shows. The major transition arc of Mr.Darcy from accepting Ms.Elizabeth ‘despite her flaws’ to ‘loving her for who she is’ became a major love story and remains alive till today.

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15 Travel Essentials for Long-Term Travelers

Travel is good. Not many will question this statement, true as it is. It provides different experiences to different individuals and is often the essence of life to many individuals. Different types of people engage in travel for their own purposes and we are here to give attention to long-term travelers. Long-term can be easily translated to residents of the road – these are people who find stability in movement and exploring. As a salute to such inspiring individuals, here is a list of essential items for travel that every such traveler will be familiar with.

Comfortable Attire

There is no stressing on the importance of a comfortable dress code – after all, a foreign place is no home and you are always on your feet, literally speaking. Suit your attire to the immediate climate you’re exposed to and account for comfort and flexibility. Even more important is your shoes. A strong and durable pair of shoes definitely makes it to the front of the checklist.

Backpacks

Always travel light and include an efficient backpack – it should be comfortable to carry around and include enough space for the many essentials you have. It is the closest aspect that will feel like a constant, serving multiple uses such as being a pillow on rough patches, your weary and used wardrobe and pockets of many useful things.

Sunscreen

Toiletries are important as it is but sunscreen takes the priority seat here. We don’t need to stress the importance, given the number on articles online, so carry a strong brand that has enough SPF to carry you through a storm. Try to keep a trusty brand on yourself because attempting to buy it locally can turn out to be a disaster if they don’t suit your needs or are simply not strong enough for your travels. Cut the costs and trouble and carry bottles, especially for some beach frolicking.

A functioning mobile

An infrequent traveler will resort to plans that cover the country/ countries they are traveling to, but this can turn out pretty expensive for an average long-term traveler looking for budget exploring. This brings the next alternative – purchasing an alternate SIM locally. It can serve your needs for any emergency international calls, your local needs of calling and routing maps, finding out key information about the city you’re in and helping in passing time during traveling.

Cover up

An eye mask and ear plug drive the unnecessary distractions away. A long-term traveler must, and does, value their wink time. It is of absolute importance that they catch up on their necessary snooze time in order to fully utilize the time they spend on the road and indulging in local sights. It also functions effectively on airplanes, overnight buses and overcrowded hostels/dorms with frequent disturbances.

Chargers

As every travel blog/website/enthusiast will chime in, chargers are absolutely crucial. Make sure you carry a universal USB cable that plugs in for all your devices, except maybe your laptop. Carry spare wires for the quick and over-charging phase for everything together. Get yourself adaptors suitable for the country you travel to (or get a handy 2 pin that mostly goes everywhere) or get a USB convertor that works just as well.

Cover up, again

Sweaters, scarves, sunglasses, raincoats – all of these assist any traveler in the vagaries of the climate. They protect you from all the natural elements and provide unexpected happiness during other times as well. For example, a scarf isn’t simply for covering up, but as a change of attire, a pillow case and even for an impromptu picnic on the grass. Get yourself those folding raincoats that form little squares when not in use.

Packing spaces

Use a packing cube or a simple cloth material that can take all your possessions like jeans, shirts, skirts and any unused materials. Dump your laundry in as well and compartmentalize so that you can find what you need within a short span of time. Compress clothes and make space for other amenities; keep everything together so that you don’t have to search around the place.

Laundry line

A simple piece of rope can literally change your life. High in utility and lack of inconvenience, a sturdy rope hangs by your backpack while managing to provide a space for your wet clothes, simply hanging clothes or even air-drying those clothes that are not fresh but don’t require a wash either (us homely people are also very familiar with this conundrum). You can also use it as a handy divider to give yourself some privacy in public spaces of rest. You can use it for tying stuff; do try to use ones with hook that provide better rip capabilities.

Menstrual Cup

Let your periods not be a period towards your travel dreams. A menstrual cup goes a long way in being an economical, eco-friendly and highly suitable method instead of running around and trying to stock up on pads in highly compromising and inconvenient situations. It lasts for long periods of time also, so say goodbye to consistently changing them. Many brands offer good options and while it takes time to get comfortable, the step is worth the change.

Covers

Get those reusable plastic covers or eco-friendly options like jute that are sturdy and durable. You will not regret storing these for a rainy day as there is always a reason to carry things around, beach and shopping trips or even a temporary and cleanable surface for eating food. It isn’t a surprise at all; every home owner will swear by having a reusable tote bag for emergencies.

Sleeping Bags

This becomes important when you have to camp in questionable areas that do not offer even bedding, much less a sheet to cover yourselves with. A version with a liner will solve this as well. Places of residence may lack in less touristy areas and you will really value a sleeping bag at the time. You can also use this if you question the hygiene standards of wherever you stay; try to get a less bulky version for easier carrying around.

A good storage place – digital

A lot of travelling translates to a lot of memories. There is only so much a memory card, two or a million can carry around. This is where an external hard drive becomes extremely useful and a good back-up option for all those photos. It can be quite expensive for 1 TB hard drives, but it is worth the investment.

Compact bars

As we said before, toiletries and methods of maintaining hygiene come only second after comfortable attire. Laundry soaps are very important in this case. Washing, cleaning and other laundry facilities are hard to come by and the other alternative of winging it will be an inconvenience, if not for you at least for your travel mates. Try to maintain bar versions of all you need, like a shampoo, conditioner and face wash take up less space, are more economical and eco-friendly options. Stock it up when you are in cities where these products are more easily available.

Good electronics – a Kindle?

Good quality makes for a long-term investment with viable returns. For example, a Kindle especially makes for good reading and companionship (even though it can’t take the place of a well-read, dog-eared worn book, we know). Most guides and books are downloadable on Kindle with good lighting that allows you to read whenever and wherever in the mood.

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The 14 Best Family Movies of All Time

There are many ways of entertainment in today’s technologically advanced world. Movies are one of the most preferred versions – a good movie manipulates, communicates, analyzes and leaves a lasting imprint on its viewer. There are many genres within the movie industry and family movies are a popular variety; directors aim at the importance of family values and the necessity of familial love being as crucial and satisfying as romantic love between couples. Here are fourteen of the best movies that make for a good family day movie night.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The gist of the movie lies in its title. The protagonist George Bailey is a frustrated individual thinking of ending his life as everything seems to go wrong and life is nothing but a series of milestones for his problems. It then focuses on angels in heaven who discuss the affairs of the Earth and get to Bailey, realizing that he needed a fresh and objective perspective of life and the course of his town if he hadn’t existed at all. Clarence is the guardian angel we all need in our lives during our worst so that we can find the will to enjoy life once again.

The Harry Potter series

Any Harry Potter movie makes for a great watch, irrespective of the time, occasion or need of the viewer. So why wouldn’t it be the best selection for a family night binge session or a movie marathon with a friend? It’s got the plot, the cute and convincing characters, the adventures, flying brooms, wonderful desserts and magic! The essence of Harry Potter lies in the values placed in family and friends, the unexpected impact they have on your life and how important it is to have someone who never fails to believe in you, whether you are the king of the world or a mere pauper.

Mary Poppins (1964)

Is anyone surprised a Julie Andrews film made it to the list? Because I’m definitely not. She is simply the most wonderful actor on screen with such a vibrant personality and great films that leave you enthralled, awe-inspired and wanting for more, adult or child. In this movie, she plays the role of the quirky (and magical!) nanny Mary Poppins and uses her talents to get the children she looks after closer with their father. The songs, the dances, the dialogues – we cannot be satisfied more than this.

Mrs.Doubtfire (1993)

This film sees Robin Williams in his best that leaves us clutching our sides in laughter. Williams dresses up as a defiant and sassy nanny to his children after a bitter divorce separates him from his wife and children. With the Scottish accent and the rapid one-liners in all its comic wit, Williams’ character is stubborn to not be separated from his children. Under the comedy, the movie actually deals with the destruction of life as children know it is into messy troubles – here’s a film that reminds you to look beyond the mess.

Maleficent (2014)

No one can say that a Disney movie with Angeline Jolie (albeit with horns) and a classical story backing can be anything but of the family genre. With a twist to the original story and an imposing presence that is mistaken for evil, Jolie skillfully plays the movie to her talents. She is the result of a broken heart and a vengeance against the one who did this to her. Nothing expresses true love more than the affection a mother has for her child, combined with the intense need of protecting her from all evil.

Night At The Museum (2006)

You’d think the job of a security guard at the Museum of Natural History would be the least dangerous – however, sticks and stones can form a lot of danger in very unexpected ways. Ben Stiller attempts to get over his messy divorce, protect his child’s innocence and affection for him that culminates in what he believes is the steady job he needs at this moment. Everything turns the other way the minute he steps into his role and the movie keeps you to the same point till the end, never regretting the decision.

The Color of Paradise (1999)

For the foreign language lovers, here is an Iranian film that explores the complex forces of humanity and makes the viewer question themselves on what makes for appropriate human behavior, what can be excused and what cannot. The film centers around the main protagonist Mohammad, a blind boy who has heightened senses for the nature around him, and his father Hashem who thinks his blind child is a curse and an obstacle when he’s trying to achieve his own goals in life. If you wish to get real and personal with human emotions, this movie is for you.

The Home Alone series

Of course, parents would not want their children learning anything from these movies and in today’s age, with mobiles and legal protection available at a button, this movie scene is nothing but long-lost fantasy to the kids of today and yesterday. Nevertheless, this series makes for great family bonding time with the humour, the family feels and targets the dream of every child to make a stand of their own and prank people ingeniously.

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)

What more does a child want to watch? A ticket to a chocolate factory is every child’s (and adult’s) dream come true. Charlie, the main character, gains a highly coveted chance to enter the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory and hardly believes the dream. However, along with five other children, Charlie finds why Mr.Wonka remains the elusive and colourful character he is, as disasters and troubles of many kinds befell them.

Spy Kids series

There is no other reason to watch this series apart from the cool gadgets, the weird characters who may or may not be villains (see, Sylvester Stallone), the over-the-top depictions of everything and the wonderful actor Antonio Banderas. Also, the nostalgia – who else wanted secret agent parents?

Children of Heaven (1997)

This is the perfect heart-warming film of family bonds and sibling relationships to end this list with. It starts with a pair of shoes and seems like just a shot of the daily life of a family making ends meet by a drop. Ali loses Zahra’s shoes and pleads with her to not mention this to their father – when this becomes difficult, Ali decides to participate in a competition to win the same shoes. Watch this journey if you want real-life feels.

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How to make an Easter chick

Easter chick is easy to make and it can be used in managing things such as attaching to a gift for some decorative things children love to play with them. Let’s know how to make it. Easter chick is also used for exciting craft in schools. There are many crafts that can relate to Easter chicks like Easter chick cups that are being used to fill-up with hair clip or chocolate. Kids can easily prepare it. Kids also like finger puppets, so they can easily make Easter chick puppet.

Making pompoms

  • Firstly, you need to take a yellow yarn and you have to place it between fork. Use Scissors for cutting of yellow yarn and cut it in 15cm to 20cm in length. Then you need to drape it between the fork. Also you can use this piece to tie pom poms. If you want to use store pompom, you can buy it.
  • Next you need to wrap yarn 40-50 times in the fork. Find end of yellow yarn ball.
  • Now you are needed to cut the yarn and tie it tightly. For this you need to take the ends of pieces of yarn and have to tie them together.
  • Now you need to carefully slide down the wrapped yarn from the fork. Now with the help of scissors open looped end from left and right side of yarn.
  • Probably it may happen that your pom poms is not even. You have to trim them so that they come out with level and then roll it between your palms.
  • Now you need to repeat the same process for the second pom pom.

Assembling

  • Now you need to to tie both pom poms together with the help of glue. So, you have glue smaller pom pom with the bigger pom-pom taking smaller pompom on top. You can also tie them with the help of thread.
  • Now, you need to take orange felt and you have to cut a heart shape from it, then you need to cut a V shaped notch from it and glue it to the bottom.
  • If you do not want to use felt you can use orange pipe cleaners which is small in size about 2 to 5 cm.
  • Now you have to complete the face, so you need eyes for it. First place your glue on the back of the eyes and then you have to press it into the smaller pom poms which is the face. For eyes you can also use black beads.

Note

  • If you don’t like the colour yellow and don’t want your, then you can use another colour like pink for pink chick and you can also use light blue colour for light blue chick. It’s your choice and up to you which colour chick you want.
  • In the first step you may use your middle finger or index finger for draping yarn. You can also boy pom poms from store if you want it. If you want it homemade then you can easily make it by our steps.
  • You need to wrap the yarn, you don’t need to weave it.
  • You have to cut the yarn which will make it in line with edge of fork. You also have to make a double knot for ensuring that it does not come undone.
  • For cutting the yarn don’t cut ends off. Use scissors to cut left sides, then end and repeat it to the right side.
  • We are rolling pom-poms between palms because it will help dislodge the yarn fuzz.
  • You may have to do this step twice.
  • You need to make two pom pom and need to keep up one pom pom smaller and the other one bigger. For this use the same colours.
  • If you are making the feet with orange pipe cleaner you need to cut piece and band the end to 1 by 4 to 1 by 2 inch. It is not compulsory to take the measurement exact but the foot needs to be long enough.
  • If a child with very small age is making Easter chick, don’t allow them to cut the yarn. If the parents or guardians will do, it will be better.

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