Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nothing Gold Can Stay - Poem by Robert Frost

Nothing Gold Can Stay

     - by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Patch of Snow - Poem by Robert Frost

A Patch of Snow

      -  By Robert Frost

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten --
If I ever read it. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dust Of Snow - Poem by Robert Frost

Dust Of Snow

    - By Robert Frost

The way a crow 
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree.

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Make a Solar Water Purifier for Science Project

School projects demand various models and devices to be made. This could be for festivals, art or science activity. Making Solar Water Purifier is one such science project kids are asked to make. The following DIY science project of solar water purifier is a simple activity made with materials easily available at home. Kids can easily make it and present it in school as part of a DIY project or even as a activity to understand how solar power works!

Material for making a Solar Water Purifier

Large bowl - 1
Glass cup - 1, shorter than the bowl
Cling wrap / plastic wrap
Cellophane tape
Water - 2 glasses
Salt - 1 tsp
Coin or a pebble

Method for making a Solar Water Purifier


Pour two glasses of water in a large bowl and add salt to it. Allow the salt to dissolve completely by stirring with a spoon.


Place the small glass cup in the center of bowl. Make sure that the glass cup is taller than the water level in the bowl.


Cover the bowl with the cling wrap completely and seal the edges with a cellophane tape. See that the edges are tightly sealed.


Place the coin or the pebble right on the top of the cling wrap exactly over the small cup.


Place this bowl in area of direct sunlight, near a window or on a balcony for several hours.


Once done you will find that water is collected in the glass cup. Open the wrap and taste the water! This process of purification can also be tried with sea water as a part of science project.

How this works?

The solar purifier works with the concept of evaporation and condensation. When the salt water is placed in the sun, it gets evaporated. Thus due to evaporation the water converts into vapors and salt deposits back in the bowl. But these vapors when rise to move out of the bowl, get trapped due to the cling film and condense into water droplets. These water droplets gather towards the weight, i.e. the pebble or the stone and gall and get collected in the glass cup.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Minor Bird - Poem by Robert Frost

A Minor Bird

         - By Robert Frost

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.

How to Make a Simple Solar Oven at Home - DIY Science Projects for Kids

Making a solar oven with a pizza box is one of the simplest way of trying your hands on creating a DIY Science project of simple solar oven. It is a fun experiment which can help your kids enjoy summers by making and testing the solar oven out on a hot day! The simple solar oven is made with materials which are easily available at home and the kids can easily make them by following instructions and being careful with sciessors.

Materials for making a Simple Solar Oven

Large Pizza box - 1, if not available than a cardboard box would do!
Big Ruler
Aluminium foil
Chart paper (black color)
Cling wrap / plastic wrap
Transparent Plastic bag

Method for making a Simple Solar Oven


Draw a square on the flap of the pizza box by leaving at least an inch of space from the edges on the sides of the flap.


With the help of the scissor or a cutter cut along the three sides of the square leaving the top side folded along the uncut lines. With help of glue, line the folded flap with an aluminium foil. This aluminium foil would work as a reflector. You could also line the aluminium foil and fold the edges which could then be sealed with cellophane tape.


Place and line the insides of the pizza box with an aluminium foil, leaving no gaps throughout. Once done, cover it with a chart paper.


Place on this a transparent plastic bag on which you could place the plate in which food can be warmed.


Cover the window which was made by cutting the square on the top of the pizza box with two layers of the cling wrap.


Place the simple solar oven in a place which receives direct sunlight. Adjust the reflected such that maximum sunlight would reflect off the foil.


Test you simple solar oven by trying to melt butter or cheese on a bread slice. Once successful try other foods. The process of using this simple solar oven takes a longer time to cook and hence some patience is required on your part! But always remember that this way of cooking is about using a clean source of renewable energy and hence one should be proud of the results!

How this works?

The energy that is radiated from the sun is harvested by the solar oven to cook food. The aluminium foil lined on the flap works as a reflector and reflects the rays of sun directly on the are where food is placed. The black chart paper absorbs the heat and the plastic sheet placed beneath the food plate helps to retain the heat and cook.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fire And Ice - Poem by Robert Frost

Fire And Ice

                - By Robert Frost

  Some say the world will end in fire,
  Some say in ice.
  From what I've tasted of desire
  I hold with those who favor fire.

  But if it had to perish twice,
  I think I know enough of hate
  To know that for destruction ice
  Is also great
  And would suffice.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Blueberries - Poem by Robert Frost


      - by Robert Frost

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way  
To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day:  
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,  
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum  
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!          
And all ripe together, not some of them green  
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!”  
“I don’t know what part of the pasture you mean.”  
“You know where they cut off the woods—let me see—  
It was two years ago—or no!—can it be          
No longer than that?—and the following fall  
The fire ran and burned it all up but the wall.”  
“Why, there hasn’t been time for the bushes to grow.  
That’s always the way with the blueberries, though:  
There may not have been the ghost of a sign          
Of them anywhere under the shade of the pine,  
But get the pine out of the way, you may burn  
The pasture all over until not a fern  
Or grass-blade is left, not to mention a stick,  
And presto, they’re up all around you as thick          
And hard to explain as a conjuror’s trick.”  
“It must be on charcoal they fatten their fruit.  
I taste in them sometimes the flavour of soot.  
And after all really they’re ebony skinned:  
The blue’s but a mist from the breath of the wind,          
A tarnish that goes at a touch of the hand,  
And less than the tan with which pickers are tanned.”  
“Does Mortenson know what he has, do you think?”  
“He may and not care and so leave the chewink  
To gather them for him—you know what he is.          
He won’t make the fact that they’re rightfully his  
An excuse for keeping us other folk out.”  
“I wonder you didn’t see Loren about.”  
“The best of it was that I did. Do you know,  
I was just getting through what the field had to show          
And over the wall and into the road,  
When who should come by, with a democrat-load  
Of all the young chattering Lorens alive,  
But Loren, the fatherly, out for a drive.”  
“He saw you, then? What did he do? Did he frown?”          
“He just kept nodding his head up and down.  
You know how politely he always goes by.  
But he thought a big thought—I could tell by his eye—  
Which being expressed, might be this in effect:  
‘I have left those there berries, I shrewdly suspect,          
To ripen too long. I am greatly to blame.'"  
“He’s a thriftier person than some I could name.”  
“He seems to be thrifty; and hasn’t he need,  
With the mouths of all those young Lorens to feed?  
He has brought them all up on wild berries, they say,          
Like birds. They store a great many away.  
They eat them the year round, and those they don’t eat  
They sell in the store and buy shoes for their feet.”  
“Who cares what they say? It’s a nice way to live,  
Just taking what Nature is willing to give,          
Not forcing her hand with harrow and plow.”  
“I wish you had seen his perpetual bow—  
And the air of the youngsters! Not one of them turned,  
And they looked so solemn-absurdly concerned.”  
“I wish I knew half what the flock of them know          
Of where all the berries and other things grow,  
Cranberries in bogs and raspberries on top  
Of the boulder-strewn mountain, and when they will crop.  
I met them one day and each had a flower  
Stuck into his berries as fresh as a shower;          
Some strange kind—they told me it hadn’t a name.”  
“I’ve told you how once not long after we came,  
I almost provoked poor Loren to mirth  
By going to him of all people on earth  
To ask if he knew any fruit to be had          
For the picking. The rascal, he said he’d be glad  
To tell if he knew. But the year had been bad.  
There had been some berries—but those were all gone.  
He didn’t say where they had been. He went on:  
‘I’m sure—I’m sure’—as polite as could be.          
He spoke to his wife in the door, ‘Let me see,  
Mame, we don’t know any good berrying place?'  
It was all he could do to keep a straight face.  
“If he thinks all the fruit that grows wild is for him,  
He’ll find he’s mistaken. See here, for a whim,          
We’ll pick in the Mortensons’ pasture this year.  
We’ll go in the morning, that is, if it’s clear,  
And the sun shines out warm: the vines must be wet.  
It’s so long since I picked I almost forget  
How we used to pick berries: we took one look round,          
Then sank out of sight like trolls underground,  
And saw nothing more of each other, or heard,  
Unless when you said I was keeping a bird  
Away from its nest, and I said it was you.  
‘Well, one of us is.' For complaining it flew          
Around and around us. And then for a while  
We picked, till I feared you had wandered a mile,  
And I thought I had lost you. I lifted a shout  
Too loud for the distance you were, it turned out,  
For when you made answer, your voice was as low          
As talking—you stood up beside me, you know.”  
“We sha’n’t have the place to ourselves to enjoy—  
Not likely, when all the young Lorens deploy.  
They’ll be there to-morrow, or even to-night.  
They won’t be too friendly—they may be polite—          
To people they look on as having no right  
To pick where they’re picking. But we won’t complain.  
You ought to have seen how it looked in the rain,  
The fruit mixed with water in layers of leaves,  
Like two kinds of jewels, a vision for thieves.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spoils Of The Dead - Poem by Robert Frost

Spoils Of The Dead  

      - by Robert Frost

Two fairies it was 
  On a still summer day 
    Came forth in the woods 
    With the flowers to play. 

    The flowers they plucked 
    They cast on the ground 
    For others, and those 
    For still others they found. 

    Flower-guided it was 
    That they came as they ran 
    On something that lay 
    In the shape of a man. 

    The snow must have made 
    The feathery bed 
    When this one fell 
    On the sleep of the dead. 

    But the snow was gone 
    A long time ago, 
    And the body he wore 
    Nigh gone with the snow. 

    The fairies drew near 
    And keenly espied 
    A ring on his hand 
    And a chain at his side. 

    They knelt in the leaves 
    And eerily played 
    With the glittering things, 
    And were not afraid. 

    And when they went home 
    To hide in their burrow, 
    They took them along 
    To play with to-morrow. 

    When you came on death, 
    Did you not come flower-guided 
    Like the elves in the wood? 
    I remember that I did. 

    But I recognised death 
    With sorrow and dread, 
    And I hated and hate 
    The spoils of the dead.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wind And Window Flower - Poem by Robert Frost

Wind And Window Flower

     - By Robert Frost

Lovers, forget your love, 
    And list to the love of these, 
    She a window flower, 
    And he a winter breeze. 

    When the frosty window veil 
    Was melted down at noon, 
    And the cagèd yellow bird 
    Hung over her in tune.

    He marked her through the pane, 
    He could not help but mark, 
    And only passed her by, 
    To come again at dark. 

    He was a winter wind, 
    Concerned with ice and snow, 
    Dead weeds and unmated birds, 
    And little of love could know. 

    But he sighed upon the sill, 
    He gave the sash a shake, 
    As witness all within 
    Who lay that night awake. 

    Perchance he half prevailed 
    To win her for the flight 
    From the firelit looking-glass 
    And warm stove-window light. 

    But the flower leaned aside 
    And thought of naught to say, 
    And morning found the breeze 
    A hundred miles away.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Start Where You Stand - Poem by Berton Braley

Start Where You Stand 

       - By Berton Braley

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won't care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day's the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

That's Success - Poem By Berton Braley

That's Success

         - By Berton Braley

It's doing your job the best you can,
And being just to your fellow man;
It's making money - but holding friends,
And being true to your aims and ends.

It's figuring how and learning why,
And looking forward and thinking high;
And dreaming a little and doing much,
It's keeping always in closest touch.

With what is finest in word and deed,
It's being through, yet making speed;
It's daring blithely the field of chance,
While making labour a brave romance.

It's going onward despite defeat,
And fighting staunchly, but keeping sweet;
It's being clean and it's playing fair,
It's laughing lightly at Dame Despair.

It's looking up at the stars above,
And drinking deeply of life and love;
It's struggling on with the will to win,
But taking loss with a cheerful grin.

It's sharing sorrow and work and mirth,
And making better this good old earth;
It's serving, striving, through strain and stress,
It's doing your noblest - that's success!


Blithely - happily

Staunchly - firmly

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How to Build Your Own Hovercraft Toy

Making a hovercraft toy is a DIY fun activity for kids. This simple activity where the children make their own hovercraft using simple materials available easily at home would keep kids busy and entertained during weekends and holidays. The best part about making this hovercraft toy is that you could use it as a toy made from recyclable materials and thus label it as a recyclable craft.

Materials required to build your own Hovercraft Toy

Old CD - 1
Balloon - 1, big size
Pop-top cap - 1 (from used drinking water bottle)

Method for Hovercraft Toy


Take a pop-top cap and with the help of glue, stick it in the center of the used CD right around the hole. Ensure that before sticking, the pop-top cap is closed. Allow it to dry completely.


Stretch the neck of the balloon on the pop-top cap.


Once done, blow the balloon from the other end of the CD. Now open the cap. Place this hovercraft on a smooth surface and watch how it glides away. It is important that the hovercraft toy you made is placed on the smooth surface to allow smooth gliding.

How this Works?

A hovercraft is a vehicle that is known to glide over a smooth surface by hovering on an air-cushion. And hence it is also known as a Air Cushion Vehicle. The air currents trapped beneath the vehicle's surface allow the vehicle to glide smoothly. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Quiet Mind - By Ruskin Bond

A Quiet Mind 

     - By Ruskin Bond (To Live In Magic)

Lord, give me a quiet mind, 
That I might listen; 
A gentle tone of voice 
That I may comfort others. 
A sound and healthy body, 
That I may share... 
In the joy of walking, 
And leaping and running. 
And a good sense of direction, 
So I might know just where I am going.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Journey's End You Can - Poem By George Washington Carver

Journey's End You Can 

- By George Washington Carver

Figure it out for yourself, my lad
You've all the greatest of men have had;
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment, they all began.
Do start from the top and say, "I can."

Look them over, the wise and the great:
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces, they tie their shoes...
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill.
You can be great if you only will.
You're well equipped for what fight you choose:
Yo have arms and legs and a brain to use;
And the man who has risen, great deeds to do,
Began his life with no more than you

You are the handicap you must face;
You are the one who must choose his place;
You must say what you want to do,
How much you will study, the truth to know;
God has equipped you for life, but He
Let's you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for yourself, my lad;
You have born with all that the great have had;
With your equipment, they all began...
Get hold of yourself and say: "I can."

Sunday, November 5, 2017

How to Make an Invisible Ink

Making invisible ink is a DIY fun activity for kids. Kids can play by sending secret messages to friends written by this invisible ink. It is a simple activity, very easy to make and requires materials that are easily available at home.

Materials required for making Invisible Ink

Plain white paper - 1 sheet
Toothpick - 1
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Water - 1 tsp
Grape juice - 1/2 cup
Study Lamp

Method for Invisible Ink


To make invisible ink, mix baking soda with water in a small bowl. Your invisible ink is ready.


Dip the toothpick inside the ink and write your message on a white paper. Allow the message to dry. You can also make use of a paint brush instead of toothpick.


Write several such messages on papers and distribute among friends. Whenever you wish to read the message, just take the paper close enough to a heat source like a bulb of the study lamp. In matter of minutes the message will appear on the paper. You can also read the message by painting the paper with grape juice.

Similar results can be obtained by making invisible ink from lemon juice, vinegar, milk, diluted honey and some fruit juices such as apple juice or orange juice.

How this works?

When a paper on which invisible message is written, is taken near the heat source, the message gets displayed due the effect of light on the baking soda. Similarly, when the paper on which invisible message is written, is painted with grape juice; the message gets displayed due the reaction of the baking soda with the mild acidic grape juice.

Friday, November 3, 2017

How to Make an Erupting Volcano

This is a simple activity for kids who are fascinated by the idea of a volcanic eruption. With simple materials such as baking soda, modelling clay and food colors, made available to them, they can easily make this DIY project of erupting volcano at home safely. With this simple experiment provided step by step, kids will learn how to make a model volcano.

Materials Required for making an Erupting Volcano

Paper cup - 1
Tin foil / aluminium foil - Few rectangular sheet
Modeling clay
Cardboard - 1 square sheet
Baking Soda - 3 teaspoons
White vinegar - 1 cup
Dish washing liquid - 1 tsp
Yellow Food color - 1 tsp
Red food color - 1 tsp

Method for making an Erupting Volcano


Place a square cardboard sheet on a horizontal surface. Place a paper cup in the center of the cardboard sheet. Wrap the tin foil or the aluminium foil around the cup and fold the edges of the foil all around the rim of the cup.


Wrap and shape the foil around the cup, as to resemble a shape of a mountain. This could be done by using a couple of foils one over the other and making the shape.


Using the modeling clay, make layers over the tin foil all around the rim of the cup. This would give a perfect  mountain touch to your model.


Start adding each colour one by one in the cup. Once added, mix well with the help of a small spoon.


Add to this the baking soda and then add the dish washing liquid over it.


Once you are ready for the erupting volcano, add cupful of vinegar inside the volcano. Enjoy the volcanic eruption! This model can also be made bigger with larger use of same material.

How does it work?

The vinegar that you add to the cup reacts with the baking soda to produce an effervescence reaction. Effervescence reaction means fizzling and bubbling. This reaction produces Carbon dioxide and water. In addition the dish washing liquid added to the mixture gives viscosity which sort of makes the reaction looking lava like!
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