Making Memories:Local activities for passing time with the little ones

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Trying to spend some quality time with the kids but don’t know what to do exactly? Don’t worry! We’ve come up with some local activities that are fun and something one can learn a lot from.

You are your own expert when it comes to spending time with your kids. All we have done is list out some really good activities that you could consider when you’ve run out of things to do together.


Making Yomari dumplings

Utensils required
Steamer
A big bowl
Soft piece of cloth (cotton cloth will do)
Pan
Spatula

Ingredients to make 20 yomaris
600 g rice flour
130 g chakku (molasses)/ khuwa
65 g sesame seed powder
26 g coconut powder/ grated coconut
6 g cardamom powder
13 g vegetable oil

Shopping at a local farmer’s market

Kalimati Tarkari Bazaar is an ideal place to take your kids vegetable shopping. Shopping at a local farmer’s market not only helps you get fresh veggies from the vendor directly, it also helps children learn about the varieties of vegetables which are grown in the country itself and their prices. Shopping at a farmer’s market teaches kids what local food is and this helps kids appreciate their meals. Make it a family affair, walk through the farmer’s market and select the ingredients to prepare a meal together. This enables kids to learn about what goes into making a meal. Visit the farmer’s market with the kids on a regular basis; they will see the availability of certain foods at certain times of the year. If you don’t know what veggie it is, how will you eat it? So, give your kids the act of naming all the fruits and vegetables by taking them to the farmer’s market as often as possible.

Visiting old temples and durbar squares/ hiking

Visiting old temples and hiking is one of the advantages us Nepalis have been enjoying for decades. It is one of the ways to teach young children about our culture, our tradition. Apart from the obvious and famous temples and hiking destinations, following are some places that you must take them:
Hiking at Shivapuri National Park
Hiking to Kalinchowk
Trekking to Ghandruk, Poon Hill, Ghale Gaun
Ashok Binayak (Basantapur)
Degutaleju (Indra Chowk)
Kumari Chhen (Basantapur and Patan)
Jaisidewal (Basantapur)
Majipa Lakhey Chhen (Jaisidewal)
Sapana Tirtha Temple (Tokha)
Palanchowk Bhagawati (Dhulikhel)
Chinnamasta (Mangal Bazaar)
Tamak Dhyo (Jawalakhel)
Rato Machhindra Nath Temple (Bungamati)
Kapan Gumba
Nagi Gumba (Shivapuri)

Dandi Biyo

To be honest, I really didn’t know a game called Dandi Biyo existed until I wrote this article. Likewise, your children might not be familiar with the concept since this game has started losing its essence with the emergence of technology. It is a game usually played in the rural areas of Nepal and is the national game. Dandi Biyo is played with a stick about two feet long and a wooden pin about six inches long. This game was popular among Nepali youth between the 80s and 90s when toys and modern games weren’t available. Dandi Biyo reflects the use of local tools and techniques and is close to cricket in the modern context. It is good if you already know the rules of the game and can teach the children, but it is okay even if you don’t know how to play it perfectly because it’s all about having fun. Take it as an opportunity to have fun while teaching the kids something they might not have had any knowledge about.

Knitting
Teaching kids to knit is very rewarding but is filled with frustration at the same time. Understand their need and how they can be taught for a successful operation. Wool is an ideal fabric when it comes to teaching anyone how to knit. It is easy to work with and feels nice on the hands. Good quality acrylic yarns work fine for learning and light colored yarn is helpful to make it easier to see the stitches. You can be flexible in the choice of the color for the yarn or let the child pick. Using larger needles than yarns is easier for the kids because big needles are easier to hang onto, and wooden and bamboo needles are warm and a little easier for the little hands to hold.

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