Reading aloud or Telling Stories may be one of the most important contributions that we as parents or teachers can make toward developing good character in our children. Why?
Story-telling is the most entertaining and inspiring way to promote healthy growth of development of a child physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Psychologists have promoted the positive effects of reading and telling children stories for decades. Stories are found to stimulate the imaginations and thinking power of a child. It is a particularly good way to teach children realistic thinking, as stories can show children how people realistically solve their problems. Stories can create emotional attachment to goodness, a desire to do the right thing. They also provide a wealth of good examples – the kind of examples that are often missing from a child’s day to day environment. Stories familiarize youngsters with the codes of conduct they need to know. Finally, because stories help to make sense out of life.

So write to us and tell us which stories are your child’s favourite and get our recommendations as well.

Children’s Day!

This Children’s Day.. celebrate with your little ones by gifting them the pleasures of a book and enjoy fantastic visuals along with a great story.

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 by New York Times Book Review is Out. (Thanks Bijal for the Update)🙂

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We were thinking of doing something different this Diwali and realized that even though our heritage is rich with many stories on Diwali, we didn’t have a special Diwali song. (A feat Christmas has over Diwali with its many fun songs)

We decided it’s time for us to have our little song for Diwali. Don’t you agree?

So, we worked hard and along with our extremely creative team of storytellers and Guitarist musicians🙂 and came up with these fun songs for Diwali. And to let you in to a secret, psst… we have tested these songs with the children at our Diwali workshops (currently on at Inorbit Malls in Mumbai & Hyderabad). And our very happy to report that the children are having a good time singing these songs with us..🙂

So, we hope you will have as much fun with your children singing these songs..

SONG 1: The Diwali Song (sung to the tune of My favourite things from Sound of Music)

We have some crackers , And we have some lights
We have new clothes and we have meethais
Bright coloured packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things
(repeat paragraph 2x)

Rangolis in red and rangolis in white
Lighting the skies are crackers so bright
Red colour torans tied up on doors
Come celebrate Diwali some more.
(repeat paragraph 2x)

Come celebrate Diwali some more. (4x)
Come celebrate Diwali some more. (softly)

SONG 2: Its Diwali Time
Its now Diwali time, Oh yeah, its now Diwali time (2x)

Diwali is near a time to cheer
Its now Diwali time
(repeat paragraph 2x)

Put up some light and make it bright
Its now Diwali time
(repeat paragraph 2x)

Its now Diwali time, Oh yeah, its now Diwali time (2x)

Hope you have fun as much as we did creating and singing it with the children..

Its that time of the year when we clean our homes, fix pretty diyas & lights, get lots of crackers, make yummy food (at least definitely get to eat them) and enjoy a dazzling sky!! Its DIWALI indeed!

But lets celebrate this DIWALI the old style, like when we were kids and sat around our granny for a long night of Stories!

Enjoy and discover a bag full of wondrous stories on why Diwali is so special and how its celebrated across communities! Enjoy the lights, the mithais, the crakers… and discover the REAL meaning of Diwali of love, joy, sharing and family!

Touchbase with our Heritage, let the little ones discover theirs..

Inviting the little ones and adults alike. Come celebrate this Diwali with Blue Fun Umbrella at the “Walt Disney & Inorbit’s Festival of Lights”

Venue: Inorbit Mall: (MALAD & VASHI) & Inorbit Mall (HYDERABAD)
Dates: November 1 to 14, 2010
Story Time: 2-3 PM (everyday)
No prior registrations required

Lighting up joys in the little ones with stories..🙂

One evening when the sky thundered and the rain poured like it would never stop, a prince heard a loud knock on the castle door! He opened the door only to meet an ugly woman holding a really special rose… and that evening his life changed forever!
The ugly woman was an Enchantress seeking a kind heart, a heart which would overlook the ugly woman appearance and offer her shelter. But to the Enchantress’s dismay, she found a prince who was shallow, conceited and unkind! In her anger she cast a spell and turned the prince into a mighty beast, a beast so ugly that no one would ever bear to see him.
The beast realized his mistake and over the years grew very very sad. He knew no one would ever love him again now that he was so ugly. And in the years that passed, he lived in his enchanted castle, all alone and even more lonely!

But the beast was in for a surprise! For, on a day that was as rainy, stormy and thunderous as the day when the Enchantress appeared, the Prince was met by someone who changed his life again!

Solve the mystery by following the photographs.. write to us..

Thank you all for coming yesterday. We always have more fun when we see familiar faces..🙂

Please also see the DNA Coverage of the DVD Release of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and Blue Fun Umbrella’s Interactive Storytelling Session at the Event. https://bluefunumbrella.wordpress.com/in-the-news/

A really amazingly cute ad by Indigo, Love of Reading!

Inviting kids in the age group of 4 to 8 for a fun filled sesssion of an amazing story of a monkey and a leopard in the jungles of africa, along with lots of music and rhythm.

Date: 5th Oct 2010
Time: 4:15 pm
Venue: Andheri-w
Duration: 45 Mins
Registration charge: Free
On first come first basis
Limited seats.

Interested parents can register over the phone.
Contact: Meenakshi at 9833103702
Visit us on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/bluefunumbrella