Blue Fun Umbrella is an organization dedicated to promoting the art of oral storytelling to the young ones. We currently hold creative storytelling workshops in Mumbai.

Starting October, similar workshops will be held in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, and we are looking to have some enthusiastic people on board to conduct the workshops. One will, of course, have specialized training before one dons the storytellers hat!

Currently, we are looking for following positions for upcoming projects (PART TIME WORK):
1. Storytellers
2. Guitarists
3. Art & Craft Artists
4. Volunteers

Gen criteria:
• Individuals with passion for creativity
• Love working with children
• Fluent in English
• Possess high enthusiasm & energy
• Part-time only
• For ‘Storyteller’ positions: Experience in Theatre and Drama preferred
• Skills to play the guitar would be added benefit
• Should be open to travel within city and out station as well

Project Requirements
• Project Months: October, November & December 2010
• Per Day commitment: 2-3 hours a day (during project duration)
• Working with children of age group: 3-10 years old
• Preparation & rehearsal time additional



We have a flexible working style, a very open culture and a strong team based environment. Last date for receiving applications is Sep 25, 2010

Auditions and training from October 1, 2010 onwards.

If you’re interested, or know anyone who might be – be sure to get in touch with us at the below:
Call: (0) 9833103702 / 9029026007
Email: bluefunumbrella.careers@gmail.com

Do spread the word – We hope you find the project as exciting as we do

Thanks and regards

Team Blue Fun Umbrella


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Amelia removing the spots from the dress!!

Age Group: 6-8

Publisher: Harper Collins

Price: Rs. 124

Ejoyable reading for children on the difference between literal and actual meanings in the English language.

This book is part of the Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish and after reading it I want to own the series.

Amelia Bedelia is a maid with a very literal sense of language. If you tell Amelia to remove the spots from the dress, she will do just that and proceed to cut out the spots (like in the figure above). If you tell her to weed the garden, she will replant the weeds and try telling her to string the beans- she will tie them like streamers!! This lady sure can’t read between the lines.

The book is fun and its illustrations make it more enjoyable. But the most important part of the book is that the children giggle through the book as they read what Amelia Bedelia did. It also makes the children feel very intelligent as they feel that they know more than Amelia Bedelia (a grown up). When they read about what she did, they end up palm-slapping their foreheads and saying ‘there she goes again’. Children aged 7-9 can read and make sense of the difference between literal and the actual meanings. Younger children too can understand, but you have to read and tell them the difference and they will love sniggering at her actions.

Read more about Amelia Bedelia at harpercollinschildrens.com

The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books

Publisher: Random House
Price: Rs 600

Description: An omnibus of children’s stories in the style of Dr. Seuss that contains-
1. Put Me in the Zoo
2. A Fly Went By
3. Are You My Mother?
4. Go, Dog. Go!
5. The Best Nest.
6. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny.

I am so glad I found it. My daughter loves fairies and princesses so getting her excited about a book that is blue and in which no one wearing a crown or a gown was a major achievement. This book did all that plus it made her recite the stories word for word.

The stories are either in easy rhyme or with such repetitions that children just love to read along with. Believe me, I have tried it on at least six other children of ages from 4-6. They have all loved them. Especially the older ones, for they can boast about reading the stories as the words are written with just them in mind. The pictures on each page add to the visual effect and make the book a delight for the children to pore over.

Let me give you an example:
Page 1 of Put Me In The Zoo:
I will go into the zoo.
I want to see it.
Yes I do.

Page 2:
I would like to live this way.
This is where I want to stay.

……enjoyable and readable isn’t it? Go get it!

Children are the reason our eyes twinkle and our hair grays! This section is dedicated to those stories of love, learning and laughter that re-fill our lives with the magic of childhood.

The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.- Bill Cosby

Silence is a piece of heaven that walks into a parent’s life and then after two minutes of bliss they run to find the reason for it. That’s when troubles begin. It was silence that started this blog note.

“Grow up. Act your age.” I berated my child and then bit my tongue when I realized just what I had said. How does a four year old act? With tantrums and no’s that turn into sunny smiles as suddenly as they turn stormy. Does a four year old need to act responsibly? Somehow my images of when I was four are of an angelically well behaved child with a ferocious mother. When I asked my mom for reconfirmation, she mentioned that was a ‘handful’. I think when my child grows up and asks me such a question; I will deal her a softer blow.

‘Children will be children’ proclaimed Mary Poppins in that lovely sing-along movie. Shed of parenting woes and analysis, this phrase was just what I needed to get my parenting on track. After all we all want our children to have a childhood, but somewhere along we decide that childhood with grown up values is better. How silly. Childhood is all about freedom in expression and emotions- from “I will never talk to her” to “I want to spend a thousand minutes with her”. Children view, express and move on; it is we who carry the baggage of manners, etiquette and guilt with us. The time will come when they too will learn it, but I am now sure that it’s not right to ask them to conform in their single digit years.

I know I have talked ideals, and I also know that my need for peace and tranquility will make my plea for justice unheard. Till then I will let her act her age and be a child.

PS: When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. – Emma Bombeck

( I think I’ll try that next time!!!)

Rhymes amuse
And create previews
Of words and numbers
For children and babies in jumpers.

The above lines aptly express, how we at Blue Fun Umbrella, feel about rhymes and poems for children. These funny rhyming verses make learning fun and create a vivid landscape of words, colors, numbers and ideas for toddlers and young children. The cherries on the jelly are actions and music as accompaniments. By adding actions and music to the poems, you can make them stand out in your child’s memory, once they like the tune, the rhyme and the words will never be lost to them. This makes them a powerful vocabulary building tool. You can add to the fun element of rhymes, by singing them out in a special rhythm, for all rhymes have their own special beat and that’s what makes them easy to repeat!!

Read on for more rhymes and verses than Jack and Jill and as much as we’d love to say that they are original but these are written by others and shared with joy. Enjoy!!

There was a crooked man,
Who walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence
Upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat
Who caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a Crooked little house.


As little Jenny Wren
Was sitting by the shed,
She waggled with her tail
And she nodded with her head.
She waggled with her tail
And she nodded with her head
As little Jenny Wren
Was sitting by the shed.


In jumping and tumbling
We spend the whole day,
Till night by arriving
Has finished our play.
What then? One and all,
There’s no more to be said,
As we tumbled all day,
So we tumble to bed.

We at Blue Fun Umbrella, love stories and never stop talking about them, so for now we will not talk much but give you a peek into our world.

Listen well all of you……..once upon a time there was a pixie called Tinkerbell…..and this is her story.
One day, while flying in search of new friends and adventures, she found herself in a mall and decided to spread the word about faith and trust. So she conjured up a castle and fluttered her wings- and waited. Soon a crowd of children gathered and……. imagined.

They looked with wonder at her wings, and thought of magic and spells and wishes that come true. The shimmer of pixie dust around her, fascinated them and they sat around her to get a touch of that magic.

Her words took them to another world, where they imagined a land full of fun and adventure, where rivers of chocolates and mountains of ice cream arose over valleys of custard. A land where pirates roamed and mermaids swam. The land of Peter Pan. Neverland.

But in Neverland also dwelled the mean pirate Captain Hook. See how the children shudder at his name- for he is indeed as frightening as they imagined. Not for long though, for Peter Pan with Tinkerbell’s help will soon make the land free of the bad pirate. Will you help him too asked Tinker Bell?

“YES!” chorused the children, for they too were now full of the wonder and excitement of Neverland. So they joined the fight and had a merry time. And then what do you think they did?

They became pirates too. With an eye patch and a bandana, they were ready to conquer with fun and frolic. Think of all that they would have imagined- a life of adventure, music, faith, trust and of course pixie dust!
That’s the wonder of stories and the reason why we love being story tellers.