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#ColgateMagicalStories – Journey through Space

Mali my little naughty head is  a story weaver!. you heard it right!. As soon as she began to speak, fantasy worlds  started spreading from  her mind faster than the weeds grew in the springtime. she would always narrate an incident so creatively that it would appear as if we were in it.! And you know what my little story weaver’s ambition is?, A Space Scientist!. Yes!  all she wants to do is  to fly around space exploring new worlds.That is her ambition inspired by one of her uncle who is  a rocket scientist.

 And when she got to see the Colgate space adventure cut/play/learn pack, the little storyteller’s mind started to create.

2, 3, 1…..here goes her  ‘space adventure’ story :

It was a usual tiresome night for little Jane after her school. Everyday, she would read bedtime stories before sleep hugs her.  Today she wasn’t interested in reading. she was simply lying in the bed and starring at the ceiling . on days like these, she would love to watch the glowing space stickers on her bedroom ceiling. Jane was a starry night enthusiast .Nothing would keep her from the stars; they were her relaxation, her obsession, her  connection to the universe that fascinated her so much. Lost in the glowing space, her eyes slowly closed and drifted into  space.

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All she could hear now was , 10,9,…………3,2,1. ‘ vrooooom’ the rocket flew faster and faster towards space. and there was she all cuddled up in the space suit which was very heavy and there was Vigi too!..( he was Jane’s best friend in school). Both of them were super excited and felt bit nervous too. After several kms of travel in space, they escaped the earth’s atmospheres and were literally feeling weightless up there. ..Jane couldn’t believe her eyes…’she was able to see earth from space..one side dark and other side illuminated with sun’s rays.. there was moon, and other visible planets, flying comets and their beautiful tails. ..and the never ending blackness consumed everything. .

They were now in the space station which was placed in the earth’s orbit. every single second  was a new experience to them.

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Suddenly, an unidentified flying object (UFO)  appeared and it somehow forced our spacecraft to land on another planet. The planet was red and the ground looked like it has been in drought for years. The cracks in the red land were huge. both Jane and Vigi were awe struck!.. they were not able to communicate with each other as the planet doesn’t seem to have air to pass the radio signals. suddenly,Vigi felt a pull. He turned back to see a strange thin , skinny green creature.It opened its mouth, but all he could see  was its lips blabbering and trying to convey something. While Vigi was distracted by the alien, Jane  started to walk away from them, trying to explore more about this strange planet. She saw the UFO forcing their spacecraft towards the Saturn’s ring. so, this much be a planet in Saturn’s rings!.

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well, doesn’t Saturn’s ring is made up of dust, rock and ice from comets and meteorites?, she thought as she was space walking.  So, this must be something new that both me and Vigi have found!.. WOW!. Jane was super excited. this is something incredible that they have discovered!.. a new planet in the rings of Saturn!!!

” oohooo!, Yaaay.. we discovered a Planet!” she cried in Joy. trying to clap her hands. but she couldn’t ..it was like hitting a soft pillow repeatedly in slow motion..

“Jane…..J…a…n…e…” ! sounded a familiar voice

Jane sprang up to find herself in bed!..it was all but a dream. she looked up from bed and saw the glowing galaxy space sticker stars winking at her.

“I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at BlogAdda in association with Colgate.

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Two little hands, so clean and bright!

“Wash your hands!”—- It’s a well-worn phrase that I find myself saying at least a dozen times a day, and one that I hear repeated by other moms too or may be a few times more than me. Kids don’t always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing. But it’s a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to prevent germs from spreading and to keep kids from getting sick.

Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections and most types of infectious diarrhea.

With so many hand sanitizers, hand washing liquids, soaps being advertised, it’s comforting to know that so many people appear to be so aware of the need to stop the spread of germs and increase personal hygiene, but one big question still remains:

Are kids washing hands correctly? Does my preschooler even know how to really wash his hands the right way?

 

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One thing I noted in primary schools is, slates and chalks still find their place in preschools and daycares not only in rural areas but in urban cities too. Since little ones tend to get attracted by their first exposure to writing, chalk does hold an important place in their early learning. Handling chalks as their day to day school activity, children however times insisted, tend to forget either out of ignorance or out of enthusiasm, to wash hands thoroughly with soap before eating.

Children are facing a lot of health related problems due to the lack of proper knowledge about hand washing. The biggest barrier in hand washing is not always the availability of water, but rather the knowledge. Making the connection between the dirty hands and the disease is the first step. Although kids wash their hands with water, very few are exposed and educated to use soaps/ cleansers. Washing hands with water alone is not enough to get rid of germs- a soap /cleanser is necessary. It is the single most cost-effective, life saving intervention to have healthy children. Encouraging such hand washing habits among primary school children will eventually reduce their illness frequency and sometimes to nil in the long run.

As a doting mother of a toddler who has just stepped into his preschool, I felt the real need and knowledge of proper hand washing. With my elder daughter,  when she was a toddler (who is now 9 yrs ), I happened to face health issues relating to dust allergy which eventually led to severe wheezing in her. And chalk dust was one of the causes for her allergic cough leading to wheezing.  With that prior bitter experience, now, with my second one, I am doubly cautious and concerned about his health. I see to that he washes his hands properly with soap and especially when he has finished with using chalk. I feel   playschools play a very important role in  teaching kids to wash their hands properly after using chalks because that is every child’s first ever learning platform.

Being internet savvy, I surf on online platforms for parenting articles and blogs related to child health and nutrition. And on one such occasion when I was searching on the online media about healthy sanitation procedures for kids, I came across Savlon’s (ITC) ‘Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks’ through their official promotional video.

Savlon (ITC)  as part of ‘Swasth India Mission ‘ has introduced ‘Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks ‘for children, especially for primary school children where chalks are widely used as a tool for teaching.  Soap and water is the most effective way to clean hands but these unique chalk sticks give alternative solutions even without soap! Yes! You read it right. These are unique set of chalk sticks infused with cleansers like soap. This is where the ‘Healthy Hand Chalk Sticks’ comes in to action. The chalk powder left on their hands acts like soap and generates lather as soon as they place it under water. This unique experience will educate children the importance of cleaning with cleansers.

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Any behavioral change among children that is induced in a fun way will be memorable. Children tend to take lessons learned at school to everyone they resonate with, which is much needed in the area of sanitation.

check out the link below to witness the uniqueness of Savlon’s ‘Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks’ in the world of primary school children and their experience with the chalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVWUlWEfJ1k