Kids bunk beds disadvantages

Are bunk beds safe? – Kids bunk beds – Disadvantages

Are bunk beds safe – for kids? Now everyone knows that bunk beds are excellent for maximum utilization of space in kids bedrooms. This is particularly true in case of apartments and urban spaces where you have to buy furniture keeping in mind space constraints. Kids bunk beds are available in a myriad of colors, designs and patterns. Parents of two or more kids are often attracted towards bunk beds. However, there are many disadvantages of kids bunk beds which you must be aware of. Take a look at these top negative points you come across while managing bunk beds for kids.

are bunk beds safe? Kids bunk beds - disadvantages

Are bunk beds safe for kids?

Disadvantages of  bunk beds – Accident prone for kids

Bunk beds are inconvenient for kids occupying the upper bunks. Going to the bathroom or getting a drink is difficult as kids have to get down before doing so. In case they are sleepy, they may even miss a step while getting down. Bunks closer to the ceiling are dangerous. Kids may stand up and hit their heads on ceiling lights or any electrical equipment on the ceiling. It is particularly dangerous if kids frequently fight with each other, climbing up and down these bunks.

Bunk Beds Gobble Up Vertical Space

Kids bunk beds may save floor space but they look like giant pieces of furniture taking up vertical space or wall space. They make bedrooms look compact and small. The top bunks may prevent ceiling light from reaching the lower bunks. Even if bunk beds are well illuminated with artificial lights, they reduce the amount of natural light in a room.

Maintenance Of Bunk Beds Is Difficult

Kids bunk beds are particularly disadvantageous when it comes to maintenance. For one, it is not an easy task to make the beds of upper bunks, everyday. Certainly not for kids. You have to do it yourself. Mattresses from the upper bunks have to be moved down. Else you end up kneeling on the same bed that you are going to make. Procrastination will lead to dusty beds with dust mites triggering skin allergies. Dust is also a problem with the lower bunks. Dust accumulating underneath a bunk can spell disaster for the occupant under that bunk. Dusting and wiping under the bunks with occasional vaccumming must be done on a daily basis. That is a lot of time wasted every day, don’t you think?

Relocation Of Bunk Beds Is Difficult

You can’t relocate kids bunk beds easily. This is difficult to do within the same room as well. You need to consider the placement of lights, air conditioners and any furniture that is wall mounted. Relocation is possible only by disassembling and reassembling kids bunk beds. People buy kids bunk beds to save up on space and the combined cost of two separate beds. However, you must be aware of the disadvantages before planning to buy them. I would suggest you buy trundle beds for kids. These save up on wall space, floor space and keep your kids closer to the floor. Accidents in the dark can be avoided.

 

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Autobiography For Kids - Autobiography Speech Example

Autobiography Of Mother Earth

Check out the video for an interesting Autobiography Of Mother Earth. Autobiography competitions conducted in school are usually in two formats. It would either be an Autobiography Essay Competition or an Autobiography Speech Competition. In either case, you need to keep in mind a few points.

Select A Topic

Autobiography topics for kids can focus on any inanimate object, a tree or an animal or they could speak or write on their own life so far, their aspirations, likes, dislikes and so on.

Prepare A Write Up

Jot down a few details about the selected object in the following format.

Introduction

Give a basic introduction about the object or person. Speak in first person. Include details like birth, a few features, history.

Main Passage

Move on to likes and dislikes and major life transforming events. Add a touch of drama to keep the audience interested – For Example, in the video below, Mother Earth talks of being harassed by elements contributing to Global Warming.

End

End the autobiography for kids with a message like a social cause or social message.

Duration Of Speech or Length Of The Essay

Make sure the speech  lasts for 2 minutes. In case of  essays on autobiography for kids, the content should not exceed one and a half or two pages. This is for kids in the age group 5 years to 7 years. Do check with the grade teacher if you are not sure of the time limit or word limit.

 

Video : Autobiography Of  Mother Earth

 

Autobiography For Kids – How To Prepare Children

Once the write up is ready, you must start preparing your kids for the speech. Begin a few days in advance. Make sure your kids understand the matter first. This way, they can speak in their own words and  stay rooted to the context even if they forget the lines. Make them learn their lines in front of a mirror, with expressions.  3 lines a day is sufficient if kids find it boring. Appreciate them for their efforts. This encourages them to perform better.

Check out the video for more details on autobiography for kids. And yes, it won the little boy in the video, the second prize for the autobiography speech competition at school.

 

 

 

 

Best Kids Magazines India – Top 7

Looking for popular kids magazines in India? Kids magazines that cover everything from Science, Maths, Activities for kids, Culture, Amazing Facts, Nature, Animals and plants, Literature and the like, are many. You just need to know which one is right for your kids according to their age group. Most kids have short attention spans. It is important that kids magazines are fun and engaging instead of being preachy with long descriptive stories that will elicit nothing but a loud yawn from your little one.

Check out this list of kids magazines in India that enhance your child’s learning abilities and grasping power in a wacky, fun manner. These magazine subscriptions for children offer value for money with lots of fun activities and valuable information for kids.

7 Popular Kids Magazines India

RobinAge : Weekly Children’s Newspaper

kids magazines India - Robinage

This is a popular weekly newspaper targeted at children in the age group of  4 and 15 years.  This newspaper carries information on science, social studies, current affairs,  sports, culture, careers and environment in addition to puzzles, activities and interactive projects.

Each issue has  a special Jr RobinAge supplement for very young  readers. Ranked no. 1 here as I found it to be the best kids newspaper for my child.

Subscribe to RobinAge.

Junior Explorer And Young Explorer by MET Knowledge explorer

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 Junior Explorer is a fun magazine for kids from Std.I to Std.IV, focusing on topics ranging from Science, Maths, Indian Culture, EVS, Places, Nature, History, GK and a lot more! I received an introductory issue via my son’s school. The language is simple yet engaging for younger kids in the age group of 5years to 8years. This kids magazine is full of activities and puzzles that improve logical, analytical and English Language / grammar skills.

Subscribe to Junior Explorer 

Young Explorer

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This kids magazine is targeted at children in the age groups of 10 – 15 years. It provides an insight into topics beyond school curriculum. It covers Science and Technology, Personality Development, Sports, Careers, Current Affairs, Arts and a lot more with interesting puzzles, quizzes and crosswords.

Subscribe to Young Explorer

Champak

Kids magazines India

This magazine for children is one of the oldest in India, I guess. I grew up reading magazines like Champak and Gokulam , in the 1980’s , graduating to Reader’s Digest during the later years. Published in 8 languages, it has a lot of short stories, comic strips, brain teasers and jokes. It has 24 issues per year on a fortnight basis. Ideal for kids from Std I to Std V. You can ask your local newspaper delivery agency for subscriptions or Subscribe to Champak magazine online.

Tell Me Why

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This is a complete reference of 100 plus questions and answers dedicated to a particular topic in each issue. The language is simple and entertaining. Kids will not get bored reading. The printed matter has lots of illustrations, cartoons and pictures making it easier to comprehend things.

Published by Manorama Publications, you can subscribe to Tell Me Why-Kids Magazine online

Magic Pot

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This is a great kids magazine for pre-school and primary school kids in India. It has lots of activities, stories, puzzles and interesting stuff for inquisitive kids. Also published by Manorama Publications, you can subscribe to Magic Pot-Kids Magazine online

Highlights Genies

magazines for kids in india

This is an interesting magazine for kids in the age group of 2 years to 6 years. It helps in building essential skills with the help of fun activities. Developed by childhood development experts, this magazine is a good choice for pre-school goers and first graders. Available for Rs.40 per copy, you can subscribe to Highlights Genies here.

Go take your pick!  The most popular magazines for kids in India have been showcased here. Let me know if I missed out any!

area rugs - do it yourself

Cheap Rugs For Home – DIY

Use area rugs to highlight and accentuate different locations in every room. Use colorful rugs and carpets in your living room, bed rooms and study to add a dash of color and creativity. These are available in a wide range of colors, textures and materials in the market. However, if you have a creative bend of mind and love Do it yourself crafts, then opt for these super frugal area rugs made at home. Listed below are some funky ideas for cheap rugs made of recycled material.

Floor Rugs

Towel Area Rugs

area rugs - do it yourself

Buy two cheap thick towels from an economy store. Stitch them together at all the four ends. Make yarn flowers of another complementing color. Stitch these yarn flowers in the center of the towel in different designs. Also make a border of these yarn flowers to hide the stitches.

Video – Make pretty yarn flowers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwiJDAHzBWU&w=400&h=300

 

Cheap area rugs made of  T-shirts

area rugs - do it yourself

Reuse old t-shirts. Cut 3” by 3” strips of different colored t-shirts. Fold and stitch each strip in half. Then stitch together all these folded strips in varying colors to make a larger cover. For the base, cut 2 or 3 pairs of old jeans, old thick bed sheets or any other thick material into short, broad pieces. Stitch these together. Place the other piece of stitched t-shirt pieces over the bottom thick base and stitch them together at all the ends, leaving one end open. Fill in scraps of cloth to make the rug thicker. Finally, stitch the last end securely. Your t-shirt floor rug is ready.

Pom Pom Floor Rugs

area rugs - do it yourself

Make tiny pom poms with yarn in different colors. Stitch them together. Make a large round layer of tiny yarn balls. As in the t-shirt rug mentioned above, stitch this layer over another layer of thick material, leaving one end open. Fill this with cloth scraps to make the rug thick.

 

Area Rugs – Benefits

Colorful rugs add warmth and color to any dull looking room. Placing trendy accent rugs to define different areas, is a wonderful idea for people renovating their homes. This is a cheaper alternative to changing everything from furniture to accessories. A single area rug or a couple of floor rugs placed together can cut down unnecessary expenditure during home renovation especially if you are looking forward to change the flooring which is in good condition. An area rug can be an attractive focal point of a room. It is a soft, warm antidote for tired feet after a days hard work.

Area Rugs – Placement

area rugs on wall - do it yourself

Place area rugs in your dining area, living room seating area or under the center table. Use cute, colorful floor rugs in your kids bedroom to highlight activity area or play areas. A great home décor idea is to hang area rugs as wall hangings as seen in the picture above. I have seen this trend in a few in a few designer boutiques and home décor stores. This can be used for highlighting walls in passages leading from your living room to the inner areas of your home. Use beautiful wall hanging accent rugs or modern area rugs on your balcony walls or front porch.

Using Area Rugs – Top Tips

1. When using more than one area rug, make sure they are not of the same size. Same size area rugs make the room appear divided and smaller.

2. Use area rugs which complement each other. For example, use colors that complement each other, or patterns which match like a small navy blue dot pattern goes well with a medium light blue dot pattern. The trick is to avoid patterns and colors that are disgusting to the eyes.

3. Floor rugs must be in sync with walls. For wallpapered and textured walls with intricate designs, the area rugs must be in plain or subtle colors. If the walls are plain, the area can have intricate designs, oriental patterns and interesting colors.

4. Use easy to clean area rugs. They can cause problems for people with dust and mite allergies. The easy to clean aspect is a must for people with small kids and pets.

5. Rectangle is passe. Enhance your apartment therapy with different shapes of area rugs like oval, round, triangle or let your rug be shapeless with an amoeba like form.

6.Experiment with different materials found at home for making cheap rugs you can use on the floors. Use egg cartons, upcycled clothes or bedsheets, coir, ribbons,old plastic wires, plastic straws, colorful sponges etc. for making good looking floor rugs.

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