Culture

4 Diwali Inspired Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers
Hi everyone! I’m Deepika, the creator of @toddlerseason, an account where you can find simple and fun crafts to do with your children! This Diwali, I’m so excited to be partnering with Modi Toys to share art projects that you...
7 Simple Ways to Celebrate Janmashtami With Kids
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 File this under things no one tells you to expect once you become a mom: you actually look forward to holidays! Halloween is my jam. Even Christmas is starting to feel more merry. But our Indian holidays......
Holi: The Gateway Holiday
The haze of primary colors raining down on joyous, dancing crowds right around the time when the dreary final weeks of winter are giving way to the dewy hopefulness of spring -- it’s an image that even non-Hindus the world...
5 Ways to Incorporate Your Culture Into Distance Learning
We know it’s important for parents with little ones to maintain some semblance of normalcy during these uncertain and unprecedented times. As you know, we founded Modi Toys to help preserve our Indian culture and pass down the teachings from...
How to Celebrate Onam While Living Abroad
WHAT IS ONAM By: Ann Ittoop (@thefamiliarkitchen) Every year in the South Indian state of Kerala, a major harvest festival occurs called Onam. Like most major Indian festivals, of course, there is a mythological story behind this 10 day festival...
Culture & Celebration: Embedding Indian culture into American Parties
Children’s parties have taken over my toddler’s social calendar. For some reason, summer seems to mean even more birthday parties. Therefore, children’s parties have taken over my social calendar. Every weekend, we schlep to a party filled with balloons, delicious...
Five USA camps for Indian-American kids to learn culture and bond with
The Seattle I grew up in was very different than the tech-centric one of today—the modest number of Indians living there were usually connected to Boeing or Microsoft and, even living a few miles from Microsoft’s expansive headquarters, there were...
Children’s Illustrated Books by Indian Authors
Bharat Babies founder Sailaja Joshi found that there are five times as many books about trucks and twice as many books about bunnies than there are about children of color. I can attest – I’ve probably read more board books...
The hidden benefits of mantras: How reciting them could help with memory, cognition and immunity
When I was younger, we’d often go to family friends’ houses for pujas. The kids would hole away in a bedroom upstairs, watching cartoons, playing games, catching up – we didn’t understand Sanksrit, after all, and we just got restless...
Tools for helping your kid learn Gujarati, Hindi and Punjabi
My kid speaks more Spanish than I do. He’s not quite three years old, but he’s in a Spanish classroom at his daycare and literally knows more Spanish words than I do, thanks to my four years of high school...
From womb to puberty, Indians celebrate the various rites of passage
I didn’t have a traditional coming-of-age ceremony – I like to think I left my childhood behind when I got my first zit, freaked out about it, very vocally blamed it on my parents and then locked myself in my...
The meaning behind the some of the various spring holidays in India
If you’re ever going to take some time off from work for a religious holiday – mostly so you can have a cup of coffee on your couch uninterrupted for once – early spring is the time to do it....
Indians are full of superstitions – but how did they come to be?
I am the type of person that, once I hear a superstition, I never forget it. In my construction zone of a city, I’m constantly stepping around ladders on the sidewalk – even if it means hurling myself in front...
How to explain Ganesh – and Hindu religion – to children
Let’s be real – it can be extremely difficult to explain religion to a young child who comes armed with boundless curiosity and the ability to ask one seemingly simple question an endless amount of times: “But why?” My toddler...