SHOONYA KIDS: PUZZLES
Learn Hindi Letters with Fun Puzzles
The Hindi Puzzles chapter in Shoonya Kids allows children to learn the Devanagari script through fun animated characters. Along with demonstrating letter associations, these characters are also uniquely designed to highlight the diversity of India. Each character is shown to represent a different part of India through cultural clothing, accessories, or sounds. India is a country full of diversity and each character has been carefully created to bring cultural representation to each state.
Learn the Hindi Alphabet Through Culture
अ / a is for anar (pomegranate)
"Anar", was created to represent Ladakh with prayer hands and Ladakhi shoes. Ladakh is a region in India! Ladakh is famous for beautiful mountains and valleys, perfect for anar to explore.
आ / aa is for aam (mango)
"Aam", Mango is the National Fruit of India so we wanted him to represent that essence. He says "Namaste" or “hello”. He is also wearing the tilak on his forehead and the ancient form of footwear in India, known as Paduka.
इ / i is for imli (tamarind)
"Imli" aka "tamarind" is widely used in the cooking of Maharashtrian dishes so we took the inspiration from this sub-culture of India and dressed her with the Maharashtrian nose ring.
ई / ii is for eekh (sugarcane)
"Eekh", the Indian word for "sugarcane", is popularly grown in the state of Punjab, India. Our Punjab inspired character has a fun personality! Her braided hair features a traditional hair accessory known as Parandi.
उ / u is for ullu (owl)
Cricket is the most popular sport in India and the inspiration behind "ullu", the cricket playing owl. Cricket is still a very popular sport and an important part of Indian culture.
ऊ / uu is for onth (camel)
"Camel", or “oonth” in Hindi, is commonly found as a means of transportation in Rajasthan, a beautiful desert state in Northern India. This character is rocking Rajasthan-inspired accessories, where traditionally men had long mustaches and wore a pagdri (turban).
ऋ / r is for rishi (sage)
India is a land of sages so we choose Indian Rishi (Sage) as a character representation. Find him posing in different yoga asanas, animated in a fun way to get children excited!
ए / e is for ektara (a string instrument)
Ektara, is a musical instrument with only one string. Held and played upright, this instrument is commonly used in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Dance along to fun ektara music for kids.
ऐ / ai is for ainak (glasses)
These glasses are learning Hindi just like you! Some kids need glasses and some don’t. Using glasses can help children read, write, and see things they normally couldn’t. Either way, learning Hindi is a fun activity for kids.
ओ / o is for okhalee (mortar)
This okhalee is used to grind Indian spices. Indian produces a variety of spices due to the diverse climate. Some popular Indian spices include tumeric, cumin, garam masala, and green cardamom. Yum!
औ / au is for aurat (woman)
Aurat (female), is wearing an Indian sari. Saris come in many different styles and varieties depending on the occasion or location! View our traditional dress-up clothing page to learn more about Indian saris.
अं / am is for anda (egg)
Anda means egg in Hindi! Eggs are a great option for kids. This egg is tough and strong. Eggs are healthy and nutritious and used in countless dishes to make a yummy meal.
अः / ah
क / ka is for kabootar (pigeon)
This pigeon is wearing a hat designed and worn in the region of Himachal Pradesh. The Himachali cap is usually round in shape and made of wool and is traditionally worn during local festivities!
ख / kha is for khargosh (rabbit)
Rabbit (Khargosh) is wearing a lungi (or skirt) from the state of Tamil Nadu. Lungis are wrapped around the waist and worn for many different occasions! Help kids learn how to say lungi and khargosh.
ग / ga is for gai (cow)
Cow (Gai) is dressed perfectly for the Pongal Festival. Pongal is a multi-day Hindu festival in South India. This festival celebrates the Sun God and agricultural abundance.
घ / gha is for ghora (horse)
Horse (Ghoda) is as brave as Chetak, the horse of famous, historical king, Maharana Pratap. In a war when Maharana Pratap came under attack, his wise horse saved his life by riding him through an escape route. Chetak was a Marwari breed of horse.
ङ / rda
च / ca is for charkha (spinning wheel)
Mahatma Gandhi’s spinning wheel (charkha) is making cotton. Gandhi used the charkha to make homespun cloth to protest British textiles in the 1930s in his self-reliance campaign. Check out our blog post here to learn all about Mahatma Gandhi!
छ / cha is for chhatri (umbrella)
Umbrella (Chatri) is extremely useful during the monsoon season in India. There are two monsoon seasons in India. The widespread southwest monsoon affects all of India and occurs from June to September. In October through December, the northeast monsoon affects Southeast India. Good thing we have our trusty umbrella!
ज / ja is for jawan (soldier)
This soldier (jawan) is wearing the Indian Army Uniform. Soldiers can serve in planes, on the ground, or on boats. Where do you think this one likes to be the most?
झ / jha is for jhanda (flag)
This tri-colored design represents the Indian flag. The white center of the Indian flag also contains a navy blue wheel to represent a chakra. The top orange or saffron represents strength and courage while the white middle indicates peace and truth. The bottom green stands for growth and fertility of the land.
ञ / nia
ट / tta is for topi (hat)
This hat (topi) is worn in the state of Maharashtra. The Maharashtrian hat is also known as the Gandhi cap. It has often been worn by Indian independence activists since Gandhi’s time, even becoming a symbol of cultural pride.
ठ / ttha is for thatera (blacksmith)
Thatera (Blacksmith) is from the region of Tripura. Tripura is known for its handicraft, most often woodworking, hand-woven cotton fabrics, and bamboo products. Blacksmiths typically create objects with metal or steel.
ड / dda is for damru (musical instrument)
Damru (Drum) is playing an Indian tune. Damrus are often used for Indian folk music and are associated with Tantric traditions. Damru drumbeats are very powerful sounds and can be fun for kids to listen to or play along with.
ढ / ddha is for dholak (drum)
Bhangra dance is being performed to the tune of the dholak. The Bhangra dance is traditionally performed in the region of Punjab. It was originally performed as a celebratory folk dance, so the fun sound of the dholak is perfect to accompany it!
ण / nea
The letter Na is dancing in the region Rajasthan. Rajasthan is a state in Northern Indian with usually very hot or cold (extreme) temperatures.
त / ta is for titalee (butterfly)
Titli ( butterfly) is playing Dandiya. Dandiya is a traditional dance typically performed at the festival of Navaratri. In this dance, the butterfly’s sticks represent the sword of Goddess Durga.
थ / tha is for thalee (plate)
Thali (plate) has loads of laddu (an Indian sweet). Indian food is rich in a variety of delicious flavors, tastes, and textures. Learn all the names so you can ask for seconds!
द / da is for daant (tooth)
This tooth (daant) is cleaning itself with datoon, an Ayurvedic twig used for dental hygiene. Brushing teeth can be fun for kids with a little practice! Make it a game to see how many weeks in a row you can go without missing a day.
ध / dha is for dhanush (bow)
Dhanush (Bow) is used to shoot arrows. In Hindu mythology, the bow is a divine weapon used to give victory that the person who possess it.
न / na is for nariyeal (coconut)
Nariyal (coconut) is wearing the lungi (Indian clothing) from the state of Kerala. Coconuts are traditionally cultivated in the state of Kerala among other regions. Coconuts are not only delicious but also a symbol of prosperity in India.
प / pa is for patang (kite)
This patang (kite) is flown in the Kite Festival of Uttarayan (or Makar Sankranti Manja). This festival marks the end of winter and colorful kites are flown in the sky. Master kite flyers may travel from all over to demonstrate their kite flying skills.
फ / pha is for phal (fruit)
Aam (mango) is the National Fruit of India. Mangos, like other fruit grown in India, are abundant and delicious. There are over 100 varieties grown just in India. Enjoy raw mangos on their own or in a sweet and scrumptious dish.
ब / ba is for bansuri (flute)
The bansuri (flute) is playing a melodious tune. Bansuris are special Indian flutes made out of bamboo and often used in classical music. What kind of music do you like?
भ / bha is for bhalu (bear)
This bhalu (bear) is from Haryana. Haryana is known for cows, khaats, colorful festivals, and more! It is full of colorful and vibrant history, so this bhalu is in good hands.
म / ma is for machalee (fish)
Machli (Fish) is dressed in the clothing from Kashmiri. Traditional clothing for Kashmiri women is a Salwar-Kameez with a pheran. Machalee is also wearing a beautiful headscarf to top off her traditional outfit. So fabulous!
य / ya is for yogi
This young yogi is doing the breathing exercise known as Pranayam. Pranayam is one of the most powerful components of yoga. Prana is the ‘life force’ which is essential for helping the body function and improve vitality.
र / ra is for rang (colors)
Holi, the Festival of Colors, celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring, a centuries-old tradition. On the day of Holi, colored powder is thrown in the air and people splash water on each other in celebration. Different colors symbolize different sentiments, and the tradition has become a well-loved, widespread way to celebrate Indian culture all over the world.
ल / la is for laddoo (dessert)
Laddoo (an Indian sweet) is typically made with Besan flour, fat (ghee or butter), and sugar. It is sweet and nutty in taste and often made when celebrating Diwali. Yum!
व / va is for vak (stork)
Vak (stork) is wearing clothing from the region of Manipur. Traditional apparel for a woman of Manipur includes a shawl and skirt (or phanek) that are typically handwoven in different block color patterns or stripes. It is so fun to take inspiration for clothing from different Indian states!
श / sha is for sher (lion)
Sher (lion) is the king of the jungle. The Asiatic lion in particular is native to India. Many conservation efforts are in place to keep this particular species of lions alive in the face of lion hunters. They are considered a rare conservation victory!
ष / shha is for shatkon (hexagon)
Shatkon (hexagon) has single angles. Learning shape names is so useful for children trying to learn geometry! Can you find an example of a hexagon around your house?
स / sa is for saanp (snake)
This saap (snake) is dancing in the Festival of Charkula! The Charkula dance is performed in Uttar Pradesh and specially done on the third day after Holi.
ह / ha is for haathe (elephant)
Haathi (Elephant) is playing the dhola, which is a musical instrument. India has managed to protect many elephants, another amazing conservation victory. Help kids learn more about elephants with Shoonya Kids!
क्ष / ksha is for kshatriya (warrior)
This kshatriya (warrior) is as brave as Maharana Pratap. Maharana Pratap led the famous Battle of Haldighati against Mughal Emperor Akbar. While his army was outnumbered, he was able to fight well and make an escape with only one horse, Chetak.
त्र / tra is for trishool (trident)
Trishul (trident) has three spears. Tridents were typically used for spear fishing or as a weapon in certain mythological stories. It is also a common divine symbol in Hinduism. This trident looks pretty friendly though!
ज्ञ / gyna is for gyaani (or knowledgable)
The sage is known to give wisdom and the knowledge of Shoonya. Sages often hold much insight and understanding and are a great inspiration for information. He is the most supreme!