Posted in Fine Motor skills, Our little wiggle, Preschool Activity, Sensory skills, Summer Activities, Summer Ideas, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Indoor Water Play

I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love water play. Even the smallest bin or bucket of water will keep any toddlers happy for hours. Two very simple things – water and squeezy bottle – have been keeping #chinitoinigo busy and happy again and again.


Quick and Easy Toddler Activity

What you need:

  • Small tub with 1/4 to 1/2 full of lukewarm water.
  • A small squeezy bottle
  • A towel to catch spills
  • Washable tempera paint (optional)


Directions: I filled the small tub with clear water and gave the squeezy bottle to Inigo. Eventually, I added blue tempera paint to look like an ocean.

Inigo likes to squirt the bottle. I am happy to let him since it builds fine motor skills. Squeezing the bottles is also great for fine motor skills, and it’s so much fun!  

We also used this chance of learning new vocabulary words like empty, full, squeeze, dry, wet and squirt.

Sometimes, it is often the simplest things that engage young children the most. 

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Our little wiggle, Preschool Activity, Sensory skills, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Fine Motor Skills with Toothpick 

Loads of fun with just a few simple things and very little preparation.  For this invitation to play, I gave toothpick and empty clear plastic container.  

I gave him the empty container and a small paper plate filled with toothpicks. I showed him how to pick up one toothpick at a time and drop it into the container. 

 When it was his turn, he picked up several toothpicks at a time and then ended up dropping them.  

He learned that it worked much better to only pick up one at a time. He was very engaged in this task and thorougly enjoyed it. 👍

Posted in Fine Motor skills, Finger painting, Learning through play, Our little wiggle, Preschool Activity, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Painting with Car Toys..

It was a hot day and though were itching to get out we couldn’t really get out of the house and go somewhere.  Instead I created an invitation and did what we do best – play with paint.

Who wouldn’t like cars?! Inigo is in to cars right now and I must say that they are his favorite toys! 

That’s where the idea came from when we find another way to use them in our daily activities

We have painted with cars before with Kuya Angelo. of course we had fun back then; it is a kids classic. 

I set out a variety of vehicles toys we own along with some fluorescent paint. IKEA Mala paints can make vibrant prints.

Cars and paints ” mommy gets a gold star”!😝


Every activity involving paint becomes a sensory activity, right?  



Posted in Fine Motor skills, Learning through play, Our little wiggle, Toddler's Activities

Learning through play – Popsicles and Pringles Fine Motor Activity

In addition to promoting some great developmental skills, this activity is also a great one to use when you need to keep your little one occupied for a few minutes so you can work on other household chores or having a few minutes of ME- TIME.



Remember, sometimes the best fine motor activities can be done using household items from your cupboards and kitchen drawers! For more kid-friendly fine motor activities you can also use the Pringles container and popsicle sticks.



I love this popsicle stick Pringles can activity because, like many toddlers activities, it challenges a variety of skills such as grasping, hand-eye coordination, working at and reaching across the middle of the body and even concentration.



#chinitoinigo enjoys this activity as he practice his fine motor skills!

Once all the popsicle sticks have been pushed into the container, he can simply open, dump, and repeat!

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out Dubai, Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – Breakfast at IKEA Restaurant – Dubai Festival City

One of my guilty pleasure in life is going to IKEA. Not only because you can get some pretty awesome furniture for relatively cheap but mostly for the breakfast worth getting out of bed.  

Breakfast at the IKEA Restaurant gets your day off to a flying start. They offers quality, healthy and sustainable food – yet still great value.    


The menu is full of Scandinavian breakfast treats which is great for weekend delights.Priced at Dhs 10 with four items breakfast includes Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Hash Browns and Baked Beans. You may also add Dhs 4 for Mushroom Buttons.


 If you are an IKEA FAMILY member then you’ll get an unlimited free coffee drink. 



 If you’re not fan of big breakfast then you may also choose from their freshly made healthy sandwiches and wraps. And if you enjoyed trying new dish, you can also order samosa and quiche. They also offers assorted breads and sweets.
Breakfast is served every day  from 9:00 am until 11:30 am. 


Posted in DIY Kids Photoshoot, Family matters, Jelly Bean Our Princess, Motherhood, Our Little Princess

Letter to Jelly Bean @ 4 months

Dear Isabelle… You’re 4 months old!


My mellow, smiley little princess. . . you are 4 months old!
Every morning, I wake up and the first thing I do is turn to my right to stare at you.  You always wake up with a big, happy smile and I am immediately filled with so much gratitude and joy to have you in my life.  I hope you always wake up happy and ready to start another day.


Our adventure with you has been so much fun this month.  You started giggling!!  The first time was when I asked “who is our little princess?!” and from there all we have to do is tickle you or tell you funny stories.  You’ve really started developing more of your personality traits.  You’ve become pretty mellow and comfortable in your own little body – you’re easy to entertain and love watching your big brothers play around you.  You’ve gotten really good at grabbing things and putting everything in your mouth!!  You seem to especially like your fingers and will chew on them every time you figure out to put them inside your mouth.

You’re still  best sleeper and I’m glad we have a good routine.  Right now you are waking up 2-3 times in the middle of the night.
I feel very blessed to be breastfeeding you.  You are still eating very well – usually every 2-3 hours during the day.  You do take a bottle of pumped milk well if I am not home.

I love seeing your little body during bath time.  You are almost growing out of our infant tub… you love to kick and splash during bath time and water typically goes everywhere.  Bath time is still one of your favorite times of the day, I think.   

You seem to enjoy laying on your back and batting at toys.  Your neck has gotten much stronger and you’re able to hold your head up high and look forward.  You have started rolling from your tummy to your back, but you don’t always remember how to do it.  

You are talking a lot more – babbling at us and screaming with happiness, too.  You are very vocal.  You have the most adorable gummy smile.  Sometimes while I am away from you if I think about that smile I feel immediately happy – it is just so electric and joyous. 

Posted in Jelly Bean Our Princess, Our Little Princess

Happy 4 months Princess Isabelle

I can’t possibly put into words the depth of this love I have for you, my princess.  You have really opened up a special place in my heart and I am just so grateful for you.   

You make me so proud.  I am always a little sad to write these letters to you because I know time is passing at an impossible pace.


I am doing everything I can to just savor this time.  We spend a few minutes each day staring at each other and I hope you are feeling this love.