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Fine Motor Skills – Playing with Clothespin

If you have kids, I would definitely recommend you keep some clothespins on hand. “Why clothespins?” you may ask. First, there are so many fun activities and crafts using clothespins. Second, they are great for developing fine motor skills!

 
With so many different activities and crafts using clothespins, having them on hand is a great way to keep kiddos occupied for a good chunk of time.     

We had done activity with clothespins recently, so I thought of giving him cup and clothespins and see what he’ll do with it. He started clipping them along the edge of a cup and as he was talking as he played I overheard he was counting the clothepins.

   
   When Isabelle saw her Kuya Inigo she joined us and I gave her plate as well.Sometimes it maybe too advanced for Isabelle’s age but watching them together doing the same activity and enjoying what they are doing looked so cute!Silly – I know – but these realizations make me so happy!    I love watching the interests of my kids – they are full of awesome ideas! Whenever I am needing a little inspiration I just sit back and watch them play … within a few minutes I always have another creative learning activity in mind!

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Learning through play – All about ME

This face parts game is an excellent way for Inigo to learn about the parts of the face. Yes, he can named it but my aim is to let him count the parts as well.

 I made this face parts game for Inigo to play with Isabelle. It is easy and all the pieces fit into their tiny fingers. In fact, you can also put this in a resealable bag, so it is super handy for travelling.

 It can also be a proficient vocabulary building activity too as well as learning the parts of the face.

 After cutting I gave them to Inigo and he started to named the face parts as he begun to count the parts as well.


  
  
  
  
 He completed a face on his first attempt by gluing it and later on he helped Isabelle in creating the girl face.

 He also learned to differentiate the boy and girl as well as learning to used the she and he words. 


    Later on, we decided to add paper straw and play puppet show. 

  

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Learning through play – Quiet Fun Activities

If there is one thing I know, I have two of the busiest, explorer little people you have ever seen.

   
    
 There are days that it was too difficult to keep them busy without electronics especially when we are outside. Trust me on this one😁

  
   
That’s why I was always looking for activities that would help them play independently and give me a little free time of just sitting and watching them than running and catching them.   

    
Color pencils, pens, paper are staple in our diaper bag. And I am thankful to Etihad airways for including this animals memory card in their press kit the last time I’ve attended their event.It’s a life saver!  
 

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Learning through play – DIY Yoghurt Playdough

 When I saw this recipe in my FB newsfeed, I knew right away that I needed to save it for future use. 

Yoghurt playdough is made with just 2 ingredients (that you probably already have) and turns out so soft and fun to play with.   What’s Yoghurt Dough? A super easy to make sensory dough that your toddlers and kiddos will love to play with.Being a mother of three, I’ve come across lots of sensory activities that I’m finally getting around to making with them.It’s so important to give them new sensory experiences, to help stimulate their brains, creativity and it’s just plain fun!  The texture of our DIY yoghurt playdough is slimy but smells so delightful , which is why they enjoyed playing, squishing, poking, twisting, rolling the playdough. This is also great for fine motor development, perfect for a quiet time activity, plus it’s such an open ended invitation. 

There are endless ways and items to add to it for creative play that’s why we are so excited to try it!

 We added food coloring and used Lego for stamping. We also used plastic knife for cutting and cooking pan for pretend play.   Isabelle didn’t quite understand how to actually mold things with it yet but she had a ton of fun squeezing her hands through it and smashing it. It kept her busy too!          

    
On the other hand, the boys write their names and created some artworks.  

  Now when it comes to clean up…hmmm.. I’d say that if you are not fun of messy play then this post is not for you.

It’s a delicious, sweet smell and finger licking kinda mess! Don’t worry though this is super messy to clean, your house and hands will smell like peach and mixed berries.
So grab some Yoghurt and have some fun!   

 

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Monday Art Class 

When we get back here in the Philippines  we seldom do structured activities. Most of their time are for free play.  

They learned to adopt the culture  and learned to get along with other kids. 

And I don’t think less structured activities makes me a bad parent. And more often lately, I can go days without bringing out an activity for the kids to do.   And sometimes I don’t have the creative energy to come up with something new… and just redo an old activity we’ve done in the past…    

    
 

There’s no need to over-think, out-do every activity out there. Sometimes it just feels good to do what’s comfortable.

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Mamon – It Yourself -Kung Fu Panda 

When you have a daughter that needs to breastfeed yet, there’s two active boys that needs something to do other than watching.Suddenly, you’ll wish to have an instant activity that will divert those extra energy.

Fortunately,to celebrate the showing of the new movie Kung Fu Panda 3, Monde recently came out, for a limited period, every pack of Monde Mamon Classic 6’s contains a FREE Mamon Panda Maker Kit!    

   
         
Having watched Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, the part 3 is definitely worth your penny.

Kung Fu Panda is a story of large and loving life panda.

Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor.It’s his transition Po from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.

 
Going back, this activity became an instant hit.They were focus and interested in creating their own panda.
           

 
The instructions are very simple yet entertaining.

 

Grab your own pack at any leading supermarket!

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Goal for 2016 – Listen with Understanding… 

First of all, I’d like to wish all my readers a wonderful New Year!   While some are making their new year resolution, this year I have no resolutions.  

Why?

 Maybe it is because my goal for this year is to Listen With Understanding..  

  
   

 

   
enjoy each day, each moment  
     

one day at a time, one moment at a time.

You should be quick to listen, but slow to speak and even slower to become angry (James 1:19), for anger does not bring about the Christian example that God desires.