DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: PAMULAKLAKIN AETA FOREST TRAIL

Have you ever eaten vegetables, eggs, and rice from a bamboo? It is soooo good that it is now part of my toddler’s favorite memories. Really! Before I became a mom, I was only familiar with the JEST Camp in Subic. We tried it once and had a really fun time trekking while learning about the wonders of the forest from its locals, the Aeta community. We were taught how to make our own utensils and cup from bamboo, and […]

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MANILA FOR KIDS: BAMBIKE TOURS

My nieces living in California came for a visit, and we thought it was the perfect opportunity for our little family to finally try out one of the most famous tours in Intramuros, the Bambike Tours! Bambike Tours is a biking tour around Intramuros, and it ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 hours! Because we weren’t sure how our toddler would behave (we don’t normally bike around the city), we just chose the fastest option: one and a half hours of […]

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PRINTABLE: BUTTERFLY MATCHING WORK

This butterfly matching work is pretty popular in Montessori communities. It’s such great work for young children – looking for the other half of the butterfly, or doing memory work. My son rarely touches the puzzle printables I introduce to him because he looks for that click store-bought puzzles make whenever he builds his puzzles. But the moment I showed this to him, he kept wanting to do it. We play our butterfly prints in two ways now that he’s […]

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MUSICAL STORYBOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (OUR FAVES AT HOME)

Since many of you ask the books we use where our toddler presses a button and music plays, I will share the books with music that we all love at home. I have mentioned in one of my blogs that we also love books that are from songs, like If You’re Happy and You Know It, or the classic The Wheels On The Bus — there really is something about music that children love and are drawn to. My son […]

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BATHROOM ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Do you have a young child who does a lot of delaying tactics or simply refuses when you say “It’s bathtime!”? Normally, it’s effective to tell a child beforehand about an event that’s about to take place. “Son, we will take a bath in 5 minutes.” Then, give a choice. “Would you like to take a bath in your bathroom, or Mama’s bathroom?” “Would you like to play first, or read while waiting?” “Would you like to choose which towel […]

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RECIPE: VEGAN BANANA OAT PANCAKE

Here’s an easy-to-make pancake. But before I share the details, let me say that this will not taste like the Pinoy pancake we grew up with. Typically, for many of us, the pancakes taste sweet. Putting any sweetener of your choice here is optional. Also, I won’t be putting the measurements because we just played around with it. Haha. INGREDIENTS: * Banana (mashed) * Oats (rolled, processed through a food processor if possible. if not, it will still work) * […]

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RECIPE: FRIED CAULI RICE WITH SALTED EGG

My husband gave me a bouquet of veggies for Valentine’s Day. Why? Because I don’t like cut flowers (so he never gave me real cut flowers) and we are vegetarians! It was my perfect excuse to make cauli rice. See, I love the idea of cauliflower rice – it’s low carb, healthy, and normally really good in taste. BUUUT…I cannot justify eating it everyday because really, in Manila, cauliflowers are expensive. Even at its cheaper range (like PHP 50-70 per […]

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DIY: I SPY / MATCHING/ SOUND GAME

Jasmine of Three Minute Montessori shared her DIY I Spy/ Sound Game last January, and her post gave me an idea to make our own using what we have at home. WHAT I USED: * Reusable Water Bottle we don’t use * Our miniature animals (THIS and THIS, also available locally via The Parenting Emporium) * Beads HOW WE PLAY IT: * We simply shake and play I-spy. * I have a basket for one set (from the Wild set), […]

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RECIPE: VEGAN ARROZ CALDO (PORRIDGE)

Hello! I often get questions on what we eat at home, so little by little, I’ll be sharing Daday’s Recipes here. We are not fully vegan, but have been vegetarian for about 10 years now. Here’s one we love eating at home. It’s also only the dish where we use white rice instead of our usual (red or mountain rice). My son learned eating through baby-led weaning (BLW), so he only got a taste of this breakfast porridge long after […]

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TODDLER KNIVES: THE TOOLS WE USE AT HOME

In Montessori families, it is not unusual to see toddlers working in the kitchen. For some, knives are introduced at around 12-18 months of age, while for some, it’s introduced at around 2-3 years old. I understand the worry — so, if you are not yet ready to introduce the knife to your child or feel that your child still needs to do fine motor work before you can do actual slicing work, do remember that there are many other […]

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