TODDLER ACTIVITIES IN NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 3 (NAIA 3)

We were at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (International terminal) last week and arrived too early for our flight, so we had the luxury to go around the airport to checkout how to kill time best with our 22-month-old. There are restaurants (both before and after the immigration area) and souvenir shops (for interesting language objects) as well as a bookstore (in case you want to buy a book for the flight – although nothing much for toddlers, really). There […]

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OUR BOOKLIST FOR MOVEMENT

I did not realize how powerful books are in helping children move more until I saw my very own son copying the poses in his book I Can by Helen Oxenbury. From then on, I’ve enjoyed scouting for books that encourage a lot of movement for children, and my son really enjoys them, so I’m sharing here our favorites! First things first: we buy international books either from www.BookDepository.com or local bookstores (if they are available), or through Amazon when […]

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DIY PROJECT: HOMEMADE WATERCOLOR SET

Publishing my 2014 post on DIY Watercolor Set from my other blog here since I figured many parents will also appreciate this! A really easy and fun way do make your own watercolor set. And the best part is – everything is actually edible, so you know the exact ingredients of your child’s material. Just a note: I know it says it lasts for a long time in the video I will share down below, but in my experience, it […]

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BEACH ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son loves the beach! Whenever he sees photos of a beach, he would tell us, “go to the beach!” At first, I would spend a long time thinking about how I can prepare him for the beach, what materials I can bring to enhance his experience, etc. Do I bring a book? Miniatures? Toys? Lots of stuff for sandcastle building? Should I just bring our whole house? After several trips to the beach, this is what I now believe […]

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INVITATION TO PLAY WITH CLAY

My son has really been into clay lately, so today, I’m sharing quickly how I make a tray for him. No, you don’t need to buy those plastic “dough” sets for your child’s play – they usually come out more expensive, but if you already have them, no worries – use them and just arrange them in a more orderly manner in your tray. Look around your kitchen and your craft supplies and you might have just what you need. […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE: BLOWING PRACTICE FOR TODDLERS

I didn’t realize how important blowing is (and how much practice it would take before an actual blow happens) until we started swimming lessons for our 20-month-old. Blowing is one good way to get your child comfortable in the water (for swimming) because it’s a practice in breathing and helps your toddler get used to water in his/her face. Blowing was something we’ve always done with our soups — so our son knows the word blow, but as we had […]

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QUICK DIY: MATCHING WORK FOR TODDLERS

Matching work is one of the activities Montessori parents do that I easily loved (just by looking at their photos). I was eager to see it in action, but I really want my son to own the discovery for many things, so I patiently waited, and sometime on his 18th or 19th month, I think – he just suddenly started matching and it was probably one of the most exciting days around here for me. I need to stress this […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY MATERIALS IN PAPEMELROTI

Established in 1967, many of us who grew up in the Philippines probably know the store PAPEMELROTI. Named after all the children of the Alejandro family (owners of the company), this store has been a major source for crafts, Filipino-made products, pasalubong, etc for me – it carries a lot of very affordable products! It has several branches in Manila, and a few provincial branches as well, but my absolute favorite would be their main branch along Roces Avenue, Quezon […]

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MONTESSORI-FRIENDLY ITEMS IN NATIONAL BOOKSTORE

Hi guys. Welcome to the very first of a series I’m planning to do regularly – What Montessori-Friendly Materials Have I Spotted In _________ (a series of different local stores). This is my attempt to share my finds with parents who are just starting out in their Montessori journey, in the hope that instead of getting overwhelmed and intimidated with this beautiful philosophy, it encourages us to look for Montessori-friendly materials in our everyday things and usual stores. I admit, […]

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SAVE THE CHILDREN ORGANIZATION x VICKS REMINDER

“Children protected from violence are less likely to be perpetrators of violence when they grow up.” One of the most challenging parts of parenting, I think, is really understanding that prevention is way better than cure. Sometimes, we do things with a positive intention, but enforce it in a negative way. The sad truth here is that sometimes, we end up hurting the ones we love – not only physically, but also psychologically – and sometimes, children end up being […]

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