DIY PLANT DECOR (FOR TINY SPACES AND DOLLHOUSES)

Many of you asked how I did our plants for our dollhouse. And really, it’s very easy! I’m not the type of DIY-er who takes a lot of time and effort to create something (that would be crafters and my husband) – i’m all for quick and cheap solutions that would add quality to our home. Are you ready to find out? It’s simple, really. All I needed were the following: small pots (I got these from Taiwan and have […]

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MTE MANILA FIND: OPEN GYM FOR ALL CHILDREN (INCLUDING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS)

Hatch is a play gym that opened at the Podium Mall today. I learned about it from The Parenting Emporium’s post, but couldn’t really quite grasp what it is, that’s why we went on their opening day to find out! In their about page, this is what’s written: Opening up a world of options for kids with special needs • Open Gym • Open Play • Open Space • Classes out in the Open • Open to all Abilities I […]

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BOTANICAL WALL INSTALLATION

I remember seeing this while scrolling on Instagram, and I thought Creation Space’s idea is such a genius! Luckily, we have this moveable rack that we normally use for hanging clothes, but it turned out to be perfect for this activity, too! WHAT YOU NEED: * A steady rack * Clear tape * Nature finds – weeds, seeds, flowers, dried plants, twigs, etc – I don’t like cutting flowers for cutting’s sake, so I only worked with the fallen leaves […]

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30 DAYS OF MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES (AND HOW TO HELP TODDLERS SUCCEED)

I was inspired to make our own list after seeing Natural Beach Living’s list here. There’s no particular order for these, but I am adding tips on how to help your child succeed with each activity. Enjoy!:) 1. Wash dishes In the Philippines, we wash dishes with our hands. Work with just one plate or cup or utensil first. Don’t put a lot of things in front of the child – just little soap, sponge, and the item to be […]

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DIY: PRETEND FOOD GAME FOR TODDLERS

Do you have a toddler who loves food? My toddler loves to taste all sorts of food, and I believe our baby-led weaning approach has greatly helped in that. But of course, while we do allow him to eat sweets and treats, he cannot have that everyday. So, when I learned of this boardgame called Picnic from my sister, I thought I would make our own version at home since I already have a lot of food miniatures. It pretty […]

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DIY: COLOR GAME FOR TODDLERS (SLASH I-SPY)

Sharing one game we play at home that my toddler absolutely loves! We call it the Color Basket, because the materials we need are all in a basket. MATERIALS: – Different miniatures/ toys in specific colors you want for your game (I decided to stick with the primary colors) – A die (or any cube from your child’s blocks – color each side with the colors of your items) – A containter (basket, tub, basin — it’s up to you!) […]

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FUN BOTANICAL ART FOR CHILDREN

I’ve been following this type of art for a long time on Pinterest, but it wasn’t until my friend Monica posted about it that I realized, “hey! Even a non-creative person like me can do this, too!” Not as beautiful as the ones on Pinterest perhaps, but you know what, I found it to be a very therapeutic activity. It was the perfect timing. My stylist friends styled a wedding, and they had a lot of leftover plants after. I […]

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DIY SHADOW PLAY MATERIALS

My son loves vehicles – it is one of his ultimate favorites. No matter how it’s presented – as a toy, a book, a puzzle, etc — he always gets drawn to vehicles. I thought of making this activity because we had our Melissa and Doug reusable stickers for a while now, and we loved using it for its purpose: sticking. After a while though, they don’t stick anymore. I was told to wipe it with wet cloth, but I […]

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MONTESSORI SENSORY ACTIVITY: SMELLING JARS/ BOTTLES

We have many senses (five being the most commonly known ones, but there are at least 7, and in the Waldorf system, I was told there are so much more) – and they all serve different purposes. In Montessori education, refining of our senses is important because children shape their intelligence through their senses – visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory impressions help a lot with brain development. Vestibular and proprioception, senses related to balance and knowing our location and […]

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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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