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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PRACTICAL LIFE: A (FUNCTIONING) TODDLER KITCHEN

Sharing our kitchen setup for our toddler. My mom bought the Ikea Play Kitchen for my son, and we have turned it into a functioning one! I put it right beside our home’s actual kitchen. Our kitchen has no more space for my toddler’s child-sized kitchen, but we also use that kitchen by placing a stool if he wants to work on our counters. He just keeps moving that stool around to get what he needs. When it comes to […]

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PRACTICAL LIFE WORK: FRUIT PICKING (KAMIAS)

If there’s one tree that I would recommend you have at home when you have a child, it’s KAMIAS! Kamias is one of our local fruits (native to Southeast Asia, I think) and rich in vitamins B and C, iron, phosphorus, and antioxidants. But those aren’t the only reasons I would recommend having this tree in your home. For children’s sake, it’s simply because Kamias (in English, it’s called Bilimbi, Tree Sorrel, or Cucumber Tree) is the only fruit free […]

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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: OUR ART CORNER AT HOME (FOR ADULTS)

Many of you have asked about this wall in our home. My husband was the one who installed this, and because he does not like drilling the walls as much as possible, I’m happy to report that this could be done using only command hooks (browse HERE)! So this is what the BEFORE looked like. My sister let go of her DIY chairs (they painted it and had it reupholstered), and we got it from her. I love the look […]

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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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