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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COUNTING BOOKS FOR TODDLERS

Following Montessori principles, we did not introduce numbers, shapes, colors, and the alphabet when our son was an infant. He is 2.5 years old as we speak and has no idea about letters yet. He has already been introduced shapes and colors, though, upon following his interest. I will probably write about them in another post. Honestly, I was trying to delay numbers. But one time, he just started counting from one to nine, straight. Rote memorization, for sure. So […]

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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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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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