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Juliette has been rocking @zeldamatildakid since she was DAYS old! The shabby chiffon collection is one of our favs because they come in a set of 18 different colors (on Amazon Prime 🎉) and they still fit her ✌🏻 years later! Be sure to check out my stories for some darling throwbacks of my baby 😭 #zeldamatildakid#iloveshabbychiffon
🚂 Product Review 🚂
I’ve been eyeing this A to Z Magnatab for awhile now, and thanks to @barefoottoys , we finally got our hands on one! It’s very similar to sandpaper letters (tracing letters in sand) but less messy with no setup needed, and you could use it again and again anytime of the day. We left the Magnatab out on the table for T to discover it after school, and he went straight for it! I love how focused he looked when he was working on it, it definitely kept him busy for awhile 😆. I believe a toy is only worth the investment if you can use it in >3 ways - this teaches the child letter writing/tracing, letter recognition and fine motor skills. It’s a great learning tool, and I love how portable it is, would be great to bring this along for travels ✈️ as well. You will notice that I’m not too bothered though about how he’s holding his pen 🖊 or whether his strokes in tracing the alphabets are in order, since he’s only 3 now. But if you have older kids, then the numbering of the strokes on the Magnatab will definitely help them!
Toy: Uppercase A to Z Magnatab
From: @barefoottoys (They also offer lowercase A to Z Magnatab, and numbers Magnatab, so do check them out!)
Suitable for: 2 years old and above (2-3: focus on fine motor skills; 3-4: focus on letter tracing; 4 and above: focus on letter tracing with the right strokes)
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored product, but all opinions are of my own, based on my personal experiences with the product.
keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
When Mr. 1.5 was born, I felt like it was a constant juggling act that I was barely keeping up. Life with two was a huge adjustment ... and it still is. Maintaining
B A L A N C E in life is constant hard work. ❤️
Since I’ve started this account I’ve had such incredible positive feedback from family, friends, and even strangers! Every comment, like, message, text has meant the world to me. I started this account to share some of the little and big moments in our lives with our two beautiful boys. ❤️
Amongst all of the amazing encouragement, I’ve had numerous moms tell me that I am inspiring them (best compliment ever) and ask me “how do you do it all?”. The truth is - I don’t! It takes a village remember? I have the most amazing husband @be_nutritious who values time with our family and is the epitome of being a husband and father. Also, when I need help, I ask for it! Our parents, family, and friends are an incredible group of people that have always stepped up when we’ve needed them. ❤️
Early years learning has always been my passion - it has been my career for the past 15 years. I’ve always focussed on providing meaningful learning experiences for other people’s children so of course I’m going to do it for my own! Are they always perfect set ups? No! Are they always pre planned? No! Is the house always calm? No! Do I lose my mind sometimes? Yes! Do the boys have days where the tv is on all day? Yes! Because that is normal life - finding balance that works for your family. No matter what kind of day we’ve had, what matters most is that my intentions always come from a place of love ❤️ .
📷 credit: @marycecalaphotography .
Y is for YARN
A little festive fine motor activity for after swimming lessons today. Threading some Christmas bells 🔔 onto gold glittery yarn, both from @shamrockaustralia .
JC made them into necklaces and ive been told I have to "wear it all day long and dont get it lost". If you need me, just follow the jingling sound. 😉
Uno Word Revision by @hm.playtivities suitable for 5 years above
I am certain many of us teachers can relate to this one. Something familiar here? Yes! It is the classic game of Uno but Teacher @hm.playtivities twist it to get her students to work on their vocab.
Here is a little tips she shared on how it is played, “The children will play in pairs or in group of 3-4. Each child will get 4 cards. Player 1 will put a card & player 2 onwards will have to put a card with the words which belong to the same word family. If a player doesnt have a matching word, just put a card with the same colour will do. As they do these, they will have to read out the words. Oh yes, black is a special card! So if any of the players doesnt have a matching word or colour, and if they have black, they can put the black card. Else, they will have to draw a card. The first player who doesnt have anymore cards will be the winner.”
I’m so gonna try this someday but for now hope you will give this a try!
Also, check out teacher @hm.playtivities page for more interesting and cool activities!
My 4 year old doesn't listen to me, they don't follow instructions, most of the time they decide to do their own thing.. sound familiar to you? ⠀
The skills of understanding and listening fall under receptive language. Learn more about how to help the skill of understanding at home with your little one on our website 👂🏼👂🏼
building, playing and being together~moments captured by teacher Jane in our Explorer’s Lab class for ages 2+ || its a wonderful thing when we can sit back and watch the children be comfortable in their explorations. Registration opens next week, Saturday, December 1st 8AM. All of our teachers are very excited to offer some amazing programming for you families.
Wednesday, November 21st
9AM | Infant/Toddler Art Club
10:30AM | Explorer’s Lab Ages 2+
12:15PM | Little Explorer’s Lab Ages 4-14months
1:30PM | Meet Ups with our host @blissful.baby.sleep ~we have the wonderful Carly from @weetalkers speaking on language development in young children. Come for the hangs, the tea, the talk!! See you there! Speaker begins at 2PM.
BENEFITS OF PLAY
This photo in Santas Village in the Artic Circle in Finland provokes memories of the joy of children playing with abandon. The blue light of the winter sun made it a magical place for the kids to play.
The mindful way in which children play can be inspiring and beautiful to observe. As parents, we necessarily instruct and impose rules on kids. However, the focus can at times become predominantly authoritative, scolding and tense at times. Kids need rules and boundaries, but healthy relationships also need positive interactions.
It is important for you and your kids/teens to have FUN and play together age appropriately. Relax, have fun and enjoy something spontaneous, creative, silly, sporty or a shared interest.
Play — or free, unstructured time in the case of older children and adolescents — is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play as a family weaves the ties of love and connection that bind family members together.
The benefits of play include: 😁 Play stimulates healthy brain development
👧Pretend play stimulates your child’s imagination and creativity.
🙆♂️Play develops the brain’s executive function
👨🍳Play develops a child’s “theory of mind - the ability to walk in another’s shoes.
👨👧👦Family fun creates positive memories and bonds between family members
💕It releases happy endorphins which helps with mood
💗We feel loved and special when we receive positive attention
Encourage and join in the play with your kids. Time well spent for the development of good communication, bonding and mutual enjoyment. After all, is there anything more important?
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