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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Toddler Activity: Cutting

November 23, 2017 0 Comments
One of the toddler activity that you can try for your Preschoolers is Cutting Scissors. Scissors comes in variety of sizes, so choosing the right scissors is important for your child to practice cutting properly. It may be scary at first especially if it's their first time to hold a scissor, but there are safety scissors available in the market such as the Maped Kidicut Safety Scissors which ideal for young kids learning to use scissors.

One of the important activities or lesson that we can teach our Preschoolers is Cutting. Cutting with scissors require the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index, and middle fingers separately from the pinkie and ring fingers. With this activity, their little hands will develop fine motor skills and learn the proper way to cut paper. Cutting scissors also prepares our Preschoolers for a much more complicated in the future such as using  different types of scissors, cutting their nails using a nail cutter/nail clipper and even using chopsticks.

For starters, you can draw a straight line on a blank paper and let your child practice cutting it. When he/she masters it, he/she can continue cutting more complicated and detailed lines.

If you're looking for some free printables that you can try for you activities at school or at home, check out the samples below. Here's the free printable that you can print and try for your kids (click on the images to download each printable):

https://www.myteachingstation.com/art-and-colors/scissor-skills/fish-scissor-practice
Feed the Fish
 Source: myteachingstation.com

Thanksgiving Cutting Practice
 Thanksgiving Cutting Practice
Source: twistynoodle.com


Practice Cutting!
Source: freestuff4kids.net


Source: www.dltk-kids.com


I hope your kids will enjoy this activity as much as we do, my daughter who is also in Preschool, loves to cut papers and they also have the Cutting Scissors Activity in their school. It's actually a fun and learning activity, just don't mind the mess afterwards. Hehehe...

By the way, if you're looking for other Scissor Skills for your Preschoolers, here's a Paper-cutting project book with pre-printed activity pages, the Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Book With Pair of Child-Safe Scissors. It has 20 activity pages and includes a plastic safety scissors that naturally encourage proper form in cutting and are safe for preschoolers. This activity also encourages fine motor skills and cognitive skills for your kids.


School Zone Little Hand Helper Workbooks provide a fun-filled introduction to important readiness skills. Each workbook is carefully designed and reviewed by teachers to promote your child's early learning success. Cut & Paste offers a variety of exercises that will help your child practice scissor skills and other readiness basics such as story order, counting, matching, and beginning sounds. The interesting activities with clear directions will provide hours of educational fun for your child. Plus, the colorful award stickers will enhance your child's learning adventure.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Fun Activities for Kids During Quarantine

March 15, 2021 0 Comments
Staying at home for over a year is quite challenging for us parents. Some kids aren't used to staying at home. They miss going out and doing outdoor activities, especially with their friends. 

If you're running out of ideas on how to keep your kids entertained while being quarantined at home, I recommend fun activities you can do with them on this blog post. Hopefully, my list can help you.

Fun Activities for Kids During Quarantine

Here are some fun activities that you and your kids can do during the quarantine:

1. Watch and explore different kinds of animals in their natural habitat or in an aquarium live on cam! 

There are lots of livestream feeds to choose from on the Explore website. We enjoyed watching the different animals in the oceans, birds, wildlife from Africa, the bears, especially the pandas--they are so cute! You can even watch the Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights

2. Explore Mars surface from the comfort of your home. 

Access Mars welcomes anyone with an internet connection. Take a guided tour of what some scientists have experienced on Mars. Check it out here: http://g.co/accessmars
Access Mars_ Follow the Curiosity Rover's Tracks in Virtual Reality

3. Play board games like Scrabble, Snake & Ladders, Monopoly, Chess, etc.

Playing board games is a fun bonding activity for the family. It also keeps your mind engaged and helps improve critical thinking. 

4. Build a blanket tent or fort 

This is also a fun activity that your kids will surely enjoy. Building their own fort will develop your kid's fine motor skills and boost their creativity and imaginative skills.

It's an amazing activity where they can do role plays, or just hang around their tent or fort and read a book or watch a movie.

5. Create a Boredom Jar with a list of random activities 

Creating a Boredom Jar helps kids to be active and productive. It’s a great way to reduce their screen time. In this activity, you will only need a jar, paper, and make a list of things or chores that your kids can do whenever they say "I'm bored."
Boredom Jar Activity Lists - Mama Miah
(Note: I made this list before the pandemic happened, so you can just omit the outdoor activities on the list)

6. Draw, Color and Paint

Kids love to draw, color, and paint. Let them be imaginative and creative.  It helps increase their emotional intelligence and reduces their stress levels.
Fun Activities for Kids During Quarantine
My daughter loves to draw. She learned to draw her favorite movie characters on Art for Kids Hub's YouTube channel. You can check it out too. I'm sure you'll also enjoy watching and learning together with your kids. 

7. Bake yummy treats

Bake cupcakes, cookies, or brownies and eat them together. In this activity, your kids will learn how to measure the ingredients, boost their creativity and develop their fine motor skills.

8. Exercise together

Exercising together is a healthy way to bond with your kids. It keeps them active, maintains their healthy body, and improves their posture.


9. Connect with family members and friends

Staying at home reduces our kid's engagement with other people, especially our family members and friends who live far from us. It's a good thing that there are messaging apps like Facebook and Viber where we can chat and do video calls every time we miss them.

My daughter received a tablet from her Grandmother as a Christmas gift last year. I've installed Messenger for Kids and added our family members and her close friends to it. She's very happy that she can now chat and talk to her cousins, former classmates, and her best friend Nati anytime (except during online class hours), all thanks to our reliable internet service provider - PLDT Home.

By the way, you can restrict your kid's usage on Messenger for Kids. There’s an option in the app where you can turn on the sleep mode at specific hours. In our case, I let the app sleep during mornings until after lunch, so it would not disturb her when she is having her online class.

10. Learn to Edit and Create Amazing Designs

Recently, my daughter got interested in creating designs using Canva. She enjoyed creating different designs using my account, and I am happy that she learned a new skill.

By the way, Canva is a free-to-use graphic design platform where you can create graphics, edit photos, and style images. It has a lot of tools and features that you can use to help you create amazing designs. It is actually one of the essential tools that I used when I was still working as a Social Media Manager.

There's No Place Like Home Canva Challenge
Here's the sample photo of my 9-year-old daughter's design using Canva. :)

11. Listen to Audiobooks 

I've recently discovered this Disney Audiobooks playlist on Spotify. It has a lot of stories from Disney movies that my daughter enjoys listening to before we sleep. She also gets to discover old Disney movies because of this playlist, like the Emperor's New Groove, The Rescuers Down Under, and Oliver & Company.

12. Plant seeds and watch them grow 

Gardening is fun, and it helps kids learn more about plants. It will keep them busy, too, taking care of their plants every day and monitoring their progress. Plus, growing your own food can be rewarding and help you save money. 

So, those are just some of the activities that you and your kids will enjoy doing at home. I hope these fun activities with your kids will help strengthen your bond as a family and reduce the stress that this pandemic has brought us. Have fun!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Toddler Activity: Color Sorting

December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Color sorting is a fun activity for you and your toddler. It will also make your little one busy and learn at the same time. 


One of the activities that I had with my 2 year old daughter is the Color Sorting. At 1 year old, she can already identify colors. And it seems so easy for her as I watch her sort out the different things and toys that I have laid on the table.

She can also identify the shapes and letters of the ones she had sorted out. And I am so happy and proud of her learning achievements. I guess all moms would be, right? ;)

Most of the things that I used were the LEGO like blocks and letters in different colors.


Sorting colors or shapes can help our child/children develop their thinking skills and most importantly it teaches them to organize things which they can apply in their life later on; like organizing his/her toys, clothes, and other things. :) It's a fun activity that you can try at home. I wanted to share the color sorting printable that I used but I can't find it anymore. But, I found two free printables which is also good, click the photo below to download it.

http://www.silkysteps.com/pages-activities/recipes-for-play/images/colour-name-circle-printable-sorting-matching-preschool-maths.html

The other one can be downloaded here: Sorting Colors by teachingmama.org.

You can also make your own Color Sorting if you want, just like what I did in the first photo that I shared. I got some scratch papers and used the back side of it then I made big circles and colored it into different colors. Then you can let your toddler enjoy while sorting. Have fun! :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Toddler Activity: Matching Cards

February 24, 2015 2 Comments

One of the activities we had with our toddler is the Matching Cards. She instantly loved it from the moment I introduced it to her and let her try it. I love this matching cards too, it helped my little one to identify different items, objects, animals, and anything that was on the cards to match. This activity takes longer because there a lot of cards to match. I loved the fact that it keeps her busy and forgot to play games on my tablet. She was kind of hooked into the educational apps that I have downloaded on Google Play which are Agnitus and PBS Parents Play and Learn. She has learned a lot from those apps but I don't want her to be so engrossed in using gadgets at a young age. 

Anyways, I wanted to have different batch of matching cards and so I've searched for free matching card printables online. Then I've found these two: 

 Truck Heads and Tails Cards by Royal Baloo.



You might want to try it on your kids too, it's a fun activity that you can play and bond with your little one. ;)