How to Teach Your Toddler to Use Chopsticks *updates

Post by MamaFiza on February 28, 2008 

Chopsticks are a great way to eat your food quickly and conveniently.

Studies have shown that using chopsticks can have some added benefits, such as improving memory and increasing manual dexterity.

There are many different types of chopsticks, from the Japanese wari-bashi (disposable chopsticks, could not be used more than one time due to can harbor bacteria if not properly cleaned) to different styles of chopsticks used for cooking, eating and picking up cakes and other sweets.

Although they are a great way to eat your meals, to the uninitiated chopstick user, they may be a bit tricky to use at first.

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value ~ Albert Einstein

Most of Chinese children start using chopsticks as early as age 1, and most are competent by 5 or 6.

Our Chopsticks
Our chopsticks: made from Japanese lacquered bamboo ~

I love creating fun and challenging moment for my kiddies ;)

Toddlers just love playing with any games!

For my kiddies, using chopsticks can make an ordinary meal exciting *Alhamdulillah*.

Note: Never Learn To Quit Learning

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Step by step guide:

Our Foodies!
Bon appetite!

Us ^_-
Cheerful faces ;)

Me ;)
Me: ambidextrous in action!

KiruaMi-cHan!
Gambatte ne KiruaMi-cHan~

ReiHi-cHan!
Gambatte ne ReiHi-cHan~

KiruaMi-cHan!
Great pleasure~

ReiHi-cHan!
Total satisfaction~

YunaFi-cHan!
YunaFi-cHan joined the club!

You also could teach your child a number of etiquette rules when it comes to dining with chopsticks:

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May Allah swt blessed your family ;)

Keep on trying mommies.

Best of luck!

Leisure Time

Post by MamaFiza on February 24, 2008 

Alhamdulillah, today I had accomplished my mission on reading a wonderful book written by Sir Muhammad Yunus who created the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to offer micropayment loans to the poorest of the poor.

Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire ~ William Butler Yeats

Book: Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus

His book ‘Banker To The Poor‘ describes the road Sir Yunus took to free 35 million from systematic slavery – a journey that led to him winning the Nobel Peace prize.

Of course, it’s an inspiring book that details the positive impact of a project on millions of lives – but it’s also a daily life business book we can learn from.

This book truly energized me because many of the community structures developed by Sir Yunus reflect the social networking of modern businesses and organizations who are leveraging the web.

There are many lessons contained within which we could apply today to respect humanity in building family strengths and modern business.

Last but not least, “Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count;)

May you have a great weekend! :-D

Lots of love,
Me!

Our Sunday Sandwiches
Our Sunday Sandwich ;)

Science for Toddler: Volcanic Eruption

Post by MamaFiza on February 21, 2008 

Last Monday, my kiddies and I made “Volcano Eruption Project” *Alhamdulillah*.

In the afternoon, we produced edible play dough to make our volcano at home.

At night, we brought the creation to my grandma’s house.

These simple but fun experiments will introduce younger children to the basics of science, and at the same time they are simple and easy to prepare.

Volcanic Team
1, 2, 3: V-O-L-C-A-N-O ~

Indeed, by using everyday, household products you can teach your child some amazing things!


Step by step guide
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Volcano 101
Da pure play dough~

KiruaMi-cHan
KiruaMi-cHan *excited*

ReiHi-cHan
ReiHi-cHan *electrified*

Us!
Us ^_-

Us!
Hard work!

Volcanic Team
Zoom in~

Volcanic Team
In actions~

Our Volcano
In the making~

Volcano 101
Tadaa~

Volcanic Team

Volcanic Team

Volcano 101
Volcanic eruption! *runs*

Volcano 101
Lava *uh oh!* ~

You also may watch our homemade videos about “Volcanic Eruption“.
p/s: please ignore my voice. Thank you ;)

Why it happened (explain to your toddler):

The baking soda reacted with vinegar to produce carbon dioxide gas.
The gas built up enough pressure to push the foaming liquid out of the top of the bottle.

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Lets try this project with your toddler!

Gambatte ne ;)

May Allah swt always blessed your family. Amin~

Science for Toddler: Bean Seed Experiments

Post by MamaFiza on February 21, 2008 

I always agree that toddlers are natural scientists, questioning the world around them and looking for answers ;)

As a mother, we could actually tap into this curiosity by providing fun ways for toddlers to learn and experiment.

Plants are a great way for toddlers to learn and experiment.

They can get big results from performing simple experiments and will continue to question and explore the world around them.

Early success in scientific endeavors will provide children with a life long confidence to question, experiment and learn.

Since most of these experiments can be done using items you already have, you can turn your home into a science lab for your toddler.

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Let the learning begin!

A lil bit of explanation for your lil toddler:

Each seed has within it, the potential to become a plant and produce more seeds.
How does a seed know how to become a carrot and not a marigold, or a sunflower and not a cucumber?
Seeds will turn into plants that are just like the plant they came from, or their “parent.”
Each parent plant gives it’s baby seeds all the information they need to grow into a plant just like them.

Green Beans Team!
Green Beans Team!

What and how?

Seeds also know which direction is up. You can prove this by experimenting with germination.


Materials You’ll Need
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Step by step guide
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Notes
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Result
: The part of the plant that is growing up is called a “shoot” and the part that is growing down is called the “root.

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Hope your toddler gonna love this project too ;)

May Allah swt always give the best to your family. Amin~

Gambatte, gambatte ne!

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