Post by MamaFiza on March 27, 2008
Konnichiwa dearest dedicated readers 😉
Toddlers love doing arts and crafts!
You will be amazed at how much they can do once you start introducing them to various craft items. *indeed*
What can you do with a toddler? Find out how simple art can be with a little person 😀
Below are some pictures of our craft project; Hand Print Lamb:
Things You’ll Need:
- 1 sheet of white or colored construction paper (except really dark colors)
- handful of cottonballs
- black water color paint
- 1 small paper eye
- crayon or pen
- colored ribbon
- paint brush
Note: Our kiddies love to make their own colorful lamb on this project. Colorful Lamb!
We didn’t have cotton balls, I made cotton balls out of facial cotton (rolled, tied up with thread and cut!) 😉
Homemade cotton balls *transformation ehe*
Just can’t wait, la la la~
Preparation to color our cotton balls!
Dip, dip, and color~ We need to let those cotton balls to dry *continue at nite time, k*
Kiddies at night~
Our next preparation~
Draw and cut a shape of cloud for your lil lamb body and draw lil eyes with black marker~
- Paint the thumb of your child’s hand with black paint. Immediately press hand onto paper to create hand-print.
Note: While paint is drying, wash off child’s hand with soap and water.
Fingers painting moment~
- Glue cotton balls to the body part of the black paper.
Stick, stick with glue~
- Glue a paper eye onto the thumb print. Tie ribbon into a bow and trim excess. Glue onto “neck” area.
We learned about “Sheep and Lamb” on that day! We also sang “Mary had a little lamb” and “Baa baa black sheep” *kiddies holding their lil lamb while listening to my stories*
- Be sure to write the child’s name, age and the year the project was created on the back of the construction paper.
Our kiddies given name to their little lamb as their own choosing 😉
p/s: Lil YunaFi-cHan didn’t join us due to down with fever *poor lil Yuna, our prayer for you lil baby*
May you enjoy craft time with your toddler! *hugs* 😉
Gambatte ne mommies! God bless!
Post by MamaFiza on March 27, 2008
Hola momma 😉
Have you ever had a crush on math?
It’s never to early to begin enriching your toddler’s life with learning.
Even in infancy, you can begin laying the foundation for future understanding in math.
You may turn every day activities into learning experiences that will teach your child early math concepts receptively.
Exposure to such learning activities will help your toddler develop early math awareness in much the same way he/she learns to speak and walk, through developmentally appropriate play and interaction over time.
Below are some pictures of our math project; Number “Zero”:
Project Number “ce-ro”
Scribbles, doodles of Zero~
Three energetic kiddies~
Say cheese~ O’ cheese!
Wall of Fame~
Wall of Fame: Our kiddies “craft time” with number buddy: Zero!
Let share some of tips on “How to Introduce Math to your Toddler“:
- Step 1: Start early.
By the time your child is 12 months old, he or she will begin to recognize amounts.
Count with your child whenever you have a number of objects to count.
Write numbers with crayon and paper and count them.
Count splashes in the tub or pail. Count food, toys, socks, anything.
- Step 2: Sort and classify objects.
Again, you can use any object your child is interacting with while pointing out differences and similarities.
Say things like, “I see three blue blocks and two red block. You have one carrot stick and four crackers.”
- Step 3: Match objects and create patterns.
Most toddler toys will be primary colors and shapes.
Match similar objects while talking out loud about what makes them match.
Create color and shape patterns, like red, blue, blue, red.
Encourage your child to continue the pattern by saying, “What comes next?”
Even make patterns of sound with instruments or clapping.
- Step 4: Play with water and sand.
Pouring, dumping and transferring sand and water from different containers and using different utensils teaches valuable concepts of weight and volume.
Encourage your toddler to count the scoops it takes to fill a container.
Talk about how a container feels when it is full and empty. Compare sizes while talking about big and little.
- Play outside. Make up games about things to count.
- Notice numbers in stores while running errands.
- Buy and read books about counting.
- Praise your toddler often for trying to count or recall numbers. Remember your child is learning how to learn a new skill. Don’t be critical of mistakes.
- Purchase an educational videotape about numbers for your toddler to watch. There are some great ones out there.
- If your child recognizes a number but names it wrong, correct him or her gently by saying something like, “Yes, I see a four. You are good at pointing out numbers”
- Your toddler will have a short attention span. Don’t force continuation of a game if your child wants to move to something else.
- Engage your toddler in learning while you’re playing. Trying to get your child to sit down and listen to a lesson on numbers will prove frustrating to you both.
Keep on counting with your lil ones momma 😉
May Allah swt blessed your sweet family. Amin~
Post by MamaFiza on March 27, 2008
Dear lovely mommies,
Young children are very aware of their surroundings and the language used to describe everyday objects and ideas.
You may help enhance your toddler’s awareness and recognition of letters by observing and building on your child’s play.
Below are some pictures of our alphabet project; Letter “C”:
Letter C Doodles~
Peace yo!: KiruaMi-cHan and ReiHi-cHan
Glue, glue, glue~
Letter C for c-a-r 😉 *finished their craft time*
Tadaa~ Wall of Fame!
Let share some of tips on “How to Teach your Toddler Letter Recognition“:
Things You’ll Need:
- Alphabet Mats
- Alphabet Games
- Alphabet Letters
- Alphabet Stampers
- Toy – Number And Alphabet Foam Mat or Blocks
- Step 1: Observe your toddler at play.
Your toddler will begin to recognize that letters are everywhere, on objects and toys in your house.
Grab onto the teachable moment by explaining to your child the significance of letters.
- Step 2: Read with your child every day.
There is no better way to teach children what letters are and how they form words than by reading.
- Step 3: Make a poster with the alphabet on it.
Use lower case letters to start with. Tape the poster to a wall in a room where your child often plays.
Refer to the poster when you observe your child noticing letters.
Say things like, “I see an “a” or “b” or “c” or….”
Point to the poster and show your child the letter you are talking about.
- Step 4: Play “spot the letters” game.
Point out letters you see when you are driving, shopping or taking a walk.
Point to signs when you are driving and shopping in a store.
There are letters everywhere in your neighborhood.
Point them out to your toddler, and praise your toddler for pointing out letters to you.
- Step 5: Buy toys that have letters on them.
Puzzles, toy phones, alphabet mats, books – the list is endless.
Think about your child’s education as well as entertainment when you buy toys.
Toys that allow your toddler to actually touch and feel the shape and curvature of letters will help your toddler notice the physical differences between letters.
- Step 6: Discuss the letters on toys and make up silly games to play with them.
Take a soft foam letter and throw it in the air.
Scream the name of the letter when you throw it up.
Anything you do when you are playing to draw attention to letters will enhance your child’s letter recognition skills.
- Step 7: Make your own alphabet slideshow/CD with your computer software (Microsoft Power Point or Microsoft Word).
Use your child’s favorite pictures together with the alphabet slide to grab their interest.
You may also play Elmo’s Online ABC’s Game.
- Praise your toddler often for trying to recall letters. Remember that your child is learning a new skill. Don’t be critical of mistakes.
- Purchase an educational video about letters for your toddler to watch. There are some great ones out there.
- When you are coloring, draw letters and name them as you draw them.
- If your child recognizes a letter but gives it the wrong name, correct your child by saying something like, “Yes, I see a W. You are good at pointing out letters.”
- Show your toddler the differences and similarities of the letters M and W by turning them upside down over and over again while saying, “Now it’s an M, now it’s a W”.
- Your toddler will have a short attention span. Don’t force a toddler to continue a game if he or she wants to move to something else.
- Engage your toddler in learning while you are playing. Trying to get your child to sit down and listen to a lesson about letters will prove frustrating to you and the child.
Gambatte ne dearest mommies!
May Allah swt always help your journey in educating your lil bundle of joy with love. Amin~
Best of luck 😉
Post by MamaFiza on March 26, 2008
Last few weeks when I had took my very own luxury bath time, I catch sight of sweet reading moment in our homeschool room 😉
Kiddies were enjoying their reading time by themselves *uh oh sugoii*
Quickly I ran for our digital camera and SNAP, SNAP!
p/s: they still didn’t spot me! I’m using ZOOM ehe~
Oh oh little angels~
Lil YunaFi-cHan, started to make her first move!
YunaFi-cHan tried to sit again~
OMG, she saw me! LoL! I got caught by lil Yuna! *she’s smiling to the camera!*
Big bro: KiruaMi-cHan showed off his book. Big sis: ReiHi-cHan still didn’t know what had happen *ehe*
Gonna continue lots of update our homeschool activity at this blog today 😉
May Allah swt blessed your sweet kiddies too! Amin~