12 Practical Life Christmas Activities: On the 5th day…

Monday, December 8, 2014

Painting a Monet-inspired Christmas tree.

Remember how I raved about the books of James Mayhew (the Katie series)? We'll one of our favourite books is the Katie Meets the Impressionist [aff. link]. We talked about the style of Monet and why he is called an “impressionist” artist.


And since its Christmas, we use the Christmas tree as an inspiration.

Below, we work together all the time. His and hers.


We dabbed and smeared our drawing paper with green for the tree. He used a pencil to draw a triangle outline as guide which is not visible in the picture.  Then we added details for the balls, lights, stars and presents under the tree.


Here’s my tree.


Mavi’s tree.


Now here’s a macro look of our tree…

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Toddler Beginnings 02

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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We’re reading Christmas stories with these books (Mavi and Vito).  I didn’t have time to visit the local library so these books from last year’s purchases were of great help!



For this week, we did the transferring activities.  Objects used were fruits and ribbons.  I like it when he listens and observe properly whenever I demonstrate what to do.  After which Vito would successfully emulate my actions.  It’s funny how he would drop the fruits whenever he transfers them from one bowl to another.  My guess is that he thinks these were balls.  We have this ball which is as small as these fruits and he loves making that bounce.  DSC_0162

Finally! He realized that these objects were different and started to put them nice instead of dropping.


And of course, we worked  with these ribbons as well. He can transfer them easily, though at times his fingers would get stuck in between the twirls.  DSC_0228


The week before, we had red… now we have yellow!  Objects in the basket are: book, Duplo giraffe, yellow colour card, Playskool barrel, ring stacker, squeezable cube, yellow shirt and rattle.


I would just place this basket in the sitting room where he can see it all the time and explore it.  Oh by the way, I realised it would be BEST to put on a yellow shirt as well!! DSC_0041 And he picks the book first.  And later on spilled his brother’s LEGOs, so I asked him to pick some up and put it in the box.  He obliged!  Early training for cleaning up LOL!                  

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No cutting and gluing here, simply finger painting.  I used two colours this time (Red and Yellow) to show the difference.yellow painting  e4

This was supposedly a transfer activity of utensils but he ended up using them as drums and cymbals. So yes! Making music using plates and kitchen utensils, why not?

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Lots of out door activity this week because we were blessed with a good weather!  Time to practice those motor skills!

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12 Practical Life Christmas Activities: On the 4th day…

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Allowing kids to help you set up your Nativity Set, and offer a little prayer afterwards :)

12 Practical Life Activities: On the 3rd day…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Create window decors just like these snowman window banners! They looked so cute hanging in the kitchen window :)



Homemade Colour Cards

Last month I made these colour cards for Vito.  My frustrations with coloured printed materials at times is that they don’t seem to produce the correct hue when it comes to colours so I decided to do it without printing (printing with best quality will cost me a lot of money).

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I used paints for my cards, used Sharpies to write the words that matches the colour and laminated once the paints dried up.  It turned out really really good!  We used it mainly for introducing colours to Vito and matching objects according to their colours. 


Recently we used the red card for introducing the red colour. More of that in this post.


My eldest Mavi loves it as well and would borrow it so he can match his LEGO bricks with the cards as well!


You can make your own, so easy to prepare and simple! I suggest that if you don’t have paints, you can either use crayons and oil pastel.  Just make sure to laminate them or cover with contact paper for longevity :)

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12 Practical Life Christmas Activities: On the 2nd day…

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Writing Christmas cards to family and friends!


Mavi has to prepare at least 10 cards, so we’re doing 2 cards a day and he loves it!  He uses different coloured pens, and would add glitters and stickers too!


Have fun!

12 Practical Life Christmas Activities: On the 1st day..

Monday, December 1, 2014

Helping Mommy putting up the Christmas Tree. 

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Happy first day of December!

Beginning Homeschooling for Toddlers 01

Friday, November 28, 2014

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Vito is 12.5months old.
This is Vito’s first adventure in Tot School.  This is my way of journalising his wonder years, capturing his “firsts” and discoveries in the same way that I have documented Mavi’s preschool  years.
These are the books we’re reading so far for the month of November. 
2 We started our pincer grasp activities a few weeks ago and you can read about it here or by clicking the picture below. In the picture, Vito is inserting Galt Toys Inc. Fun Buttons through a slot that I've cut from an old plastic container.
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As you can see, we’re using as much ‘red’ in our activities.  This is because were are exploring the colour RED as of the moment. I gathered toys like red LEGO Duplo blocks, shakers, red wooden stacking ring, blocks, pompoms and red bug counters and placed them in a basket.  The card you are seeing is a homemade colour card. 
Best way to explore the RED colour is by finger painting.  In this case, we used the Giotto Bebe finger-paint, the line of paints for kids that I truly adore.  They are 100% odourless, nontoxic, washable and has this creamy texture (not watery!).  If this brand is not available you can also get Crayola Washable Finger Paints from Amazon US.

Vito loves holding paintbrushes, so instead of giving him crayons to scribble I gave him paints for him to try with his paintbrush.   Vito loves the creamy texture and the vivid colour is so good in the eye!
I previously made these homemade shakers.  They’re plastic travel bottles, with beads and pastas in them. We shake them to produce sounds, and at times I would sing children’s songs with the shakers.
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The weather has been so glorious lately.  So I took a few leaves and brought them home so Vito can play with them.  He loves holding the petiole and waving the leaf  like a flag.
Here’s Vito exploring Mavi’s school grounds. He loves it there!  outdoor
Well, that’s it for now! Hope you enjoy the post.  Till the next one!
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