Creative Minds

It is just so incredible how people can be so creative and ingenious. This, my friends,  is definitely one.  They turned a mini-truck into an awesome, moving restaurant.

Amazing huh?!

Earlier that day my kids were on a Mr. and Miss Maker mood (inspired by The Mister Maker kiddie show).  They turn this tiny plastic medicine bottle into a prop plane, with a spinner toy for a propeller and pikachu as the pilot….hmmm.


Creative?  Imaginative?

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Assembling GunPla is my kids’ newest craze. Gundam Plastic is a Japanese plastic models which comes in parts and need to be cut and put together. It comes with a super detailed instructions and sometimes stickers for certain models. Instructions must be followed properly and also right tools should he used.

Gundam is definitely a toy for the big boys. It takes a lot of patience to build one. For this same reason I want my kids to try and get their hands and mind busy with this. By doing this they learn to be patient, to control their excitement, and to follow instructions. And of course it takes them away from the screen for at least a few ours.

As first timers they are doing Gundam SD and Petit’G Guy HG. They were able to finish it help Dad’s help.

Video below.

 

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If you can read, you can learn EVERYTHING! Reading is knowledge itself. If you read, there is no limit to the knowledge you gain. There is no limit to the places you can go.

For children, it fuels the imagination. It enriches their world and view of the world. Although the time they start to show interest in reading and the rate of progress they make vary, it is important to encourage them. Reading is such an important skill every child must achieve.

 

What was odd about their shopping?

 

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Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Being a flower girl is the closest thing to being a fairy, and being a fairy is every little girls’ dream, isn’t it?

Dream, make believe, imagination, whatever you call it is a memorable part of every child’s life.  These prepare children for the real world.  These are significant in the child’s cognitive development and achievement later on in life. These might seem trivial to unaware adults, but all these are important ways with which children effectively learn the basics needed for their future.

I remember getting so excited whenever I get picked up as a flower girl in a wedding. Wearing that kind of dress, make up, holding a basket full of petals, and throwing these as I walk slowly down the aisle felt like I was in fairyland.  I still remember those days, and I love remembering them.

 

The Flower Girl

Now, living away from home, I’m grateful that my daughter had a chance to become a flower girl at a friend’s wedding.  She was thrilled and was without herself with excitement.  She loved her dress and was ecstatic with her colorful flower headdress. Everything went well during the wedding.  There was no complain of itchiness, tightness, or whatsoever.  Great!

The Ring Bearer

He nailed it. ^_^ The wedding was in an island, Koh Lipeh. Although it took almost 4 hours to get there, he had been very patient while in the speedboat. He even enjoyed it, after all, it was his first boat ride. Then he walked down the long rocky, sandy beach aisle without tripping and he held on to the rings with his dear life. Whew!

Overall, the experience was great. They, both, enjoyed the boat ride, the uphill ride to the resort, the hurried manner we had to do things to get there on time, the beach, the lantern, and the whole sunset beach wedding experience.

I had been a flower girl myself when I was young. And up until now I still couldn’t shake off the fairy feel that I have always associate flower girl dresses, headdresses, and flower bouquets with.

Have you ever been a flower girl? How did it feel?

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DIY Gift Wrapping

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My daughter loves to draw. She started to show interest at a very young age.  I saw how her drawings improve through the years.  She is very proud of her drawings, and we have always made sure she gets all the encouragement and praises she needs to go on.  She draws anytime and every time an idea sparks and she does this wherever she is at that moment.

One instance, we have to attend a birthday party of one of her friends. Although we were informed days before, I was too busy that I forgot to prepare for it.  So on the said day, I hurriedly bought a gift for the little girl but forgot to buy a gift wrap.  I was a bit panicking since there were still other things to do. Good thing, my daughter had a great idea, DIY gift wrapping.

On a paper she drew a family, wrote a greeting, and added some designs. She used this to wrap the gift. She recycled a ribbon, and voila.

DIY Gift Wrapping
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Derick, two years old with great passion for electrical things.

While other kids are playing with toy trucks and action figures, he on the other hand likes to tinker with  fans,  extension wires, and other electrical devices.  At the supermarket, he gets really fascinated with “electrical fans”, and would rather stay there than explore the toy section.

He has other “normal” toys, but his everyday favorites are broken electrical fan, extension wire, electronic mouse, and vacuum pipe.  Among all of these his greatest favorite is the electrical fan. Who says toys are only those sold at toys stores.  For Derick, this broken fan is a toy, it is in fact an educational toy.

quite eccentric huh ^_^….

Is this a foresight of his profession or career in the future?  What do you think?

What I know is that his passion over these things is simply overwhelming.

 

Kids learn best through play. Play may seems trivial to uninformed individuals but it plays an extremely important factor in a child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.  As a parent, I have observed these from my very own kids.  Their personalities are developed, and they learn to interact with others through play.  They learn to express themselves, rationalize and reason out.  More, they acquire and develop a degree of linguistic understanding which together with other factors like media, parental interaction, and school, they are able to form a rather complex linguistic expressions.  In fact they experiment on words.  For example, in the midst of pretend play, my son was groping for words to use and having found none, he just simply explained “it is so hurty”.  Aside from this, they learn how to solve and resolve situational problems during role-play and imaginative play which they would eventually used in real world circumstances.

Through play, children learn interpersonal skills like empathy and sympathy. In this modern era of gadgetry where gadgets are making people indifferent, interpersonal skills are undeveloped, rare and yet ironically very vital.  We as parents must find the balance, while these technology have become an everyday household, playing with other kids is still incomparable.

Life skills are another set of significant developmental tasks children have to learn.  These skills are associated with how well we live life in the future.  These have been related to how well one manages oneself in studies, and workplace. For kids tying shoes, folding laundries, study habit, cleaning ones room and the likes are simple life skills that instills life long values which could later on translate to having organizing, management, relational, and personal skills.

Without a doubt play is an essential in growing up.  If you take away play, then you don’t only deny children their childhood you are also taking away from them their future.

 

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