Sunday, August 28, 2016

Throw the Dice & Draw! Game for Ages 4+ (Practical Mondays #25)

Prep! Draw a Legend, using 1, 2, 3 (or more!) dice. Since my kid’s 4.5, he can draw a few simple things such as fish, butterflies, bees, flowers so we used  only 2 dice. 

Play it! Throw the dice & draw the picture corresponding to the number! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sticky Note Map Game (Practical Mondays #24)

1. Draw Treasure Items on Sticky Notes

Easy stuff such as viking caps, swords, glasses, key, passport, and headphones.

2. Make a Location List

Pick up the treasure item from: a Creole speaking country, where Kangaroos are mostly found, where the Great Wall of China was built or which has the largest population in the world. The list can be made with whatever your kids are learning these days. Fold the sticky notes & put them up accordingly.

 So our list was somewhat like this (We’re learning Directions as you’ll notice!)

South of Venice, the floating city
North of the country you were born
The East part of the Largest country in the world
North of the largest area covered in Ice
Where Asia meets Europe
South of the Pyramids
North of a Chinese speaking country

Play it! 

Start with your list and your kids take turns looking for & collecting treasure from all the locations!

The Practical Mom: Sticky Note Map Game for Little Kids

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Our Engineering Busy Bag (Practical Mondays #23)

I have a new busy bag! And this time it's not a DIY, but a cool Magnetic Playboard- Building Edition I stumbled into in a quaint toy store in Santiago. 

I was thrilled to see a good *45* design cards along with the magnetic playing pieces. Design cards are *way* better than the usual folded-pamphlet-thingie with 12-odd-not-so-easy-to-comprehend-for-little-ones designs. & FORTY FIVE of them, which meant he wasn't getting bored of this anytime soon. Plus it came in a tiny blue blue bag! Our very own readymade busy bag!

It’s still new, so we do about 2 or 3 cards almost everyday. Here are some pictures - but I’m afraid I’m not sure which of these were done by my son and which by my husband & I…sheesh…You can safely assume it’s for all ages over 4!

I’m pretty sure we’ll end up using this for future art project (Spray paint for building silhouettes like we used out Tangram Set?

Stay tuned  ;)

The Practical Mom: Our Engineering Busy Bag: Magnetic Building Edition Play Board  (Practical Mondays #23)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wondering What to Read Aloud Next? How about Baby Dragons, Granny's Glasses & Horrid Little Boys? (Practical Mondays #22)

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It’s that milestone. 

That crucial milestone when you eagerly take the big leap from picture books to chapter books!

Yes! i.e. no more reading each book 96 times.

No more cutesy pictures and predictable endings.

No more getting bored to death and wanting to hide some really boring ones in the higher shelves.

No more piling up books on your bedside. 

One small novel neatly next to my iPad. 

& *Real stories* that are fun to read aloud! 

The Practical Mom: Wondering What to Read Aloud Next? How about Baby Dragons, Granny's Glasses & Horrid Little Boys? (+Scrap Paper Bookmarks!)
Scrap Paper BookMarks: All the thread work was done by meee! while he did most of the rest...
but why o why must he put a sticker on each!

The key to begin with chapter books is to find a book with at least one picture on the page. *Something* to look at while I read the whole page. I began with a few books last year, slow & steady. After a couple of those, he stopped being bothered by text-only pages. 

So I’d been looking for <150/200 page books online and purchased a whole bunch on the India site ( I *have* to say this, books in India are cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen in the world!). We brought back a whole suitcase from our yearly vacation last month (wasn’t a big deal, we were travelling light!). 

We made some scrap paper bookmarks too, since one book typically takes three to four nights to read.  Simple stuff that he could spell out himself (more or less). The cutest was when I suggested “Books make me happy” he said, “No mama, let’s write books make me sleepy!”

So here are Book Recommendations for 4+ year olds!

The Practical Mom: Wondering What to Read Aloud Next? How about Baby Dragons, Granny's Glasses & Horrid Little Boys? (+Scrap Paper Bookmarks!)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quiz: Do you *really* LIKE your kids? (Practical Mondays #21)

The REAL TEST of whether you like your children or not, is taking a 35 hour flight with them.

And the ULTIMATE TEST of whether you like them or not, is suffering though the subsequent 60 hour jet lag with them. 

In case you didn’t suffer the ordeal like we did, here’s an imaginary scenario, just for fun, to picture whether you’ll pass the ultimate test of endurance with flying colors or crash within minutes! 

So, do you *reeeally* like your kids? 

(Remember, You haven’t slept in two nights and are hopping from one flight to another at odd hours, waiting in a different queue each time. Go!)

(a) You are in yet another immigration queue and your child suddenly starts bawling. You

  1. Turn his face towards other people, waiting, just *waiting* for some nice person or a person irritated enough to cave in and give you his /her place (works like a charm!) 
  2. Embarrass him, it’s only 4 am- and what’s a little queue anyway?
  3. Wave your wand and magically make him stop crying

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Travel Busy Bag: Road Map (Practical Mondays #20)

It's vacation time! And also the last Practical Monday of the month! Here's a printable of a Road Map to Keep Kids Busy. For road trips, plane rides or vacationing at grandma's.

The Practical Mom's Travel Busy Bag: Road Map (Practical Mondays #20)