Sunday, April 23, 2017

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile} {Practical Mondays # 55}


A week before we embarked on this road trip (2 families, 6 of us) I bought  a book about Ping├╝inos de Humbolt to read it to my 5 year old. My over confidence about reading a children’s book in Spanish was quickly shattered when I realised I was never going to finish it! 

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


Although the book is still unfinished, we *did* take the fabulous trip. In case you’re here because a nice search engine showed you the way, I am obliged to give you my recommendations. First of all, all links point to ‘tours’ for almost anything in Chile, which is extremely ridiculous. We are grown ups with a car and all (Went through all the tests to get our Chilean Licences too!) and need not be chauffered for a ridiculous amount of money. If you're a tourist, please hire a car! Cuz the best parts were in the trip itself! 

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}


We halted as soon as we spotted cool foxes (Zoro Chillas): Imagine our excitement of being surrounded by 10-15 foxes just strolling about on the road side and rolling down little desert sand dunes in the middle of nowhere! We spotted Guanocos too, or as we like to call them: Llama look alikes, after spotting Llamas on our way from Santiago!



Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Humbolt Penguin Reserve {Chile}

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Flash Cards & Clip Cards ~ Why Buy when you can Make {Practical Mondays #54}


Here are some cards I made last month. They were *soooo tedious*, really broke my back. I mean I had to literally write down words on pieces of papers, all so my 5 y.o. could practice blend sounds. Huh. 

And the counting ones took the cake. He needs to practise counting up to 100, and he seldom forgets what comes after say 39. or 79. Hence I made cards card to clip the correct answer. 

Phew. I need a long hot bath, wine and a Walking Dead marathon to feel normal again!


{btw you can print Free clip cards for beginning blends from The Measured Mom, she’s got some fab printables that I’ve used!}


Flash Cards & Clip Cards ~ Why Buy when you can Make: Practical Mom

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fish for Easter Eggs {Practical Mondays #53}



This was a full 30 minutes of fun. Putting the egg & bunny shaped foam cut outs we decorated last week (with xmas decorations! whatever!) to further use. Punched a hole in each, tossed them into his messy sensory bin (it is *still* messy from the Where’s Waldo Activity!), to be fished out with a wire bent as a hook at the end.


Yeah, 30 minutes of fun!


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wilting Petals & Watercolor {Practical Mondays #52}


These are simple flowers that I had bought for my neighbour on her birthday, a dear old lady, but they never got sent! Blame it on my dentist’s impromptu decision to pull out my molar and leave me in horrendous pain in spite of the painkillers & anaesthetics! 

Not just that I couldn’t bare to take an elevator to go three floors up, I even scraped the outer rear view mirror while pulling the car out of the hospital parking and had to cancel all my plans for the next day! 

Although I was eventually more than relieved to have the tooth gone, I felt sad for the wilting flowers that didn’t serve there purpose. Hence this project! 

Quite simple, I’m sure some really creative kids out there could do much, much better! 


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Craft Stick Tracks {Practical Mondays #51}


I might as well rename this blog as the track blog! But each type of track we’ve made is *completely different* in the eyes of my son, and that’s what matters. Here’s how we used our craft sticks. Scroll down to see how we used cotton swabs, cardboard, yarn & what not in the past!


Keep Kids Busy with Craft Stick Tracks, by Practical Mom
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Gnome Obsessed {Practical Mondays #50}


I live in the part of the world that is obsessed with Gnomes! There are these pretty ‘casa del bosque’ restaurants, small gnome statues for sale, large ones for decorative purposes. It’s cute!

Have a look at our homemade play dough & TP roll gnomes, and few of the ones we came across in latin america!

Gnomes Craft, Keep Kids Busy with Practical Mom