Posted by: katlea611 | April 24, 2014

Summer Activity #7

7. Make a duct tape wallet.

I know girls won’t be as excited to do this activity, but well, I have boys so wallet it is. We only have the silver duct tape at home so instead of buying, we decided to use that and decorate with washi tape.  There are lot of instructions on how to make a duct tape wallet in the web and you just need to find an easy one.  You also have to remember that bill size differs per country so you’ll have to adjust your wallet accordingly.  Anyway, I had Ethan do this activity because Nikki was doing something else that afternoon.  Like I said, all we needed were: duct tape, washi tape, scissors, a ruler and permanent marker.  And here’s how it looked like in the end:

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Our wallet turned out okay, but when I saw the ones online, they were AH-MAY-ZING!! I was like, “THOSE are made from duct tapes?” Really, I was amazed! Now our duct tape wallet looks like it was done in a rush (which kinda was) but when I remember how Ethan’s face lighted up when we were done with the wallet, I realize that our projects don’t have to be perfect.  They just have to be fun. :)

 

Posted by: katlea611 | April 22, 2014

Summer Activity #6

6. Do something good for the Earth. 

Today happens to be Earth Day so I gave Nikki a book to read.  It’s 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth.  Really interesting.  Some tips in the book are: 

a. Don’t throw any kind of litter on the beach. We do this. We’re always careful with our trash. We hate it when people toss stuff out of their cars or jeepneys.  Litterbugs are a no-no!

b. Keep a “rag bag” handy. Put your old, torn clothes in it, and you’ll have a supply of rags to help you out with messy chores or art projects.  We do this too!  We have an old bucket (with a cracked bottom) filled with rags and torn clothes.  It’s easy to throw away dirty rags and replace them with new.

c. Use things that don’t need batteries, like a solar calculator, which runs on light.  We still have to be more conscious about using electricity less.

d. It’s cool to bring a bag with you when you go shopping.  We use eco-bags a LOT!  Especially when we are in the Muntinlupa/Las Pinas areas. Really great knowing that we’re helping the Earth in little ways.

Now it’s your turn. :)

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 21, 2014

Have an Egg-citing Day!

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 20, 2014

Summer Activity #5

5. Learn something new.

Nikki is such a geek so I thought, why not introduce him to coding. He’s interested in computers, he likes video games and he said he wanted to create video games when he’s older.  There’s no harm in starting now, so I let him try an Hour of Code at code.org and he enjoyed it!! He even got a certificate after he completed an hour of coding!  Cool!  It was so great that I encouraged him to try again several days after.  Am now thinking of adding this to our regular homeschooling lessons.  I know very little about computers and programming but I hope he learns a lot from it! :)

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 18, 2014

Summer Activity #4

4. 3D Hand Art

My boys did this and they loved it! No matter how you turn the page, it really looks as though there’s a hand on the paper! Very cool!  I was so interested in the activity, I made one, myself! Very easy instructions here.  Again, really, really cool! :D  Loved it because it was fun, cheap, easy and not messy at all!

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 17, 2014

Summer Activity #3

3. Play dress up.

My boys love to be superheroes, or video game characters, or just be silly when they dress up in costumes.  I think it’s nice that they can imagine themselves as the characters.  I sometimes find costumes in thrift shops and get them for the boys.  They are not as expensive as the ones sold in malls and it’s a good way for the boys to be creative and imaginative.  We don’t celebrate Halloween in the Philippines the way Western countries do, but that doesn’t stop us from wearing costumes and taking photos and making memories all our own. :)

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 16, 2014

Summer Activity #2

2. Take a dip in a pool.

In our case, we simply inflated the boys’ pool, filled it with water and … well, let’s just say Enzo was a happy boy that afternoon. :)  Nikki and Ethan didn’t want to join Enzo because he was too hyper but Enzo didn’t mind.  He was happy and cool and loved to splash all over the place.  Since he had no company, we decided to let Michelangelo, our pet turtle, join him in the pool.  I don’t think Michelangelo was too happy about that. :P

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Posted by: katlea611 | April 15, 2014

Summer Activity #1

1. Do a Jumbo Puzzle activity with your kid. :)

This puzzle has been with us since Nikki was like 5 years old, so it’s great that we didn’t have to spend for this activity. :)  I think I purchased this at National Bookstore.  Enzo was very patient during the whole process.  There were times when he didn’t want to look for the missing puzzle but just wanted me to hand the next piece to him and I did because my intention was for him to have fun.  Next time, he’ll be looking for the puzzle pieces himself. :)

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