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Weekend project with kids – Part 2 (pretend play)

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As salam,

Weekend is approaching. Again, I’m thinking of things to do with my 3 kids at home. Things that can prevent them from keeping their time with the gadgets. Haishhh… susah la zaman sekarang. Beli pun susah, tak beli pun susah. Tak beli nanti kesian pulak, dengar kawan2 cerita. Dah beli of course they’ll stuck to the thing, panggil makan pun kadang2 tak layan. So, in order to prevent this, or reduce their time with this kinda gadgets mommies let’s be creative.

Let’s have a pretend play this weekend. This idea was adapted from 27 Ways For Kids To Play With Food. The same blog I was referring to last week.

1. Get one of ur kids to act as a waiter, of u can act as one. While the others will become the guest. But, if ur the waiter then u have to make sure that the foods are ready to be served. 😉play3

2. Lay the table accordingly just to have the “feel” of dining out. play2

3. Present the guest with ur prepared menu. It doesn’t has to be fancy, u can just write it in a piece of paper along with the price. U can provide the waiter with a note book n pen to write down the orders.play1

4. Enjoy the food. The waiter of course can dine along. If not, kesian pulak dia sorang2 tak makan kan. Hehehe.

5. Once done, the waiter will present the bill. To make the situation real, u can use the fake money, from Saidina of course. This will teach them to deal with money and maths. If the older sibling get to become the waiter then make him do the calculations for the bill. play4

That’s it. Done with ur weekend role play. 🙂

Kids vs house chores

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I’m a working mum with 3 kids. I’ve no maid, I left home to work at 8 am and reach home around 7 pm. I’ve so little time to spend with my kids and doing the house chores. So, please don’t imagine that I own an English concept house ke, contemporary style ke, or any kinda style yang Eric Leong selalu buat tu. As long as the house is clean, laundry is done, that’s heaven for me.

To ease my burden, I did ask my kids to help me along. Semua nak buat sorg2 mati la. Banyak dah kerja kita boleh bagi anak2 tolong. Diorang pun sebenarnya rasa lebih dihargai, rasa macam diri dah besar sebab dapat buat kerja adults, jadi lebih bertanggungjawab juga. So, what are the chores that we can let them do?

Tidy up their roomkids3

Let them clean up their room. Make their own bed. Lipat selimut senget2 pun takpe. Cadar tak kemas pun it’s okay. Ajar slowly. Weekend is the best day for them to clean up the whole room, sweep the floor, change the bed sheet, make the bed properly.

 

 

 

Vacuum

Believe me they’ll love doing this. My 3 kids will definitely lari laju2, berebut nak ambik vacuum, tarik wayar, pasang plug and start vacuuming. While the youngest (he’s 2 yrs and half) will at times ride the vacuum, or switch it of and keep on pressing the button to roll off the cord. Abang n kakak will start screaming. Though the vacuuming times will take longer but I think it’s their bonding time.

Water plants and gardening

Another favorite task by most of the kids in the whole world. Seronok dapat main air n main tanah. Get them a small watering can, the one with bright n fancy colors, or just a small can (tin susu) make tiny holes at the bottom. They’ll love it.


Sort, Start, Switch, Fold, and Put Away Laundry

We can let them to sort the laundry, e.g. pilih baju sendiri and put aside. Easier for us to fold it. Ataupun baju dah lipat and ask them to put away their clothes. Ajar macamana nak susun baju dalam almari, macamana nak ambil baju/seluar carefully without messing it up. kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take care of pets

My girl once ask me if she could have a cat of her own. She’s only 7. Too bad my answer is NO. Cause I did’t think that she can handle everything. Nanti kucing berak sapa nak cuci. I’m not a pet person. They used to have a pair of tortoise and fish of course. But it ended up mommy needs to do everything. Mula2 je semangat waja. Lama2 dah tak nak buat. So I think they’re not ready for pet, yet. But if mommies out there if u think that ur kids are ready, u can have them to feed their pet, clean up cages, walk the pet. It’ll be great for the kids to show their maturity and responsibility.

Sweep and mop the floor

Kids love doing this. I didn’t really encourage my kids to do the mopping cause worrying that they might slip and fall. But they’ll help me sweeping the lawn. My mom in law gave me this cute and tiny broom which she bought in Kelantan, tak pernah jumpa kat kedai area my house pun lagi. Penyapu tu pendek je batang dia. Jadi budak2 suka guna, which is about their size and it’s really light. kids4

Rinse the dishes

Trust ur kids with the plates and glasses. They can handle it. Just make sure that u double check it once they’ve cleaned it. Especially pinggan makan nasik. Kadang2 tak sental bersih2 ada lagi minyak or nasik yang terlekat.kids1

Simple prep meal

Once a while I’ll let my kids do breakfast or snacks for me. Let them pour their own cereals and milk, do their own toast, allow them to use knife once in a while (but with our supervision). They’ll eat more, in a large portion than always. Konon2 diorang la tukang masaknya. Boleh jugak bagi anak2 tolong kacau kuah kat dalam periuk atas dapur, tolong letakkan garam or even jadi tukang rasa cukup masam, manis or masinnya makanan tu.

 

Mommies please don’t be afraid or think that ur kids were way to young to do house chores. They need to be trained and taught. Supaya dah besar nanti anak2 akan tahu macamana nak buat kerja rumah, they will be independent, no relying on mothers or bibiks to do everything. Get ur boys to do house chores as well, nanti takde la rumah bujang or their own room jadi macam gua or kandang kambing pulak.

But, put this in mind, the things that I keep on reminding myself too (I get these from moneysaving mom):

1. Your Kids Need to Know What You Expect from Them

Teach ur children how to do a job well, because u can’t expect them to know how to do it right. Before asking them to do a chore on their own, work with them a few times showing them specifically how to do it.

2. Don’t Expect Them To Do It Well–Especially At First

It often takes a lot of repetitive teaching, gentle correcting, and practice before a child can do a job well. Don’t expect perfection–especially when they are young. What matters is that they are putting forth effort and trying their best.

3. Praise 10 Times As Much As You Correct

It’s easy to want to focus on pointing out all the things a child does wrong and where they need to improve. Instead of dwelling on what they didn’t do right, focus most of your energies on praising those things they did well. Encouragement and affirmation go a very long way!

 

All the best mommies 😀

 

 

Fun time with play dough

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play doughBudak2 memang suka main plastesin (betoi ke ejaaan ni?) kan? Zaman sekarang budak2 panggil play dough. Commercial la sikit ;). Main play dough sangat bagus untuk muscle development. Especially untuk budak2 umur around 3 yrs and above. Nanti otot jari akan jadi lembut, senang nak belajar pegang pensil and writing and coloring. Plus it comes in different colors. Boleh ajar diorang pasal colors, bila campur2 colors nanti the colors will turn to other colors pulak. Make them becomes creative, nanti kita sendiri pun tak dapat imagine shapes apa yang diorang akan buat. Mummy maybe ajar buat ular je, tiba2 anak buat dinosaur terus. Haaa tak ke surprise!!! Masa tu kat dalam hati memang akan rasa bangga sangat. Pandainya anak aku… Terus sebak semacam, nak nangis pulak sebab terharu. Huhuhu… Tapi kan rega play dough in the supermarket is quite expensive. Bila nak beli pikir banyak kali sebab nanti bila dah campur2 color dah tak cantik nak main. Hilang sana sini, habis pakai. Mula la rasa tak nak bagi main.

Hmm.. I’ve got a solution. Jom kita buat playdough sendiri. Murah je. Boleh buat selalu. And their 100% save. Found the recipe from this blog The Fabolous Moms Guide. Thanks to the authors. Here’s the recipe:

1 cup plain flour

1/2 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (optional)

1 tablespoons of cooking oil

Food coloring

Glitter (optional)

Peppermint oil (optional)

1 cup of boiling water

1 child or more if you have them – I got 3 at home. hihihi

 

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. As soon as it starts to bond together and is hard to mix, take it out of the bowl throw it on a board and knead until it takes on the look and consistency of play dough. It will be hot when you take it out of the bowl so be careful.

This recipe is great if you’re planning on making a couple of batches in different colors but if your just making one batch you can quite happily double the amounts.

Don’t worry if you have no cream of tartar  it makes the play dough more elastic but you can still make this play dough recipe  without cream of tartar. Also I have found that while liquid food colorings work fine, Gel food coloring produces a brighter more vivid color.

Next hand it all over to a happy toddler and see what they create.

Senang saja kan? Boleh la try nanti.

 

Weekend project with kids – Part 1 (5 senses)

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Just found this useful blog, giving me ideas to make my kids love and understand science better. Guna makanan pulak tu. Credit to the authors of 27 Ways for Kids to Play with Food. Lots of fun and simple activies to do. I’m planning to try the 5 senses test by using ice cream. Actually the main reason for mummy to buy 5 tubs of ice cream for herself. hehehehehe

Here’s the story:

Get 5 different flavor of ice cream. (It can be less, depends on you).

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Place 1 scoop into a labelled cup like this and numbered the cups

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Prepare a record sheet. Tak payah fancy2 pun. U’ll be the one who’ll write down everything.

sheet

Cover the flavor parts with stickers

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Now, let’s the fun time begins. U can blindfold ur kid, or u can just ask them to close their eyes. First, ask them to smell the ice cream. One cup by another. Record their answers in the sheet.

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Next, give the a spoon of ice cream to taste. Let them taste it and guess it further. Record their answers in the same sheet

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Finally, when they’ve finished, let them open their eyes and ask them to peel of the stickers so that they can compare their answers with the correct one. Tengok diorg dapat teka betul ke tak?

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As a reward, ask them which is their favourite flavor and enjoy ur ice cream time with kids…

Don’t forget, while ur having ur snack u can describe how their senses work. Macam apa fungsi hidung, lidah. Mintak jugak the kids to describe perbezaan rasa setiap flavor. Tapi janganlah serius sangat ye.

Have fun 🙂