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Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

This is one of the colour sorting activities I do with my toddler. It is really simple, but when we do this game, he is calm and concentrates on his activity. That is what I want and he loves to repeat the sorting game few times till he gets bored.This game makes him cheerful same as his yoga session.

Sometimes we get bored at home. Introducing a new game is one of the best methods to make him cheerful in such times, so this is one of such games we played on a lazy day.There are lot of sorting games for kids which make them active and cheerful.That’s why I wanted to try such game with my son.

Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

When I searched for colour recognition games for toddlers, I came up with lot of activities which are fun and really simple. Instead of spending more time creating crafts for the game, I simply used colourful bowls together with colourful building blocks.

Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

Here is what we do when we play this colour sorting game with my toddler.

Need: Different colour building blocks/Lego, plastic bowls with matching colours same as building blocks.

colour sorting games for toddlers

How to play:

I mix all the building blocks. Then I place the colourful bowls in a row. Then I ask my son to sort out the colours and put those in to matching colour bowl.

colour sorting games for toddlers

It is really simple. He spends time sorting colours together with naming the colours.

If you are looking for colour matching games for toddlers, then try this. It is a good way to keep toddlers calm and quiet with their activity.

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Kid Hero Stories – Personalized eBooks for Kids #Review

Today photo story post is all about Sanu’s recent adventure with personalized kids book series.

Sanu loves reading books. We introduced him different books when he was just few months old and he never refused any book or any early learning program we introduced to him. With today’s digital world and advancement of technology, we cannot only go with such traditional teaching methods; instead we need to help younger ones to keep up with the gadgets and technology. That is what I believe and that is why I get the help of all digital resources to teach and educate him.

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A screen capture from Kid Hero Stories eBook -Holiday in Paris

Thanks to different educational channels in YouTube, he learns many songs and other relevant lessons for his age including math, science and reading. Instead of preventing children from gadgets, it is better to guide them to take the advantages of technology.

Kid Hero Stories – Personalized Children’s books

Kid Hero Stories is our latest finding which sends eBooks weekly for your inbox. But, it is not just another story book. These story books are personalized with your kids name and picture to create an adventure story especially for him. It is a story book all about your kid.

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Once you subscribe to Kid Hero Stories, you will receive eBooks weekly and those books are focusing on creating an entertaining and educational environment for kids. Who doesn’t like to see their face and name in each and every story book they receive?

Kid Hero Stories – Review & Our Experience

Recently we received 3 personalized eBooks from Kid Hero Stories and we love each minute of reading those. These books are really interesting and a great way to keep kids motivated and cheerful. As for most other parents, our experiences with Kid Hero Stories books are also the same.It is always cheerful, exciting and memorable!

On the day, when I received the books to my inbox and when I downloaded the books, I was excited to see Sanu in a book.

Sanu was super excited and shouted saying, ’Sanu is in a book, see Sanu is in a book!

Then he always got few doubts and comments too while we were reading the books.

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Look,Sanu is like a Zebra! (Sanu says like that)

Sanu who is an animal lover is happy to see his outfit in these books. He always tells ‘Sanu looks like a Zebra, Sanu looks like a Zebra just pointing out to the Tshirt.

At some moments, he was missing his mom in his adventures. He was asking ‘where is Amma?’(mom)

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This is a place he always look for his mom,he may feel lonely 🙂

Actually these books created exciting conversation between me and my toddler. Our time reading these books was really full of fun and excitement. Sanu was happy to see him as the main character or hero of the story.

With my experiences, these personalized kids’ books created a different and exciting experience while we read the books. Our time was always full of curiosity and full of dialogues. Sanu has lot of things to tell and ask while reading the books.

Other than the excitement and cheerful feelings which these books create, I really like the Kid  Hero books because of below reasons.

Features of the Kid Hero Stories eBooks

  • The books are full of colourful and beautiful illustrations which makes it attractive for kids.
  • Bigger fonts which are clear and easily readable on any device including laptop, desktop or iPad.

Kid Hero Stories - Personalized eBooks for Kids #Review

  • Exciting stories which are suitable for kids making them feel adventurous!
  • Affordable and value for money.Current rates start from $8.70 (4 books)
  • You can easily select the book series which is best suitable for your kid. Currently there are 5 series including toddler series, preschool series, early reader series, siblings series and family tailored premium series.

How to order?

Ordering Kid Hero stories eBooks is really easy and it only requires few simple clicks. Visit www.kidherostories.com and read more information about this personalized kids book subscription.

You can also request a free sample before ordering. So, you know what it looks like!

Disclaimer:
I received 3 eBooks free to facilitate this review.However,all opinions are mine.
I only shared some small portions of the stories to respect the copy rights of the author.

Do you introduce personalized books for your kids? Please share your thoughts below.

I thought of introducing Kids Hero stories for this week’s photo story post. Please share your posts below too.

 

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids + Tzu Chi Recycling Day

Teaching kids about value of recycling is really important. I think we don’t have to wait till kids grow to teach them the value of recycling and caring for our mother nature.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

After I received a leaflet about Tzu Chi Recycling Day, I decided not to collect recyclable items only by myself; instead I wanted to join my toddler with the cause. As a start we made this DIY Recycling Bin which is a funful and educational activity to do with toddlers or even with grown up kids.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids

Here is what we did. You can add some more ideas to this DIY Recycling Bin and make it more beautiful.

We used,

  •  A cardboard box (Actually what we used is an empty cake box which is supposed to throw)
  • Crepe paper for decoration
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

First we removed the lid of the cardboard box. Then I used sellotape on edges to make the box stronger.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Using the green colour crepe paper we made recycle symbol and we also pasted another purple colour crepe paper on top of the box just to make it beautiful.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Finally, it is done!

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

We have a beautiful Recycling Bin.

Now we can collect recyclable materials in this box till the next collection date. Last few days I collected few yogurt cups and milk bottles, so we put those into our recycle box.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Remember to wash and clean all items before collecting.After collecting recyclables,it is time to send those to a recycling point in your neighborhood!

Tzu Chi Recycling Day

In Singapore, every second Sunday of each month is Tzu Chi Recycling Day. Few days ago Tzu Chi Volunteers visited our neighborhood including our home to encourage residents to collect recyclable items. I missed joining with the April Tzu Chi Recycling Day, but I am preparing to join with the next Recycling Day together with my toddler.

Hope I will be able to teach him the value of preserving earth from his young age!

 

Frog Life Cycle freebie + Teaching Science for a Toddler

Teaching a toddler is sometimes really fun as they like to explore new things. But, did you think of teaching Science for your toddler? I didn’t realize the value of it until I found the frog life cycle freebie created by Educents. At first I thought this would be too much for my little one. But, I am extremely wrong. He loved to learn the lifecycle of a frog. Now even he knows what happens after a mature frog lays egg. He can remember the steps of the frog life cycle and he also knows the tadpole becomes a legged tadpole because he eats well. (My son is a picky eater, so I use the chance to teach him about eating as well)

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Well, this is how we learned about frog life cycle.

To make it a fun activity, we made a water pond using a plastic container.

Water play  using a water pond

For the water pond, we added some stones, a plastic tree and animals who lives in the pond. We have toy frogs, ducks and a tortoise at home. So we created a water pond. My son enjoyed his play time while talking with me about animals who live in water. He also added his toy crocodile because he knows crocodile lives in water. I explained him crocodile likes water, but he lives in river not in water pond. 🙂

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We had great time and slowly I switched to our topic of frog life cycle.

Teaching the Frog Life Cycle for a Toddler

I showed him the freebies I downloaded from Educents. Those are colorful and my son really attracted to the illustrations. We talked lot and I explained him about the frog life cycle. It was really an exciting lesson for him together with water play.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle Freebie

Actually isn’t it fun to learn about slimy squishy animals? How about you?Do your preschoolers or kindergarteners know about the life cycle of one of the squishiest amphibians – the FROG? It’s a quick and easy lesson to teach.

You can easily download the free, froggy resource on Educents – just print the pages and start your lesson same as I did.

Ways to use this Frog Life Cycle freebie with a Pre-K or Kinder:(Or with a Toddler)

This frog life cycle free resource was created by The Multi Taskin’ Mom and is available to download for free on Educents.com.If you don’t know, Educents is the best place to discover new and innovative ways to keep kids excited about learning!I usually browse this site to download resources for my little one.

Below are some pictures of this free frog life cycle printable.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

You can teach below skills for a pre-k or pre schooler.

  • Practice handwriting & copywork
  • Reading aloud
  • Sounding out the words
  • Have fun coloring
  • Just print & go

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Skills to enhance for a Toddler

If you have a toddler,still you can use these printables to enhance skills of your toddler.Below are some of the identified skills which I tried to teach to my kid.

  • Identifying the each stage of frog
  • Improve vocabulary
  • Reading aloud
  • Idea of water animals
  • Colouring fun

 

More frog-themed learning resources:

Do your kiddos LOVE frogs? Check out this animation about the Frog Life Cycle, and find more frog-themed games and lessons for all ages below.

  • All About Frogs Packet – This frog bundle includes an informational slideshow, frog-themed anchor charts, rhyming word printables, number cards, writing organizer, and more (all frog-themed!!)
  • Froggy Self-Control Boardgame – Use your frog markers to move across the board and practice relaxation, self-control, and body behavior in the classroom. Students will distinguish good choices from bad choices as they leap around the board!
  • 3-D Frog Anatomy Notebook Model for Dissection – Use this 3-d paper frog model for a dissection-free frog exploration, a pre-dissection study tool, or even as a summative assessment during comparative anatomy studies!
  • Frog Learning Pack for Middle Schoolers – A frog-eriffic packet of printable notebooking pages, activities, games and more!

Check out more frog-themed resources to integrate into your lessons!

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Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

Reading makes any young child to improve their vocabulary and imagination. At our home, we love reading and it is same with my toddler. These days his favorite books are these Farm Animals Pocket Library books published by Egmont UK Limited.

Best Books for toddlers Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Farm Animals Pocket Library Review

We bought these books when he was just 1 year old. At that time he enjoyed looking at the colorful illustrations of farm animals. He quickly learned the names of the farm animals and could point the illustrations with the name of the animal.

Now he really enjoys reading the cute stories in these books. Actually he can’t read yet. But he asks me to read the books several times a day and he knows the stories in the books. Then he alone repeats the stories turning page by page.

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Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

I could see how he learned to talk long sentences and present a story by looking at each illustration. As a mom for a toddler, I can highly recommend this set of farm animals books for any moms who are looking for best books for toddlers.

Recommended ages for these books by the publishers are 2-5 years old. But, I would recommend it even for infants as we used it for our son when he was just 1 year old.

About the book set –Farm Animals Pocket Library by Egmont Publishers UK

Written by Craig Cameron ,this set of books comprise of 6 small books. These books feature the farm animals and what they do all day. The 6 books include the small books of Clover the Cow, Peter the Pig, Sophie the Sheep, Hetty the Hen, Gretel the Goat, and Scamp the Sheepdog. With colorful illustrations and easy to remember rhythmic stories this pocket library is a great way to introduce the farm activities and farm animals for little children.

Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Other than reading at home, these pocket library books are great to bring anywhere when we travel. I usually keep few books in my bag whenever we go out, so I can easily keep my son engaged with the books. These are light weight and great to keep inside diaper bag or kids bag when travel.

If you are looking for best books for toddlers or best books for babies, check these details of Farm Animals Pocket Library

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

As a mom I always concern about raising my child with enhanced skills. At age 2, he is just starting to read books. As you know, at this toddler age they tend to read books by looking at the illustrations. That is the beginning of their reading. As parents we should help them to enhance their reading skills.

How to Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

You can simply introduce many books for your kids with beautiful illustrations that make them attached to the books. Reading out loud is another best way to teach a child to read. Other than that I recently came across a new reading app that enhances the child’s ability to read and I hope this app will really help you too to boost your child’s ability to read. Pointer is a new app for kids that enhance their skills for reading.

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read with Pointer – The Voice activated Reader

How to Boost Your Child's Ability to Read

Pointer is an app developed to boost children’s ability to read. This app has a unique feature. That is, it recognizes your voice when you read and highlight the word you read. That gives an idea to your kid about the word your read together with its pronunciation and they will start learning to read. Young kids and specially toddlers will learn the way we read books from word by word. Kids will feel more connected to reading with you and they will sure have enjoyable reading session.

Visit www.pointerapp.co for more information. Also; signup with them for early access. It is free to sign up and I already did so!

Yarn Story Factory – Free Stories for Kids

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids engaged? Or if you are planning a long road trip or even if you want to have a short break but not sure how to keep your kids entertained and engaged, simply you can download some podcasts for kids. Even if you always check how to keep your little one with different activities, a podcast is a great way to enhance their skills of listening.

Now, with a toddler at home, I love to explore different methods to keep him entertained and to enhance his skills. Recently I found another site which is good for both young kids and grown kids to download podcasts. Actually at the age of just 2 years plus, now my son shows more interest on listening to stories. With these age and interest changes, I found www.yarnstoryfactory.com as a helpful resource to download children podcasts and it is a completely free service!

What is Yarn Story Factory?

Yarn Story Factory is a kid friendly podcast which is full of free audio stories. You can easily find Yarn Story Factory podcasts on all major software and all the stories are created for kids. With them, you will find lot of stories for your kids’ bedtime stories.

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Our review of Yarn Story Factory

Now, as I wrote at the beginning of this post, these days I am exploring new sites and new story books for my toddler. This free story site is a great finding for us. When I allowed my son to listen to some of the stories, he was so curios and he wanted to repeat the same stories again and again. I found he was repeating the ideas he grabbed from the stories to his toys. (Yes, he has this habit)So, I know that he loves the stories shared at Yarn Story factory. 🙂

We also want to thank Teacher Nina for her clear and attractive way of presenting the stories for kids.

Other than the stories for bedtime and car-rides you can also find tidbits of knowledge in their “Did you Know” segments. You will find many other things suitable for kids. Check the site www.yarnstoryfactory.com , you and your little one will love it.

You can also follow them on twitter for the latest updates: http://www.twitter.com/storyyarn

Download the App in iTunes.

Tips for Choosing Best Books for Toddlers

With a toddler at home, it is always exciting to see how he grows and how he learns the things. At the age of 2, now he starts showing interest on reading story books.(of course he cannot read alone, still he uses the illustrations to get the idea of the book)So far, we bought mainly picture books and flash cards for him to improve his vocabulary. But, now we try to buy different books to enhance his imaginations and reading skills.

But, choosing best books for toddlers must be done with good care. This is the age they are more with exploring things and they are curious with many things around them. So, if we introduce the right books for toddlers, they will grab the things fast and it is same if we give the things which are not age appropriate.

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Basically if you are looking for best books for toddlers, select books with bright and colorful illustrations. If it is a story book, short sentences with big letters are suitable for the little minds to absorb the idea. Poems and rhymes are great ways to keep them attract to the books and it is easy to develop the reading habits for toddlers.

With the above things are in mind, here are the most important Tips for choosing best books for toddlers.

Select books which are well illustrated.

Beautiful and bright illustrations are helpful to attract toddlers to read the book. Even these illustrations are helpful to develop the imaginations. If the illustrations tell the story of the book, that is a suitable book for toddlers, especially at the age of two.

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My son found a new place to read a book.There is no specific place and time for them to read a book!

Select books which are well worded

Check the flow of the wording. If the story flows easily and without too many words, then it is a suitable book for toddlers. With rhythmic sentences, repeating again and again making it interesting to continue reading, a story book makes it attractive for toddlers. Even you are the one read the story book for your kid; he will listen with big curious eyes and lot of imaginations.We recently read ‘The Enormous Turnip‘ which is a book with rhythmic sentences and my son loved it.Even he wanted me to repeat the book again and again.

The Enormous Turnip

From the book ‘The Enormous Turnip’-Read the review

Select books which have great endings.

Now, with a story book you aroused the curiosity of your toddler. Your kid is waiting to hear what happened next. If the end is good, they are happy. If the end of the book keeps a smile on your toddlers face, then go for it. If the book solves a problem, that is one of the best books for toddlers.

These are my tips of choosing the books for toddlers, especially at the age of 2.You can also check www.parentaljourney.com for the lists of best books for toddlers. That will ease you to select recommended books from a mom who read books for her toddler.

What are your tips for selecting best books for toddlers? Do you read books for your toddler? Please comment below.

International Books Shop and Benefits of Reading

Do you have reading habits? Or do you still a reader of your tweets and facebook updates? If you don’t read books, then I want to share some benefits of reading books.

Benefits of Reading

When you keep reading books, you stimulate your brain and concentrate on the things in your book. This will keep your brain active and prevents memory losing power which most people experience with aging.
Of course, you can improve your knowledge by reading books and you will be strong in analytical thinking. Other than that reading is a good cure for your stress. You will relax after reading a good book.

International books shop

If you love reading or if you have the habit of gifting books for your friends and family members in their special occasions, then I want to introduce an Amazon book store which you can find a variety of books for cheap price.

International books shop is an Amazon store which sells books of different categories. Their book category list includes different topics including Addiction & Recovery, Alternative Medicine, ailments, Beauty Grooming & Style and more. Most of the categories and books they share in International Book Shop are good for anyone who loves reading different subjects and topics and with curiosity of learning many things.

Below is one of the books I selected which I love to have with me and of course the price is very reasonable.

International books shop

All the products sell in this Amazon store come with product details and actual customer reviews. These actual customer reviews are really helpful to decide on any book which you are going to buy. Other than that, you will find suggestions for similar books when you look for items on sale in International Book Shop Amazon store.

Do you love reading?If so visit International Book Shop and see what are the books you love to read!

 

Benefits of Reading Bedtime Stories for Kids

You may already established a bedtime story routine with your kid same as I do. However, you may have established a bedtime routine without knowing much about its benefit for your child. So, in this post I thought of sharing some of the benefits your kids can get when you spend time reading bedtime stories with kids.

With our personal experience, we love our reading sessions. My son loves to hear when I read bedtime story books for him. Recently I noticed his interest in reading more books, so I am happily continuing this good habit of reading good bedtime stories for him daily.

Here are some of the benefits of reading bedtime stories for your kids.

Bonding with the Child

With our personal experience, I really love this bedtime story time and it is same with my son too.Reading stories create a bond between us.

Bonding with your child is one of the most important benefits you can expect with bedtime story routines. At the end of the day you are able to sit close with your kid together and you both read the same story. You kid will listen to you paying more attention. It is a great way to describe him of the characters and even open discussions about the characters you find in the story.

Help to build your child’s vocabulary and Communication skills

You’ll notice that your child will use vocabulary which includes some advance phrases and words. They will learn how to express their feelings and emotions. By continuing this habit, kids will learn how to communicate with others in a good way including the lessons they learn from their bedtime stories.

Stimulate his imaginations

Have you ever noticed the facial expressions of your child when you read a story for him or her? For me this is the most exciting part when we read stories. Bedtime stories will stimulate kids’ imagination and even they will concentrate to a topic and make the story out of it. Logical thinking is another benefit of stories. In their mind there are different characters. Some are heroes. Some are innocent characters. He has lot of feelings and imaginations towards them. These imaginations and thinking will help your child to grow with a logical mind.

How to find bedtime stories?

If you want different story books, the first solution is buy good bedtime story books. You can buy online or from your local book shops. However, having lot of books and reading different books daily will make him more excited and your kid will not be bored with same bedtime stories every day.Other than that you can also join with a public library.

Benefits of Reading Bedtime Stories for Kids

We usually buy children’s story books. Other than that we also use bedtime stories online. That is really easy to find bedtime stories online and we read free bedtime stories for kids. My son likes online bedtime stories when there are colourful illustrations. That is really a good idea to read different stories in different days.We found the free online bedtime stories shared at www.istorybooks.co are interesting,because of not only the stories,but also due to the beautiful illustrations.My son loves to see those colourful illustrations while reading.

Today my son started his playgroup sessions and we found that there is a library which all the kids can borrow books and keep it for a week. So, I hope he will have great time reading bedtime story books with me both online and offline.

Do you read bedtime stories for your kids? How do you find the children bedtime stories? Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.

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