2-3 years Posts

Pororo Themed Birthday Party for 3rd Birthday

We threw a Pororo themed Birthday Party for our kid when he turned three! This is a long due post and as always I am late with some posts. Now my son is going to be 4 years old in next October. So, before he reaches 4 years old, I am rushing to share some posts related to his Pororo Birthday Party!

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

Why Pororo theme?

Pororo is a cute little penguin who is the main character of Pororo and the friends cartoon series. Well, I am a mom who allows my kid to spend time with apps and tv shows under my control with limits. Other than Peppa cartoon series, I allow him to watch Pororo and the friend too as this series is suitable for his age as I think.

Now, I am talking about last year which my kid was below 3 years of age. He loved Pororo and still he loves. He also loves to watch Pororo educational series which teaches about patterns, counting and other educational topics.

As I love to select a theme for his birthdays, last year I selected ‘Pororo’ as our 3rd Birthday party theme.

Well, we didn’t have guests for our home. Instead we celebrated his Pororo Birthday Party at his Playgroup with his teachers and friends. It was a lovely and memorable moment.

Here are some of the highlights from our 3rd Birthday celebrations with Pororo themed birthday decorations and supplies.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Before everything I wanted to plan his Pororo themed birthday cake. When I checked online, I could find beautiful Pororo cake design ideas. However as we celebrated the birthday at his playgroup, I had to check with the teacher. Instead of cutting a birthday cake and serve the kids, teacher was happy to have cupcakes. I loved that idea too as cupcakes are easy to serve to the kids.

However, I couldn’t find a place to buy cupcakes easily. There are cupcake shops around my neighborhood, but they have some limitations. Finally I found thecakeshop.com.sg . They were really helpful and I could place my order online. We ordered Pororo themed cupcakes.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Birthday cupcakes

Although we bought cupcakes for celebrations at the playgroup,I also wanted to blow candles at home as a way of family bonding. So,below is my birthday cake for him.

How I made this Pororo Birthday Cake?

It is really simple. I bought a plain yet simply decorated cake from nearby bakery shop. The cake came with a ‘Happy Birthday’ topper. To the same cake, I created a cake topper using a sticker with Pororo and friends. I pasted that sticker on a toothpick creating a beautiful and easy cake topper. 🙂 Finally, here is our very own Pororo Birthday Cake!

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Themed Birthday Party decorations

This time, I didn’t spend much time for the Pororo Birthday decorations. Instead I could easily buy Pororo themed Goody bags and party supplies for affordable rates from the nearby shopping mall.(NTUC FairPrice)

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Party hats

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Goody bags and party hats with Pororo theme

I couldn’t find Pororo themed party hats. Instead I bought a pack of DIY party hats. Using Pororo and friends stickers, I personalized those party hats to match the party theme.

Pororo themed party

Pororo themed Birthday party masks and horns for kids

Here are some of the moments from our Pororo Birthday party with my kids playgroup friends.

Pororo themed party

A photo with his friends.I covered the little faces due to privacy.

 

Kid was so happy because his father visited his playgroup.This is once a year happening as I am the one behind the kid’s school events always.Kid had a big story to share with his dad after the playgroup. 🙂

And a mommy son moment!

After the playgroup,we celebrated his birthday at home blowing candles and cutting this really simple cake.

We had a great day with the kid.To make him happy,I also visited the Pororo Park with him.So he was full of activities with Pororo and the friends.It was a birthday party which created memories for him with his favourite cartoon character!

Birthday party Album

This time I created his 3rd Birthday party album with Zno photo books.

Mixbook is my other favourite company for his photo books.

These days I am busy planning his next birthday.He will be 4 soon. 🙂

Do you like birthday parties?Do you throw birthday parties with a theme?

Our First Visit to the Library with Toddler

Last week we visited the public library. It was the first library visit of our son, so he was really excited with his new experience.

At home we encourage him to read books and we always surround him with books that are good for toddlers. When he was few months old, we introduced him some baby storytime books too. However, we bought most of these books for him. Recently he received new books from Josh & Cherrie subscription box service and Toddle.sg .So he has enough new books to read at home and he loves reading books.

First Visit to the Library

Ready to go to the library.He loves the bags received from Itsmybag.sg and wanted to use one of the bags for this visit.

He also receives one book from his Playgroup library and he has some idea that he needs to return the library book after reading. Although I planned to visit the library with him from long time, it was always postponed. And finally we did it!

First Visit to the Library

The excited kid wanted to walk to the library and he didn’t feel tired! 🙂

When we visited the Kids World Fair last week, we also received some brochures and a book from National Library Board Singapore which encourages young kids to read. That made us really wanting to visit the nearby library.

I always had doubt of my son’s behavior inside the library. As this is the first visit and he is too active, I prepared him along the week for the library visit. I always mentioned him that he cannot talk loud, he needs to sit and read books and finally he needs to return the books which he borrows from the library.

First Visit to the Library

Inside the library.He read many books.

It seems the little guy absorbed the all things that we told him. He behaved really well inside the library. He was so quiet and excited with lots of books to read. Finally he borrowed few books from the library and these days our home is full of reading activities! We had a great first visit to the library!

First Visit to the Library

After borrowing books and after his first library experience,he gave me some serious look for a photo! 🙂

How about you? Do you visit the library with little kids? Do they like their library experience? Please share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Importance of Colouring Pages for Kids + Free Coloring Book

Do you introduce colouring pages for kids from their younger age of life? I actually introduced lot of colouring pages, coloring pictures, coloring books and even empty sheets with colours to my son when he was just few months old and able to sit on his own. At first he just drew lines with colours. And later on I could see he improved his skills on colring and he also focus and concentrate on what he does when he colour any picture. Now as a toddler and nearly 3 years old, he colors his coloring sheets with different matching colors and for me it is a great development milestone as I was watching his progress throughout the years.

Now,my toddler uses different colours to create his beautiful art pieces 🙂

If you think colouring is just a skill for kids, it is wrong. Actually when I searched for benefits of coloring for kids, I was amazed with lot of benefits to raise happy and healthy kids by using colouring activities from their early days of life. Here are some of the benefits which you can expect from such colouring activities.

Imaginations of a butterfly with different colours

It is a therapy and helpful for stress relief

It is obvious, same as for adults; colouring is a way of expression for kids too. They can calm down and express their emotions through engaging with a colouring activity.

Improves Motor Skills

Colouring can help improving fine motor skills while development of muscles of the fingers and hands with activities related to colouring.

Improve Focus, attention and Hand to Eye Coordination

Little ones are with really short attention span. They usually don’t concentrate in any work for long hours. Colouring can be a great activity to develop their attention span together with focus and hand to eye Coordination.

Self-Expression

Colouring activities are a great way to express inner thoughts and ideas. So that it is same with young kids too. By introducing coloring pages from their early age of life, you are helping your kid to express his ideas and thoughts in way of beautiful art pieces.

Prepares kids for School

We can’t forget about the educational background we create by starting colouring pages. Young kids start their writing skills with colouring pages. When they know how to grab colour pencils, they also learn how to grab pencils to write. Colouring can be the start of writing, creativity, organizing, and use of papers, books and activities which prepares them for future education.

So don’t wait till it is late. Allow your toddler or infant to express their thoughts and enter into the world by giving beautiful and creative colouring pages with some colours. They will create beautiful pieces of art that you never think! They love colouring and you as a parent will have better time too.

Free Printable Coloring Pages

It is always easier when you have printable colouring pages, so you can print again and again when you need new colouring activity books. Collaborating with Kidloland, we have a free colouring book which you can easily print and share with your kids.

This free colouring book comes with 13 coloring pages which not only allow your kid to learn colouring, but also to improve the skills of word recognition. Each page comes with colouring object name and the illustrations are really attractive and cheerful.

free colouring book

Some sample pages from the free colouring book for kids

 

 So,why wait?

Download your free printable coloring book here

Also don’t forget to read our review and experience about Kidloland educational app which is really helpful for my kid to engage with activities such as singing, learning alphabet, colours, numbers and many more. It also comes with engaging activities such as puzzles, sorting and matching activities which are really beneficial for kids.

 

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Toy Safety Tips for Toddlers

Toys are essential for development of babies and toddlers. However, we as parents need to select the age appropriate toys to get the most of the benefits of play time. Toys can improve many skills for the little ones including imagination, creativity and hand eye coordination. However, as parents most of us always pay more attention to select educational toys or age appropriate toys which develop skills of infants and toddlers. Have you ever searched toys for your toddler considering any safety guidelines or do you always search for the best toys for toddlers?

Toy Safety Tips for Toddlers

Toy Safety Tips for Toddlers

When it comes to the best toys for the toddlers, you may lack of considering some of the safe tips which you must follow. That is why it is always need to consider both safe and educational toys for the young kids in order to create safe environment for them. Specially, it is important to follow toy safety standards and toy safety tips with toddlers as they are in a curious stage of life which they always try to explore new things.

Actually,I decided to write this post because of one of my experiences which I regretted much.Exactly one year ago(Last year September),my son faced an accident at home.He slipped on the floor and ended up with 4 stitches on his chin.If you notice the below picture which was taken at his 2nd year birthday celebration,he was with 4 stitches on his chin.In all these birthday photos he looks so tired because he was under treatment.Actually the floor was clean and tidy.But I gave him a balloon and the excited kid wanted to grab it fast and slipped on the floor.It was an accident which we never expected.

Toy Safety Tips for Toddlers

My son with stitches on his chin

Today,exactly after one year of that incident,I want to share some tips which you need to follow when you buy toys for your toddler or when you play with your toddler.These may helpful for you to avoid some of the unexpected incidents which we don’t want to face in our life.

Here are the tips which you can follow in order to ensure that your toddler is using safe toys and games. These tips will ensure your toddler to play in a fun and injury free environment which also creates a peaceful mind for you.

Safety Tips for Toys with Toddlers

  • Check for age appropriate toys and games. When you buy toys for your toddler, always check the product description and appropriate age range. This will ensure that you buy the correct toys for his age.
  • Once you open the packaging, always remember to discard the plastic wrappings. Plastic wrapping can suffocate a small child creating hazards that you will never expect!
  • Always avoid small toys and games from young children which increase possible choking hazards. Toys with removable small parts always increase the choking hazards.
Toy Safety Tips for Toddlers

I always pay attention when he plays with small toys.

  • Strangling is another possible hazard which you should aware of. If the toys are with rope, string or cords, you must be careful when your toddler is playing with such toys. It is always better to keep the strings away from their reach.
This trace & lace set comes with few cords.Instead of avoiding him playing with such educational toy,I always keep my eyes when he plays.

This trace & lace set comes with few cords.Instead of avoiding him playing with such educational toys,I always keep my eyes when he plays.

  • Always inspect toys of your toddler for sharp edges and broken parts. Discard the toys if those are broken.
  • Keep the toys in designated areas after playing. Start doing so with your toddler. Not only he will learn organizing from the early days of his life, he will also love this activity after any play session. Your toddler will have safe environment with tidy floor which also prevent falls and such accidents.
  • Not only with toys, you also need to follow safety guidelines and safety tips in everything you do with your toddlers and infants. It can be Food, outdoor playing, baby furniture or even travelling.You can easily learn more at Kokopax’s website about safe baby products and how do we need to decide on the products before buying.Safety should be in first concern with everything you do while raising your kid in order to raise happy and healthy kids.
  • Other than safety guidelines, it is also essential to know the latest information on recalls.

Recently I came across of Consumersafety.org which focuses on consumer safety.

Their mission is to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products with easy accessible way to everyone. Actually I opened my eyes once I read their safety guidelines and tips for infant & kids. There are lots more informative details and guidelines which you can read at their site. Have a look and see how you can add the safety guidelines and recalls information for your lifestyle. You can also find the alerts for recalls which are really helpful for you in order to keep your home and loved ones in safe environment.

Do you consider safety tips when you buy toys for your kids and toddlers? What are your toy safety tips? Please share your ideas below.

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More Time on Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

There are lots of outdoor activities for toddlers from different games to exploring the nature. Anyway, last few weeks I was busy with my toddler spending more time with him. He is spending the last few weeks of his age 2 and reaching the age 3.I can easily see his changes in behavior. Suddenly he is too active. It is not easier for me to keep him inside the home as he tries activities such as climbing. So, the best is to spend more time on outdoor activities till he use all of his packed energies. 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

It is time to explore the things around!

We spent more time on playgrounds and we found new activities rather than just playing. We also spent time on playgrounds at night watching the sky.He always loves exploring insects and things around him.

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

Is it an insect on this leaf?

I wanted to sit and relax. But as he was running here and there, I was running behind him too. May be I am too worried! 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

He found this slide as a good place to read a book. 🙂 At that time there were no other kids at the playground.

The Garden Table near our home/flat is a great place to enjoy some snacks after walking and playing around.We continued using this table for packed lunch and snacks.He loves his new dining experience! 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

We found this Garden Table as an interesting place to have some snacks! 🙂

How was your week? Do you have any photo stories for this week? Please share below.

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Nights Out and Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

We observed the phases of the moon! Last few weeks my son showed interest on planets and the moon. He watched some planet songs for kids from YouTube and started asking questions. He was full of curiosity. So, I decided to show him the Moon and the phases.Instead of having indoor activities to give him the idea of phases of the Moon,our nights out were really a good and fun way to explore the changes of the sky and the Moon!

Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

During the last weeks we went out every day at night. It was really fun and a new experience for him. We visited a nearby playground which stretches over a spacious land area. Although it was night time, the kids’ playground and the adjacent elders’ exercise area was really active with people from around the neighborhood area. So, we stayed there few hours watching sky and playing.

Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

Having a drink while watching around.It was a great experience for him!

We watched sky and some days were full of clouds. There were days we could watch stars. His main attraction was watching the moon.As always he also didn’t forget to play at the playground.

Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

Playground was with few kids.So,he could easily play as he wanted.

Some days,he liked to read a book at the playground.He could read books because it was not crowded with kids as it was night time.

Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

Reading a book at night and at the playground is a really good idea!

We started our night out with crescent shaped moon and yesterday it was almost a circle. (Near to Full Moon) My son who is still a toddler loved his new night time experience. He enjoyed watching moon and changes of the moon shape day by day.

I was with phone camera,so the captures of the moon are not clear enough to share in this blog post.But,below is a capture from yesterday which it was almost Full Moon!

Phases of the Moon with My Toddler

Finally,it is almost Full Moon!

I guess as a toddler, this idea of moon phases from crescent shape to a round shape is good enough to learn bit about the sky, space and stars. He had good time and was not bored! I also had great time watching phases of the moon with my toddler.

Do you walk out at night with kids?Do you like kids night out? What are the activities which you like to do at night with kids? 🙂

Please share your ideas and experiences.

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We Found Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Yeh! We found Peppa pig characters at Ang Mo Kio! 🙂

These days my son loves Peppa pig. He loves watching Peppa pig episodes. I also allow him to watch Peppa because it is actually a good collection of stories for little ones. Don’t you think finding Peppa pig characters in the streets are such a good excitement? Yes, we found Peppa Pig characters at a shopping mall.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Characters Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

When we visited AMK Hub for another reason and when we saw this kiddie ride there, my son was over the moon. Yes, he found Peppa the pig and her family.He loved his finding and time with Peppa ,George and other Peppa pig characters.

Here are some moments which my son spent time with peppa characters.It is really colourful and interesting.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Playing with Peppa Pig Characters Kiddie ride at Ang Mo Kio

My little one had good time talking, sitting and touching Peppa and George. Anyway we didn’t have actual ride. Still my son doesn’t want actual kiddie rides. Instead, he enjoys just by sitting on those.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Talking with Peppa the Pig!

 

Aren’t these cute moments? He thinks I brought him there specially to show Peppa. 🙂

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

Location: AMK Hub, Singapore Basement 1

Price per ride: $2

Do your kids like Peppa the Pig and her family?Do you find such kiddie rides are fun for them?Please share your ideas below as a comment.

Playing with a Mirror (Mirror Activities for Toddlers)

It is not a secret that babies love to see their face from the mirror. Although they recognize themselves from the mirror or not, giving a small mirror to a baby is a wonderful idea to see how they stay happy with it. When it comes to a toddler, they have some understanding of the reflection and they can also recognize themselves through a mirror reflection.There are lot of mirror activities for toddlers,however this is a mirror activity which my son found himself while we were at a shopping mall. 🙂

Playing with a Mirror

Playing with a Mirror

These are some photos which I captured in end of 2015 during our Sri Lanka holiday. Our son was exactly 2 years old at that time and we were in a shopping mall. He suddenly found this mirror in the fitting rooms’ area and started exploring and experimenting. As the shop was not crowded and as he was seriously experimenting the reflections through the mirror, I didn’t bother of taking him out. Instead I used the opportunity to allow him to learn, explore and experiment.

Can you see how curious he is with the different reflections through the mirror? 🙂

Playing with a Mirror

Experimenting with a Mirror

Benefits of Playing with a mirror for Toddlers

Playing with mirrors is one of the popular toddler activities which help them to boost different skills. Some of the benefits of playing with mirrors include focusing and identifying their image. A mirror may help developing social skills at the same time emotional development. I also found in another post that a mirror can boost the development of brain of a toddler or a baby as they try to explore and experiment different reflections.

Playing with a Mirror

Playing with a Mirror

Anyway, this was a beautiful moment for us although he was sitting on the floor of the shop thinking it as his own home. There are times which we have to forget about hygiene, but be sure to clean hands after such play time with wet tissues or hand sanitizer.(if you are traveling)

Do you have any photo story to share? Please link below.

Do you allow mirrors to your kids for playing? Please share your thoughts.

 

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Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Among the toddler activities we do at our home, bowling with empty bottles is a pretty simple activity to keep a toddler cheerful!

Recently we got the semester progress report from our son’s playgroup and I found there are many activities they do at the playgroup to improve toddler skills. Among many activities that our son performs well, there was one activity which had the remark saying ‘sometimes’. It was throwing a small object to aimed direction. Although it is not a big problem for us because he does throwing objects sometimes only, I just thought of creating some activities for him to do at home to improve his skills. With that in mind, I came up with this idea of throwing a ball to empty bottles. I think this is pretty good to add to the toddler activities list.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

It was a great hit to keep our son active, cheerful and concentrate at the same time. He loved throwing balls to the line of bottles and he wanted to see when all the bottles fell down because of him. Among the activities for toddlers we tried before, throwing a ball to empty bottles was great and kept him moving and shouting!

Toddler Activities: Bowling with empty bottles

Here is what we did. It is pretty simple.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

We need few empty bottles for this activity. I found some similar size empty bottles from our DIY recycle bin.

We then arranged all the empty bottles in a row.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

For this activity we used few different sized balls, so we could also talk about balls using the terms such as ‘small, big and colours such as green, yellow etc.

Once we arranged the empty bottles, then we stayed around 4 feet away from the bottles. I asked him to throw the balls to empty bottles.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

That is really simple and we could spend around an hour playing this game.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Isn’t this one of the fun and best indoor toddler activities? 🙂

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Improved Skills

Hand eye coordination.

Learning about colours,sizes.

Check some other activities for toddlers which we spent hours with cheerful play.

 

 

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Finger family nursery song is a very popular song which also makes it fun for little ones to learn new words and activities. My son watches these songs in YouTube videos and kids Apps, so he is always active with a song in his mind.

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Daddy finger, daddy finger where are you?

Here I am. Here I am. How do you do?

Mommy finger, mommy finger where are you?

Here I am. Here I am. How do you do?

That is part of the original song. But instead of Daddy, mommy we found songs with animal characters too. Such as fish finger, monkey finger and so on.

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

As my son loves this song much, once we bought him finger Muppets to play. Later I found really easy idea to make him finger Muppets with different characters. Here is one of such ideas.

Fish Finger Family

What you need

Five fish stickers (different sizes of stickers to show Daddy fish, Mommy fish etc)

Five drinking straws

Sellotape

How we make finger muppets

Making fish finger family is really easy and it only takes few minutes.

Take one sticker and attach a straw behind the sticker using a piece of sellotape.

Continue same for the five stickers.

It is done!

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Now sing the finger family song showing the daddy fish, mommy fish, brother fish, sister fish and baby fish.

This is always a fun activity at our home. Use different character stickers and make different finger families. So, your toddler will not get bored when there is no activity to do!

Actually, I couldn’t take photos leisurely as my son was dragging one by one when I finished making the fish family straws. He loves this activity each time!

Sharing this with Toddler Fun Friday

 

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