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Octaland 4D+ Colour Me : Colouring Book with 4D+ Experience (Review)

Are you looking for the best Augmented Reality Apps which even a small kid can enjoy? Basically in Augmented Reality (AR),you can see a 3D animation on your device’s camera screen. These 3D figures look like those are really there and that make it exciting for the user.

When augmented reality combines with educational topics, it really makes learning fun and exciting for kids. These days we are experiencing such fun time while learning new things with the products we received from Diyflashcard.com. So, why don’t we share our experience with others?

After our exciting experience with Dinosaur 4D+ flashcards, we also tried the Octaland 4D+ Colour Me! At first, Octaland Colour Me colouring book looks like just another colouring book which kids can enjoy colouring the book. But it is not! Other than the colouring fun, kids can experience the excitement of 3D characters as this book is an augmented reality colouring book.

What is Octaland 4D+ Colour Me Colouring book?

Simply, this is a colouring book with 4D+ experience. Inside the book you will see characters from Albert the Astronaut to Zac the zookeeper. Each page of the colouring book feature a profession and it flows with alphabetical order.

For example, when A is for Astronaut, B is for Builder and C is for Chef. Once kids finish colouring the characters, they can experience the figures come live through the Octaland 4D+ App and then the excitement begins!

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

A is for Astronaut

How does this work?

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

To use the Colour Me colouring book with maximum fun and interaction, you need to follow the below steps.
First download the Octaland 4D+ free by visiting App store or GooglePlay. It is free!


Then colour the characters in the book. Use bright colours for beautiful views.


Launch the Octaland 4D+ app. Scan the colouring area and tap the ‘capture’ button once you see the 3D character.
Excitement begins! You can see your coloured characters alive!

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

Doesn’t this sound too exciting?

Here is our experience with Engineer!

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

E is for Eddie Engineer!

 

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

Eddie the Engineer is in action!

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

My kid who is just 3 years old have so much fun using this Octaland 4D+ Colour Me Colouring book together with the Octaland 4D+ app. Without much force, he also learns the new words. The colouring book is really good for early learners and early readers as the book encourages reading while using the app for fun and interaction.

Octaland 4D+ Colour Me

How to buy the Octaland 4D+ Colour Me Colouring book?

You can easily buy this book in Singapore by visiting www.diyflashcard.com
Hope you will give your kid the excitement of Augment Reality Apps while helping them to learn with fun!

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With Dinosaurs 4D+ flashcards watch the Dinosaurs in Augmented Reality

Time has changed. Nowadays kids are surrounded by lot of learning opportunities than the earlier days which books were the main source of information. With lot of educational apps, educational toys and flashcards, even a small kid can learn many words and new things from their early years of life without waiting for the school or their teachers.

Our recent experience is really exciting and it is all around the Octaland 4D+ Color Me Book and Dinosaur 4D+ Flashcards. For my son, it was really fun and interacting way to learn through Augmented Reality Flashcards. While arousing his curiosity about how the flashcards could give life to the images on the cards, he also learned new words and information while playing with these 4D flashcards and Octaland 4D+ Color Me Book. So here is our review and experience with our latest finding.

Dinosaur 4D+ Flashcards Review

Can you imagine a moment which Dinosaurs alive at your home? Roaring and moving while making it an exciting space for your kids? Not only kids, adults also will have fun while watching all these dinosaurs come alive from the 4D+ Flashcards!

How does this work?

Dinosaur 4D Flashcards

Dinosaur 4D+ Flashcards

It is really simple. To experience live dinosaurs at your home, you need to buy Dinosaur 4D+ Flashcards. Then download the Dinosaur 4D+ app for FREE from Google playstore or App store.

Dinosaur 4D+

Dinosaur 4D+ App and other apps from Octagon Studio

Once the app is launched, scan the flashcards with your phone camera. Yay! You’ll see all the types of Dinosaurs alive including Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Compsognathus  ,Dilophosaurus and many.

My kid was so happy at the first time I show him the dinosaurs. He is in love with dinosaurs and I even visited a Dinosaur park to show him dinosaurs. Now with lot of different Dinosaurs, he is having exciting time while learning new words. This experience is really great for him and even as a small kid; he is able to learn the different dinosaurs daily.

Would you like to see different moments with Dinosaurs who became live at our home?

Dinosaurs 4D+ flashcards

Dinosaurs 4D+ flashcards

Dinosaurs 4D+ flashcards

Dinosaurs are live at our home! Reminded me the film Jurassic Park I watched during school days and how excited I was at that time… 🙂

Dinosaurs 4D+ flashcards

All are roaring! 🙂

Isn’t this so much fun?Not only my kid,even I had a great and exciting time around these Dinosaurs and I also learned about different dinosaurs.Other than these movement and actions,you can also learn about more details and information of each dinosaur species while the App is launched.

To get your Dinosaur 4D+ flashcards,check DIY Flashcards & Edu toys.Other than Dinosaur 4D+ flashcards,they also offer other Augmented Reality Flashcards which you can give loads of excitement and fun for your kids while teaching new concepts.We also experienced Octaland 4D+ Color Me Book and I will come up with our review post soon!

Till that,enjoy your time with these interesting and gigantic Dinosaurs!

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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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Hello Hello Kitty!

It is time to say Hello Hello Kitty! When Hello Kitty Stuffs are popular among both kids and teens there are also adults who like to keep memories of this little kitty. Nowadays Hello Kitty has become another marketing icon and you’ll find various activities from Hello kitty games to Hello Kitty rides!

Hello Hello Kitty

Hello Hello Kitty! 🙂

If you’ve notice, I always feature kiddie rides which are beautiful and attractive. Before my son was born, I didn’t have any attention to these cute little amusement rides in shopping malls. However, my son could change my eyes and nowadays I can easily spot these kiddy rides which are in any corner of shopping malls.

Hello Hello Kitty

Few weeks ago we found this Hello Kitty Kiddie ride at AMK Hub and my son couldn’t wait till he plays with it. But, for me it is bit sad because this new Hello Kitty Kiddie ride has taken the space of Sesame Street Big Bird. Now we can’t see the Big Bird at AMK Hub, instead Hello Kitty car is there.

Hello Hello Kitty

This coin operated amusement ride of Hello Kitty needs $2 to operate. However, most kids including my kid loves to play without any actual ride 🙂

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

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HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities Review + Giveaway!

If you are looking for best educational apps for kids then today I want to introduce our recent finding. Past few weeks we tried HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities App and we really like the activities that suit for kids to enhance their knowledge and logical thinking.

Screen time is one of the popular buzz among many parents. However as a mom who gets the maximum benefits of educational videos and educational apps for kids, I know we can easily control the screen time if we follow a routine from the beginning. Instead of denying the benefits which educational apps can give to your kids, it is always a good idea to allow kids to use apps with guidance.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities Review

With our recent experience with HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities app, which is one of the best kids apps, I want to share this review post because this may help you to decide on best apps for kids.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities – Introduction

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities comes with 20 nursery rhymes and activities which can keep kids entertained while enhancing their skills. As an app combined both fun and learning together, this educational app is created by a team of well experienced professionals of the field including child psychologists.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities Review

Features of HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities

  • HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities comes with 20 nursery rhymes together with fun learning activity for each rhyme.
  • Games include puzzles, dress matching, maze and more activities which encourage kids to improve their logical thinking.
  • Colourful and attractive visuals that keep kids engaged.
  • This app aims to develop the skills such as Memory, Visual Comprehension, Visual Discrimination, Visual Spatial understanding, Hand-Eye Co-ordination, Planning
  • Suitable for kids of age group 2-5 years.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities Review with our experience

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities

This app is suitable for kids from toddlers to preschoolers. My son who is a toddler and who is a fan of Hooplakidz YouTube channel loves the app because he is also in love with the characters Annie, Ben and Mango. He loves to play with his friends Annie, Ben and Mango through this app.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities Review

As I always watch what he is doing and the benefits of the programme before introducing anything to my kid, I found this HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities app is one of the best apps for toddlers which encourages them to learn. Activities are really educational and good way to teach how to solve puzzles or how to solve a maze before they learn to write.

I remember we did such activities at our junior grades. However, at the time we did such learning activities, we were schooling and we could write. But, now as a toddler, my son knows how to do such activities before he is skilled enough with writing. That is one of the biggest advantage for me, because now I know introducing activity books for him is easier for me as he knows how to solve such puzzles and activities. And in my side, I didn’t want to spend time on teaching him how to solve or how to engage with these educational activities. He self-learned while singing and playing with nursery rhymes.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities

After all, I really recommend using this app. See how your little ones improve with their ability of doing activities such as matching, solving maze and puzzles!

To download the HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities, please visit iTunes.

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities – Giveaway

The team at HooplaKidz is kind enough to giveaway 5 codes of this Nursery Rhyme Activities app for 5 readers of Diary of a New Mom blog. If you are with young kids, then try this opportunity. There will be 5 lucky winners selected and it is easy to enter.

Please use the below rafflecopter to enter into the giveaway. The main entry only needs you to leave a comment below. There are also other ways which you can earn more entries.

Good Luck!

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  • Once the Giveaway is over,I will share the winners here and in facebook page.I will also send email notification and promo code will be given for those who send a reply.
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Disclaimer: I received this app free in order to facilitate the review.All opinions are mine.

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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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10 Olympic Activities for Kids

Finally it is time to celebrate the Olympics with some great Olympic activities for kids! The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! Don’t forget, Olympics are a way of celebrating unity, friendship and peace. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about Olympics and cultivate the feelings of friendship and unity among the little minds.

If you are planning an Olympic themed family session, Olympic day or any celebrations, here are some Olympic activities for kids which you can’t miss. With some Olympic games for kids, you can sure make their day memorable. While you can use Olympic crafts for kids or Olympic activities for preschoolers, finally it is all about teaching them about unity and friendship.

Now until August 21st the whole world will be a buzz with Summer Olympics.Don’t forget that there is so much opportunity for learning and getting active with kids! Here are (a perfect) 10 tools to foster Olympic-worthy learning and help you host your own Olympics at home!

Tip: Use code GETREADY at Educents for free shipping on any order.

Learn About the Olympics

1. 2016 Summer Olympics Lapbook with Study Guide – Printable!

study guide

Get the details on all of the summer games, the history of the olympics, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Created by one of my favorite resources, Knowledge Box Central. Tip: You can print as many of these lapbooks for your family and friends to build knowledge and community while you watch the games. $5.

2. Summer Olympics Fun Pack – Printable!

SO fun pack

This pack has crosswords, medal tally sheets, coloring pages, and my favorite – a venn diagram comparing modern and ancient Olympics! A lot of punch in one downloadable package, making it a great start to learning fun with Olympics. Suitable for Pre-K – 5th grade levels. $4.75.

3. 2016 Summer Olympics Interactive Bundle – Printable!

Olympic Activities for Kids

Olympic Activities for Kids

There’s a little something in this bundle for everyone, from writing prompts, to coloring – great for the littles who need an activity while the group watches swimming. Suitable for 6-10 year olds. $4.99, down from $7.99.

 

4. Sporting Events Interactive Foldable Booklet- Printable!

Olympic Activities for Kids

For the avid sports – watching kiddos, this foldable game tracker allows them to track scores in each game for the summer 2016 Olympics. Use this as an opportunity to practice math based on their skill level – whose in first, second and third place? What percent is 4.8 out of 10? I love this handheld, interactive, printable tool! Just $1.

 

5. Summer Olympics Bingo!

Olympic Activities for Kids

Whether you’re planning a viewing party with other families, or you have a class full of excited viewers, this is a fun group activity for all ages. Bone up on olympic vocabulary with this classic game with a timely theme. Speaking of which, let the games begin! $2.

6. Olympics Online Unit Studies

Olympic Activities for Kids

For homeschoolers looking to mix things up this summer, this online course by 5-star reviewed Online Course features self-directed research projects, unit studies, and a deeper dive into the history and global meaning of the Olympic games. Great for elementary and middles school level kiddos comfortable with the internet. $15.

 

Host your Own Olympics at Home!

With these Olympic games for kids,you can easily host your Olympics at home!

7. Playground Balls

Olympic Activities for Kids

These classic rubber playground balls come in a set of three assorted designs. Inflate with standard pump and needle.

8. Scoop and Toss Game

Olympic Activities for Kids

Scoop and Toss Game features 2-15″ scoops and a softball-sized plastic ball can be used for a number of outdoor games including baseball, jai alai or catch. This would be a great game for field day!

9. Resistance Tunnel

Olympic Activities for Kids

Many children love the feel of climbing through the tunnel. Some of the benefits that can be realized are deep pressure input/touch, increased sense of body awareness, motor skills, balance, coordination, prone extension, and self regulation.

10. Play Ring Set

Olympic Activities for Kids

These fun play ring sets can be used in the yard, park, in the pool or at the beach! The big foam-ring paddles have a stretchy nylon center that make toss and catch games tons of fun.

I hope you will have fun time with these Olympic Activities for Kids.

May the best Olympians win!

 

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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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