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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.

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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!

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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!

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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)

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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

 

A Noisy DIY Balloon Drum for Kids with a Balloon Skin

Balloon drum is a fun project I do with my son. It is really easy and a great way to keep a toddler busy for few minutes. I usually use burst balloons to create drums, but a new balloons are good too. If the burst balloon is suitable and large enough to stretch over a tin or cup, then I use those to create a drum for him.

balloon drum

Balloon drum

For the balloon drums, I always use plastic cups, so I don’t have to worry about sharp edges of the tins. But, I guess it gives good sound with an empty tin than with a plastic cup.

Here is what we did to create this balloon drum.

Things that you will need:

A balloon

Empty can or a plastic cup

Elastic band/rubber band

Sticks (pencils are fine too)

How to make a balloon drum?

Making a balloon drum is really easy and it is a no brain task.

Simply cut the end of the balloon. Stretch the balloon over the tin or cup.

Use the elastic band to secure the balloon over the cup.

A balloon drum is done. Give it to your kid with a pair of sticks.

This is great as an earth day activity too as this project involve a burst balloon skin and an empty tin.

 

Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids #Review

Last few weeks we had a great time at our home. We practiced yoga! Yes, we both mom and son had great and fun time practicing yoga poses. It is good for me to be cheerful and to make my son active and cheerful! So, here are some of the moments from our yoga routine. If you are looking for yoga for toddlers, you’d love to read my experience with a toddler while practicing Mini Me yoga 15 minutes session.

We received the opportunity to follow Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids and in this post I want to share our experience and review of this kids yoga program.

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What is Mini Me Yoga?

Mini Me Yoga Review

Mini Me Yoga is a kids yoga and mindfulness program which empowers parents, grandparents and caregivers to train kids in a 15 minute yoga session. Currently there are over 200 ambassadors all over the world who practice and teach yoga for kids through a 2hr workshop.

As a preschool recognized yoga and mindfulness program, Mini Me Yoga creates fun activity time for kids while learning the yoga techniques including meditation and breathing exercises.

To follow Mini Me Yoga eLearning course, you don’t need any training or previous experience. It is really fun and it is really easy to learn the yoga poses with kids!

Here is our experience and review on 15 Minutes Mini Me Yoga Sessions

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler (Yoga for Toddlers)

**Disclaimer : We received Mini Me Yoga eLearning program  free to facilitate this review.However,all opinions are mine.
Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

This is his favorite yoga pose #yogafortoddlers

It is really exciting, fun and wonderful way to keep our son calm and happy. As he is still a toddler of 2 years plus in age, at the beginning I found it is bit difficult to keep him practicing in a pose. Instead he changed yoga poses as he likes. Most of the time he uses his favorite toys in both hands saying they all are practicing yoga!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Yoga poses with toys

But, that’s fine. Mini Me Yoga is all about creating exciting and cheerful environment for kids while introducing mindfulness and yoga poses. I continued practicing yoga each day without worrying about his eagerness of practicing yoga with his friendly toys.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Meditation time was really exciting for me. As a Buddhist, I really like to introduce meditation practices for my son, but previously I thought it is still too early. Surprisingly he loved the meditation pose and Oom sound together with breathing exercise. He loves to send positive vibes to his playgroup friends while practicing yoga at home.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Practicing kindness and compassion #yogafortoddlers

Well, he first sends positive thoughts to his toys. That is how we practiced yoga at our home while teaching kindness and compassion to my toddler with easy yoga poses for kids.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

He wants to teach yoga for his teddy too.(he is teaching how to sit cross legged.)  🙂

When it comes to photos, I have super shaky and not so nice photos. But with these photos you can imagine how active and cheerful my son is when we practice yoga!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

I tried several days to capture some good clear photos, but those were always shaky. So, pardon me. Instead you can see how this Mini Me Yoga program makes my kid so cheerful and exciting!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

He sometimes creates his own yoga poses too.

With our experience on practicing yoga with a toddler, I highly recommend Mini Me Yoga eLearning program for your kids. If you are looking for yoga for kids or yoga for toddlers, check Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids.

 

 

 

 

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

‘Five little ducks went swimming one day’ is a beautiful classic song which kids love. Instead of just singing it, we had funful toddler play time at our home.

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Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

My son loves this song and recently we bought small rubber ducklings to make his play time more active. This is one of the ways we used this classic song as a wonderful toddler play activity.

Five little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hills and far away!

I used a basket with water creating a small pond for my toddler and he played the game while singing .I combined this activity with storytelling together with counting and singing.

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

We used numbers while counting the ducks, so he practiced counting.

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

In to the water basket, I used bubble bath which gave him fun time and also feeling of sensory.
We also had mommy duck and daddy duck.

Finally,

Mummy duck said quack quack quack
None of the five little ducks came back!
Daddy duck said quack quack quack!
All the five little ducks came back!

He loved playing the game while singing and he loved the idea of hiding one duck each time.

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This is a great way to teach and practice counting, singing, math skills, sensory and imaginary skills for toddlers.

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Above all it is fun and keeps my child active and busy!

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