Monday, March 21, 2016

Home Made Non-Toxic Paint for Toddler

It's summer time.  Time of relaxation, travelling and even a learning workshop for kids to help them develop their skills and boost their confidence. But if your kids are like ours, who is too young to join in summer camps or workshops, as "they said" no worries, you can create your own summer workshop in the comfort of your own home in a more practical way.  Whether sport, music, swimming, dance, or even art workshop such as making Home Made Non-Toxic Play Dough Who will be the facilitator, trainer, teacher, and organizer?  Us, the parents.

For sure you wouldn't disagree with me if I will say that it's one of our primary responsibilities as a parents to educate our children, and in line with that,  it is also our role to know their interest, learning style and personality.

By our intentionally spending quality time with them, they also develop a self-confidence which will help them to comfortably interact with adults, to socialize easily, and make friends. 

One of the most convenient and practical ways of creating a fun and educating environment at home is through Art Work.  In our case, we love creating our own materials from scratch aside that it's less expensive, we also assured the safety of our child.  

Today, we decided to make our own Non-Toxic & Water Soluble Paint with our toddler.  Our main ingredients were Baking Soda, Food Color and Water which are things you can get from your pantry.  Since this was our first attempt, it became a trial and error but the procedure was quite simple.   
  • First, prepare your heart.  This will be a messy activity and much messier with the help of your toddler.  
  • Second, prepare all the ingredients.  Choose the Food Color you want to use. Engage your toddler by allowing them to choose colors.  Abigail chose green, orange and brown.  
  • Measure 3/4 cup of water, then add two drops of Food Color.  Mix it well, set aside.  Measure 1/4 cup of Baking Soda, and then add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredient.  Mix it well.  
  • Finally, choose your canvass.  Make sure that your toddler understands your instructions.  In our case, I showed Abigail a couple of strokes of the paint in the wall using the paint brush, then we let her hold the brush, and freely paint the wall.  Our presence is a must to guide and encourage them but not to control them.  Be reminded that our child's natural curiosity is our first resource.  Children lose their joy for learning when they are always told what they should learn and how they should learn [it]. -Debra Bell cited from Joy Tan-chi Mendoza.  
Tip:  You can adjust the measurement of your Baking Soda, Water and even the Food Color to achieve your desired consistency but make sure to avoid your mixture becoming too watery or too thick. 

This kind of activity helps Abigail to develop her Fine Motor Skills.

What is Fine Motor Skills? 

Fine Motor Skills are small movements of the hands and fingers.  To pour milk into a glass, button a sweater, draw a picture, or print one's name are some examples. These skills are complicated accomplishments that require motor control and coordination with the visual system.  The development of fine motor skills during early childhood is a source of considerable pride and feeling of accomplishment.  These skills are important steps toward independence that develop in early childhood.  -Life Span Development:  Infancy through Adulthood (Steinberg, Bernstein, Vandell, & Rook, 2010).

At an early age, Abigail became aware of basic colors.  She could distinguish colors when she was 21 months.  Right now she can identify the colors red, orange, yellow, green,brown, purple, blue and even pink.  In closely monitoring her, we learned that she is a visual learner and even auditory.  Her daddy evaluated her first paint work.  He said that it looks like a dancing flowers. Actually what I saw in her work was a repetitive stroked of lines, going up, and down right but closely intertwined with one another.  

Witnessing her milestones in the comfort of our home is a privilege for which we are most thankful to God.  Remember learning should be fun, safe, and enjoyable. 

Prepare a Food Color of your Choice
Mixed the Baking Soda with the Food Color and Water

Transfer the Non-Toxic Paint Mixture into an Eggs Tray
Its Okay to Get Messy!!!
Abi on her Silly Face!!!
Mixed, mixed, mixed!!!
Choose Your Canvas!  
Guide your child, but give her some moment to explore. 
No worries, its a water soluble paint.  
Paint, paint & paint!!!

Abigail with Daddy!

Abigail's first wall canvass

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Home Made Non-Toxic Play Dough

Educating our child's at home in a most convenient, practical, safe and enjoyable way is always on top of our priority list as parents.

Helping her to master the basics that she would need in life like the ability to read, comprehend, communicate clearly, and do critical thinking and problem solving are the essentials we would like her to develop.  

But there is a minor problem if not address properly will snatch-away the time that we must intentionally spend to our child and that is the busyness of this world.  Plus us unknowlingly giving her to become hipnotized by easy-to-access modern gadgets powered by high-speed internet technology like android phone in which you will be amazed that even a toddler like her can easily operate.

The truth be told, there is an alarming negative side effects on letting our child to be a "gadget child".  Yes a gadget in her hands might settle her at the corner of our house and become busy watching youtube videos like approved to general audience "finger family" or playing a game app in which lessens their time to be clingy with us.  But come to think of it, this gadget on our child's hands actually interferes with the talk time between us and our Abigail that might result "according to study and research" to a language skills deficit or delayed language skills as commonly called by others.

So, the good thing was during Abigail's Bible Study Fellowship Class one of their teacher brought her home made non-toxic play dough and  let the toddlers played with it.  I found it a good alternative for our child to develop a new habit of learning in an enjoyable way.

 Barrowing the line from Joyce Meyer:

"One of the ingredients of forming good habits and breaking bad ones is focusing on what you want to do and not on what you want to stop doing"

After asking Abigail's teacher about the ingredients of this home made play dough, I immediately mentioned it to my husband.  And started making our own.

Aside that its easy to make, all of the ingredients can be easily find even in your pantry.  So what are you waiting for, make your kids their own play dough too.  Here are the ingredients and procedures to follow:

A mixture of 2cups of all purpose flour &
1cup of sea salt
Dissolved Food Color in 1/8 cup of Water (each bowl)

Food Color
Choco Brown,  Green,  Blue,  Egg Yellow
Mixed 1/2 cup of dry ingredient with the wet ingredients mixture 
Mixed Thoroughly with a Spatula


Kneading, Kneading,  Kneading!
Kneaded Play Dough Balls

Finished Product, Non-Toxic Home Made Play Dough
Use Ziplocked Plastic Bag to Preserve the Elasticity
and Freshness of the Play Dough

Monday, February 29, 2016

Aroma Beach Resort's Ed's Birthday

Psalm 90:12 (ESV)
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Its been a big accomplishment on our part, Joshua, Abigail and I to invest our time celebrating the 46th birthday of my older brother Kuya Edwin. These past days, we've been praying and thinking how to shared our lives to our family and valuing our relationship with them.  And gladly my brother agreed to celebrate his special day with us at one of the simplest beach situated in Cavite, the Aroma Beach Resort.  

To see and to feel and to know one another is doing well and is to appreciate and to prosper. "For He has set eternity in the heart of man, so that there is a limit to the heart." 

Old Model Bus on Route to Naic, Cavite
Family & Friends
At the entrance of Aroma Beach Resort
Tropical, Coastic Nipa Style Huts 
Sandy Play Ground for Kids
Hubby Preparing the Charcoal Grill
Us, the Haltom's
Baby Girl Abi with her Buddy, Daren!
Bright Eyes
Simply Nature
At the Kiddie Pool with Abi
The Fisherman Coast
Jhess & Tita Cora
Daren & his Mom
Chow Time!  Yum!
The Sweetest thing is to enjoy life with Joshua
Father & Daughter with Daren
The Birthday Man with Hubby and Buddy!
Tita Jhess & Bright Eyes
Family & Friend
The Beauties
Rare Picture of Us!
The Heaven's Declare the Glory of God.