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Build-a-Bear Workshop Experience

Build-a-Bear Workshop Experience

OUR BUILD-A-BEAR EXPERIENCE

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After a few months of waiting..Princess Z finally got a chance this EID to experience and build her own bear at the Build-A Bear Workshop

This workshop is every kids favorite but for those of you who don’t know :

Build-A-Bear Workshop is the only company in the world that offers an interactive, make-your-own stuffed cuddly toy family experience! 

When you walk into a Build-A-Bear Workshop store you get to create your own cuddly toy, by choosing it, stuffing it, adding a sound and giving it a heart full of wishes. You can dress and accessorize it before making a personalized birth certificate and taking it home in its own special Cub Condo carrying case!

There are many Build-a-Bear Workshop stores here in Dubai but we decided to go to the DFC (Dubai Festival City) branch which we thought had the most options than anywhere else.

As we walked into the store I could see my little princess getting over excited 😆 with everything finding it hard to choose….but after a while of searching and deciding… Princess Z finally decided to go with the FROZEN (ELSA) TEDDY 👇🏻

The Frozen Collection

Next step was to chose her VOICE/SOUND…obviously as it was Elsa we went with the Let it go song…🎶

The STUFFING came in next….before sealing the Elsa teddy completely.We gave it a HEART ❤ (sealed with kisses and love) as well as added a BUBBLE GUM Smell (rubbing it against her and stuffing it in)….

Thus…The Elsa bear 🐻 was born ☺

Getting It Stuffed 🐻
Rubbing On The Bubble Gum Scent
Sealing In The Heart ❤

Next was Princess Z’s favorite part WASHING & DRESSING/ACCESSORIZING her Elsa Bear up..

Washing 🛁
Dressing Her Elsa Bear Up
Admiring Her ☺

Once everything was done we headed to one of the computers filled in the information… personalized and collected our Teddy’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE and headed to the counter for payment. 

Birth Certificate In Progress
Truly And Surely..

Total cost of our ❄🐻: 338 AED

*Note:everything is charged separately (accessories etc..) and prices may vary on selection 🙂

So happy to welcome a new member in our family…🐻This surely was a great experience for Princess Z and not only did she throughly enjoy it! We did too 🙂… 

I highly recommend going to the the DFC (Dubai Festival City) branch of Build-A-Bear Workshop…excellent service,super friendly and helpful staff… totally awesome 👏🏻 🙌🏻

*Great for kids over 4+ as they will be old enough to understand and enjoy this amazing experience.

Little Legends Introduces Worlds Best Education Curriculums

Little Legends Introduces Worlds Best Education Curriculums

LITTLE LEGENDS INTRODUCES WORLDS BEST EDUCATION CURRICULUMS

I was honored to be invited by Little legends the other day to the sports launch of little knickers and teddy tennis at Sportsmania JLT. This was the very first time Princess Z participated in outdoor sports or games and I was really happy to see her energy level and delication.Even though the weather was not on our side, we were having a great time nibbling on the snacks (provided by The Change Initiative & More Cafe) at the same time  watching our little ones participate. Heres all you need to know about the programmes to keep your kids actively busy at the same time entertained for hours

Play,Have Fun & Get Active

LITTLE LEGENDS

Little Legends was established to give pre-school and nursery children between the ages of 18 months to 7 years in the UAE an early opportunity to discover sports in a fun, welcoming and pressure-free environment.

That is why they have introduced two of the world’s best sports education curriculums; Little Kickers and Teddy Tennis.These two programs have been developed in the UK with the best and professional certified coaches, child experts and nursery school teachers in order to ensure that children are getting the best.

LITTLE KNICKERS

Little Kickers focuses football to children in a fun way.Aiming children between 18 months to 7 years.The program also provides many educational and important pre-school learning concepts such as colour and number recognition, sharing, teamwork, following instructions and using imagination.

Coach explaining the games
Little kickers postioning themselves for some fun
Having fun around

Little Kickers has four different football classes tailored to four different age groups:

* Little Kicks : 18 months – 2 yrs 3 months*
* Junior Kickers : 2 – 3 1/2 yrs
* Mighty Kickers : 3 1/2 – 5 yrs
* Mega Kickers : 5 – 7 yrs

and requires parent participation.

TEDDY TENNIS

Teddy Tennis is a curriculum based sports program developed in the UK that inspires children aged 2 to 6 years to get active and learn to play tennis. It works by combining Music, Pictures and Teddy Bear Characters into a totally interactive learning adventure that young children love.

It is taught using the Visual Auditory Kinesthetic (VAK) learning style. Applying this learning approach to teaching has proved to be very effective, particularly for young children and works brilliantly in Teddy Tennis lessons – they’ll see it, they hear it, they do it and they get it!

The coach explaining the game Honey Racket Sandwhich
Second game to go Banana Split
and the last one Danny Swing Technique

Teddy Tennis has seven different tennis classes tailored to the following age categories and levels:

* Tiny Teddies : 2 – 3 yrs (beginners only)
* Teddy Teams : 3 – 4 1/2 yrs (beginners, improvers, intermediate)
* Teddy Teams : 4 1/2 – 6 yrs (beginners, improvers, intermediate)

Tried and testing in over 20 countries across 5 continents, and with over 50,000 kids, these activities are also proven to aid the child’s early development skills and give them an opportunity to build and improve their self-confidence.

To know where and when the classes are offered or to make booking visit the link below 👇🏻

https://www.littlelegends.ae/bookings

Alondra Baby Collection

Alondra Baby Collection

ALONDRA BABY COLLECTION

I had the opportunity to visit the O concept store and have a look at the amazing Alondra Baby collection just launched for the first time in the UAE. For those of you who don’t know…Alondra is a Spanish brand, which started in the middle of the 80’s by manufacturing baby accessories. but after a successful decade, the company shifted its focus to the production of baby furniture and bedding.

The brand ALONDRA in other parts of the world have become an internationally recognized leader in the field of nursery equipment over the last few years.The success is definitely based on several factors: innovation, striking designs, high quality and impeccable finishes.

Present in more than 50 countries, and offering a vast variety of products Alondra has managed to earn the trust of more than 800 partners worldwide.With keeping the comfort in mind, Alondra Baby collection surely strives with amazing looking products and the latest design trends into the baby rooms.

Here’s a little glimpse of the Alondra collection.

ALONDRA CRIBS COLLECTION

Alondra Baby Collection
Easy To Move Around With Four Wheels Installed With Brake Locks
Available In A Vast Variety Of Colors

ALONDRA KIDS TEPEE TENT

The Extra Cosy Teepee

ALONDRA COT COLLECTION

Each Alondra cot collection is designed elegantly  and beautifully,transforming and serving a different purpose according to a child’s age.

Alondra Kurve Cot

Such an elegant design

The Kurve turns from a cot to a handy toddler bed, to a desk.With contemporary cool style, this design adds a simple yet an elegant style to the nursery with its stunning good looks in bold white and warm oak tones, rounded corners and polished chrome steel feet.

That’s some serious transformation from a single piece of nursery furniture!

Alondra Maths Cot

It’s All About Adding Colors To The Nursery

These cots are ideal for limited spaces. You can combine them with a bath – changing unit, which will provide you with additional storage options.

This stylish baby cot converts into a toddler bed with by simply replacing one of the side panels with the safety guard included. Its contemporary and iconic design comprises a high gloss finish, premium quality materials and available is in various colours.

Alondra Joy Cot

From Baby to Kid to Junior Bed

This cot is ideal for trendy parents who look for design, safety and quality in the same product. Once the baby outgrows the cot, it can be assembled as a small bed, which lengthens its useful life before the child sleeps in a junior bed. Mattress, textiles and decoration items not included though but this is one ideal piece of furniture that parents would seek for.

Not only this Alondra Baby collection has a variety of other good-looking products to offer like bath changers, accessories, decor and bags textiles and Mattresses as well.

This brand has surely become my favorite with its stylish and simple yet elegant designs too sad that my daughter has already passed her toddler stage and I have no plans for any more kids

But nevertheless,to check out the whole wonderful collection and know more about it do visit the website https://www.alondra.ae

or just Pop In the O concept in Jumeirah.

for overseas visit http://www.alondrababy.com

Primary Love Language

Primary Love Language

FIND YOUR CHILDS PRIMARY LOVE LANGUAGE

Last week I attended a very interesting workshop in Princess Z’s school.The workshop was called ‘Find your child’s primary love language’ which was all about helping us (parents) to find out our child’s primary language for more love,confidence,safety,and success.

Two professional and experienced speakers
Dr.Monica MendesClinical Psychologist and Cindy can de MeeksPersonal and Professional Coach from The Valiant clinic were presented to speak in detail about this topic.Before I talk about it in more details let me tell you a bit more about The Valiant Clinic.

Spanning across 15,000 sqm and located at City Walk.Valiant Clinic is part of a vibrant residential and retail destination.It is managed and operated by the Houston methodist global health care services.It is an outpatient center for health checkup in the region with having a preventive and proactive approach to wellness and health management.They provide diagnostic services across a range of medical specialities supported by cutting edge technology and innovation that guarantee a superior patient experience.

Moving on, you all must have heard about Gary Chapman the author behind the famous book series The 5 love languages.Today I will be talking about those 5 primary love languages I learnt myself during the workshop

Like Mr.Chapman says. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best.

Each child, expresses and receives love through one of the five different communication styles .Your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite.

It is  highly important to uncover your child’s love language in order for you to fill up his/her love tank by feeling loved by you.

The Five Love Languages of Children, Dr.Rose Campbell and Gary Campbell discovered was that children understand love in five basic ways: physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts and acts of service. If you have several children, chances are they each understand love in a different way.

Often parents think that the ideal is to treat each child in the same way. However, a hug means more to some children than to others. So, for example if each child gets a hug, some actually receive more than others. Discovering the primary love language of each child is the key to effectively communicating love.Every child has a special way of receiving love.Take a look below at the 5 primary love languages: 👇🏻.

5 Primary love language
1.Receiving Gifts
2.Physical Touch
3.Acts Of Service
4.Quality Time
5. Words of Affirmation- This was my result

One of these five is the primary love language of your child. If you don’t speak that language, your child will not feel loved. Loving children effectively requires parents to express love in a language that the child understands.The ideal is that children learn to receive and give love in all five languages. This prepares them for good relationships as adults. Your example is the most effective method of teaching. Love your children effectively and they will learn to love others.

Follow the link below and take the 5 Love Languages official assessment to discover YOUR love language and begin improving your relationships.

Discover your love language here

*Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others…..

Also,do let me know in the comments below about your love language 👇🏻

5 Indoor Games

5 Indoor Games

5 INDOOR GAMES THAT KIDS CAN ENJOY DURING SUMMER 

Dubai summer is intolerable and so we tend to spend more time indoors.

Below are 5 extraordinary games that I have enjoyed playing with Princess Z and am pretty sure you will enjoy and will definitely keep your kids entertained this summer

Guess Who?
Many of you might have heard about this game and the many forms it comes into.We went with the detachable board game.👇🏻

5 Indoor Games
Guess Who?

How to Play?
A guessing game.Where each player choosing a character or an animal.Then each opponent player has to guess the character while asking yes or no questions to eliminate.For example does your character have brown hair? or does your animal have whiskers?.The player will then eliminate the character/animals by closing the doors of those images until ones left.The first one to discover the mystery person/animal wins .

With detachable boards this is a fun game to enjoy at home or during traveling.

Suitable for kids 6+
2 players

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Looping Louie
This game is all about protecting your chicken from a dizzy driver Louie👇🏻

Loopin’ Louie!

How to Play?
Switch on the game and see the airplane drop down and spin.When the airplane comes near to your chickens tokens,save them by pressing the paddle to flip him out of the way.He will fly in circles and loop the loop.Try aiming him towards other players chicken.The last player to have any chicken tokens left wins.

Note: This game needs assembling as well as batteries to work.

Suitable for kids 4+
2-4 players

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Pop! Pop! Piñata
Who doesn’t love piñatas.This game is just like popping a real piñata open.

Pop Pop! Pinata

How to Play?
There are two ways of playing this game (we play the second option mostly).
But firstly put the prizes in and spin the piñata to mix the prizes inside

First way of playing is hitting the piñata gently by pressing the party disc hit button on the bottom.The piñata will stay closed and only a few prizes will come out.Put the prizes in the cup and then it’s the next players turn.If the other player splits open the piñata you win!.

The second way of playing is by hitting the piñata harder and popping the prizes out.Like just a real piñata…everyone races to put the prizes in their cups.The player with the most prizes wins.

This game requires assemble and will be loved by all.
Note: contains small parts so definitely not suitable for children under 4
2-4players

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Memory Game
Ohh how Princess Z loves this game.Shes a big fan of Dora the Explorer so we bought her a Dora and Friends memory cards game from a local shop

Dora The Explorer Memory Game

How to Play?
Everyone knows how to play this game but will still tell you 😉.Flip the cards over two at a time to uncover,match the most pairs and the player with the most cards wins.

This game includes 72 cards in total…( 3 sets in purple,yellow & pink color)

This is a picture memory game so no reading. required.
Ages 3+
1 or more players

Bingo
Even though Princess Z is just 4 she plays this game really well and enjoys it.Everybody loves this number game specially when you get the first row of numbers and are the first one to say ‘Bingo’ 😉

How to Play?
Includes a number chart, x36 number cards and bingo chips.Its simple just pronounce one number at a time and place a bingo chip if you have it on your number card.If you complete a row shout out ‘bingo’.Even though this is a bit though for children below 6 it’s a great way for improving their number recognition skills.

Tip: When saying the number break it down to make it easy for the child (if they are playing along) like for example: instead of saying forty two (42), say four two forty-two (42).This will help the kids recognize the numbers without any help 😊.

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There are many other games that can be enjoyed indoors,So take some time out and keep yourself and your kids busy with these fun games during summer.