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Paper Animals

Paper Animals

PAPER ANIMALS

Down below I will be showing you how to make different types of animals using the basically the heart shapes.This is a fun craft that surely will be loved by kids.

Penguin 🐧

You will need:

– One big black oval shape (for the penguins base)

-A big white heart,(big enough to fit in the oval shape)

-Two black hearts (medium size)

-Two white circles and two small black circles (for the eyes)

-Two small orange hearts (for the feet)

-One orange triangle (for the nose)

-One small pink heart (optional)

Shapes Needed To Create A Penguin

 

Follow the steps below carefully to create the Penguin 🐧:

1.Take the oval shape and glue the white heart in the center.

2.On the side of the white heart stick the pink heart (this is an optional step)

3.To create eyes- Stick the black dots in the center of the white dots pasting them on the body

4. Place the orange triangle down below in between the eyes to create a nose

5.For flappers (hands)- stick the two black hearts in a 45 degree angle on the side of the penguins body

6.And lastly stick the feet using the two small orange hearts

In the end it should look like this

Penguin is ready

Lion 🦁

You will need:

-One big orange heart

-One medium size yellow heart (big enough to fit within the orange heart)

-One small black heart

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Instructions:

Glue the yellow heart upside down inside the orange heart

It’s Almost Done

Once done,add the black heart for the nose and mark two dots for the eyes.Create cutting on the edges for the hair and it’s done.

King Of The Jungle

A few other animals can be made using this technique like this mice

Mice 🐭

You will need:

-A big Grey heart shape (I didn’t have grey colored paper so used brown)

-A tail (Grey color as well to match the body)

-Two small hearts (one bigger than the other)(sticking them on top of the other) Big Heart- light Pink color the other Grey color

-Whiskers (Dark Pink)

-Goggle eyes

Instructions:

Fold the big grey heart into half,glueing the tail in between.(The pointed side of the heart will be the face of the mice 🐭).Once done with the basic step just add the hearts,whiskers and google eyes as in the picture below.

A rough mice made using the colored paper heart technique

Hope you enjoy making this craft as much as I did 🙂

5 Simple Activities

5 Simple Activities

5 SIMPLE ACTIVITIES TO KEEP TJE KIDS BUSY

Looking for some inexpensive/affordable and simple activities to keep your kids busy?! then listed below are 5 simple activities that I love doing with Princess Z and recommend doing too.These activities are a great way to keep the kids not only busy but make them enjoy their time as well as help them learn a lot of new skills.

Playing Hopscotch-This is every child’s favorite childhood game.I have played this my whole life and loved teaching Princess Z how it works.Playing hopscotch has its own benefits.Kids can learn skills like balance and coordination,body control as well as strength and stamina. Not only this, it teaches them how to work with strategy.Whether is indoor or outdoor this game can be enjoyed anywhere.

NOTE: Draw your own hopscotch with colored chalk in your backyard or buy one from ELC (Early Learning Center)

Foam Hopscotch from Early Learning Center

Collecting Stickers– A simple activity that can keep your child busy for hours.Sticking stickers provide a great opportunity for fine motor skills,pincer exercise and some logical thought patterns.There are ways of enjoying this activity and developing the fine motor skills : 1. Simply by just sticking stickers on a blank page, 2.Sticking them on different parts of body to learn their names or either by 3. buying sticker books (The ones like in the pic .below)This is on simple activity that can be done anywhere either at home 🏡 or on a plane ✈️ while traveling.

NOTE: Stickers are more fun when bought in different sizes and patterns (or can be of your child’s favorite characters).They can be found in any regular stationary/Daiso and sticker pads can be found at any regular toy store as well can be ordered online from mumzworld.com

Princess Z having fun with stickers
Reusable stickers pads.Can be played with anywhere

Doing Arts & Crafts– One thing Princess Z loves and so do I.Activities like arts and crafts not only provides immediate and lasting cognitive benefits, but also creates a unique bonding experience, which creates lifelong memories.It engages multiple brain areas and improve bilateral coordination,plus accelerates the development of muscles ,at the same time improves fine motor skills.Arts and crafts promotes social interactions that help develop language skills and social cognitive abilities.So get messy and get creative!.

NOTE: You don’t need to consider yourself ‘an artist’ to get creative.Art/Crafts can be made simple yet interesting.

Crafts can be done with anything around

Reading a StoryWho doesn’t like reading.Whether it’s reading a book during daytime or night time,stories sparks a child’s imagination, creates interest and helps with their brain development it also helps them learn the difference between ‘real’ and make believe’.Not only this reading also helps them become familiar with sounds,words and language.

NOTE: No matter what book it is!.Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together.

Reading books is always fun

Playing Puzzles– Puzzles are an important educational learning tool for young children as they provide many skills and benefits.Playing puzzles helps children learn problem solving skills.It develops their fine motor skills,and involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.  It provides a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem.Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.

NOTE: Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and topics and can be found in many educational stores as well as can be ordered online from mumzworld.com

Puzzles of different stages (beginners to advance level)

These activities are a great way to spend time together,have fun and learn as well as develop new skills.They don’t need a specific place to be done,(can be done anywhere) in your free time.

5 Must have Baby Products

5 Must have Baby Products

5 MUST HAVE BABY PRODUCTS  

If your a mama or a mama to be then listed below are the must have baby products according to me you should have at home in stock 🏡.I have used all of the products below and have been using them till date.

Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream-If you child is suffering from severe dry skin.(or dry patches on her body) Stelatopia Emollient Cream is the best solution.It soothes and nourishes the skin causing less irritation.Available at all leading pharmacies as well as at babyshop.
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Philips AVENT combined Baby Food Steamer and Blender Machine-Whether it’s making veggie purree for a one-year old or steamed vegetables for a grown up this product is a life-saver.Simply just pop the veggies in,steam,then turn the jug upside down and blitz.You mumz will love it and this product will surely make your life easier.(definitely a must have item).Healthy homemade baby food at your fingertips.Available at babyshop as well as on mumzworld.com
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Water Wipes-If only I knew about these before.Got introduce to these a few months back and seriously they are the best wet wipes you could go for.Totally natural and pure and chemical free with only two ingredients, 99.9% filtered water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.They are extra gentle and great for the baby’s sensitive skin.Available online at www.beautifulbrands.ae,miniexchange.com as well as on mumzworld.comimg_2180

Mothercare Baby liquid Talc-I have been against using raw baby powder since I found out that they cause ovarian cancer,since then I have been using the liquid talc from Mothercare.This talc soothes on as a liquid and dries to a soft,silky powder leaving your baby’s skin feeling soft.Available at all Mothercare stores.img_2181

Sudocrem-One of the best creams for rashes.I have been using it for a long time now and it really works.For those of you who don’t know Sudocrem is a medicated cream primarily used for nappy rash.It can also be used to treat eczemas,bedsores,acne and minor burns.Available at all leading pharmacies,babyshop as well as on mumzworld.comimg_2182

Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market

Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market

 MADINAT JUMERIAH CHRISTMAS MARKET 

Another Christmas event, The Christmas Market at Madinat Jumeirah is a must visit.An event that happens every year,Its a place where not only the kids but adults can surely enjoy and have fun.Heres our experience

We decided to go there on a weekday avoiding crowds.Arriving at around 4:30 we were all excited but the traffic around Madinat Jumeirah is bizarre.and it’s really hard to find parking inside so it took us almost half and hour 😖☹️to get inside.Anyway it was almost 5:00 when we reached.Seeing all the Christmas decoration and the Giant Christmas Tree Princess Z got really excited and couldn’t wait to experience at the attractions.

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So much of hard work put into this Christmas tree

The first thing I did was buy the tickets.(it’s exchanging cash for money tokens,using them as per the required price ).It usually gets crowded but the good thing about this year is that they made it a lot better by having several tickets counters around rather then just 1.After getting our tickets we lined up in the queue for the mini-train ride.As it was not crowded Princess Z turn came in fast. 😁

Note:The price for the mini-train ride 🚂is 15 Dhs (token money)per ride for 4 rounds

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Princess Z enjoying her ride

Next,was the snow park area,we had to go across for it via the link bridge.(another new feature this year)The queue here was very long.Princess Z is very impatient and doesn’t like standing in the line so she and her aunt went to grab some snacks while I waited in the line for her.Her turn to play came in after 25mins in waiting.Once she was in playing with the snow ❄️☃️I clicked some pictures waved and watched her from the outside.Every child is allowed only to play for 15mins so the time got over very fast and as I was hungry we went to grab a snack at one of the stalls.I don’t remember the name though but they had great eatables to offer.As being a fan of potatoes Princess Z and I had French fries for the time being.🍟.

Note:The snow park area costed us 25Dhs (token money)and a plate of French fries 25Dhs (cash)as well.

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Busy playing

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Then while eating we when for the gingerbread man decoration.The stall was a bit far from all the other attractions(had to take another link bridge).Once on the stall we went for 2 cookies,one gingerbread man and a Christmas tree.Handing them out on a plate with white pipping,some jellybeans and sprinkles to decorate.Decorating was Princess Z’s best part as she got to mess around.

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Gingerbread making stall
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Mr.Ginger ready to get Decorated
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Now ready to be eaten!!

There were 2 more attractions that we didn’t go for.One was the bungee jumping as Princess Z was too small for it and the boat ride across Madinat Jumeirah with Santa 🎅🏻 which Princess Z didn’t wanted to go for 😔.Later when we where done with everything that Princess Z wanted to do we strolled around the market area,looking at what the shops/stalls had to offer.Stopping as usual at the Lindt chocolate 🍫 stall and buying sweet treats for ourselves 😋.

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Level Kids Stall
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Lindt Chocolate Stall
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The Lindt Goodie Bag Princess Z got for herself

The day was spend well making new memories again this year.Princess Z enjoyed every moment here and can’t get enough of it.She will be visiting it again soon🎄😁

NOTE:The Christmas Market at Madinat Jumeirah is on till the 27th of December.
Do visit it before it ends!!!

Winter Collection

Winter Collection

Winter Collection

As winter is approaching it’s time to cuddle up the kids in their winter wear.Princess Z is not fond of jackets/or coats.So this year I thought of buying her warm clothes that make her feel comfortable and she doesn’t have to cover herself with layers.Whether your buying for your boys/girls…listed below are my Top 4 shops I highly recommend to visit and buy winter clothes from:

1.MARKS & SPENCER-If your looking for bright colors and lots of bling this winter than Marks & Spencer is a must visit.Having a lovely and a massive variety of winter collection for both boy and girls it was hard to go limited.(liked mostly everything they had ). The clothes are a bit pricey but they will surely last till next season.Here are a few items I picked and bought for princess Z.(She was happy to model in them too 🙂 )

P.S They have a great collection of winter sets for girls(long sweaters with stockings)

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Loved the color so bought this set for Princess Z

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE-If your looking for something more comfortable like track suits for your kids to keep them warm this winter than this is the place.It was hard to find something that fitted Princess Z perfectly here (Being taller than her age group and a bit skinny). The clothes were either lose or either short.But nevertheless they have a great variety of winter clothing specially track suits.Sizes ranging from 2T-7T.

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These are a few items I got for Princess Z

MOTHER CARE-Honestly I prefer buying from mother care during sale time as you get to save a lot.But Every branch according to me doesn’t have the same collection.They have a lot to offer from warm pajamas suits to jackets,sweaters,pullover and much more.This is one stop shop for all your winter needs.

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Girls collection
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Cute little Christmas outfits 🎄
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Boys collection

F&F- There are only a few outlets of F&F here in Dubai.They have great collection of jackets,sweaters,stockings as well a great variety of Christmas jumpers.I just bought a Christmas jumper from here for Princess Z this time as the things I liked didn’t have her size.P.S The sizes here sell out fast.

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The Frozen collection
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Season special collection
Do check these shops out for more winter collection and I hope this helps out to keep your kids warm this season.
Happy Winters 🙂