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Oli Oli Edutainment Center

Oli Oli Edutainment Center

OLi OLI EDUTAINMENT CENTER

It was a pleasure to be invited to the sneak peak preview of Oli Oli before it opened its doors to the public 2 weeks ago.There are only a few places in Dubai that the whole family can enjoy indoors during Summer and Oli Oli (meaning Joy in Hawaii), has become one of them.Dubai’s first interactive museum and located in Al Quoz (beside Oasis Center) is hours of fun.Me,my sister and my 4 year old princess had a great time exploring and experiencing the activities through the 8 galleries of Oli Oli museum

Read through and you will know why spending three and an half hour there was the best time investment of our day.

When we entered the museum our first stop was the Air Gallery,where we learned about the power of Air.The main attraction of this gallery was the wall of tubes which was all about putting in pieces of orange and pink pieces of fabric,through one side of the tube and seeing them being blown away through and out of the tubes.Not only this there were many more interesting things to do like flying away paper planes,getting a ball through a circle with the power of air,the hurricane stimulater and much more.

Making Her Way To The Air Fan

 

The Main Attraction of The Air Gallery
Princess Z and I Trying The Hurricane Stimulater

Our next stop was the Toshi Net.Built by the Japanese artist Toshiko MacAdam.This structure took almost an year to built and is made out of brightly colored crocheted and knitted nylon weighting almost a 1000 kilos in total. I wasn’t allowed to go inside (no adults are allowed inside the structure due to weight and height restrictions) but it was great to msee Princess Z enjoying her time jumping,climbing and swinging around it.

The Handmade Toshi’s Net
Princess Z Making Her Way Through

Next came the Creative Lab where princess Z and I built a robot 🤖 to draw on the page for us while my sister made one for herself on the other side of the table.How we built one was the interesting part..Firstly we chose a base (a plastic jar or a little box),them taped around markers (as many colors as we like) then came in the machine which made the robot move around.Once we were done we moved on to the other section of the lab the Construction Section where we built a star together using sticks and rubber bands.

The Robot We Created
The Beautiful Creations
The Star We Created With Sticks & Rubber Bands
All The Different Creations

Before moving on we grabbed a bit at the La Petite Tree House Cafe.

The Tree House Cafe
Loved The Interiors Specially The Hanging Plant Crates

Then we made our way to the upper floor of the museum…moving in towards the room with black curtains called Future Park.This room was all about spending time coloring pictures of sea animals or cars scanning them on a scanner and seeing them appear on the digital wall.Princess Z had a lot of fun spotting her creation and following their journey from one end to another swirling,twirling and moving along with them .Not only this we also played with the glow in the dark balls on the other side of the room.

Princess Z Coloring Her Page
Getting Her Picture Scanned For The Digital Wall
Following Along

The room where we spent the most time was Cars&Ramps, where we build Cars from Lego to slide them down the ramps and hoops.Unfortunately we didn’t succeed in getting our cars through the hoop but it was great to see the effort my daughter and the other kids around were putting in to modeling  their cars.

Princess z and My Creation 🇦🇪
Ready To Be Tested

Next on the other side was the Toddler Room.Even though my daughter is not a toddler anymore she enjoyed her time playing around with wooden toys and building a house with the material provided (like pieces of textiles,hooks and ropes).Not to forget the Quiet Room where the little ones can take a nap whenever necessary.

Toddler Play Area
Building A house With the Extra Friendly Staff

The last space we visited was the Water Space where Princess Z had a blast playing around with water.This place was all about washing cars,shooting canon balls with the force of water,watching whirlpools and getting soaked in the rain 🌧.

Car Washing 💦
Experimenting With Water

IMP Note: its always great to carry extra pair of clothing as there are high chances of getting wet while having fun.

Here are some more pictures of us from the day

Every Corner Is Full Of Fun
Enjoying Playing Her Xylophone

Oli Oli is surely an entertaining place with lots of edutainment things in every corner for the whole family.The prices might be a bit high but worth all the fun.

Every Corner Is Full Of Art -Bird Houses
Jelly Fish Umbrellas ☂

Recommended ages for children : 2-11 years old

Ticket Prices:
AED 120 for 2 hours or 150 for 3 hours
Toddlers pay half and children 1-2 years enter free..
Accompanying adults pay AED 40

Opening Hours:
Sat-Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
Thurs-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm

Visit website to know more http://www.olioli.ae

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 👇🏻

Easter Fun Crafts

Easter Fun Crafts

EASTER FUN CRAFTS

As Easter just round the corner.Here are some of my favorite and super easy crafts that can be done at home or at school.

Paper Bunny
This is a super duper easy craft paper bunny craft that can be made not only on Easter but any time of the year.

You will need:

-Blue/Pink construction paper
-white paper
-Scissors
-wiggly eyes
-glue
-black marker

Step 1 : Cut 4 long strips of paper (length wise of the A4 sized paper) and 4 shorter strips of paper (width wise of the A4 sized paper).

Step 2 : Take the 2 long strips and glue them together making a cross.Glue the other 2 long strips, making a snowflake. (Do the same with the short strips)

Step 3 : Take the “snowflake” with long strips and start forming a paper ball.By gluing
the strips together, forming loops, until all strips are glued together and you get a nice looking ball.
(Do the same with the short strips “snowflake”.)

Now you got two sized paper balls.

Step 4 : Glue the paper balls together.

Step 5 : Cut the ears out of blue paper.
(Also cut a smaller set out of pastel pink and glue it inside the blue ears)

Step 6 : Cut a snout and draw a nose.
Also cut teeth out of white paper and draw a line in the middle with a black marker. Glue the teeth on the snout.

Step 7 : Glue the ears and the snout on the head (smaller ball) part of the bunny.

Add two wiggle eye stickers.

and your super easy Paper bunny is ready to be displayed

Pictures To Guide

Note: Follow the same process to make the pink paper bunny. 🐰

Easter Egg Decorating
All you need here are a few Easter eggs cutouts and let your kids paint ,color or stick stickers on it free hand.Creating colorful Easter eggs of their own.

All You Need For Creating Easter Eggs
Egg Decorating Can Be Done With Any Kind Of Medium.

P.S – These eggs can be strung together creating a garland or can be glued on a Easter card.

Craft Stick Puppets
These is a super cute craft.Great! to decorate cupcakes or easter baskets.

All you will need:

-craft sticks (either colored or plain)
-white or yellow pipe cleaners
-white or yellow paint
-google eyes
-markers
-scissors
-glue

Step 1: Start by coloring the craft stick. Let them dry. (If you are using colored sticks then skip this step)

Step 2 : Cut out the head shapes, round one from yellow construction paper for chick 🐥 and white circle with ears for the bunny 🐰.

Step 3 : Draw (or glue) the beak, nose and ears. Stick on a pair of googly eyes (or draw them).

Step 4 : Place the craft sticks at the centre of the pipe cleaner. Start wrapping the pipe cleaners around them, twisting them on the back side of the craft stick.
When you’re half way through, make the wings by making the loop, as shown on the image above, twisting it a few times at the bottom of the loop (near the craft stick). Continue wrapping the pipe cleaner until you are done (cut it if it’s too long). Tuck the loose end under the wrapped pipe cleaner.

Follow Each Step Carefully!

Step 5: Stick on the face and you have your Easter craft stick puppets 🙂

Craft Stick Bunny 🐰 and Chick 🐥

Wishing you all a very HAPPY EASTER 🐣🐇🐰.

10 Common Words

10 Common Words

10 COMMON WORDS TO SAY TO KIDS EVERYDAY 

Use these 10 words of encouragement and affirmations to inspire your kids throughout the day.Making them feel confident and as well as help them take on new challenges in life.

I LOVE YOU ❤️- During bedtime or during the day this is something that need to be said several times of the day,everyday.When the kids know they are loved, they know they have someone to trust and protect them. In short ‘LOVE IS ALL THEY NEED’ 😊.

YOUR THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED – We (moms) know that giving birth 🤰is the best feeling and the best thing that every happened to us,why not let our kids know that as well.

IM PROUD OF YOU – One of the best ways to let our kids know we are proud of them more often is to intentionally see them doing something good. For example finding their improvement in anything they do ,play sports, practice an instrument etc.It would be great if we showed them pride on a regular basis.

YOUR SO GOOD! – Did an activity on their own and the right way.Praising them on their achievements increases their motivation.

YOU CAN ASK FOR HELP? – Asking for help comes naturally. They need help with everything.But as they grow up, it can become warped.Children need to learn to voice their needs at home.Those kids are more likely to stand up for themselves in other situations and are also less likely to be taken advantage of.They need to understand that they can always seek support and comfort for their frustration,helping them learn how to self-regulate their emotions and stay calmer.

WE ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN? RIGHT? – If you find a way to make the most of every moment that you have with your kids, you will not only be a wonderful parent, but you will also be teaching your kids how to be good adults and wonderful parents themselves someday.Show your children how important your time with them is,making them remember the fun times they spend with you.

IM LISTENING 👂🏻 – No matter how busy we are throughout the day listening to our kids is the most important thing of all. If you want them to listen to you, you’ll need to first listen to them.Listen to your children when they want to talk, have strong feelings or have a problem.Listening is a skill that will help any parent communicate better with his or her child.

NEVER BE AFRAIDIM HERE  – Caressing them and telling them that there is nothing to be afraid of will leave a huge impact on them (letting them know that mom/dad are always there to protect them (even in their dreams).

YOUR SO HELPFUL – We wouldn’t mind a few helping hands..would we? 😵I know chores for kids is less cleaning and more messing around 🙈 but appreciating,even their little help can make a difference in their lives.No matter if it’s not done properly we can always make it right and make them learn later.

WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU HAVE DONE 👍🏻- Whether it’s just finishing a puzzle or a coloring page. Kids love being appreciated.The smile and the proudness they will have on their face after these words will surely be capturing. 🙂

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under 130

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under 130

MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS UNDER UNDER 130 AED

Here are my top 5 perfect affordable gifts ideas under 130 to celebrate and make this Mother’s Day special

Flowers from Joi Gifts – Joi Gifts is an online gifting website in the Middle East.It offers a variety of flowers at affordable prices.The flowers here are freshly hand-picked and arranged in a diligently way in vases,hand bouquets,boxes or bags.With no delivery charge and on time delivery.This is one place where I totally recommend ordering flowers from.Plus,the website is easy to browse and the App can be downloaded on Android and iOS.

Mothers day
5 Red Roses in a Vase 99 AED

Flower arrangements starting from just 99 Dhs

For the full range of flowers visit their website: www.joigifts.com

Bath and Body Products– Who doesn’t love a relaxation bath 🛀 after a hectic day.The best way to relax and spend some time alone.All mama’s love it.There are many bath and body products available at affordable prices in the market but my favorite ones are Bath Bombs by Lush and Zoella products.(We all love them …don’t we!)Theses irresistible scented products can totally transform the bath into an indulgent experience in which one would love to lie back, relax and enjoy.

Mother’s Day Special ‘For Mum’ Gift Set 130 AED

Visit Lush Stores to check out their special range for Mother’s Day.

Zoella Soak Opera Shower Cream 49 AED

Check out the full range of Zoella products at Virgin Megastore or order them online via: www.virginmegastore.ae

Travel Mugs-If your planning to make Mother’s Day a bit of fun ,and if your mama is a coffee/tea ☕️lover then these fancy travel mugs from Spoontiques will totally be the perfect gift for her.

Spoontiques Wonder Women Travel Mug 79 AED
Spoontiques I’m Too Sexy GrandMother Travel Mug 59 AED

Check out the full range at www.virginmegastore.ae

Cosmetics – Looking good is in everyone’s agenda these day.Below are a few cosmetics from Sephora that might be perfect and useful for the mama’s this Mother’s Day.

Urban Decay AfterGlow 8-Hour Powder Blush (available in 8 different shades) 129 AED
Smash Box Be Lengendary Matte Lipstick (available in bold reds,pinks,sultry berries and neutrals) 125 AED

Check out www.sephora.com for more information

Or if she has enough cosmetics but don’t have space to keep them then these bags by Zoella can be the perfect gift to store them

Zoella Favourite Things Coral Bag 79 AED.Check out the full collection at www.virginmegastore.ae

Sweet Treats– If your looking out for something different and sweet this Mother’s Day then eclair.ae is surely the place to check out.Located in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) and Citywalk 2.It is dedicated to the world of eclairs.It offers massive variety of flavors with the option of regular or mini eclairs.The pastries are light and baked to perfection, filled with an ideally balanced delicious filling. It’s temptation, creates bursts of flavor in every mouthful.😋

Dig in the box of 6 mini- eclairs for just 60 Dhs or try out their special gift box of 6 mini-eclairs for 80 Dhs

The World of Delicious Eclair

Visit the website www.eclair.ae for more information on their take-away menu and flavors.

There are many other things that can make Mother’s Day extra special and are absolutely FREE 😊

Giving out a lot of Hugs & Kisses,and some special messages (I Love You,Thank You,I Am Sorry,……..).

Doing all of the Housework-(so mama can relax and enjoy her day watching television).

The Laundry– managing to collect and washing all of the laundry for the day.

Cooking something special-(maybe making moms favorite dish for dinner).

Mother’s Day is all about remembering and appreciating the time,the love,the blessings that our moms gave us when we were young and returning and making them feel extra special on this day.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Super Mama’s in advance!