Macarons or Macaroni?

Just a week ago, little milkie suddenly told me that she wanted to eat macaroni. So I replied and told her that we will cook it someday and she gladly agreed. A few days later, I brought back a few macarons and she was so happy and shouted, “Macaroni!”.

That was when I realised that she had gotten the names mixed up! So here I am, trying to correct it and what better ways are there compared to cooking the macaroni and eating both at the same time!

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So I bought the macaroni and cheese the next day and started preparing. It’s not difficult as there’s some instructions at the side of the box.

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You simply pour it into a pot and put water in it, and boil for about 10 minutes or when it’s soft enough. Then drain off the water and you are good to go!

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First we poured the Cheese in, and then the Milk and Margarine. We had fun learning the words too because all of them starts with the letter M or C, which is what we are learning!

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Slowly, mixed them all up.

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And we’ve got a Happy kid enjoying her macaroni and cheese, and learning the difference between macarons and macaroni!

Tell me, I’ll forget.

Show me, I’ll remember.

Involve me, I’ll understand.

Magical Ribbon Wand

Abracadabra! Let me have 48 hours a day!

How I wish I have that amount of time… to spent time with my family and children, to do the things that I love, at the same time to work (the same number of hours) for money.

Well, it doesn’t seem to be happening but nonetheless it doesn’t mean that I have to remove those magical from the kids. After all they are kids and they ought to have some imagination!

Luckily, I managed to dug up some items from my trash area! I called it trash because it really is like a trash area now. Will have to find some time to clear it up but I’ll leave the details for another day.

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So now, I got myself 2 thin sticks (you can use a thicker one to replace it), 4mm ribbons, double sided tape, scissors and craft glue.

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I started by wrapping the sticks with ribbon. Securing it with the tape at the start and end.

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Then I cut some ribbons. 3 for me, of different colours and about 60cm long.

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Folded into half and use the end to go through the loop. Remember to put the stick between it and secure it with either the tape or craft glue.

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Repeat for the other ribbons and you are done! Let’s do some Magic now!

BLING! *POOF!*

Counting the Money

Okay, I admit that it probably is my problem but playing cashier kind of game (shops, buying and selling) for the past 4 years where everything cost either $1 or it’s free, can be quite boring at times. So since I have a little more time to spare yesterday, I decided to play the game with milkie, except that it’s not going to be that easy. And you know what, I thought I might as well use the real money to teach her how to count it!

So I went about printing and cutting out snippets of paper showing different amount. Then I brought out a bunch of coins and put in front of her.

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Firstly I got her to sort the coins into groups. This was easy and she took only a while to sort it into groups but when I asked her which one is the $1, she pointed the 10¢ to me! Oops.

Anyway, I repeated quite a few times before she got all the names right. Then I went about showing her the paper and asking her to put the correct amount using the coins.

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Took her a while to get it right and get the hang of it.

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After this, we proceeded to the fun part. Role-playing!

She’s the cashier while I am the shopper. She proceeded with putting items up for sale.

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And then I went to her shop to buy the items while she told me how much it cost. For the first round (yup,…), I acted as an old lady who has very poor vision and couldn’t count my money. So I asked the nice cashier to count for me. For the second round, we repeated the same thing and for this time, she did it without much help. For the last round, I made it a little bit more difficult by asking her to add the total cost up (of course it’s the simpler math).

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Well what can I say? She definitely had fun, tons of it! And it looks like it’ll be our game for tonight too!

By the way, did I tell you what she aspires to be for these few months? A cashier.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.” ~ Magic Johnson

And oh yes! M is for MONEY! HAPPY FRIDAY!

Monsters! Run!!!

TGIF!! It’s been almost a week since the mom had fallen sick. And with that, the usual pace had slowed down even further! I had to reject the little girl a few times this week as I simply doesn’t have the mood nor energy to accompany her in doing anything.

So you can imagine that excitement when I brought out a bunch of miscellaneous left over materials that I’ve retained from previous activities.

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And since we are learning on letter M now, let’s make some monsters!!!

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Cutting and cutting away. From the time where I handed a plastic scissors to her at the age of 3 to a real scissors a year later, I would say there is a great improvement in the way she cut! Keep it up!

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Then there’s the pasting and yup, it’s all free play! Up to her to decide what she want the monsters to look like and most importantly, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

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Little milo wasn’t idling either. After pasting the eyes (with a little help), he was tasked to style the hair of this monster! Look how serious he was!

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Due to time constraint (mommy holds a full-time job), we only managed to complete 3. Nonetheless it’s fun enough! Sometimes it’s probably the company that matters.

Weather isn’t too good these days and I’ve heard quite a number of HFMD cases from friends as well as my child’s school. So do take care and remember to drink tons of water.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

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Life Cycle of a Mosquito

Mosquitoes. I could still remember the night, almost 16 years ago, where I sat at the door with my mom, waiting for the mosquitoes. You see, it was a rather new estate when we moved in, surrounded by trees. Then construction of buildings begun and soon we were surrounded by construction sites. Maybe the control wasn’t really tight then and also there wasn’t anything known as dengue fever, there were a lot of mosquitoes.

So one day, my mom decided to see how many mosquitoes there will be. That night we closed all the windows in the house, leaving only the door open. I sat down on the floor with my exercise book while my mum prepared a face towel. And there was a small plastic bag. Then, we began. Killing each and every mosquito as they flew in, and putting their dead body into the plastic bag. In about an hour plus or two, guess how many did we kill? Slightly pass 100!

Well, I’m glad though that I don’t get to experience such events thereafter. *LOL*

Anyway, I thought it would be good to teach the life cycle of a mosquito so I prepared these things.

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Life Cycle of a Mosquito. From adult, to laying eggs (one by one) on the surface of the stagnant water, and then changing to a larva followed by pupa.

Then I got little milkie to paste it in order. Here’s the download.

We also did a craft using pipe cleaners with the following materials.

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2 brown pipe cleaners, 1 white pipe cleaner, and 2 eyes with adhesive.

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Cut the brown one to 3 x one-third + 1 x two-thirds, and the white one to 1 x one-third + 1 x two-thirds.

Start by using the white one-third, and roll from both ends towards the middle. Then paste the eyes on it. This will be the eyes of the mosquito.

To make the wings, take the other white one and fold both ends towards the middle, then twist it.

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Then using the 3 short brown ones, twist it together in the middle. Fold the legs so that it could stand.

Lastly, put them all together by using the last pipe cleaner, go through the eyes and wings, and then go another round to secure it.

Then put the legs below and go another round. Fold the nose down a little and to make the body, fold the pipe cleaner into half and twist it. Done.

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Remember to ensure that you are not unknowingly breeding mosquito!