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More than a building toy: your own chair.

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Sometimes you have a good idea, like getting two chairs for you daughters but can’t find the time to put it in place. I’d rather say to put all the parts together. This time, I came up with a better idea, why don’t involve them in the process? And the idea turned great when my daughter thought it would be fun to do it all by herself.

If you think about it, Ikea kids chair can be considered a building toy. In the process, my daughter read the pictograms-based assembly instructions, tried to follow step by step them, looked for all the pieces she needed to build the chair even when some of them looked pretty much alike, found out how the tool works. She assembled two of these chairs and the second time, she even showed the new acquired experience by organizing the parts in a more convenient way for the coming tasks.

The best reward for my daughter was to sit on a chair made by herself.

New siblings

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The arrival of siblings is always overwhelming. Mom gets busy preparing everything for the baby and trying to include the other kids is not always and easy task. Here is an idea to get the kids involved in layette preparation.
One Mom from school is having twin girls so we organized a babyshower/playdate for the siblings and their friends. The request for each child was very simple; paint something the girls would like. The variety was extraordinary! From ages two to six everybody make their art, mixing colors and techniques, we ended up with a wide variety of styles. We took pictures from all of the drawings, set the images in an Illustrator file print them in a transfer sheets. After that we iron them into the onesies.
The result was beautiful!! The kids got very engaged with their little art project and it will definitely be something special when they see the girls using their design.

What you need:

Plain Onesies
Drawing canvas
Washable Colors Paints
Avery InkJet transfer sheets
Access to camara, computer and printer
Iron

Good luck and hope you will enjoy this as much as we did!

Thanks Macarena Reitze for the idea, organization and post.

Little critters

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These are the last two additions to the family. These creatures didn’t come from Paris, they come from the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. This little museum offers a good bunch of creative workshops where families and specially children can record their favorite song, create a new stuffed friend and so many other activities.

Happy Mother’s day!

Dinosaur eggs

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Easter is right around the corner, it is time to think about how we’re going to decorate our Easter eggs. This year, we are going to start including them in our diet: Dinosaur eggs!.

The process is so simple than even young children can help:

Boil the eggs, them let the kids crack them. That is fun.

Prepare colored water by just adding food coloring to some water. Let the eggs soak in the water for 10 minutes and after that the eggs can be peeled.

The result is like this…

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Still and quite.

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I wondered: Why are they so still and quite?

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They are observing the slow movements of the sea snails!

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Photos taken at Coyote Point, San Mateo, Ca

Rainy day, muddy fun!

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Happy Valentine

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