Animate Your Child’s Imagination!

I love watching my girls pretend-play and create stories using their imagination. It’s darn cute and most of the time, hilarious!

Sometimes they pretend to be mommies, teachers, chefs, singers, doctors, talking animals, and of course princesses.

 

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One time, I overheard them playing pretend princesses who went shopping at a shoe boutique. I couldn’t remember the exact details, but there were cockroaches and vampires involved (I swear my girls never watched TVD!). But I remembered it was ridiculously funny!

Besides creating stories through pretend-play, my girls also love to draw whatever imagination they have in mind. They just loveee to draw. Every day there’ll be at least 1 drawing and then they’ll show it to me and explain what their drawings are all about. Apparently your child’s drawing is not just a drawing; there’s a lot more stories behind it.

 

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This is Ayra’s drawing of Elsa and Anna. She explained that Anna was sad because the weather was too hot so she asked her Ice Queen sister, Elsa, to make snow. But Elsa didn’t have much “snow power” left (the sun was probably too hot, LOL) that the snow melted and turned into rain and it began to flood. Anna was happy anyways because the flood looks like swimming pool. Hehe.

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And this is Raina’s drawing of Rapunzel, who was walking in the woods when some magical lanterns just flew up from the grass because it was almost midnight. She calls them the magic grass lanterns. Hehe

 

Does your little one have a big imagination with a story to tell? If they love creating stories featuring pirates on high seas, spacemen who have aliens as best friends or even brave princesses like Sofia The First, then your child needs to enter this Animate Your Imagination contest.

 

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Disney Junior wants to hear your child’s creative and magical stories, and they want to bring them to live and show them on Disney Junior. How awesome is that? Your child gets to be a “screenwriter” for a TV show! Hehe.

You can either share a photo of your child’s drawing, or a video of him/her narrating the story. The story must use either one of the following 3 themes: Pirates, Princesses or Space Adventures. You can then tune in to Disney Junior to see if your child’s imaginative story has been selected.

For more info, log on to DisneyJunior.Asia/AnimateYourImagination.



Role play taken to a whole new level

Do you remember your ambitions when you were little?

I do. One of my ambitions back then was to be a stewardess. I loved flying on airplanes, and serving meals to people while pushing food trolley in flight seemed like a lot of fun and so I thought, ok I want to be an air stewardess when I grow up! I remember playing pretend stewardess with my sisters using my mom’s tea trolley. I even took her table cloth and turned it into my uniform (kain belah depan LOL). I was around 6-7 years old la ok. Hehe.

I asked Ayra what she wanted to be when she grow up and here’s what she wrote (yes, she actually typed this herself. Mind her spelling and grammar tho. She’s only 7! :D).

When i grow up i want to be a chef and i want to open ballerina caffe becos i love to bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, waffels. I also want to be artist and teach people how to draw in art class. They can draw and painting anyting and colour nicely. I love to draw and bake becos drawing is the best thing and baking is fun becos i can make any treats i like and eat it. Maybe first I will be a chef and then I will be an artist. I am so excited to open my ballerina caffe and art class.

Hahaha how cute and innocent!

I think her ambitions are great and as parents, it’s our job to encourage our children to dream big whether, it’s unrealistic or not. Parents should believe in their child because they believe in themselves. Your motivation and encouragement means a lot to them because in their eyes, we are their superheroes. As parents, we need to instil the belief that no dream is too big, be supportive and provide them the tools to pave a path towards the success of their dreams. One way to do it is through role play, which not only helps develop a child’s cognitive, gross and fine motor skils, but also allows them to exercise their imagination and lets them to go through the motions to explore what they might like to try out in the future.

Speaking of role-playing, we brought our girls to Kidzania a few weeks ago, as soon as the school holiday started. My girls love Kidzania! That was actually their third time – first time was in Kidzania Jakarta a few years ago, second time was in KL earlier in 2015. They can’t seem to get enough of it. And as a parent, I can’t either. When we first went to Kidzania, I was excited and impressed. It’s an indoor real functioning kid-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and recognizable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands – which makes it even more realistic because it mirrors real life even more!

It allows kids to do “jobs” just like in the real world – complete with uniforms, and they even get paid for their work! There are over 100 “jobs” in Kidzania – surgeons, nurses, police officer, judge, TV crew, postman, fireman, supermarket cashier, pilot, artist, beautician and lots more.

Role play is a serious business in KidZania. It is experiential learning at work and really drives home benefits that are not limited to only physical development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but also instills and ignites what may possibly be a kid’s real interest or potential in a certain undiscovered area (as I’ve mentioned earlier on). Apart from that, our kids also learn socialization skills, independence and creativity – all skills that they will need to succeed as adults and prepare for the world out there. Plus, it’s super duper fun!

It’s really an incredible place for kids to play, learn and experience new things. If only we had this kind of thing back then. Kids nowadays are so lucky!

 

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IMG_7065When kids come to KidZania, they are each given a starting capital cheque worth 50 KidZos (the official KidZania currency) that can be cashed in a bank.

 

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The last time we went to KidZania, my girls had already experienced working as milk processing operators at Vitagen factory, surgeons at KPJ Hospital, burger maker at Marrybrown, AirAsia pilot, TV crew, firefighter and they even do batik painting.

This time around, they wanted to do other jobs… which is fine. The more job experience, the better.

 

IMG_7114But it’s not ALL work, all the time. Kids also go around as customers and consumers. Here, the girls are spending some KidZos at the Z-Mart supermarket.

 

IMG_7079It’s fun to watch the kids learn to navigate the store looking for the items on their grocery list. It doesn’t seem like much but they’re learning to organize themselves as well as their financials.

IMG_7095Check out time! Maybe next time, I’ll let them do the real groceries.

IMG_7096After shopping, they decided to go to the beauty salon…

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IMG_7139After the mani session, money is running a bit low – so the kids need to earn more KidZos. Here they’re trying out life as Lifebuoy Health Researchers.

IMG_7151This was one of their favourite jobs that day as they get to “mix some potions to make soap” and choose their own color for the soap.

IMG_7194Another job that they enjoyed was being nurses and taking care of newborns at the nursery.

IMG_7220Unfortunately, parents are not allowed inside the hospital so we just peeked from outside the windows. The girls learned how to bathe, put lotion, swaddle and bottle-feed baby (they use dolls, don’t worry). Bagus, dah practice nak dapat adik! Hehe.

IMG_7180Researchers at Pharmaniaga Citrex Vitamin Research Institute.

IMG_7232And they also learned how to sew bookmarks using sewing machine!

IMG_7252Actual roads, ambulance, light posts… truly a city build for kids!

I had a great time seeing my kids engrossing themselves with the activities so I got curious as to how they felt. they told me, in their exact words, this:

“I learned how to get money from the bank. And then I learned how to buy grocery using the list and also how to pay using the money. I also learned how to make soap and how to properly stir the soap potion. And lastly I learned how to take care of the baby. It’s my favourite because now I know how to bathe and put lotion and give milk to baby.”

I was surprised actually because instead of the fun that they had, they told me that they enjoyed the learning part and the new knowledge and skills that they learned by the end of the day. I guess it wasn’t a bad idea at all to bring them to KidZania!

It really is a life-learning centre that inspires kids to pursue their dreams as they get to explore what it’s like to live and work in a real functioning city. If your kids haven’t been to KidZania yet, you really have to bring them!

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Checkout KidZania’s website at www.kidzania.com.my to learn more about the activities.



Kids’ Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

My girls are big fans of anything chocolatey. I guess they got it from their *ehem* parents.

Yes, too much chocolatey stuff ain’t good, but I found a great way to make it healthy for my girls. It’s actually my favourite way to get my girls to eat their greens!

Behold, my girls’ favourite healthy chocolate smoothie!


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This smoothie is packed with protein, vitamins and fiber which is great for growing kids. Best part is, they don’t even know there’s veggie inside! Baby spinach is totally flavourless and all they can taste is the yummy chocolate smoothie.

Here’s what you need to make this Healthy Chocolate Smoothie:

 

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1 cup MARIGOLD UHT Full Cream Milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp pure honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup oats
1 medium ripe banana (frozen banana is even better)
1/2 cup baby spinach
Ice cubes

Place everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

 

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This smoothie is really delicious and nutritious. The MARIGOLD UHT milk really adds creaminess to it. It’s also rich in calcium, protein and their unique formulation which contains Vitamin D, helps with your child’s growth and health. My girls don’t like to drink plain milk on its own, so making smoothie is one of the ways to add milk in their diet, besides with cereal.

 

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MARIGOLD UHT milk comes in 4 milk choices – full cream, low fat, chocolate and strawberry. Of course my girls love the chocolate ones!

 

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Somebody is on the way…

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…and he/she will arrive some time in June next year, insyaAllah! :) #babynumber3

(p/s: I’m in my final week of first trimester, Alhamdulillah, and I cannot wait to enter second trimester. Nausea, please be gone)

 



Exclusive for my readers – FREE movie tickets!

Hey guys!

I’m running a mini contest for my readers and followers where you could win 3x GSC tickets! It’s related to the AIG Pledge for Tomorrow, and all you need to do is…

  1. Submit your pledge on the website (www.pledgefortomorrow.com)
  2. Upload a photo of you fulfilling your pledge on your Instagram (make sure that your profile is set to public) with the hashtag #PledgeForTomorrow and #PledgeWithPinkStilettos.

And that’s it!

In case you have forgotten what the Pledge For Tomorrow is all about, it’s a campaign by AIG to urge people to spend more time with their parents. They want you to make a pledge to spend time with your parents doing whatever it is that you and your parents enjoy doing and fulfill it. It can be anything, really… like having a nice dinner together, or going fishing, playing your favourite sports, going on a holiday together, etc etc. You can have a look at the website’s gallery for other people’s pledges. Or you can refer to this *ehem*excellent*ehem* activity that I’ve done with my family.

 

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Once you have submitted your pledge on the website, you need to fulfill that pledge and take a picture of you and your parents spending time together, and then upload it on your Instagram with these hashtags #PledgeWithPinkStilettos and #PledgeForTomorrow.

The first 40 who submit and fulfill their pledge between 21st November to 30th November will win 3x GSC tickets each. Forty people, guys. You could easily win this! And it’s not too shabby of a present to your folks where you guys can spend time together, right?

On top of that, you will be in the running to win the Grand Prize, which is an all-expense paid family outing to one of these:

 

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You know how prizes from normal contest ONLY provide you with the main prize and not the other minuet stuff, like getting to the place, right? How About we up the game? Transportation for this time IS covered – and on top of that, you’ll get a professional photographer documenting your quality time spent together with your loved ones. How cool is that?

This mini contest runs from 21st Nov – 30th Nov 2015.

Remember, you MUST fulfill your pledge and fulfill them to be eligible to win ok.

Good luck!