Puppet Making Activity

I grew up watching Sesame Street. I can say that the said creative and educational puppet show somehow influenced me cognitively and emotionally. Who could forget Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, Ernie and Bert and the rest of the Muppet friends? Then after a decade and a half, a home grown counterpart of Sesame Street, the Batibot, was created with Pong Pagong, Kiko Matsing and the rest of the gang. I don’t know the reason behind why Batibot abruptly vanished on TV. It’s sad that my daughter did not get the chance to meet the puppets from Batibot and so are Kuya Bodjie and Ate Shena. I am grateful though that Barney and his team are on the rescue to promote group cooperation and active play to RJ’s generations.

When RJ had this puppet making activity in school, I can’t help but commend her teacher as I know how important puppetry is to children. RJ used hubby’s old sock, yarn for the puppet’s hair, colored paper for the mouth and eyelashes, plastic comic eyes, and old cloth for the puppet’s skirt.

puppet in classroom

Meet RJ’s puppet (honestly, I don’t know the puppet’s name)

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 Hahaha! The puppet looks alive and yes she can sing just like RJ!

In this puppet making activity, the teacher taught RJ and her classmates a creative way of telling stories and songs. It makes learning more interesting while enhancing the kids’ imagination and creativity.

Funny Puppets and Colorful Cake

We were invited by my best friend to their youngest son’s birthday party that was celebrated at their house in Victoria Laguna. It was a two-hour travel that RJ enjoyed so much. She seldom sees rice fields and big trees and all we can hear from her was “Look, it is beautiful!”

I love the celebrant’s character cake. It is patterned on “Cars”, the animated movie about Mater’s action-packed journey that leads to chasing and flirting.  It is very colorful cake and too beautiful to be eaten. Lol!

character birthday cake

Came party time, RJ enjoyed the puppet show. It was her first time to see one and her laugh I think was the loudest among the kids. Who wouldn’t laugh with these dwarfs that danced the “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)?” The dance was well executed, with lifting and turning that was very synchronized that I kept on wondering how the puppeteer was able to do that.

dwarf puppets

puppets dancing
There was also a naughty baby dinosaur puppet and Kirara that is named after the Negrito girl in GMA7’s telenovela.

puppet worlddinosaur puppet craft

The puppeteer was good (I forgot his name) because he can make voices and can execute the puppets well. He got not only kids’ attention but the adults’ as well.  The puppet show is what made the party different from other birthday parties that we’ve attended. Though the characters are not that beautiful and there were no sound effects, the kids were awestruck and entertained.

Happy birthday again to Paulo and thanks Bes for inviting us.

Now, what could be more colorful than a weekend full of fun?

What Your Children Learn from Their Toys

RJ was five years old when we bought her cash register. It is battery operated and has plenty of accessories; play money, a pretend credit card, pretend food boxes and calculator. The drawer can be locked and makes sound when you open it just like the real thing and it has barcode scanner that looks like and sounds like the real usb barcode scanner when you click it. What I love most about this toy is it helped RJ learn how to add and subtract and how to count money. Toys are for fun but wouldn’t it be nice if our kids learn something while having fun? It’s like hitting two birds in one stone.

It is also important to know what your child learns in each toy most especially on your baby’s first developmental stages. Here are some of the toys and games and what your child learns from them.

 

Toys/Games What your child learns
Mobiles develop visual skill
Soft toys, balls and puppets heighten your baby’s sense of touch
Act-back toys like squeak toys, bath toys that make a splash cause and effect
Mirrors self awareness
Soft toys and dolls emotional attachment
Grasping toys hand and eye coordination
Teething rings, crib gyms responding to his/her own physical needs
Musical tapes, CDs, Music box love for music
Washables books, non-toxic crayons, paper, large-piece puzzle sharpen visual skills
Shapes and colors sorting boxes shapes and colors
Pails, shovel, sandbox love of nature
Stacking towers, kitchen items small muscle coordination
Balls, push-pull toys large muscle coordination