Get Kids Moving to Their Favourite Music: Fun Game Ideas [Guest Post]

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During my college years I used to work as a children’s entertainer. I had to think of a number of games for kids to enjoy on various occasions such as birthday parties, Christmas parties and many more. Much of the fun involved dancing. What I learned is that kids have a natural flair for dancing and they don’t really need much encouragement to start shaking to the rhythm of the music.

Everybody loves music and children are not the exception. It is a fabulous way of improving memory, body movement, creativity, understanding for tone and rhythm, and much, much more. However, while most children are passionate about dancing and they start moving soon after they hear the music, others need some encouragement. What would I do when kids were not that much into dancing? I turned dancing into a game! That’s right, the best way to make a child do whatever you want is to make it look like a game.

So, if you are concerned that your offspring is not a “dancoholic”, follow my tips. Here MoveOutCleanLondon Deptford would like to share a few fun games to make your kids dance to the rhythm of the music. Enjoy!

Animal Dance

Make children dance as animals. Create a few cards depicting different animals. Make your kids pick a card and instruct them to dance as the animal shown on the card. They have to dance using small or big movements, depending on the size of the animal. They may make sounds to imitate those of the animal. The animal dance helps to generate creative energy and stimulate your kids’ imagination.

As small ones love playing different roles, this game will definitely appeal to your children. Not to mention, they will be able to get wild without getting punished for it.

Play this game with as many children as you want.

Dance and Freeze

It’s probably the most common dance game played with people of all ages. The rules are: once they play the music, you start dancing; when the music stops, you freeze. However, if someone moves while no music is being played, they will be eliminated. In the end, only one player will win the game.

Many children dislike the idea of losing. Alternatively, you can change the rules of the game and allow more winners. Don’t forget to prepare cookies or some treats for when the game is over.

This game can be played with at least two children.

Dancing with Items

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Hoops, balloons, pom poms, hats, wigs, ribbons and other props can be used while dancing. Provide several items and make your children pick one to dance with it. After a period of time, they have to pick another prop. The game is over after each child has danced with all the props or when you get tired. I’m telling you, children love this game! They really have lots of fun using various items, throwing them in the air and the like.

This game can be played with one children or more.

Dancing with Each Other

Make your children dance with one another. You need at least two children to play this game. Partner dancing teaches us how to relate to the other person, observe and understand their needs. It also teaches how to cooperate with one another. Making children dance in couples will be both fun and beneficial for them. Sometimes it can be difficult to persuade a child to dance with another one. There are a few ways to trick them into doing what you want, for example, give them a treat, explain them that by refusing to play the game they will spoil everyone’s fun, etc.

And with a little bit of luck you may even involve your children in cleaning by playing another dance game. Just offer them a game in which they have to clean several items while dancing to the music. Divide the house into sections and ask your small ones to pick one. The first one that gathers all the clutter in their area is the winner. See? Cleaning can be fun too. Now go gather your kids and let the games begin!

What Do People Use Their Smartphones For? [Guest Infographic]

Happy Thursday my loves…

Now is the generation of smartphones. People find a lot of different uses for smartphones. They have successfully became part of our lives since there are many apps which can help us with a lot of things. I use my Smartphone for browsing the internet, updating my Instagram and Facebook, and also for general call and text.

How about you? What do you use your smartphones for? Here’s a great infographic on what people use their smartphones for.

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Christmas Around The World

Happy Monday my loves…

I’ve heard a lot about this new attraction in Malinao, Albay called “Christmas Around The World”. I have also seen a lot of pictures from my Facebook and Instagram feeds about this Albay tourist and Christmas attraction. Being the curious me, and of course for the kids too, we decided to visit this Christmas village. Christmas around the world 31

Malinao, Albay is a few kilometers away from my place. It took us approximately an hour to go there. It would have been a shorter trip if there was no traffic especially in Tabaco area. When we arrived in Malinao, it was packed with people. In fact, we were not able to park our car somewhere near the park. We had to walk about a few hundred meters from where we’ve parked to the actual “Christmas Around The World” park or village as others call it. Christmas around the world 28

When I say packed with people, I mean literally packed. I don’t know if it was this crowded during weekdays but yesterday, it was too crowded that we can’t move comfortably anymore. Every time I try to take a picture of the displays, I end up having a hundred photo bombers. As a matter of fact, my camera is full of pictures of people I don’t even know. Christmas around the world 27

But I did not travel a good one hour for nothing. I still took pictures even if it means taking a full ten images just to capture a good one. The kids love the “Christmas Around the World” park too. We stayed there for an hour and a half – just enough to go around and take a picture of the displays. And I almost forgot, there was a firework display too – which added to the magic of the place.

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The park displays famous landmarks from different countries. Among the ones I can identify are the Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Opera House, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Flavian Amphitheatre or “The Coliseum”, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty, the Goliath Poldermolen of Netherlands, Venice’s gondola, Eiffel Tower, and some middle eastern palace which I am not so sure of.

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There is also this tree house with a lighted hanging bridge.

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Christmas around the world 30 Christmas around the world 29 Christmas around the world 28 Christmas around the world 7 Christmas around the world 36 Christmas around the world 33Well the park really jumpstarts the Christmas atmosphere. Merry Christmas my loves!

An Insight Into Amazon [Guest Infographic]

Happy Saturday my loves..

Who haven’t heard of Amazon, right? In fact,a lot of new computers today have a pre-installed Amazon app. This is how popular this website it. But how well do you know Amazon? Here’s a great infographic that gives you an insight into Amazon. I hope you enjoy this mommies :)

An Insight into Amazon

Big Hero 6 – Lessons For Kids

Happy Thursday my loves..

I know a lot of you are familiar with Big Hero 6 movie. It has been advertised for months already since the beginning of this year. In fact, I thought it has already been shown on the cinemas but it turned out it was just shown this week. And of course, having a son who loves movies, I had no choice but to go to the movies. Not that I regret doing so, in fact, I loved it that I did.

This movie is one of the few animated movies produced by Disney. Since the introduction of Pixar and other animation giants, Disney has been left behind in terms of animations. Some of the few animations that Disney has produced are “Wreck It Ralph” and “Frozen”. Big Hero 6 is another masterpiece that I would recommend for mommies and kids because it has many lessons.

 

1. Brothers should love and take care of each other.

 

Tadashi and Hero

This is Tadashi and Hero. They are brothers and as such, they have displayed brotherly love. They support each other. Although at first they were different in terms of their view of life and education, on the middle part of the movie, they both agreed on one thing – education is necessary. Tadashi, being the older brother, ensures that Hero gets what he needs. Although he supports Hero with his passion on bot fighting, he still does what he can to make Hero realize the importance of learning.

Lesson: We should always exhibit love for our brothers. We should always think of each other’s benefits.

 

2. Family will always be there for each other.

Aunt CassTadashi and Hero are orphans but they don’t really feel that they are because they have a loving aunt in the person of Cass. Relatives are families. They will always be there for you.

Lesson: We will have many friends but let us not forget that relatives will be the one left when you think you have lost everything.

 

3. Technology should be used to help other people.

BaymaxBaymax is the science project of Tadashi. He is created as a personal healthcare companion. His purpose is to help people who are in need of his care. He will not be deactivated unless the person is already satisfied with the care.

Lesson: We should not use technology to put down other people or to take advantage of others. God has given us wisdom and intelligence to use as a means to help other people.

 

4. True friends will stick with you through thick and thin.

Big Hero 6These are Tadashi’s school mates.When Tadashi died in the fire, these friends were on Hero’s rescue. They did things that are even beyond their personalities just to help Hero. They went all the way in helping out a friend’s brother.

Lesson: We should be wise in choosing our friends. We may have many friends but not all them will be true to us. We should pray for discernment so we will know which of our friends are true.

 

5. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

hero and baymaxBaymax’s physical appearance looks like a giant marshmallow. Tadashi did it this way so that Baymax will appear to be huggable and comforting. But Hero made some improvements on Baymax so he can program him to be more than just a personal healthcare companion.

Lesson: We can be whoever we want if really want to. If there’s a will, there’s a way. No matter how we think we can’t, there will always be ways that we can.

There you go my loves. I loved the movie and my son loved it too.

 

 

 

 

Nighttime Parenting Lessons [Guest Post]

Happy Monday my loves…

Babies are the most amazing gift nature can give us. Yet, I believe we all know that together with all the joys that the little tiny person in our hands will bring to us, we will also be saddled with numerous responsibilities. First and foremost, we need to make sure that our youngest one lives in a perfectly safe and clean domestic environment. It does not particularly matter whether we are going to sanitize the premises ourselves or resort to the help of a professional cleaning company. It is just important to provide spotless hygiene. But, actually, the purpose of my article is to dwell upon another widely discussed and significant topic – babies’ sleeping habits during the night.

I know that nightfall is a dreaded time by all parents, for they need to somehow make their progeny fall asleep and take a nap themselves. And here are some lessons and quick tips from Tidy Cleaning Kensington that will certainly be quite informative and useful to you.

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The first thing you need to know is that the way you sleep differs significantly from the way your baby does. Generally speaking, sleep is divided into two stages – quiet/deep or also known as non-rapid eye movement sleep and active or rapid eye movement sleep. These interchange during the course of the night. And newborns have considerably shorter cycles of sleep. That is, if adults fall into a quiet phase for about an hour and a half, infants’ deep sleep lasts no more than fifty to sixty minutes. When babies enter the active phase they are most likely to fully awaken, start crying, and you know the rest. So, when you notice that your baby is stirring, it is a good idea to sing him or her a lullaby, pat him or her carefully, or do anything else that will comfort your youngest one and ease him or her back to sleep.

Another important fact is that nightwaking is fundamental to babies’ health. In other words, newborns’ needs are extremely demanding, yet they cannot communicate them directly. And this is even additionally hampered when they are in a deep sleep phase. Simply put, the sleeping cycles of our youngest ones are that short, for they must be that short. And here is one quick example. What if your baby is hungry, but cannot notify you about this, since he or she is in a quite sleep stage for hours? This is not good for him or her, right? Not good, at all. So, I know how tempting might sound to you all those technological advancements, offered on the market, that guarantee that your  progeny will not stir during the night. But you need to know that all those are too expensive and quite ineffective. And if, however, they do what they are promised to do, this might seriously harm your child’s health.

Babies’ sleeping cycles gradually increase with age. That is, towards the second half of their first year, they will wake up less often, unless they are bothered by teething pain or some such thing. You need to know that the sleeping habits of your infants are not determined by the quality of your parentship. You might be the most careful, strict, and attentive mother or father in the world and, still, you might have a restless child. What is more, different babies reach sleeping maturity at different stages of their development. It is all highly individual and you do not need to worry, if your youngest one is one-year-old and he or she still awakens more frequently during the course of the night.

I really hope that you have found the information above useful and comforting. Enjoy the precious gift you have been given by nature. Provide your babies with the most favourable living conditions and leave them sleep just as much as they need. Yes, it might be difficult to you, considering how tiring it is to be a parent these days, but after all, our children’s well-being is what matters most.