Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

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1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

Posted by julie @ 7:35 pm

One of the latest fads to hit the country ispurchasing and coloring Adult Coloring Books. I love this idea except that I have discovered that I do not have the patience nor the talent to do pages and pages of these beautiful hand-drawn art works. I even wrote an article about it here : Art Attack

I have a few guilty pleasures and these include watching my favorite tv series and reading ebooks. One other thing is that when I discovered that I had no patience nor talent to color, I had a little of both when it comes to making Adult Coloring Pages.

By watching video tutorials and painstakingly doing trial and error drawings, I now have a wee bit of expertise in making a page or two.

Here are a few samples of my hand-drawn Coloring Pages:

Vines

Flower Frenzy

 

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The colored page was one of my earlier drawings. This was initially colored by my Bunso but I finished the piece. I was so impatient to finish coloring and it felt like a tedious task for me. I enjoyed drawing more than coloring.

I hope to be able to make these pages available online for those who want to have free coloring pages drawn by a Filipina.

Exploreum’s 3-Day Summer Camp 2015 is a learn-through-play experience which aims to stimulate children’s curiosity through memorable activities while encouraging camaraderie through interactions with other explorers in the summer camp program, and exposing the children to the wonderful world of Science particularly Marine Biology.

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For this year’s Exploreum Summer Camp, the children participants got the privilege to be Marine Explorers by earning badges for each quest that they accomplish. For three afternoons, the children learned,, through different activities, concepts about the ocean and everything related to it. They were able to utilize the different SM Lifestyle venues like the IMAX, XD:4D cinema, and the skating rink. They did a lot of exciting activities to enhance their learning experiences: painting, playing, skating, watching movies, solving puzzles and catching fish, all these geared towards learning the foundations of Marine Biology.

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Some of the Exploreum’s jam packed activities were the following:

1. Deep Dark Sea Painting – painting posters using glow in the dark paints
2. Away From Home – fishing fishes stuck in slime-o-mania and putting them back to where they should be
3. Feed the Marine Creature – getting to know the food web and apply your knowledge by feeing the sea creatures
4. Aquarium Secret Message – looking for hidden messages in the aquarium and putting these together to find out what it says by using a spy camera
5. Into the Deep Treasure Hunt – completing the time list by searching in the dark room with minimum light
6. Water World Obstacle Course – jump, climb, reach,many crawl to find “EXPLOREUM” letters around the course
7. Save the Whale – fill the pool with balls so the whale can roll back into the ocean

The Different Sea Creatures: the Exploreum Summer Camp 2015 is divided to three different groups, depending on the children’s needs and learning capabilities:

1. The Dolphins – ages 4 – 6 years old
2. The Orcas – 7 – 9 years old
3. The Sharks – ages 10 – 12 years old

The Marine Explorer’s Kit

Marine explorers get to take home the following:

1. Amazing Race Passes
2. Take-home Experiment Kits
3. An Exploreum Summer Camp Shirt
4. Microscope for 7-12 years old
5. Marine Explorer Badge
6. SpongeBob Poster

 

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Upcoming Activities for Exploreum
The Exploreum Quiz Bee is a nationwide competition engaging about 90 schools per level in a test of wit, intellect and speed. The Exploreum’s National Quiz Bee will run from July 2015 to February 2016. The winning school gets Php 1 million to fund and encourage varied school programs.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:18 am

Exploreum in the Philippines was recently opened. This exciting place to be “Where Science Becomes Fun”.

The Exploreum will let the curious learners experience learning in a fun and memorable way because it believes and give value to science as an indispensable tool for understanding the world and enriching people’s lives.

There are 10 galleries covering a wide range of topics on some of the following topics:

  • topics related to life on Earth
  • fundamental nature of the cosmos
  • technology advances
  • environment
  • mechanical advances

Here are some (mobile) photos of the learning experiences that Exploreum has to offer:

Exploreum Manila
You can try to fly this plane yourself, using a simulation of course 😀

Exploreum Manila
Do you know how to operate this one?

Exploreum Manila
A TV!

Exploreum Manila
Science on a sphere is just wonderful.

Click here for more photos.

Exploreum will let learners experience different mediums like 3D holograms, realistic wax models, virtual reality simulations, optical illusions, detailed replicas, games, audio-visual presentations and more.

Exploreum can be found at the Ground Floor of Southside Entertainment Mall at the SM Mall of Asia.

Posted by julie @ 2:31 pm
Shelved under Just For Fun, My Family

My daughters attended summer cooking lessons at The Maya Kitchen.

It was a fun experience for them to learn basic cooking lessons and meet new friends.

A Trip to the Middle East meal

For the older daughter, she learned a variety of food preparation consisting of rice, beef kebabs, churros and caramel/coffee flan for the theme: A Trip to the Middle East.

Some of what they cooked has recipes posted here in my food blog.

Buttered Yellow Rice and Beef and Vegetable kebabs

Photos were also posted in an Instagram account.

Cake Factory Baking Lessons

Vanilla Cupcakes

For the younger daughter, she had Cake Factory small cakes baking lessons where the children learned to do mango cake with graham crackers, vanilla cupcakes, banana loaf and chocolate frosting.

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting

The Vanilla Cupcake recipe can be read here in the food blog.

Posted by julie @ 10:35 am

Here Comes the Sun is the daughter’s guitar piece yesterday for the Music Third Trimester test.

It really is a wonder how technology has helped hone raw talents even without having formal lessons with a teacher. My youngest daughter’s fascination with guitar playing has come a long way from just mere strumming to plucking.

 

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