Daddy’s Protege

Time with Daddy is important too. I’m really glad that Joef is also hands on when it comes to Lexi.

Joef loves music and he introduced Lexi to the piano, the drums and the guitar even before Lexi could talk or sit on her own. Joef would play the piano while Lexi sits on her lap.

So just right after learning to sit on her own, Lexi was really proud and happy hearing herself play the piano (rather, make sounds while she randomly touches the piano keys) . She didn’t look at me, instead she called her daddy to look at her. As if seeking her daddy’s approval that she too can play like daddy.

Not just in terms of Music or activities, Lexi loves what Joef loves eating. Be it sour, spicy or weird. Hehehe.

Sometimes, I think Lexi’s should have been named “Joefreyna” or “Joefrina”. They are very much alike.

 

 

 

Trip to Dream Play, City of Dreams.

Taking Lexi to Dream Play was really more of an experience. Too bad she’s still too small and too young to appreciate it.

Good thing her cousins came because I think the place is for older kids. Maybe for kids about at least 4 years old. There’s a section in the park where kids can climb, hang, run around and slide. (I’m sorry, I forgot the name of this section in the park.) But don’t worry, they look safe. Each kid inside needs to wear a safety harness. There’s also another section where kids learn to bake and actually do some baking.

Otherwise, without her cousins, I would really think the park fee is too pricey.

For kids like Lexi, there’s a story telling section in the library. You just need to know the schedule. Babies and toddlers can sit on the floor while they listen to a person in costume.

I think her favorite was the Kung Fu Panda section, similar to the XBox game, you have to follow Po. Po supposedly teaches you how to do Kung Fu.  Lexi couldn’t help but watch the kids in this section.

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For our merienda, we had some pizza and ice cream. Their pizza was good. A decent meal for one would cost about Php300.

Our last stop was the 4D movie. Nothing outstanding, it was ok.

I could say that this place is really for kids between 4-8 years old. Their set up is cute. Their pizza is good. Their system is good, they are organized inside.

In general, I could say that we will come back to this place but maybe when Lexi’s about 4 years old.

We have yet to experience City of Dreams accommodation. Lexi’s weakness is lounging in fluffy hotel beds. 🙂

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Acrylic Painting.

Lexi was 14 months old when she first tried acrylic painting. I was expecting she’d go wild and would mess up her shirt and our floor.

Surprisingly, she didn’t and her work area was tidy.

After about 15 minutes, she stood up and showed me this.

She had a big smile and was clapping.

Hmmm…. what can you see? Cacti?

What do you think? 🙂

 

Pouring and Wiping

For our latest activity, I wanted Lexi to practice pouring and wiping. This would help develop her fine motor skills. This is an activity I learned from a Montessori school, which I would like Lexi to learn as well.

We needed 2 plastic containers, a sponge, a plastic tray and 1/2 cup of drinking for this.

Her goal is to transfer the water from one container to the other within the tray. If it spills, she needs to wipe it with the sponge and wring it back to one of the containers.

She was spilling a lot at first then eventually got the hang of it. There were few attempts to drink the water too. So make sure that the water is clean and the rest of the materials too. Just in case your child gets thirsty. 🙂

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This kept her busy for about 40 minutes.

So far, mission accomplished. Even after the activity, she adapted wiping spills in our room.  🙂

 

 

Sesame Street Magic

I remember the days when my lola would let me sit on the couch, turn on the TV, switch the channel to Sesame Street and hand me some snacks. I would always ask her for the time so that I don’t miss out on any episode. Cable wasn’t the “in” thing yet. I just depended on local channels.

I loved the show because you could see different things from just one episode. There were variations. There were singing, dancing, guessing and playing. You could see people interacting with puppets (“Muppets”). It featured funny skits and cartoons. Their songs were addicting to the point that some gave me LSS or Last Song Syndrome. They  also gave me the impression that not all monsters are mean, ugly and hungry for human flesh. 😛

I had 2 favorite skits: (1) Grover and Mr. Blue Guy   and (2) the violet Siamese twins.

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The violet twins are my personal favorite. My sister and I would imagine that that’s us because we’d often disagree on something but we know that we eventually we have to agree to be able to be more productive. She said she’s the one with the hair, I was the one with the beard.

I’m glad that 26 years later, Sesame Street is still around for my daughter.

Lexi likes Elmo, Telly and Baby Bear. Right now, she’s at that stage where she laughs like Ernie.

The best lesson that I think Lexi was able to pick up from Sesame Street is “Empathy”.

For example, Telly would be worried of something, Lexi would say “Oh no, Mommy! Poor Telly!”

Then the most recent episode she watched, “Peter and the Wolf”. The wolf has cornered Elmo, Zoe and Oscar up the tree. The wolf was jumping and the three were calling for help, I saw Lexi’s smile turn upside down. She was very quiet. She was almost about to tear up when I asked her why she was sad. She replied, “Mommy, wolf! Wolf don’t eat Oscar! Shew! Shew!”

Since Lexi doesn’t have playmates, she was also able to relate to these  kids on TV. Although not physically, Lexi would follow them and sometimes act like them.

I really wish Sesame Street would continue to make more episodes.  I’ve learned a lot from them and my kid is learning from them now. There’s something about that show that kids of different generations find endearing.