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Elephant CDs

Do you still have your old CDs from way back and have no idea what to do with them? Well why not turn them into animals?

This week, our class studied the concepts of long and short! So to further strengthen the discussion, we had them make elephant CDs and play with its long nose! As I showed them a sample, I also showed them how the nose started short and grew longer and longer! It’s really easy to do and the kids had a lot of fun stretching their elephant’s nose!

What you will need:

  • An old CD
  • Art Paper (1-4 colors)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn (Any color)
  • Scissors
  • Glue




Step 1: Cut the ears and nose of the elephant. Also cut a small circle to cover the hole in the middle of the CD. You may use different colors for the different parts!

Step 2: Cut some yarn for the elephant’s hair! You can be as silly as you want to be with the hair color! If yarn is unavailable, you may use art paper instead.


Step 3: Fold the nose

Step 4: Glue on the circle to cover the hole

Step 5: Flip the CD, and glue on the ears

Step 6: Flip the CD back up and glue on the nose, googly eyes and hair

In the picture above, we only used 1 color and used black art paper for the hair.

We tried to do it again, and the result was better.  The pictures below are the children’s works! We let them used a variety of colors for the parts, and black yarn for the hair.

You can also try doing other animals like dogs, cats, lions, etc. Just be creative! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun! And if you do try these other animals, do send me an email or post a comment! I’d love to hear all about it!

A Response to Circle Stamping

Teacher Regine Aniban from Little Presidents’ Learning Palace used the circle stamping activity for her pre-toddler class! According to her, the kids really had so much fun stamping the circle! It was a very simple yet also creative and enjoyable activity. She shared some photos with me through facebook and allowed me to share it with you, my dear readers. Enjoy!

Thank you Teacher Regine! 🙂

Materials used….

Kids at work…

Finished Products!


Thank you Teacher Regine for sharing this with us! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to use my activities!

For all other readers out there, if you have a response or activity you’d like to share! Feel free to contact me!


View my original post here:  Circle Stamping

Hug by Jez Alborough

Just seeing the front cover already caught my attention! It’s  a really cute story about a baby monkey who just really wants a hug!

Who would’ve thought that a book containing only ONE word would be so much fun? Children of all ages can relate to it… from the tiny toddlers to the grown up kindergartners.The book is simply about a little monkey taking a walk around the jungle. He sees different animal cubs and their mommies all hugging. The little monkey eventually grows sad because he wants a hug too, and yet he can’t find his mommy. HUG! Don’t worry though, this book has a happy ending. The little monkey of course finds his mommy and finally gets that hug.


The story can be followed up with a lesson on the different jungle animals or the names of mommy and baby animals depending on the children’s age. If it were for my students, then maybe simply naming the animals or giving their sounds would already be a good follow up activity. Moreover, teachers can ask their students to hug their classmates or even a stuffed toy in the room.

“Can I have a hug too?”

Cats the Musical

Oh my gosh! no words can explain how happy I was… or still am that I got to watch this!!! I’ve wanted so bad to watch it but can’t due to money constraints. Just the night before, my good friend, Fil told me that he got complimentary tickets and asked if I wanted to go with him. It was really a spur of the moment.. but hey, that’s CATS!!! Had to make time for that! So what if I was tired and lacked sleep? There was no way I was missing out on this.

The following day, I rushed home from work, started my other work (tutorials) early and luckily ended early. I got dressed and awaited Fil’s arrival! We got a little bit stuck in traffic and arrived around 5minutes late at CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines)… but we weren’t able to enter until around 20minutes later because of the useless and ignorant security!


We got to the main entrance and Fil asked about the complimentary tickets left for him. One of the guards whom I shall name Beevis, kept asking us WHO LEFT THE TICKET. Fil was unsure who.. but more importantly, shouldn’t he be asking WHO IT WAS FOR? Later on, the other man whom I shall call Butthead asked Fil for his ID. After giving the ID, Butthead simply said, “Ah walang iniwan na Capul dito!” (Oh, there were no tickets for a “Capul” left here!) without even checking the tickets on hand. Fil asked if Butthead was sure since he was told to pick it up at the main entrance. Butthead ignorantly said, “Oo siguardo ako! Ako mismo gumawa ng listahan na yan at nagsulat ng mga pangalan diyan! Check niyo nalang sa taas!” (Yes I’m sure! I myself made the list and wrote the names! Just check upstairs!)

So we went up to the lobby, and asked the korean usher. He again told us there were no tickets for us. He was trying to ask who left them so they could trace it back. Fil couldn’t remember the name, but he said that he thinks it was their manager or someone who’s name starts with L. Later on a girl came out saying sarcastically, “Ako? Ako nagiwan? wala akong iniiwan” (Me? I left the tickets! I didn’t leave anything!)… something like that.

By this time, Fil was already heating up with rage and anger. We tried calling his mom all the way in Bangkok (since the tickets were supposedly for his mom), it rang but no answer. Fil eventually decided to go back to the main entrance and double check. I was actually afraid that Fil would start a fight already!

When we got back down, Fil asked if Butthead could double check since the tickets could not be found. We were already 15minutes late by now! So anyway, Butthead suddenly had a change of tone and said, “Sure Sir, no problem, ano po ulit yung pangalan?(What’s the name again?)”  … Fil answered quickly and as calmly as possible…and finally when Butthead checked… THERE IT WAS! IN PLAIN SIGHT!!! 2 tickets addressed to Filomeno Capul!  Fil raised his voice at Butthead for his carelessness and stupidity! Butthead then said, “Ay d ko alam yan, di kasi ako yung gumawa nyan.” (Oh, I had no idea ’cause I wasn’t the one who made that!) Sudden change of mind? Stupid.

So anyways, we were finally able to enter! Luckily, we had really good seats! …so let me calm down for a moment and share with you my joy after watching the show!


First of all, let me repeat that I am at a lost of words at how much I loved the show. I enjoyed it a lot and still have a hangover!!!! So.. forgive me if I won’t be able to give a detailed review.

Leah Salonga who played Grizabella was superb!!! Grizabella was a glamour cat who lost her spark and is now rejected. She seeks to be accepted by the Jellicle cats. I loved hearing Leah live! It was priceless! I was in awe!

I also loved the Rum Tum Tugger who was played by John O’ Hara! The Rum Tum Tugger is like a rebel cat who often does the opposite of what is asked of him. He is also the ladies man.. or should I say ladies cat! he sure got my attention! 🙂

Another of my favorites were the twins Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser! They are the cats who always get in trouble but are never caught because of how good they work together. I loved their song and dance number! They also sang really well together! 🙂

Some of my favorite songs here were the Rum Tum Tugger, Memory (duh), Mr. Mistoffelees and Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser.

Oh, before I end this blog… I have to mention that they sang a FILIPINO version of memory! It was wonderful!! The audience gave the casts a standing ovation after the show ended!! simply superb!!

Thanks again Fil for giving me this opportunity and sharing this moment with me! 🙂 Truly no words can explain my gratefulness! 🙂 next stop… PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? :p

Circle Stamping

Here’s a really fun… and maybe a little messy art activity for all ages! The older kids can do this, and the younger kids will definitely love this! It’s so easy to do!

What you need:
  • A variety of objects with circle shapes(bottle caps, old chess pieces, toys, marker caps, tissue tubes etc.)
  • At least 3 or more colors of paint (the more the merrier!)
  • Bond paper
  • Apron or smocks

Step 1: Start off by collecting all those round objects! Make sure they vary in size! Also, some circles may be hallow like the bottle caps and others solid like the bottom part of chess pieces. This makes the end product really nice!

Step 2: Prepare the different colors of paint for your little ones. Put the paint on plates or containers which are shallow so they wouldn’t have a hard time getting the paint

Step 3: Dip and Stamp!

Step 4: Show off your work! 🙂

Top 10 most influential blogs

So every year in the world of blogging, 10 blogs are recognized for the impact they have made on their readers. This features blog written from March 2009 to the present date.

Now, I’ve just started blogging and most of the blogs I’ve read have been around since 2008. Still, there are some new blogs that I think should be recognized for a job well done and the help they’ve given people like me in finding just the right stuff!

If you have a blog, please also do nominate and vote for your blog of choice.

Full instructions for your entry to qualify can be seen here –

My Top 10 Emerging Blogs for 2010

  • – It’s a fun and informative video blog that highlights a variety of things you can do in the metro.. or rather in the Philippines! Ranging from food, to sports, to concerts and events! It’s the perfect site to visit if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend, whether it be to party or just relax!
  • – Watch the show and read the blog! Want the latest news on upcoming gadgets and cool websites? Then this is the site to visit! It shares the various technology trends and gadgets out there today.
  • – Sex has been around since the beginning of time and yet people are still afraid or ashamed to talk about it. (Especially in the Philippines) Though I agree that young children should not yet know too much about this topic, I also think that for those who do know, it is important to understand it! The best thing this site talks about is the dangers and risks of not having safe sex. It answers questions many teenage girls (and even boys) are afraid to ask but need to know.
  • – Sick of the usual food chains around your area? Trying to look for something new and unique? Then you’ve come to the right place! It’s one man’s (and well, probably his team) search for food nirvana! Check out all the different and unique restaurants which most of us don’t even notice! One of the best food blogs around!
  • – I love to run and so does this blogger! Her blog talks all about her love for running. It’s really fun to read because she doesn’t get too technical with the running terms but instead just shares her experience!
  • – Everyone dreams of change but no one does anything about it. We’re so good in pointing fingers that we fail to reflect on our own actions. Here, one woman shares the same passion of change, but instead of pointing fingers, she starts with herself.
  • – Want to watch a movie but not sure if it’s good enough? Check out some reviews here
  • – One of the best blogs to visit if you’re looking for an upcoming sale or shopping event! C’mon girls!
  • – a billboard and magazine cover blog! I’m not much into magazine reading but I do like to browse the covers from time to time!
  • – I love running and enjoy reading fellow runners blog! One girl tells her short and honest tales of her different running adventures!

This event was made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Events and Corporate Video, Budget hotel in Makati, Pinoy Party Food, Copyediting Services, PR Agency Philippines, Budget Travel Philippines, Send Gifts to the Philippines, Black Friday Deals, Roomrent – units for rent, Search Profile Index, and Corporate Events Organizer.

Goodluck Bloggers! 🙂