Yummy Fruity Bracelet

Children.. and even adults love eating fruit loops! So why not use this to further strengthen the lesson? This specific activity is actually a lacing activity that helps develop fine motor skills. It would also be easier for older kids to do since young children’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed. Still, the end product works for all ages. The teachers simply need to assist the young children more in doing this activity.

Since we’re still on our topic of circles… we decided to have the children make their own fruit loop bracelet!  Since my students are still in the pre-nursery level, they needed much of our assistance. Once we were done, they were all smiles and proud to show off their bracelets. At first, they were even unsure if they wanted to eat it or not. Some of them wanted to take it home and keep it! Still, it was a lot of fun watching them slowly nibble the fruit loops off their wrists!


What you will need:

  • Fruit Loops (amount varies on the number of kids)
  • Small plates
  • Nylon thread or yarn

Step 1: Cut the nylon or yarn to the size fit for the child’s wrist.

Tip: It’s always better if it’s too long rather than too short. Leave some allowance.

Step 2: Give the children a small plate and some fruit loops to get started.


Step 3: Insert the fruit loops one by one. Try a variety of colors.

Step 4: If you think there are enough fruit loops on, tie the ends of the nylon/yarn together. Make sure to tie it properly so it doesn’t break off later on.

Step 5: MUNCH Time!

NOTE: To teachers and parents: It may get a bit messy while the children are eating, but don’t worry! We can easily clean up afterward. Let them have their fun!

The Colorful and Round Caterpillar!

This week, the kiddos are learning all about the circle shape! Shapes are such a fun thing to teach because there’s just so many things we can do! Though, we do have to restrict ourselves from doing too much cause we might ran out of activities for future lessons. (hehe)

For our circle activity, we decided to have the children make caterpillars! If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say there are several ways in making a caterpillar! You can use thumb prints, egg carton, tissue rolls and many many more! It’s all about creativity! In our case, we used construction paper cut into circles. Before the activity, we read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We actually already read this story when we were studying the days of the week, so this was more on a review.

Another note to teachers, it’s okay to retell stories to kids. You can stick with the same story for one whole week, depending on the children’s interest. Young children easily forget things, so telling the story over and over again helps them remember it. Moreover, when you retell a story, you can focus on different parts each time you retell it. In our case, we first focused on the days of the week several weeks ago. Today, we focused on the caterpillar itself and what it looked like. In the future, we can use this book again and focus on food next! That’s the great thing about books, there’s so much you could learn from it that sometimes we don’t even notice! When you retell a story, you not only let the child remember the story more, you also let the child love the book more. Hence, develop his/her love for reading!

After retelling the story, it was time to make our own caterpillar! Just follow these simple steps:


  • Glue
  • Puncher
  • Scotch Tape
  • Red yarn/ Red marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Fuzzy wires
  • Construction paper of various colors (Cut into circles)

STEP 1: Lay out the circles for the child to see. Let them select the color of their choice. 5 circles per child will do.

Tip: You may let the children name the colors as they pick it out.

STEP 2: Punch two holes on the head for the caterpillar’s antenna

Step 3: Glue the tips of the circles together. (I usually start with the tail so the head comes out on top)

Step 4: Insert the fuzzy wire into the hole. Tape the wire at the back to prevent it from falling off.

Step 5: Glue the eyes in place

Step 6:Use the red yarn to make the caterpillar’s mouth. If not available, you may use a red marker instead

Step 7: (For older kids)

For older kids, the teacher may prepare legs shaped like letter L and have them glue it on. For younger kids however, the teacher may simply leave the caterpillar as is or glue on the legs herself. (It would still be too difficult for their tiny hands)

Have fun making your colorful caterpillars and displaying them around the classroom! What are other fun ways to make caterpillars? Do share!

Miles for Smiles: Running for a Difference

Just a few weeks ago, I was surfing the net looking for a run for this coming Uugust. There were two fun runs that I was eying. Unsure though which I wanted to join.

2 weeks ago during the Robinson’s Fit and Fun Buddy Run, I was handed a flier on the Miles for Smiles marathon. I started reading and slowly it gained my interest. I spotted a category for groups. I never tried running in a group, but this run made me want to try it! Running in a group cost 15,000 pesos for a 10 members running 10km! That’ll be two firsts for me! Running in a group and running 10km! (I can barely run 5km!)… though it’s a stretch, I also think it’s for a good cause. You see, running in a group automatically means sponsoring the cleft operation of one child. Running individually on the other hand means donating to one child’s operation.

Making a difference in someone’s life always feels good. So why not make a difference doing something I enjoy right? I immediately started looking for my 9 members! Posting on facebook, texting friends and even begging others! Finally after a week of searching… I found my 9 members!

They are namely:

  1. Jessica Fernandez (Toddler teacher from Little Presidents Learning Palace)
  2. Joanne Gamo (Grade 3 teacher from Xavier School)
  3. Sheena Gonzales (Teacher from Whizminds at Robinson’s Galleria)
  4. Hannah Villasis (author www.flaircandy.com)
  5. Gene Ong (Mother of my former student/ Dentist and owner of Dental Connection)
  6. Michelle Sunglao (Mother of a former student of Jessica)
  7. Ronaldo Sunglao (Father of a former student of Jessica)
  8. Paul Villareal (Accounting graduate, my future brother-in-law)
  9. Philippe Villareal (Computer Programmer, my future husband)
  10. Cheryl Golangco (author of this amazing blog! ehhe)

None of us are professional runners, none of us run on a daily or even weekly basis, and for some, this would be their first ever run! It doesn’t take much to make a difference… it just takes some dedication. So to my 9 co-runners, know that you are making a very big difference in one child’s life!

I’ll update you guys soon on how the run will go! For others who are also interested to join this run and make a difference, you can register from July 15 – August 15, 2010 at the following shops: (You may also click the picture above to zoom in and view the details!)

I. 2nd Level, ROX, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

II. Christ Sports a. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
b. SM Megamall, Ortigas, Pasig
c. Festival Mall, Filinvest, Alabang
d. SM North Edsa
e. Glorietta 3

The run will be on Aug. 22, 2010 at the Fort! See you there! 🙂

John and Yoko Cosmopolitan Japanese Restaurant

I first tried John and Yoko several months ago… I and Philippe were on a food trip, and since I’m such a fan of Japanese food, I decided to order several dishes.. so long as they were within my budget. 2 days ago, I visited John and Yoko for the second time! I must say, I’m still as please as I first was!

John and Yoko is a restaurant found on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 5. If you didn’t read the name, I bet you wouldn’t even think it was a Japanese restaurant. I honestly thought it looked more like a club because of its vivid red, purple and black colors! However, as its name already informs us, it’s a Cosmopolitan Japanese restaurant. It’s unlike the typical Japanese style restaurants here in the Philippines where the place looks “quiet” and “homey”. It didn’t look like any simple restaurants filled with white lights, chairs and tables either. The light was dim and the walls were black designed with purple and red colors! Perfect for today’s generation and some of the hip older generation.

This restaurant is slowly becoming one of my favorite restaurants! haha and I actually ordered a lot, but I’ll try to tell you how they all were.

First off was the Japanese Rice.

It was good. It has mostly the same ingredients as typical fried rice, except the rice they used was a bit softer and stickier than the normal fried rice. It was mostly filled with vegetables and meat, though I don’t recall tasting anything in specific (Unlike the Filipino fried rice where you’d particularly taste the green peas and hotdogs). It was more like a whole bundle of joy in my mouth!

Next up is the Salmon Belly Teriyaki.

I’m a real fan of salmon! I absolutely love it! I do however remember how my brother first forced me to eat raw salmon when I was younger. I thought it was served accidentally because it was uncooked! I didn’t know back then about the wonderful world of sushi! So anyways, the Salmon Belly was a little sweet, because of the teriyaki sauce. My favorite part about it though was how it tasted so soft and fresh, as if I were eating the raw salmon (for those who aren’t fans of sushi, don’t worry, I swear it’s still good!).. it was so soft that it melted in my mouth! (so I exaggerate a little…hehe)

Mt. Fuji Steak

First of all, I’m not complaining, I actually enjoyed this dish a lot! But this dish tasted more like an American dish. 2 pieces of boneless steak dipped in mushroom sauce! Really good! I guess that’s part of the “cosmopolitan” style of this restaurant. Underneath all the steak and mushroom were french fries dipped in the same sauce. The fries were a bit soggy though ‘coz of the sauce, and they kinda felt weird to me. The steak and mushroom sauce though was a classic!

Beef Teppan

I could say that this is one of my favorite dishes here at John and Yoko. The beef is cut into cubes and served with bean sprout (which was also good by the way!) Though the been sprouts were vegetables, there was something about it that had an umami taste (meaty taste). So back to the beef… the beef was really tender and soft. I couldn’t quite pinpoint what ingredient was used, but there was a faint taste of dairy. The taste was not too strong to alter what real beef should taste like, but it was enough to keep me craving for more!

Dragon Roll

Eating in a Japanese restaurant would not be complete without an order of sushi! The restaurant’s menu had around 10 different kinds of sushi that I didn’t know what to order! I ended up ordering the dragon roll. The dragon roll was rice stuffed with unagi (eel) and fresh mangoes on top. This is only my second time to have tasted eel so for those who haven’t tasted eel… well it’s seafood, so it has that distinct taste, but unlike fish, it isn’t as soft. Eel is actually a little hard… in a way, some part of it’s meat is like  uncooked noodles. You’d be lucky if the meat you got was soft, though I was told that it takes too long to cook eel meat to get it to become that soft.

So anyways, that pretty much sums up my John and Yoko experience. I’ll definitely go back here to try out the other dishes on their menu! You guys should too! I swear you won’t be disappointed!

Crayon resist magic

Young children are easily fascinated.. that’s why magic always works with them regardless of how simple it may be! It becomes even more fun for them when they are able to perform that “magic” on their own. Even after they’ve done it, they still couldn’t believe it! It often gives them a feeling of great joy and accomplishment that they were able to do such a mind-boggling task!

Last week we prepared a crayon resist activity for the children. It takes some time to prepare it, but it’s really fun to make! The children’s eyes were filled with amazement after accomplishing the task. One child even came up to me and said, “Wow! Ang galing ko oh! Marunong ako magmagic!” (Wow, I’m so good! I can do magic)

Here are the steps on how to do it:

STEP 1: Get a blank piece of paper

STEP 2: Using a white crayon, draw something for the children. (Here, I drew a sun)

STEP 3: Using any color of paint, paint on the paper

(Before giving this to the kids, it’s always fun to show them that the paper is blank and tell them that they can do magic!)

STEP 4: Watch the children be amazed!

You can also try using different crayon colors. It adds effects to the painting and makes it even more beautiful. (Though of course, you can’t do the magic trick anymore)

Here are more samples of crayon resists arts:

Hope you had fun! Do feel free to comment especially if you have more suggestions to make this activity even better for the kids! 🙂

Teaching animations!

Preschool is oftentimes a lot of fun because of our cute and curious little kids. It’s always a blessing to see their faces whenever they discover something for the first time… and believe me, there’s a lot of this in our class!

I teach the pre-nursery level in a big school in Makati. The kids barely talk and rarely react. During the first few weeks, or even months of school, it would often feel like I was doing a one woman act!

“What color is the sun?”

wait a while…. blank stares….

“it’s… YELLOW… and look it’s smiling! woooww!”

more blank stares

I wouldn’t consider this a burden though, more like a challenge to be surpassed! Every week we create our lesson plans.. and every week we need to come up with the simplest yet most fascinating activities that will grab the children’s attention. And everyday, we need to come up with ways to keep that attention focused on the lesson. If they’re able to sit for more than 10minutes… consider that an accomplishment!

To all those new teachers out there, don’t feel scared or intimidated if children at this age don’t seem to be interested or don’t seem to respond whenever you’re teaching. It’s just that they get restless and bored easily. They may not seem to respond, but oftentimes, they’re listening. Take this all as a challenge instead… to be the most animated teacher you can be!

Robinson's Fit and Fun Buddy Run

Last July 11, I ran in the 3rd Fit and Fun Buddy Run sponsored by Robinsons. I was really really sleepy and actually woke up an hour after my alarm cluck rung! So I tried to take a shower in the quickest way possible and took a cab to the fort, arriving only 5minutes before gun start! haha

The thing that makes the BUDDY RUN different from the others is that you have to start with your buddy and end with your buddy. My buddy being of course my most beloved fiance, Philippe. So the other thing that made this run difficult, was that my average running time was 30 to 40min for 5km, while Philippe’s average running time would be 45-50min. for the same distance. Hmmm…. let’s calculate shall we? so if I slow down and Philippe speeds up a bit.. we could finish in 40min? I wished! haha

We heard the gun shot and off we went! Oh and by the way, while in the cab to the fort, I read about the special awards to be given after the race. One was entitled “Can’t Take My Hands Off You” haha So I and Philippe held hands the entire run… ESPECIALLY if we spotted a photographer! haha As we finished the first 1km of the race, Philippe started complaining of stomach pains. I on the other hand was determined to finish the race with a good time that I kept pulling him and forcing him to run more! So imagine 2 people pulling each other while running! Philippe was pulling me to the sidewalk to sit for a second, while I was pulling him to run more! I eventually gave up though, as he explained his appendix was about to burst of pain! We finished the race after 48min.

So besides our experience, I’d also like to share how this race was in my opinion, one of the most organized marathons I’ve ever been to! Upon crossing the finish line, there were people holding laptops who would immediately enter your number and time into the computer, after which, another person would get you number stub and record your time. Then, before you’re even able to wander off, the lines (coming from the finish line) are already restricted… and you find yourself already in line for the loot bags! This prevented long lines and “heavy traffic”. It was really well organized.  Afterwards, there were several refreshment booths, food, and of course, the photo booth! Though the lines were long, it moved fast. Plus, there was lots to do and enough space for the lines to go on. Congrats to the organizers! My only suggestion, more photo booths next time!

P.S. Philippe and I didn’t win the special award. Apparantly, holding hands wasn’t enough. They were actually looking for the “naughtiest” couple who really can’t get their hands off each other while running! haha