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3 Ways to Play Uno with a Toddler

I absolutely love board games! I grew up playing them and always had this fantasy of having family game nights with lots of laughter and excitement. (Note the word fantasy, we are not there yet!)
My three year old just started to understand the concept of sharing (not doing it, understanding it), can’t understand rules, and has impulse control issues when it comes to not touching EVERYTHING in front of her. All these these things are far from ideal for playing games.
So teaching her to sit and play a board game was a tricky task, but we did it. And here’s how!

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Sensory Play to Learn Arabic!

Before I dive into the activity, I want to talk a little bit about sensory play. So why sensory play? It has a lot of things stacked up against it: it’s messy, it’s dirty, it can take time to set up…and, oh yeah, you have to clean it up!

BUT when you think about a playground, a children’s museum or even a preschool, what is the one thing they all have in common? Most of the time, the feature attraction involves sensory play. It can be a sand box at the playground, the water area at the museum, or the “sensory box” at the school. And kids love it!

So why is it beneficial to use senses when teaching children new skills? Well, Amanda Morgan at Not Just Cute put it really well: Continue reading Sensory Play to Learn Arabic!

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Thanksgiving….or Alhamdolilah Day?

So with Thanksgiving and the other holidays around the corner, as an imigrant muslim mom, I always feel unsure of how to approach them.

On the one hand, I love Turkey…and food. But on the other hand, am I confusing my child by celeberating holidays from other cultures?

But first, lets just stare at a picture of a mouthwatering turkey…

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