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School vacations are the perfect times to do bonding activities with your daughters. Activities you both love to do but wasn’t able to because of schooling. Here’s a list of what you can do to bond this coming school break aside from outdoor activities and where you can get your resources.
1.Baking & Cupcake Decorating – Cupcakes are so in these days and what fun it will bring when you both can make your own cupcakes to share with your family. Little girls like to decorate cupcakes with toppings of their choice. You can explore the various tints of pink, blue, and brown with your favorite flavors (chocolate, strawberry, bubblegum) or come up with your own flavors and give a name for the cupcake you both created. (photo by Nina Matthews Photography)
Vicky Veloso Barrera’s Tiny Kitchen – Baking and Cupcake Making Workshop for Kids
For your Baking Needs, you can try out these shops online:
🙂 Try Out These Cupcake Shops
If you aren’t the baking type or just feel trying out the best cupcakes in town with your sweet-toothed daughter, you can try out the latest flavors from these cupcake stores. You can easily click their shops and order from Facebook Pages!
Very affordable but equally yummy cupcakes made by a beauty queen. Price ranges from P160.00 per pack of 8 to P240.00 per box of 6. Try their best-sellers Ecka’s Royale, Oreo Crumble and Ecka’s Carrot.
2.Hairstyling – This is the perfect time to practice different hairstyles for your child. School days are so hectic and you can hardly think of a nice hairstyle for your daughter before she goes to school. Pony-tails are not the only styles out there mommy. Long-hair or short hair, your daughter can look nice sporting different hairstyles without you spending a lot of time doing them. All it takes is practice 🙂
Here’s some good links with instructional videos you can check out if you want to practice some different hairstyles for your daughter:
3.Craftmaking – Doing crafts is not only beneficial in terms of developing creativity. According to this article, “arts and crafts aid emotional well-being to an extent that more active pursuits such as sports cannot, whereas certain arts and crafts activities also offer maths and geometry challenges, which help to keep the brain sharp.”
Memory Crafters is an arts and crafts store which also offers subscription service wherein you will be sent a box full of craft activities which you and your child can share with. The contents of the box are kept secret until you receive them which keeps the excitement growing while you two are waiting for your box to arrive.
Arts In The City on the other hand is a summer school where you and your daughter can enroll and do crafts with other participating moms and their kids. Arts In The City is also offering regular classes in other areas of arts (ballet, music and voice, dance) in partnership with major arts organizations such as Ballet Philippines, Manila Orchestra and UP Madrigal Singers.
4.Nail Designing – Little girls are always bedazzled by their moms when they see their glossy nails. Why not make this vacation a fantastic one for your daughter by doing her nails. Girlstuff Forever washable nail polishes will be perfect for your tweens! Furthermore, if you want to treat your pretty one completely, why not go to a nail spa perfect for kids such as Peppermint Kids Nail Salon and have both of you relaxed and be pampered by nail professionals.
5.Cross Stitching – The art of cross stitching is not lost and learning about it in your high school days is not over yet. These days, cross stitching has developed into a full-pledged career for some mommies. But you don’t need to be business-minded to enjoy cross-stitching. You two can just enjoy looking for a simple pattern of your favorite cartoon characters or maybe alphabets to spell out your nicknames and cross-stitch away!
Cross Stitch Fundamentals – Check this article for an easy start-up if you yourself don’t know anything about cross-stitching.
TouchCrafts – This craft store company has outlets in most of our major malls in the city where you can find your cross-stitch materials including the colorful threads your daughter will love to use.
6.Scrapbooking – Who doesn’t love scrapbooking these days! Gone were the days when you just simply paste your photos in photo albums and keep them inside your shelves until they get dusty. Scrapbooking helps you make memorable pages with your child by creatively collecting memorabilia of your family’s precious events and journals. Sky is the limit when it comes to being creative in making each of your pages. Teach your daughter on how she can make her own scrapbook and see how she gets creative putting photos of you, her siblings and her friends in her precious pages.
Affordable Supplies – What’s fun in scrapbooking is that the supplies are so affordable that you can easily execute your design ideas without spending so much. Here’s a list of shops where you can get your supplies without burning your pockets :
MemoryLaneStore – they also offer scrapbooking and stamping classes
Shmily Arts & Crafts – an arts craft store in Sta. Ana, Manila which has basic scrapbooking supplies. They also sell craft supplies online plus beading/jewelry items, polymer clay & felt cloths.
Papemelroti – This company has been in the industry of craft supplies selling since time immemorial 🙂 Till now, they continously sell affordable crafts and scrapbooking supplies.
7.Plastic/Gift Wrapping – Gift wrapping is a must for girls and moms because we are usually the gift-givers. Everyone loves to receive gifts wrapped with love and sometimes, the wrapping is enough to make someone happy! Plastic wrapping is one useful talent itself. When your daughter knows how to cover books with plastic by herself, you’ll have one happy assistant come school days when they can cover their books themselves complete with their own designs 🙂
Gift Wrapping Techniques for Kids – Learn these so-easy-to-do gift wrapping strategies. You and your daughter will always be the star of the holidays when they see your presents.
8.Modeling/Personality or Confidence Development – Confidence and style may not be that easy to bring out when your daughter seems to be naturally shy. But your child can overcome all these through your support and your own examples. Modeling or confidence lessons will help your daughters overcome insecurities or develop themselves into better persons when it comes to communicating what they want. You don’t need to feel too competitive or has to have stardom wishes before you go out and enroll in personality development classes. Just the confidence to go out and shine wherever you are and be able to speak for yourself will be enough to give your child the edge in the future.
9.Painting – Most children pass that stage when they really love to paint. Our children are usually the most creative painters in the family. My opinion on this is because they still don’t have enough words to explain what they feel about their surroundings and their experiences. Their imaginations usually come out through paintings. See how your daughter see the world and how she feels about you and your family through colors and paints (photo by Jerry).
You can purchase painting supplies from these shops:
This summer, you can both enroll in Painting Classes such as the one being given by KidzArtPhilippines . They offer art and painting classes for kids 2-14 years old.
10.Photography – Summer is the best time to start a hobby in photography. The sun is bright and the family goes to places where there are lots of very nice subjects to shoot at, the beach, parks, restaurants. All these colorful places plus the warm smiles you see from the people can be your daughter’s first interesting objects on her photos. Both of you will also enjoy taking turns shooting photos of each other.
Photography Workshop for Kids – This is the perfect time to check these workshop studios before the slots are completely filled in.
Here are nice resources where you can find basic photography info for your kids:
11.Bonus Idea – Polymer Clay Making – Polymer clay is like playing with your child’s favorite Play Doh though the materials are different. With polymer clay, you can create shapes and figures from your imaginations. Many mommies had been in the business of selling polymer clay jewelries and they really look amazing. Hobbes and Landes is offering a polymer clay making workshop for moms and kids 4 to 10 years old. Check their schedules here.
12. Bonus Idea – Science Art Lab – Are your kids fond of science? You can both enjoy science with art by joining Hobbes and Landes Art Lab this coming April and May. Check their workshop schedules so you can reserve your slots.