Archive for the 'Play time' Category

Indoor or outdoor play area?

How important would it be to you, to have an indoor and outdoor play area for your children, in the development that you live in? Well it seems that a Dubai doctor is trying to get Abu Dhabi government to introduce guidelines, that would require every new development to have these spaces. Read more at The National.

Dr Rajeshree Singhania, a neuro-development doctor in Dubai, urged the Government to recognise the value of play and introduce guidelines that would reserve space in future developments for indoor and outdoor recreation zones.“It’s an appeal to policymakers to accept the concept of play for what it is,” she said. “It is extremely important for a child’s social, physical and mental development and research has shown that free play helps with their emotional development as well.”

Developers should be obliged to include play areas in high rise buildings, in the same way that zoning laws dictate some land-use regulations, she said.

“When you plan a city there are certain laws requiring ‘X’ amounts of green areas per inhabitant. Well, I am of the opinion that all high-rise buildings should have at least some dedicated play areas so kids can have a place to go and play without going out to the roads, where there’s a lot of traffic.”

Dr Singhania is already putting the plan into practice at Dubai’s City of Arabia property project.

Kindergarters and School

How is your kindergartener learning?  There is a lot of talk about what kindergarteners’ should learn and what they are really learning.  Does your child get to learn through play and exploring, or are they just taking test and learning things that older children should be learn? What do you expect from your child, regarding what they should be able to learn?  Have you asked your child if they enjoy school, and do they tell all about their day?

I think parents should watch out for school burnout, and pushing children too early.  There needs to be a balance, and we need to help them find that balance.  The child’s natural way of learning is through exploring and playing.  So, ask yourself is exploring, a part of test taking, and does it really help?  I think educators are starting to understand, that children do not learn by tests, and that they need to get back basic and good old Child’s play.  Please give your thoughts.

Safe Toys for your little one

ParentDish has a list of safe online toy stores, for your little ones.  If you have bought any toys from these company, please tell us, your thoughts on them.

Back to Basics with the Activity Cart

Here is a great gift idea for your Toddler, that will keep them busy for a long time, with the Activity Cart.

Union Properties supports Children’s City

AME Info: 

UP has planned several activities dedicated to the community this year to highlight its 20 years of growth in the emirate of Dubai.

‘We owe our success and growth over the past 20 years to the Government of Dubai’s infinite support for the private sector, and it is our turn to give back to the society that forms the Dubai community,’ said Michael Jackson, Marketing Director, UP. ‘As a company, we recognize the importance of children’s creative and educational development, and our goal is to support their future through our commitment to support non-profit organizations such as Children’s City, who are part of Dubai Municipality.’

Makiya Al Haijiri, Head of Children’s City said, ‘The support of the private sector in Children’s City activities is very important in achieving our social goals.’

‘With the launch of our 20th anniversary commemorations in April 2007, we have organized a series of community activities to support various non-profit organizations. The support we are offering Children’s City today represents the first of many such activities that we have planned for this year. It is our way of supporting the organizations that work hand in hand with schools and families to develop children who are confident and creative builders of their future,’ added Jackson.

Ibn Battuta mall’s second monthly Coffee Club

Al Bawaba:

Women and children gather at ibn battuta mall’s second monthly coffee club to raise funds for the beit al khair society.

Guests enjoyed a Starbucks Coffee Seminar, new Summer Ranges by Debenham’s and a fun fitness demonstration by Fitness First

Over 130 women and children gathered at Ibn Battuta Mall’s second monthly Coffee Club this morning to hear an interactive Coffee Seminar from special host Starbucks, view the latest Summer looks from Debenham’s and be motivated by an energizing aerobic performance by Fitness First, with all donations raised going towards the Beit Al Khair Society – who provide humanitarian services to the needy U.A.E nationals.

Starbucks showcased its leading coffees from around the world and discussed the origins of the featured coffees in “Geography is a Flavour”, with guests learning different tasting terms used by professional baristas and also how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home using the Starbucks coffee press. At the session, participants also discovered how to pair select coffees with the ideal food item to compliment the flavours and provide a taste sensation.

“We are passionate about the coffees we serve and interactive workshops such as these help us to share our knowledge and expertise with our customers so they can discover the Starbucks Experience at our stores and their homes,” said Maan Kouly, Senior Operations Manager, Starbucks Coffee Middle East.
Children were kept entertained by the friendly and fun Ibn Battuta Mall characters, while their mothers watched Debenhams, voted UAE’s best department store by Grazia Magazine readers, present their Summer Ranges for both men and women in a lively and entertaining fashion parade, with 15 Fitness First trainers acting as models for the event.

“We are thrilled with the attendance each month to Ibn Battuta Mall’s Coffee Club and we are delighted to host an event for women in Dubai to gather and engage in topics across health, lifestyle, childcare, fitness and fashion, while also raising funds for a charity which today was the Beit Al Khair Society,” said Sandy Mercer, Marketing Manager, Ibn Battuta Mall.

Benefit (Make Up) from Debenhams provided mini make overs for guests, while Calvin Kelin launched the new fragrance CK1in2u and offered free samples to women who attended the Coffee Club.

Guests were also treated to a yoga demonstration and high energy aerobic routine from Fitness First professional trainers, with each attendee receiving a one week guest pass to any of the Fitness First locations around Dubai. One lucky lady also won a one month guest pass to attend Fitness First.
© 2007 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

Playhouse changing their programs and rates

It seems that the Playhouse in Abu Dhabi is making a lot of changes to their programs and rates. I have received many SMSs in the last couple of days, if you would like more information about their changes you can call them at 02 666 0124.

Toy Fair

There will be a Toy Fair in Dubai on 13-15 of May. I have not received the timing of the event, or prices, but when I know, I will post them here.

Ramadan

I would like to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan. Here are some links for your children, to help them understand Ramadan and have some fun while they are learning.

Ramadan.co.uk (This link has the story of Ramadan, coloring pages, and word puzzles.)

Kaboos

RamadanKids.com

Holy Ramadan (This link has stories to help your children to understand Ramadan, and they also have children songs.)

PBS.org (a coloring page for Ramadan)

123greetings.com (a list of activities and different ways to get get your children to understand Ramadan.)

If you know of any other good links for the children and Ramadan, please list them in the comments section.

Kaboose Website

Today while I was working on something else, I came across this website called Kaboose, that is all about kids. They have computer games (PC and Mac friendly), crafts, healthy kids, travel, party ideas, holidays, clip art, and a section just for Moms. Check out this site and let me know how you like it.