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A Fisher-Price Giveaway: The Joy of Learning Workshop Manila

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”

Recently, my daughter enjoys role playing. She learned that me as her “mama” can be her “horse.” Whenever she sees that I’m not busy with anything, she’d come to me and say, “Mama, horse.” She likes riding on my back and we’d walk around the house together. I treasure moments like this in my heart.

N’s typical day in the house is mostly about play. She likes playing with her toys — most especially balls, pegging games, cars, and blocks. She’s now showing interest in puzzles but I don’t allow her to open the ones we have at home since the pieces are still small for her. One of these days, I’ll try to find a puzzle that suits her age.

I also make it a point to have books within her reach. She likes reading Dr. Seuss’ ABC or Green Eggs and Ham, Frances, and her Nursery Rhymes. I do allow her to watch TV, in close supervision and moderation. She only gets to watch some of the TV shoes that I know she likes over Jim Jam, Nick or Disney Jr.

In a week or two, I see to it that she gets to play and interact with other kids so I bring her to Gymboree Play & Music in Robinson’s Magnolia Town Center, where she is a member. We also like joining and organizing play dates with the kids of The Mommy Avenue.

Play is not just about toys. Toy is not just about having fun. Fun doesn’t necessarily equate to learning. These 3 should all go hand-in-hand. I believe that play should serve both learning and fun. I believe that as parents, it is our responsibility to choose our kids’ toys carefully.

I’ve done a little research on some general guidelines that could help us in choosing toys for our kids. According to KidsHealth.org, we should keep these things in mind:

  1. Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  2. Stuffed toys should be washable.
  3. Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
  4. Art materials should say nontoxic.
  5. Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

  • Toys should be large enough – at least 1ΒΌ” (3 centimeters) in diameter and 2ΒΌ” (6 centimeters) in length – so that they can’t be swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A small-parts tester, or choke tube, can determine if a toy is too small. These tubes are designed to be about the same diameter as a child’s windpipe. If an object fits inside the tube, then it’s too small for a young child. If you can’t find one of these products, a toilet paper roll can be used for the same purpose.
  • Avoid marbles, coins, balls, and games with balls that are 1.75 inches (4.4 centimeters) in diameter or less because they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and restrict breathing.
  • Battery-operated toys should have battery cases that secure with screws so that kids cannot pry them open. Batteries and battery fluid pose serious risks, including choking, internal bleeding, and chemical burns.
  • When checking a toy for a baby or toddler, make sure it’s unbreakable and strong enough to withstand chewing. Also, make sure it doesn’t have:

-sharp ends or small parts like eyes, wheels, or buttons that can be pulled loose.
-small ends that can extend into the back of the mouth.
-strings longer than 7 inches (18 centimeters).
-parts that could become pinch points for small fingers.

  • Most riding toys can be used once a child is able to sit up well while unsupported – but check with the manufacturer’s recommendation. Riding toys like rocking horses and wagons should come with safety harnesses or straps and be stable and secure enough to prevent tipping.
  • Stuffed animals and other toys that are sold or given away at carnivals, fairs, and in vending machines are not required to meet safety standards. Check carnival toys carefully for loose parts and sharp edges before giving them to your infant.

It is also important for us to teach our kids to be responsible in putting away their own toys after playing. I recommend having a storage box at home where your child could use as they pack their toys away.

I still have a lot to learn when it comes to my child’s development, and playing is just a facet of it. That is why I felt giddy when I learned the Carrie Lupoli, a renowned Parenting & Child Development consultant is coming to Manila this June 16th to facilitate a workshop called “The Joy of Learning.”

You might want to ask questions like, “Is there such a thing as overplay or giving too many toys to our kids?”

Here’s a DEAL:

In partnership with Fisher-Price, Carrie’s “The Joy of Learning” Manila leg will be on June 16, 2013 (Sunday), 9:00AM to 3:00PM at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Pasig City (beside Robinson’s Galleria). Tickets are sold for only P1,000 inclusive of snacks, lunch, goody bag and a chance to win great prizes in the raffle! (I think this amount is super worth it!)

I also recommend bringing your husbands/partners with you when you attend. It is also best to leave the kids at home with a trusted adult caregiver so we can focus more on learning from the workshop.

To register, please visit: http://richwell.net/fisherprice/ . If you’ve got other questions, please feel free to use the comment box below.

Wait! I’ve got GREAT news for my readers! πŸ™‚ Fisher-Price, through this blog, is asking me to take 5 mommies or daddies with me in the workshop for FREE! Yes, not 1, not 2, but 5!! Weeee!

There are 2 ways in which you can win a pass for “The Joy of Learning” workshop:

  1. By just visiting bit.ly/thejoyoflearning and follow the mechanics found at the Rafflecopter widget. There will be 3 winners for this raffle.
  2. By just visiting facebook.com/moomymusings because I will be posting 2 trivia questions in random that has got to do with the workshop. The first person to answer the each trivia question correctly automatically wins the free pass! The question will be posted anytime from May 27 – June 14, 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone and I’m looking forward to meeting my winners on The Joy of Learning workshop.

Fisher-Price’s Joy of Learning workshop is also made possible through the support of Gymboree Play & Music and The Learning Basket.

Let’s all learn together and support each other in this step of becoming the best parents to our children. πŸ™‚

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Glaiza is a Filipino Home & Lifestyle Blogger, Proud Mom & Military Wife. She believes that a happy and informed family life is both a choice and responsibility. Motherhood is a blessing, and best traveled by sharing and inspiring others. β™₯

59 Comments

Elie Udasco

If I were given the chance to ask Ms Lupoli a question, I’d ask her if it is okay to let the babies play with toys that says “Non-Toxic”?

Emilie P. Udasco
eliecious@rocketmail.com

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eloisa

How can I handle a toddler who is always shouting?

Eloisa De Jesus
eloisadejesus2010@yahoo.com

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Unknown

I would like to ask Ms. Lupoli, Is it advisable to let your child play gadgets such as iPad, Android Phones and the like? If yes, at what age would you recommend it? Thanks.

Name: Cherie Chan
Email: cherienchan@gmail.com

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Yvette Heart

Thank you Mommy Glai for sharing this information to us mommies who are also keen on finding toys that will help our kids to their mental and physical development. More power πŸ™‚

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Michael Yu

Hi Ms. Carrie Lupoli, my question is: “Is it advisable to let your baby play her toys while feeding her? Coz I’m afraid she won’t focus on her meals when she is holding her toy”. Thanks! Hope to get a free pass on this wonderful workshop. Btw, my little Myrie Cherise is now 6mos. and half. Ü. -Daddy Michael Yu

Name: Michael Yu
Email: mtanyu@gmail.com

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thabibe

Maria Cecilia Azucena
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mary reana

If i will be givin’a chance to ask question to Ms. Lupoli, I think I will ask her about, what to do when there is a siblings rivalry and how to deal with them in a manner that they won’t sense any favoritism among them… thank you.

mary a. reana
mary_reana@yahoo.com.ph

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Rina Zamora

If I had one question to ask Ms. Carrie Lupoli it would be:

Do you recommend tablets for children to play with? (with age-appropriate apps of course)

Rina Zamora
rinazamora@gmail.com

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mariz dela cruz

I’d like to know how to handle tantrums and how can I teach my child to share his toys with other kids.

Mariz dela Cruz
mariz108629@yahoo.com

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mariz dela cruz

What toys would you recommend for 4 y/o kids?

Mariz dela Cruz
mariz108629@yahoo.com

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christine

what is the best way to hone your child’s skills?

christine batiller
olesilo@yahoo.com

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Vanenie

For us budget-conscious parents, what toys would you recommend that we buy that would last and still be useful until our kids are school-aged kids?

Vanessa Salosagcol
vanepsal09(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Zendie Magistrado

I’d like to ask her how to teach siblings to share toys, take turns and accept that their wish may not always be granted.

Zendie M. Magistrado
magidie.zen@gmail.com

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Mervin Co

So timely indeed!!! I have a one year old girl and would love to know more about toys for learning and teaching.

Grace Go Quay Co
goquay@yahoo.com

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Mervin Co

So timely indeed!!! I have a one year old girl and would like to learn more about toys for learning and teaching.

Grace Go Quay Co
goquay@yahoo.com

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Sella Goden

What are toys that stimulate learning?

Sella Goden
sellagoden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Sella Goden

Is there such a thing as dangerous toy for a child?

Sella Goden
sellagoden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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arealvixen

I just wanna ask..Is it right if I will send my 3 year old son to school soon?

–hope to win the contest πŸ™‚

-Rachelle Ann Joy Quiton-Dorado
rachelleannjoy@gmail.com

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Plautila Wang

I really like your blog post! It’s very informative. Thanks a lot.

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Plautila Wang

If you can ask Ms. Carrie Lupoli one question, what would it be?

Hello, Ms. Carrie Lupoli. Is it safe to let my child play in the rain with other children? Would my child get sick after?

Plautila San Luis-Wang
plautilawang@yahoo.com

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rolly

what are the best toys for toddlers?

Rolando Mendoza
rollyespiemendoza@gmail.com

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kesh de jesus

What’s the best way to discipline a child?

Marie Keshleen De Jesus
kesh_mendoza@Yahoo.com.ph

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esperanza mendoza

What activities are suitable for 2 year olds?

Esperanza Mendoza
espie0717@yahoo.com

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Jeriel De Jesus

Is it possible to start to discipline a 1 and a half year old child? How?

Jeriel De Jesus
k_e_s_h_16@yahoo.com

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Donna Elaine Domingo

Until what age can a child play?

Donna Elaine Quiambao
dquiambao.byltax@gmail.com

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Theresa Cruz-Escaros

It is very hard to handle toddler tantrums, especially since they still can’t express themselves. My son bangs his head on anything when he’s upset (on rubber mats, on the bed, but I’m afraid he might bang it on something harder later on) and when I talk to him calmly not to do that again, I’m doubting he understands what I’m talking about. How do you discipline/communicate at this age?

Theresa Cruz-Escaros
drterecruz@yahoo.com

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Ivafer Cruz-Sison

I’d like to ask if toys nowadays affect the behavior specially learning behavior of out child & do we need to have a specific toys given in a specific age?

Ivafer Cruz-Sison
ivafer_b_cruz@live.com

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Mark Mendoza

How to handle tantrums?

Mark Keshniel Mendoza
kahitano56@yahoo.com

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Alkina Carla Mendoza

At what age can I teach my baby to read?

Alkina Carla Mendoza
alkinacarla@yahoo.com

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Mary Ann Cueto

I’d like to ask … what do you think a child would be/like/effect if they where no toys at all.

Mary Ann Cueto
meanne_artworks@yahoo.com.ph

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Clyde Gabriel

Maybe she could give me an advice on how to cope with stress in taking care of 5 cute kids… =)
Clyde A. Gabriel
clyde_gabriel@yahoo.com

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Clyde Gabriel

I would like to ask her on how to cope with a bunch of 5 kids and be stress-free.
Clyde A. Gabriel
clyde_gabriel@yahoo.com

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Lynne Padilla

My daughter is incoming Grade 1, I would ask her what are the things to consider when choosing a school?

Erlhyn Padilla
erlhyn.padilla@yahoo.com

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Lynne Padilla

My daughter is incoming Grade 1, What are the things to consider when choosing a school?

Erlhyn Padilla
erlhyn.padilla@yahoo.com

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Regina Marie Lu

What is your stand on the new trend today which is technology like apps on ipad as a way of teaching young children?

Regina Lu
regina.rlu@gmail.com

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Regina Marie Lu

What is your stand on the new trend today which is technology like apps on ipad as a way of teaching young children?

Regina Lu
regina.rlu@gmail.com

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rocoispeaks

I will bring my husband and ask Ms. Lupoli to tell him directly why we shouldn’t let out 21 month old play with his iPad all the time! πŸ™‚

Rocel A. Villasis
rocelalba@yahoo.com

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Theresa Orteza

How can we teach our kids thru play in this modern times?

Theresa Orteza
Tcl.orteza@yahoo.com

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Theresa Orteza

Would love to attend this seminar πŸ™‚

Theresa Orteza
Tcl.orteza@yahoo.com

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deejaygayzell

I would ask Ms. Lupoli her ideas on kids using high tech gadgets e.g. the IPad for play.

Gayzell A. de Jesus
deejaygayzell@yahoo.com.ph

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Janet Dubac

Wow! Your article is very informative! I really learned a lot from this post! Thank you so much for these brilliant tips. I will definitely keep these things in mind. Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

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Ginger P. Arboleda (mommyginger.com)

How do you teach the alphabet, counting, etc. to a baby and at what month do you start teaching them?

Ginger P. Arboleda
ginger@mommyginger.com

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Michelle Namilit

Ms. Carrie Lupoli, what will happen to our child if we deny play time to them? There are some parents who are protective that their child might get hurt if they let them play in the sand or with other kids. Thank you.

Michelle Jaguimit Namilit
michelle_polancos24@yahoo.com

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Alkina Carla Mendoza

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keshia jimenez

What toys to give for my 14mos. old daughter that will maximize her brain development?

Sarai Keshia C. Jimenez
keshiajimenez@yahoo.com

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carol

my question for Ms. Carrie is that is it alright to teach babies at a younger age (less than a year old) alphabet, colors and numbers?

carol de mesa
caroldeasis@gmail.com

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juice

What kind of toys to give to infants to maximize devt?

Joyce mendoza
jycatanaoan@yahoo.com

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Edna

what are the appropriate plays an 18-months old boy should already be doing?

edna dela carsada-bautista
erdelacarsada_04@yahoo.com

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Laurence Tengkiat

With so many toys out in the market and we know that each child has different stages of development, how do we choose the ones which would cater to our child’s needs?
Laurence Tengkiat
limtengkiat@yahoo.com

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Seaman's wife

What should we consider in buying toys to our kids?
Aisa Reyes Vagilidad
icevagilidad@ymail.com

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kares

what kind of toys are best for toddlers?
KARES BERMUDEZ
kares.bermudez@gmail.com

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sassygirl19

There are a wide array of toys in the market, what type of toys do we look out for and prioritize especially for a family that is budgeted. Toys that are a-must and can be used throughout a child’s growing years.

Sally Abella-Yu
sally_0823@yahoo.com

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Amihan April Almarinez

I have two daugthers one is two and one is newborn. What toy will be appropriate two the both of them that they will both enjoy.

amihan april v almarinez
aprilvillanueva2003@yahoo.com

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mamabellamommy

Hi Mommy Glai! I would ask Ms. Carrie, “In this age of computers and gadgets, how can we encourage our kids to play as we have played before – outside and with other kids?”. πŸ™‚

Margaux Angelica A. Cruz
jebbygurl@yahoo.com

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Vicenta Castillo

My Question is,My eldest son,he is 8 yrs old is always sucking his finger until now.i keep on telling him not to that anymore.what is the effective way of advice regarding this matter?
Vicenta C. Rada
vicenta_21@yahoo.com

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babing

My baby is 15months old and seems to think of everything as fun and play. Is there a better way of at least trying to discipline him?

Joanne Lao-Perez
ckmm20@yahoo.com

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Mona Lisa Valle

If I were given the chance to ask Ms Lupoli a question, I’d ask her take on gendered toys – dolls and kitchen sets for girls and cars and robots for boys,for example.

Mona Lisa Bormate
monamenorvalle@gmail.com

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Edel Obiena

What toys should I buy for babies less than 1 year old?

Edel Leonsua
atty.edel@yahoo.com

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Unknown

wow! this is very timely, mommy glaiza, just when i was about to search for safe coloring materials for my uzryl πŸ˜‰

the blog’s very informative and all mommies should read it πŸ˜‰

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