Best Kids Activities of 2015 on CWOV



As we are entering this new 2016 year, we are making a summary of the year that passed and making plans for the year ahead.

I am happy to take part in Best Kids Activities of 2015 – an annual blog hop and a linky party where bloggers from Kid Blogger Network are sharing their best posts of 2015.

So, the best post on Creative World of Varya was Salt Painting Techniques! Welcome to click through and try out these painting techniques!

Follow our Pinterest board for Best Kids Activities:
The best crafts, education, and parenting blog posts of 2015

Please visit other blogs in the Craft category to see what other exciting crafts were shared in 2015!

Apple Song for ESL Students


I have three beautiful children who are aged 7, 3 and 1 years old. The oldest one just started primary school. The middle one just started kindergarten, and the youngest one is at home with me.
Having a child of preschool age is a lot of challenges and fun, too. I used to homeschool my oldest before she went off to kindergarten, I half-school her now. And I make time to offer additional resources and activities to my middle one, stressing the point of importance of home education, whether it is full time, or as some extracurricular activities.
This month a group of Kid Blogger Network bloggers is starting up new series: KBN Kindergarten Blog Hop. Every month we will introduce a theme and tie it up to various subjects (math, phonics, music, history, geography etc).
This month we talk about Apples and I took Music as subject.
In my ESL classes I teach a lot of songs since I believe music and singing help develop speech, vocabulary and creative thinking.
One of the songs that it often taught when it comes to apples is called  “Apple red, Apple sweet”. Here is a video I found on YouTube for this song:

Here are the instructions on how to introduce the song, incorporate into the lauguage learning and make it a fun music experience!

1. Play the video.
2. Show children an actual apple or a picture of apple. Say the word several times. Now sing the word: Aaaaappple!!! (With a tune of the Bell sound “Ding-dong”). Have the children repeat after you.
3. Using gestures and face expressions,  accompany the first part of the song (show the gesture for round, for juicy, mimic sweet, and make a heart with hands for “I love you” and pat your tummy for “I want to eat”). And then have children complete the song with you the same way.
4. Now offer children shakers. Play the first part of the song and shake along with the rythm. Have the children follow you with their shakers.
5. Repeat the song with shakers one more time.
6. And for the last time, let the children get up and dance and sing along!A

Here’s a video showing parts of the instructions above!

Please join us over to see what other bloggers offer for this month’s hop!


Art – Apple Fingerprint Art by Kidz Activities

Field Trip – Apple Picking Field Trip Activities by Rainy Day Mum

Fine Motor – Fine Motor Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin by The Resourceful Mama

Free printables – Fun Fall Apple Tree Reading Log by Books and Giggles

Math- Apple Fractions and Tasty Snack by Local Busy Bees

Music- Apple Song for ESL Students by Creative World of Varya

Phonics – Apple Alphabet Match by Adventures of Adam

Reading- Secrets of the Apple Tree Book and Sight Word Game by Umbrella Tree Cafe

Science- Kindergarten STEM Apple Activity {with Free Printable} by Something 2 Offer

Writing – Apple name printable by P is for Preschooler

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

It’s that time of year again, and I am thrilled to partner with All Done Monkey bring you this wonderful Ayyam-i-Ha giveaway!  We are so pleased to be able to offer you 3 fabulous prize packages – each including a copy of our book!

Simply enter below for a chance to win!  And you can stay tuned for an extra surprise later this week on our Children’s Book Facebook page!

For more Ayyám-i-Há fun, be sure to check out the Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book we wrote together, as well as my Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide!

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

1st Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Glimmerings from Elika Mahony
Meditation Garland for the Fast/ Countdown for Naw Rúz from Delightful Design, LLC
$20 gift certificate for Honey’s Quilling/Honey’s Hive: may be used for EITHER Etsy shop OR Zibbet shop
1 set of Love All the World cards, plus 12 stickers & 24 tattoos from Tender Sapling US shipping only (In the event this prize is won by someone outside the US, this portion of the prize will be added to a lower prize package until a US winner is selected).

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

2nd Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Birds of Love from Elika Mahony
Digital copies of a prayer and quotation Ayyám-i-Há set to music from Enable Me to Grow
1 Kindle book of Marie’s Atlas from Sophia Wood

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

3rd Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Fire and Gold from Elika Mahony
1 Kindle book of The Night Before Ayyám-i-Há from Sophia Wood

Enter our giveaway to win one of these fabulous prize packages!

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Creative Tuesday: DIY Shakers

Welcome to Creative Tuesdays!
How about some music? Do you play any instruments? Do you expose your children to music?
One of the favorite crafts is to make shakers. They are so simple, fun and offer a variety of sensory and music experiences.
Here’s what you will need to make shakers:
TP roll
2 cupcake lines
Some beans or rice
Scotch tape
Colors (crayons, pencils or markers)
The steps are very simple:
Tape the cupcake liner on one end of the TP roll. Secure it by taping over the end with 2 pieces of tape crossed over (that is so the beans/rice have less chance to break through cupcake liner when the shakers are shaken!)
Add bean/rice into the TP roll and close the other end with the 2nd cupcake liner the same way you did with the first.
Now, let your imagination flow and color the TP Rolls!
For the activity:
Use the shakers to accompany listening or singing along with favorite songs, nursery rhyme or to create a mini-band!

{MKB Virtual Baby Shower}: Your Diaper Bag

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At Multicultural Kid Blogs, we consider ourselves a (very large) extended family, and so today we are taking time to celebrate those members that are about to or have recently welcomed new little ones into their lives. We are so happy for them!

The co-hosts of this blog hop, listed below, have each written posts related to baby showers or more generally about becoming parents, plus we’d love for you to link up yours below.

Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to leave your advice and well wishes for our guests of honor!


As an expectant MKB member myself and a mom of almost 3, I have some experience in caring for the baby and have a more or less clear idea of what I would need for my new baby. It took some time to figure out what items are needed and what are not. However, every family, every mom/dad different when it comes to all the necessities they have to have in their reach in order for care for the baby.

Today I would like to share with you my own tips on organizing a diaper bag and at the end of this post I will quote some of the fellow bloggers from MKB and from KBN on what they have/had in their diaper bags.

How to organize your diaper bag:

1. Decide on your diaper bag. Before you buy one, check your stroller/pram and see whether you will be more comfortable hanging the bag on it or keeping it in the under the stroller/pram. Also check how comfortable you are carrying this bag on your shoulder, across your chest or whether backpack style will be the best for you.

2. Decide on what is ABSOLUTELY necessary first (diapers, wipes, change or 2 of clothes, burp clothes, spare bibs, changing mat, nappy rash cream, bags for keeping used diapers, formula – if you are using, bottles, snack). Then calculate how many of those you will approximately need for every hour you are out. Add 1 or 2 extra – just in case! Add anything else extra you need (lanolin cream, hand cream, water bottle for yourself, snack for yourself etc).

3. For many moms a diaper bag is also a handbag. So deciding on where you keep your keys, documents and wallet in the bag is important and it is always best to separate them from everything else. In my personal experience, this ideally should be THE most organized part of your diaper bag.

4. Important note 1: diaper bags ARE messy. Or they get messy. It is just normal. Organizing everything in perfect order before leaving the house may eventually turn into everything being all over the bag. So when you actually sit down to take something out, you might end up taking everything out first in order to find what you need. And it is OK!

5. Important note 2: you don’t necessary need a special diaper bag. You can do what I did – use a comfortable, spacious, yet light backpack or handbag, that you love. But it took me 2 diaper bags before I found that is what I wanted!

I hope these tips are useful. Now, let’s see how bloggers answered my question on what was in their diaper bags:

Yours truly:  “Diapers, wipes, snacks, disposed diapers bags, change of clothes, couple of towels, tissue paper, colors/crayons and coloring books/pages, few small toys, water bottle, nasal aspirator, couple of packs of milk. Since my diaper bag is my backpack, it also has all necessary things for me – some make up items, wallet, keys, vaseline (which I also use as diaper rash cream), hairbands for me and my girls, panadol and my homeopathy medicine, my phone and sometimes my charger. You’d think I have a huge backpack but it is in fact quite small!” (Follow on Facebook)

Nadia of Teach Me Mommy: “Diapers/nappy, wipes, bags(to throw diapers out), we call it nappy bags, bum cream, aqueous cream, sun tan lotion, pacifier, toy, snack box, spoon, small blanket, when I breastfed I had my cover up throw in too, and when we go out now, a bottle and an extra pair of clothes/warm top. For me: I just grab my phone and wallet!” (Follow on Facebook)

Maggy of Red Ted Art: “Baby wipes & a change of clothes essential.” (Follow on Facebook)

Adriadne for Positive Parenting Connection: “A busy bag! I have a zippered bag with paper, stickers, coloring pencils, small books, pom poms and other small fun toys. This is great to keep the kids busy if we get stuck waiting like at a doctors office, traffic jam, restaurant.A few plastic bags in a ziplock too…never know what you might need to stow or throw away.” (Follow on Facebook)

Rachel of Kids Activities Blog & Quirky Mama: “A diaper in my back pocket, Chapstick in my front pocket and keys and wallet in my hand. I had a fully stocked diaper bag with my first and it got smaller and smaller. I have six kids.” (Follow on Facebook)

Betsy of Betsy’s Photography Blog: “A spare change of clothes including undies stays in our car; activity bag for son might have a snack, drink, a couple small toys. My purse has room for me to put several small books and a snack… that’s about all we normally take with us aside from my wallet, keys, etc” (Follow on Facebook)

Leanna of All Done Monkey: “Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, change of clothes, snacks, water, wallet.” (Follow on Facebook)

Georgina of Craftulate: “Spare diaper, spare clothes, baby wipes, mini first aid kit, snacks, toy phone, tissues.” (Follow on Facebook)

Rebecca of Here Come the Girls: “Nappies and wipes, change of clothes, little books to read, pack of crayons and mini colouring book, tissues, plasters, headache tablets for me!” (Follow on Facebook)

Caitlyn of Suzy Homeschooler: ” Cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cleansing spray, wet bag for soiled diapers, change of clothes for little, small quiet toys (like books and plastic dinosaurs), SNACKS (I might be brave enough to occasionally leave the house without a change of clothes but I never ever leave the house without an apple or banana or bag of crackers), sunglasses for each child, sunscreen in the summer, extra mittens in the winter, nursing necklace (I don’t use a cover when I nurse but I do put on a special necklace with big beads and a ring on it for my little one to fidget with and focus on while nursing), small notebook and pencil to write down grocery lists and blog ideas whenever they happen to pop up in my mind (I kick it old school, no fancy phones or tablets), and the weirdest thing in my diaper bag is dice. We use the dice to play math games while we wait places, or we roll the dice to see how many bites they have to take of their food if they don’t like something served.” (Follow on Facebook)

Jonathan of Dad’s the Way I Like It: “Nappies, calendula cream, wet wipes, change of clothes, bag for dirty nappies, a bottle, often a few snacks.” (Follow on Facebook)

Stephanie of Parenting Chaos: “Diapers, wipes, touch up makeup bag, hand sanitizer, camera, sunglasses, change of clothes. sippy, Excedrin, sun block, granola bars, iPad, phone, wallet. little toys, books, and fidgets.” (Follow on Facebook)

Olga of The European Mama: “don’t have a diaper bag- all goes into the stroller or in the car.” (Follow on Facebook)

Galina of Raising a Trilingual Child: “at list 5 diapers! perfumed bags for their disposal, breast pads ( as I was breastfeeding and my milk was pouring ), a scarf to cover us while breastfeeding, an handkerchief, a changing mat, a rattle, a pan and my wallet, as it was actually working as my purse for a long time.” (Follow on Facebook)


Multicultural Kid Blogs

the piri-piri lexicon
Vibrant Wanderings
Creative World of Varya
La Cité des Vents
Spanish Playground
European Mama
Dad’s the way I like it
World Music with Daria
All Done Monkey


Creative Tuesday: Salt coloring

I’m back with Creative Tuesday after a long break! Today I’m introducing Salt Coloring.


Our recent creativity revolved around salt and chalk. Both create wonderful sensory play and together or separately can keep children occupied for a long time.

Coloring salt with chalk is not  big science and a very well known activity. I’ve done it numerous times with both my older daughter and my students.


Recently on various blogs I’ve been seeing posts on salt art and salt painting. Those are lovely activities but not for my 2+ year olds at the playgroup I run. So I decided to make it simple for them and let them apply glue on shapes I drew and then spread colored salt over with a brush and with a finger.


They absolutely loved it. We reviewed such words as a cloud, a flower and the Sun. And colors – pink, yellow, blue and green.


Do you play with salt at home? If yes, what are your favorite activities with salt?  

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Spanish Omelet

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As you remember, every month we travel to a new country as a part of Around the World in 12 Dishes : season 2. It was originally created by Glittering Muffins and there are total of 13 blogs participating in this project. The idea is to “visit” 1 country a month (12 countries in a year) by exploring the cooking culture and craft. We all cook 1 (or more) dish with our children and some of us make crafts. Last month we visited Spain but we didn’t manage to cook anything Spanish. This month we are catching up on cooking and introducing you a very simple Spanish dish: Spanish Omelet.


I have an almost 5 year old who is a picky eater and a 1 year old who has been very cautious with what she eats. To satisfy their food choices, I went for the simplest recipe: Spanish Omelet.

There isn’t much science to this dish but it is a great breakfast item and a wonderful addition to lunch and dinner, as well as a nice quick snack from scratch for unexpected guests. Even before I’ve learned that this dish is called Spanish Omelet, I used to fry potatoes and then pour beaten egg on them and enjoy the dish (something we ate when we were little!).

Here’s what you will need:

Couple of medium potatoes (I used one large one)

4-6 eggs (I used 5)

One small onion

Olive or sunflower oil



How to make it:

1. Peel the potato and cut it into thin-ish slices. Slice the onion as well.

2. First, fry the onion in a bit of oil. As soon as it starts becoming golden brown, add potatoes and add more oil to almost cover them. Fry until potatoes are soft enough to be broken into halves with the spoon.2013-07-20

3. Beat the eggs with some salt in a bowl. When potatoes are ready, drain them off the excessive oil. Return back to the frying pan, pour eggs over and gently mix them.

4. Fry the omelet on medium heat until the bottom starts getting brown but then top is still wet. Gently separate the bottom from the pan, put a large flat plate over and turn them upside down so the omelet lays on the plate wet side down. Gently slide the omelet back to the pan and fry for another few minutes.



5. Serve it hot or warm, cutting up as you would a pie. Some like it with salsa sauce. We ate it just like that.077

My little helpers were with me in the kitchen. Miss T didn’t enjoy the omelet as much as miss A did.083-001

The Hubs loved every piece of it!


Check the other blogs of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” for their Spanish creations:

Adventures In MommydomCreative Family FunDomestic GoddesqueEnchanted Homeschooling MomGlittering MuffinsHere Come The GirlsJuggling with KidsKid World CitizenKitchen Counter ChroniclesCreative World of VaryaMermaids’ MakingsMontessori Tidbits,Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It.

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Like us Facebook and upload your picture there!

Please link up your Spanish dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!