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Story 01 – Meet the Happy Ones!

 

Once upon a time, in a faraway place, there existed a land filled with fun and happiness in every corner. The name of that land is Toyu Land. There, no one knows what tears look like, because everyone and everything lives happily ever after.

The sky in Toyu Land is clear and painted in a beautiful tint of turquoise. However, once in a while, a group of clouds would come by to play; and today, thankfully, it is one of those days.

“Hey, check out the clouds!” With glee, a pink dragon points to one of the clouds.

“Oh?! I can see a lion there, Ryu!” Her friend, a yellow and round creature that looks like an egg points out to another direction.

“Ooooh!!! There is also a rabbit beside the lion, Toyu!”

Even when the clouds come to play, they always come as the cute cirrus clouds or as the big stratus clouds. That is also why Toyu and Ryu are on the fields, having a great time pointing on the clouds and guessing their shapes. They are making yet another happy memories, because in Toyu Land there is no sadness, only fun times!

“Toyu!!! Ryuuu!!!”

Suddenly, from a distance a voice could be heard calling out to Toyu and Ryu. It took a while before they could finally see who that voice belongs to: a slender and tall blue guy.

“Ah, it’s Jun! What’s up, Jun?!” Toyu exclaims, followed by Ryu waving her hand to the blue guy.

“I… I have a… great… idea…” Jun speaks with an excited face, but he tries so hard to catch his breath. “W-what if… we w-wake Ken up… and have a big… breakfast at his… house… with the others…?”

Hearing the suggestion from their friend, Toyu’s and Ryu’s face glows in excitement.

“Alright! I will get Hana! You guys should go to Ken’s house first!” Toyu said as he runs quickly to the distance.

“Toyu, wai—ah, he is gone…” Jun tried to say something, but before he could finish his sentence, Toyu can no longer be seen around them. “I already told Hana to meet us there, you know…” Jun then sighed.

“Ahahaha! That is just how Toyu is! Come on Jun, let’s go!”

Even with a leisurely pace, it does not take long for both Ryu and Jun to reach Ken’s house. His house is one of the biggest compared to the others’. There, Toyu is already waiting, accompanied by a small purple angel hovering right beside him.

“JUN!!! Why did you not tell me that Hana is already coming?!” Toyu complained with a frown.

“Hey, you were the one that suddenly ran off. Right, Ryu?”

“Ah…” Toyu scratches the back of his head. “T-that is true… I-I was just too excited about your plan, Jun!”

“By the way, Jun, what are we going to do now? The door is still locked, and Ken is still sleeping soundly…” Hana, the small purple angel beside Toyu asked.

“There is only one answer, Hana! Let’s bang his door until he wakes up!” Not giving Jun any moment to answer, Toyu answers the question instead. However, Jun seems to agree as he nods his head, giving his approval.

And so, everyone starts banging on Ken’s door.

“Ken!!! Wake up!!!” Everyone shouts in unison for a few full minutes.

The loud banging caused by everyone eventually wakes Ken up, and before long he opens the door. Ken, the huge green chill guy stands in front of everyone with a sleepy face.

“What is it, everyone…?” Yawning, he asked.

“We are hungry, Ken! Let’s use your kitchen and have breakfast together!” Toyu, acting as their leader, answers.

“I have no problem with it…” Ken answers while once again yawns and rubs his eyes. “But I have no ingredients at home…”

“Then, what if we get something from our house and cook them together?” Jun proposed.

After they heard Jun’s proposal, everyone started nodding and mumbling “That is a good idea!” Then, all of them decided to go home to bring their favourite ingredients, including Ken.

What do you think they are going to make? Stay tuned for the next adventure by Toyu in friends in the land of never ending happiness, the Toyu Land!

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Let’s Find Healthy Snacks in Jakarta You Could Bring Your Kids Along!

Cholesterol and diabetes are some of the most concerning issues when it comes to enjoying a delicious snack. But what if we tell you that there are actually some places in Jakarta that could serve you healthy but ultimately delicious snacks?

This time, we are going to tell you some places that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta! These healthy snacks varies from smoothies, salads, and juices so you can pick any of them that might suit your taste and get ready to snack without worry!

  1. SNCTRY

SNCTRY is a health bar located on the 3rd floor of Lotte Shopping Avenue, Karet, Jakarta. In this cafe, they serve healthy snacks such as salad bowl and smoothies. The unique part is that most of the ingredients used in SNCTRY’s menu are taken from local farms.

Other than salad bowls and smoothies, they also serve cold pressed juice that are freshly juiced when you order them. They have a few combinations of juice on their menu, such as The Waterfall, a combination of watermelon, strawberries, and mint. There is also Beet It, a combination of beetroot, carrots, ginger, and coconut water.

If you are interested in SNCTRY, you could check their store directly, or you can take a sneak peek on their Instagram to see their aesthetics and their varying choices of healthy snacks.

  1. BNB Terogong

Another place that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta is BNB Terogong that also claimed to be the pioneer of almond milk in Jakarta, and they are very proud of it to the point that they put their almond milk on the smoothies bowl, combine it with their granola, even creating a separate menu just for their almond milk smoothies.

However, almond milk menus are not the only thing BNB Terogong is known for. They are also known for their healthy shots, cold pressed juice, and their unique toast that used real and fresh mix berries and fruit jam. They also serve normal salad with miso ginger dressing and chicken salad.

BNB Terogong is located in Jl. Terogong Raya No.28, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta. Before you go visit, it might be a good idea to check them out on Instagram to see how amazing they would plate their food.

  1. Berrywell

From the other healthy food cafes and restaurants on this list, Berrywell actually has the biggest score in a certain restaurant review website/application, and that might speak volumes about how good this place could be.

Berrywell does not only offers the choice of smoothie bowls and pressed juices, but they also offer chia parfaits, quiche & wraps, and even healthy cakes. But you do not need to worry about your calorie intake, because they put how many calories their food has on the menu.

You can check out Berrywell on Instagram, and you can find them serving food in a few places, and those are:

  • Shophaus, Menteng (Opens from 7AM to 9PM)
  • Six Ounces Coffee, Panglima Polim (8.30AM to 9PM)
  • Citywalk Sudirman (10AM to 9PM)
  • Ruko Crown Golf Blok D21-23 Kelapa Gading (10AM to 9PM)
  1. Acai Bar

Acai Bar offers a wide variety of Acai Bowl that looks fresh and appealing, and would be a good choice for evening snacks at work before you go home. There are at least 7 different menus for Acai Bowl alone. Each of them consists of healthy and balanced fruits and granola.

Not only Acai Bowl, they also have Acai Blend with many variants such as the Super Antioxidant: a blend of acai, soy milk, pomegranate juice and strawberries. Another interesting blend is the Purple Joe which consists of Super Fruit Pack, coffee, banana, dates, and almond milk.

Interested? Acai Bar serves their healthy snacks in South Jakarta. More specifically, on Jl. Senopati No. 25. If you want to check them out first, you can do so by peeking at their Instagram–which we think might have the best aesthetic on this list.

  1. TOSKA

 TOSKA is another cafe that serves healthy snacks in Jakarta that has a score slightly lower than Berrywell. Looking at their menu, it is not surprising for them to have a very high score. They have many variants of food with affordable prices. They have waffles, healthy bowls, juices, and smoothies as their healthy snack choices.

You are up for something savory? Do not fret, since they have toasted sourdough & sandwiches, wraps, and even zero calorie noodles. Or perhaps you want something heavier? They are ready with their organic rice menus and pasta.

You can visit TOSKA on their store in Ruko Citra Garden 6, Cengkareng, West Jakarta. Or if you are not convinced yet, go visit their Instagram to see appealing photos and videos regarding their food and place!

 

These are 5 places that serve healthy snacks in Jakarta from us. Do you have any other place that serves healthy snacks? You can give us some information about it in the comment section below!

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Celebrate Cookie Day with These Cookie Recipes!

Many people do not know about the existence of National Cookie Day in America. While there is no known origin about National Cookie Day, the history of cookies–and by extension, cookie recipes–by itself is a well-documented fact: invented in Persia, spread through Europe, then it became the most favorite snack in Europe by the 15th century.

While National Cookie Day is not considered as a holiday, celebrating this day is not hard! All you need to do is to eat cookies anytime you would like to eat one! This means, you can celebrate even when you are at work.

Or! If you have the time, why not try to make your own cookies? After all, it will be Christmas soon enough! If you are up for it, we are going to provide you with a few cookie recipes today!

 

1. Easy Christmas Cookie

In this cookies recipe, the original creator made the cookies with the help of their one year old daughter. This recipe is to make simple plain sweet cookies, sprinkled with sugar on top of it. However, the main point of it is not only to create cookies, but also memories with your kids.

To create this cookie, you would not need that much of ingredients. Only a mixture of egg, sugar, melted butter, flour, and baking powder. It is easy, simple, fast, and delicious with the company of warm ginger drink.

2. Marie Biscuit Chocolate Ball

Marie biscuit chocolate ball is my guilty pleasure. Not only is it delicious, but it is also covered in chocolate. Not to mention, it is very easy to make, as there is no baking involved in creating this treasure ball.

If you are interested in making this chocolate ball, all you need to have are: a working refrigerator, a pack of marie biscuit, chocolate sprinkler, and some melted margarine. There is no need for eggs, and there is no need for flour. It is easy, fast, and wonderful.

3. Cranberry Christmas Cookie

Just in case you are busy during the Christmas eve, it might be a good idea to stock up on some cookie dough balls beforehand. And this time, this Cranberry Christmas Cookie might be the cookie recipe that is perfect for you!

Just in case the previous recipe made already gets you sick of chocolate, this cookie instead uses dried cranberries and pistachios to give you a unique taste combined with the doughiness of the cookie itself.

4. Homemade Oreo Cookie

While it might not be that expensive, if your kids always ask you to buy them oreo, it will start to tear a hole in your wallet sooner or later. For the same reason, weelicious made a recipe so we can make Oreo sandwich cookies by our own–or at least something that looks like it.

More importantly, with a little tinkering you can change the center filling with anything you would love to eat! You want to change it into fruit jams? You sure can! Want to fill it with cream cheese? No one is stopping you! This cookie recipe is for you to experiment with.

5. Baked Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Most of the earlier cookie recipes are sweet, and maybe you had enough of them. That is why, this time it is a savory cracker, made in the shape of stars! The star of the ingredients for this recipe is the cheese. You can use your cheese of choice, but the recipe told you to use shredded cheddar.

The recipe wrote that you would need at least 30 minutes for the preparation step, and another 20 minutes to actually bake the crackers. While they used a star dough shaper on the recipe, you could always take the freedom to shape the crackers to your liking.

 

With Christmas coming, preparing some cookies with our cookie recipes beforehand is a good idea so you would not have to get too busy during the Christmas eve, and could instead use the time to relax with your family.

Tell us in the comments below, what kind of cookies do you usually prepare before Christmas?

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Visiting Bandung? Don’t Forget to Stop By These 5 Places!

 

For a long time, Bandung has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations. With the school holidays coming up, we will help you with some recommendations of places to visit if you plan on having a nice holiday in Bandung.

1. Kota Mini

Image taken from @kota_mini

Kota Mini is located in Lembang, West Bandung. Lembang itself is already famous for its beauty because it is located in a mountain, around 1.312 and 2.084 meters above the sea level. To access this location, you would need around 1 hour drive from Alun-Alun Kota Bandung.

Kota Mini was first opened in 24th of July 2017 with the combined concept between entertainment and education, and created a Europe-like city in which children can learn about various occupations while playing.

Image taken from @kota_mini

There are a total of 12 “houses” to visit such as police station, hospital, salon, market, cat house, fruits house, outdoor restaurant, and many others.

The entrance fee for Kota Mini is cheap, only Rp 25.000. However, if you would like to enter those houses so your kids can play, there is an additional Rp 25.000 fee per house. There is also 5-houses package for Rp 80.000 /person, or a 10-houses package for Rp 150.000 /person.

If you go to Kota Mini, you can make sure your holiday in Bandung with your kids is not only fun, but also educational!

2. Chinatown Bandung

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

Located near the largest Chinese Temple in Bandung, Satya Budhi Temple, Chinatown Bandung is a must visit if you are going on a culinary Holiday in Bandung. This place is only a 12 minute drive from Bandung Train Station.

Inside of Chinatown is a collection of small shops and food outlets offering many choices of food and items with a Chinese theme. However, if you aren’t into Chinese food, they also have many choices of authentic Sundanese food.

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

There is an entrance fee of Rp 30.000 /person, but that fee is worth the price if you can fill your social media feed with beautiful pictures you can take there, isn’t it?

3. Goldstar360, Cave Dining Experience

Image taken from @goldstar360

Are you a fan of Flintstones and wanted to have an experience of eating in a cave? Don’t worry, now you can do just that in a cave called Goldstar 360. Located on the third floor of Goldstar Sport Resto, this dining place inspired by the cave walls on Greece awaits.

There are a few areas inside this dining, such as Megas Lakkos, a private area with blue light, Korydallos, a secluded area with the theme of prison, and a few others such as Mykonos, Stravomyti, and Petralona which are the middle sections complete with a giant windows made of glass.

Image taken from @goldstar360

You can also find some drawings on the wall that depicts ancient sketches to better draw you into the atmosphere of an ancient cave.

Image taken from @goldstar360

But it’s not only the cave. Once you are finished eating your dinner and taking beautiful photos of the cave, you can go to the 5th floor to view the landscape of Bandung in its entirety.

4. Kidzoo Paris van Java

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

Paris van Java is a unique mall in Bandung, and once you’ve done shopping there you should try going to the rooftop to find this hidden gem. Kidzoo has 2 separate attractions to educate young children on how to care for animals: Lactasari Mini Farm, and Bird Park.

As its name suggests, Bird Park houses many unique and beautiful birds. The Bird Park also has some of the rare birds from Indonesia such as the Hornbills from Borneo and the Parrots from Nusa Tenggara.

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

On the opposite side, there is the Lactasari Mini Farm. Lactasari is a small farm that has 5 species of animals: goat, sheep, cows, rabbits, and Siberian Huskies. Here, your kids can try feeding those animals. Before they start feeding the animals, however, they will be given aprons, a bottle of milk, and a bucket of vegetables to feed the animals.

5. Pinisi Resto

Image taken from @z_e_d_d_y

Is there a better way to end your holiday in Bandung than dining aboard an actual pirate ship? Because that’s what Pinisi Resto located in Ciwidey is. Not only do they offer a unique dining experience, they also provide a wonderful mountain views from the top of the deck.

With BBQ feast as their number 1 menu, Pinisi Resto will be one of the most unforgettable dining experience for your kids. They can walk around the ship, take photos on the starboard or port, or play with the steering wheel!

 

For now, those are some of our recommendations if you are planning to have your holiday in Bandung. Obviously, there are still many other unique places in Bandung that we still haven’t covered yet, but there will always be another time!

Have a happy holiday!

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Before You Make a Holiday Plan for Your Family, Read These Tips!

 

Are you creating a holiday plan to travel somewhere with your family? There are many experiences you can get from traveling, since it teaches you a lot about places, people, and life you might not see in your usual city.

Creating a holiday plan might sound like a hassle, and that’s why today we are going to give you some tips to help you plan for that travel.

1. Make it fun!

The most important thing while creating a holiday plan is obviously to make it fun. However, the fun part you are having can also be filled with some education.

Maybe you can try to find an interesting museum in the place you are going to travel to so your child can learn about history, or you can visit a zoo or sea world to let them learn more about animals. It can be anything! However, it’s important to note that the learning process should also be fun for the kids.

2. Don’t make an excessive plan for a day!

By making an excessive plan, you will have to rush through them all. If you have to rush through many plans at once, your child might feel overwhelmed and unable to enjoy the travel.

Take it easy!

3. Do your research!

When you do your travel with kids, it’s very important to do your research before you create a holiday plan. Take your time to know your destination before you head there, and see whether or not there are family-friendly activities you could do there.

Nowadays, you can find many information about holiday attraction on the internet, so there is no excuse to not do your research!

4. Be practical!

It’s important to consider practicality on your plan. Know how long you will be there, what can you do during your time there, and the distance to get there. It’s also important to know if your kids would like it to go there.

5. Be mindful of health and safety!

Just because you are on a holiday, doesn’t mean you can go wild with the holiday plan. Stick to the normal routine your kids has. If they need to take a nap, make sure to accommodate that into the plan.

If your kids need any kind of medication, you should also make sure you have enough before you depart.

 

Those are some tips for you to create a holiday plan with your family. Remember, at the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to have fun with your family. Happy holiday!

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities You Can Do with Your Kids

 

With Thanksgiving’s vibe still in the air, it might be a good idea to try doing some fun Thanksgiving activities with your kids. Even though there is no history of Thanksgiving in Indonesia, doing these activities once in a while will feel refreshing.

This time, we have 4 fun Thanksgiving activities you and your kids can enjoy, and those are:

1. Playing with finger puppets

With finger puppets, you and your kids can make up many stories about the life of the puppets. If you don’t have any idea what kind of puppets you want to create, TheAlisonShow.com partnered up with Caravan Shoppe to make some printable finger puppets. The one from Alison has 6 animals: a purple rabbit, green hippopotamus, blue elephant, orange fox, gray raccoon, and brown deer.

You can create a lot of situations with the characters that can sharpen your kids’ empathy, tolerance, or even their thinking ability by creating a puzzle story.

2. Make turkey origami

Another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids is to create a turkey origami! While there are a few ways to create a turkey origami, this time we will use the tutorial made by Origami Resource Center because it’s one of the simpler ones.

To create this turkey origami, you would need two square paper (preferably colored). Below are the steps to make the turkey:

  • Place the first paper like a diamond and fold in the left half and the right half so it looks like a kite.
  • Then, fold it again to create a thinner kite.
  • Turn the origami around and fold it horizontally, so the top meets the bottom.
  • Fold the top point up, around ¼ of it. This will be the head of the turkey.
  • Fold the model in half, and bring the top point up to create the neck. Don’t forget to flip a small portion of the head to create the “beak”.
  • Fold the back part of the turkey (the triangle part) and cut a small slit, then unfold.
  • Get the second paper and pleat it like an accordion.
  • Put the second paper inside the slit made previously, and fan it open to create the tail.

Below are the steps in picture, courtesy of Origami Resource Center. You can also find many other origami trips on their site.

3. Thanksgiving coloring pages

KidsActivities.com has 3 Thanksgiving coloring pages that could be another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids. As its name suggests, it’s a coloring page with Thanksgiving theme, which means you would need to get autumn colors.

If your kids usually do their coloring with crayons, maybe it’s a good time to try some other way to colors. Teaching them to use watercolor paints is a good idea, or you can also experiment a bit by using oil paint.

While we say you would need to prepare your autumn colors, you can actually let your kids go wild with this coloring pages. If your kids want to color the pumpkin blue, you can let them do that. However, you should also told them the real color of pumpkin so they don’t get confused.

4. Create a thank-you notes

Image taken from Children’s Ministry Deals.

At its core, Thanksgiving is a day about being thankful, and there is no better way to be thankful than saying that expressing the feeling of thankfulness. If you think saying thank you cannot be a fun Thanksgiving activities, you are incorrect.

In order to make it fun, you can give your kids a total creative freedom while making their thank-you notes. They can make it the way they want to. It doesn’t have to be a traditional notes. They want to express their thanks with pictures? Let them draw. They want to express it with poems? Let them write.

The key is letting your kids to do what they want, and only that way can you feel their most sincere thanks. So have a great thanksgiving!

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Here are Some Unique Thanksgiving Tradition We Can Apply During Our Holiday

 

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, a beloved holiday for people in the United States; a holiday where family gathers and be thankful for many things. While we do not celebrate the holiday, we think it might be a good idea to take some unusual and unique Thanksgiving tradition and apply it on our holiday. We can also celebrate the meaning of thanksgiving during big religious holidays such as Christmas or Eid al-Fitr.

 

1. Take time for yourself before you spend time with the family

 

While being with family is an important part of modern Thanksgiving, sometimes it can be exhausting and overwhelming to always be around so many members of the family. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to take a little time for themselves before meeting up with the main family.

One thing you can do during this time is to take a morning walk with your partner and kids and enjoy the wonderful morning breeze. Or maybe, you can simply make a hot cup of tea or coffee and relax for a while. After you feel like you had enough me time, then you can join the rest of the family for a dinner together.

 

2. Write a list of things you are thankful for

 

The first Thanksgiving was a ceremony of thankfulness, where a group of immigrant celebrate the bountiful harvest they had that year. That is why, to embody the spirit of Thanksgiving, nothing is better than writing down things that you are thankful for during the whole year. It does not have to be something so big and wonderful; you can be thankful for the joy of simplicity of everyday life.

While being thankful is not so unusual, sometimes we took our happiness for granted and forget to be thankful about it. For that reason, this tradition can also serve as a way to do some introspection to not take things for granted.

 

3. Let the kids serve the dessert

 

While the adults usually prepare foods during a big religious holidays, the kids usually also want in on the fun. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to let kids be the one serving the dessert. This will give the kids a sense of accomplishment because they helped out and it will also raise their confidence in themselves.

However, if you want to let the kids help out in the kitchen, you should try to keep them away from using knives or using an open fire. You can check out a few recipes we had that your kids totally can help you out with.

 

4. Do fun activities with your kids

 

When the big family gathers, there might be times when the kids feel bored because they are not close with the other relatives. When that moment comes, it might be a good idea to do something fun with them to make them feel better.

As for the activities, it does not have to be outdoor activities; you can prepare a board game (traditional or digital) and play with them. However, if you want that fun activities not only about playing games, we have a list of some fun thanksgiving activities you can do together with your kids that you can check out here.

 

5. Stay connected with family members that live far away

 

Sometimes, there will be moments when you or other family members can’t come for the family meeting. However, with the advancement of technology, distance is no longer relevant. You can start up any conference application with your phone and you can connect with your family with ease.

It might be a good tradition to prepare a conference call before dinner. That way, you can create an atmosphere that feels like the whole family is all together in one table.

 

Those are some unique Thanksgiving tradition that we can try to imitate during our big religious holiday. While the idea is to connect with the big family, there should also be a feeling of inclusion for our kids while at the same time not ignoring our own self-love.

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5 Thanksgiving Recipe to Make with Your Kids!

In the United States, Thanksgiving started out as a ceremony to be thankful for a bountiful harvest. However, as time goes on, the national holiday now becomes the perfect moment for families to gather and enjoy various Thanksgiving recipes they could cook before the holiday.

While Indonesia has no history of celebrating Thanksgiving, it would be great to dedicate one special day where the family gathers and eat together. That’s why, today we will present to you 5 Thanksgiving recipes you can make together with your kids!

1. Vegetable Tian

For our first Thanksgiving recipe, we will create a Vegetable Tian.

Tian is the name of a dish prepared in “tian”, an earthenware vessel from French that can be used to cook and serve food. Usually, this dish is made using vegetables alone, but sometimes you can also add lamb, fish, or egg to it. 

For this Tian recipe, you can make it together with your kids because you will not use a stove or any kind of open fire. However, make sure you keep the knife away from your kids after you slice the vegetables.

You can find the recipe here.

2. Dark Chocolate Clusters

Who doesn’t like snack? Especially when it’s made out of chocolate!

With the simple ingredients of walnut, pecan, and almonds, you can create an amazing snack that the whole family can enjoy while having a conversation or watching Thanksgiving movies together.

Since there is no fire or sharp kitchen objects used to make this snack, you can work together with your kids or even competing with them to see who can create the most cluster of chocolates in a certain amount of time!

You can see how to make this delicious looking chocolate here.

3. Mashed Potato Casserole

Do you want a reason to let your kids play with food? Then, you can rest assured because with the next Thanksgiving recipe, you can let them mash the potatoes while you prepare the other ingredients to finish the dish.

After your kids help out with the mashing, you can let them see how you put the other ingredients you have prepared on top of the mashed potatoes and then when you put the dish inside the oven. Once the oven rings, you can reward their hard work with a delicious mashed potato dish!

You can find the recipe for this mashed potato here.

4. Fresh Pot Apple Cider

Thanksgiving is celebrated in November, which is usually the rainy season here in Indonesia. To combat the cold, make sure you prepare a warm drink for your partner and kids, and maybe even let your kids help out in the kitchen as you prepare the drink.

Since we are going to use a knife and a slow pressure cooker for this recipe, it might be wise to let your kids help out only when you don’t use a knife or the stove, such as letting them choose what kind of fruit they would want, and letting them put the fruit inside the cooker.

Once they finished, they could sit quietly and wait for their hard work to bring fruit. Or in this case, cider!

If you’re interested in making this warm drink, you can see the recipe here.

5. Fruit Cheesecake Dip

Eating a cheesecake is nice and fulfilling. However, making it is another story altogether. You would need to do a lot of things other than baking it. But what if you could make something with the flavor of a cheesecake, but without all the hard work?

Not only that, since we are not going to use any sharp object or fire, you can have an extra helping hand from your kids!

You can dip biscuits, wafers, or crackers into this dish with the whole family while having a warm and nice cup of tea in the evening.

If you want to create a cheesecake but don’t want the hassle of actually creating one, you can see the recipe for this dish here.

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The History of Thanksgiving and Creative Activities to Do With Your Kids

 

Around this week, the United States will be celebrating one of their most beloved holidays: Thanksgiving. But what is Thanksgiving? Essentially, it is a holiday in which family gathers together and be thankful for many things.

While we in Indonesia has no history of celebrating Thanksgiving in any ways, it is a good idea to learn the spirit and history of Thanksgiving; to be reminded of what we are thankful for, be it the small things to the big things.

The Story Behind Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving dates back far to 1621. Back then, a group of pilgrims from England was sharing a feast with the people Wampanoag, a Native American tribe in Massachusetts to celebrate the result of a bountiful harvest. This first “Thanksgiving” was held in October for three days long. However, 2 years earlier, the same ceremonies were said to also be held somewhere in Virginia.

When the first Thanksgiving was held, it was supposed to be a festival done by the pilgrims. It began with some of them going out fowling for turkeys, ducks, or geese. They managed to hunt so many, it was said they could serve the whole pilgrims for a week. Suddenly, around 90 people of Wampanoag appeared on the settlement’s gate, startling the 50 or so pilgrims.

While it surprised the pilgrims, the appearance of Wampanoag people actually contributed a very big part in the history of Thanksgiving. They were the one that brought fish, stews, vegetables, and many other sea produces. Since then, the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag was peaceful, at least until a war broke out in 1675 to 1676.

Thanksgiving was never a national holiday until the 3rd of October 1863, when Lincoln proclaimed that November 26 should be a national day of thanksgiving. Thereafter, the holiday is annually proclaimed by almost every president. This changed when Franklin D. Roosevelt became the president. He issued a proclamation to make the fourth Thursday in November to be the day of Thanksgiving.

What Should You Do on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving has since become a moment for family to gather, especially with how busy the modern world is. In the late 1800, Thanksgiving was celebrated with a parade of costumed revelers. In 1924, the Macy’s parade in New York City was held with giant balloons.

In 1876 when football is still in its early days, Yale and Princeton played a game on Thanksgiving. This tradition is then continued later with thousands of football games taking place every year on the same day, making football games as another inseparable part of Thanksgiving.

What once started as a holiday for the English pilgrims and the people of Wampanoag to be thankful of their bountiful harvest, has now turned into a symbol of intercultural peace. It is now also a day to appreciate the family we have and be thankful for everything.

Experiencing Thanksgiving at Home

While Indonesia has no historical connection with Thanksgiving, we can still honor the history of Thanksgiving by doing fun activities with kids. One of the easiest things to do is to create a thank you tree.

To do this, you would need:

  • A very big window to create the tree
  • Brown paper
  • Origami or colored papers
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Tape

Thank you tree image from cofeecupsandcrayons.com

The first step is to tear the brown paper and scrunch them up. Roll them together until they look like the trunk of a tree. Create a few more rolls and use them as branches.

Once you are done with the tree, tape it into the window glass. Then, create leaves out from origami or colored papers, and tape it around the branches.

When you are finished, ask the kids to write down one thing they are thankful for or they would like to say thanks to.

By doing this activity with your kids, you are not only honoring the history of Thanksgiving, but also teaching your child to express their gratitude. And after doing a tiring activity such as this, there is no better way to end Thanksgiving by eating the dishes you have prepared beforehand together with the whole family.

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Should You Let Your Kids Watch TV? Here Are What the Experts Said!

 

With the emergence of NETFLIX and other streaming service, nowadays you do not have to sit in front of the TV. You can simply use your phone to watch TV, which brings again the debates of whether or not you should let your kids watch TV.

This is not a new debate. Many people seem to really dislike TV, claiming that it’s bad to let your child watch TV for any period of time. However, it is also important to note that the amount of TV shows that tries to inform, inspire, and educate your kid is also growing together with the technology of TV.

This has always been the case ever since TV was first invented. Even today, the experts can’t really seem to agree with whether or not you should let kids watch TV. For this reason, we will list some positive and negative effects of TV made by the experts, and you can decide for yourself whether to let your child watch TV or not.

The Good/ the positive??

  •  If you let your child watch educational and non-violent programme, studies show that your child will do better in reading and mathematics.
  • TV could be more effective compared to books or audiotapes if you want to teach about something that needs process (how seed grows into a tree, how to bake a cake, etc)
  • If your child is sick, studies made by scientists from the University of Siena found that watching cartoons can make child experience a soothing and pain killing effect.
  • By letting your child watch informative and educational shows, they will continue to watch even more of the same type of show when they get older.
  • If you have preschoolers and let your child watch TV, studies from 2001 told that they tend to have higher grades and are less aggressive.
  • Entertainment programme could potentially expose children to the diversity of culture, humanistic values, and the worldviews of other people.
  • Watching drama programme could give your child an idea of the complexity of life and moral dilemmas.
  • If you let your child watch TV, you can make them learn a lot of words. However, you need to watch what words they learn.

 

The Bad/ the negative??

  • TV offers little to no educational value for children under 2 years old.
  • The result of 20 years of research by Dr. Sally Ward shows that kids bombarded by background TV noise in their house will have trouble paying attention when they hear background noise.
  • If you don’t watch your kids closely, TV can expose your kids to negative influences such as alcohol and violence.
  • A study by Millennium Cohort Study in 2013 said that there is a higher possibility for kids to have emotional symptoms and relationship problems when they reach 7 years old if they watch more than 3 hours of TV a day.
  • Visual stimulation from TV is very fast-paced. It might cause an attention-span trouble in traditional class.

 

Those are some opinions from the experts regarding whether or not you should let your kids watch TV. At the end of the day, television, like any other technologies, are tools. Eventually, it’s up to the user of those tools to use them.

In order to help you balance things out, The American Academy of Pediatrics created a list of screen-time for your kids and you can check them out below:

Age Maximum Screen time
Toddlers (1-2 years old) Little to no screen time

This is because kids at this stage needs more physical interaction with people.

Preschoolers (3-4 years old) Maximum 1 hours per day

Parents should plan their screen time in advance.

Elementary Schoolers (5-10 years old) Between 1 to 1.5 hours a day.

Make sure your kids still get their creative time.

Middle Schoolers (11-13 years old) Maximum of 2 hours a day

Teenagers can take charge of their screen time. However, make sure you help them see the trade-offs.

 

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Make the Best Out of Your Children’s Screen Time!

 

With the rise of digital media, the danger of having too much screen time is much more apparent than ever. What classify as digital media are televisions, the internet, and your child’s smart device. Especially with a small-sized smart devices, it will be even harder to limit the screen time of children.

While some programs are educational, the amount of digital media consumed by children are too much. Many of those can show behaviors you wouldn’t want your child to imitate, or even cause fear in your child. As a parent, what you can do is to set up good habits regarding the screen time of children and decrease the negative effects. And this time, we will give you some tips on how to do that.

  • Never turn on your TV randomly. Always give your child programs for them to watch. You can give your child a few choices you have prepared before and let them pick one.
  • If you think the program that is aired is something your child shouldn’t see, you should turn off the TV instead.
  • You should limit the screen time of children that is above 2 years old to 1 or 2 hours per day. If your child is below 2 years old, it is not recommended to give them any screen time at all.
  •  Always give educational shows as choices for your kids.
  • During the screen time of children, be with them as much as possible. Talk about what happened during the screen time, and talk about the good and bad about it. It would be very good if you can talk about the difference between reality and what they saw on the screen.
  • Not all cartoons is suitable for kids. Make sure to research about said cartoons before suggesting it to your kids.
  • Never let your kids to watch soap operas or talks show during their screen time.
  • Make a rule to ban the usage of smart devices during meals.
  • Be a good role model for your child. You can do this by limiting your screen time and do other activities such as reading or exercising.
  • Don’t put any TV, computer, or smart devices in your kids’ bedrooms.

Those are some tips you can do to limit the screen time of children. In addition to that, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also has a few guidelines regarding your children’s consumption of media:

  • Babies under 18 months old shouldn’t have any screen time at all. An exception to this is a video-chat to families.
  • Toddlers between 18 to 24 months old should have some screen time with their parents or their caregiver. It’s not explained in the details of how much screen time they should have, but preferably below 1 hour.
  • Preschooler shouldn’t have more than 1 hour of educational programming. During the screen time of children, it’s necessary to have a parent or caregiver to help them understand the programme they are watching.
  • Kids between 5 to 18 years old should have a consistent limit regarding screen time. This includes restriction on TV, social media, and video games. The consumption of media should not make children lose their sleep.

 

TV, internet, and smart devices are just tools made by people. And just like other tools, it’s up to us on how we should use it. While it’s good that we limit the screen time of children, it’s also important to note that if used carefully they could provide another fun way for our child to study.

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Celebrate World TV Day With This List of Movies to Watch with Kids!

 

Not everyone knows that today, 21st of November is the World Television Day. To celebrate it, there is nothing better to do than to watch movies with your kids!

However, you should be careful because there are many movies that claim to be a “family movie” yet they have many scenes depicting violence that is not suitable for kids. If you are not careful, you might let your kids watch something you don’t want them to yet.

That’s why for today we will give you a list of movies to watch with kids, handpicked by us!

1. The Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book takes place in India. It tells the story of Mowgli, a human child who was found deep in the jungles by Bagheera, a black panther. Mowgli was then brought to and raised by a pack of wolves, until ten years later he is acquainted with the jungle life.

This movie will not only teach your kids about the various jungle animals, it will also teach your kids about Indian culture since Mowgli is a kid from India. It also has the message of family—even though it is unlike a normal concept of family—between Mowgli, Bagheera, and the pack of wolves he lived with.

2. Toy Story (1995)

In their first feature film, Pixar uses the nostalgia of both Baby Boomer and Generation X to their advantage and created a world in which toys would come to life. In Toy Story, you will be treated to a film about a cowboy doll and a space ranger action figure as they struggle and help each other.

Not only that, this movie also tells the story about the bond created by kids with their toys and playthings. Kids will take care of the toys—especially their favourite toys—and will often give life to them by using their imagination.

3. Up (2009)

Up tells the story of Carl, a grumpy and old balloon salesman that has a goal of lifting his house and fly away. However, one day he met Russell, a boy scout that comes to his house and becomes a stowaway on Carl’s new house that floats in the sky?

Not only this movie is fun for the kids, parents can also enjoy this flick. For the parents, there is the depth of Carl as a character and why he tries so hard to achieve his dream. All and all, Up definitely deserves its spot on the list of movies to watch with kids.

4. Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out is one of Pixar’s most creative storylines in the modern era. It tells the story of Riley, a young girl that got a sudden news about how her family is going to move from Minnesota to San Francisco. While that sounds like your usual adolescent and coming of age movie, what’s unique in this movie is that we are shown what is happening inside Riley’s heart.

The movie brought to life 5 basic emotions that lives inside Riley’s head: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. These emotions will play a big role in controlling Riley’s feelings. With this movie, you can also teach your kids to speak up about their emotions and what they feel.

5. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial always consistently made it into many list of movies to watch with kids and for a reason. When E.T. came out, there was a trend of portraying aliens as evil beasts that only exists to kill humans. However, E.T. brings something different to the table.

This movie tells the story of Elliott who saved a tiny and timid alien that was stranded on Earth and then gives the alien a shelter in his house. During its stay in Elliott’s house, the alien bonded not only with Elliott, but also his siblings. However, the alien falls ill, and Elliott and his family needs to find a way to get E.T. back to his home planet.

6. The Iron Giant (1999)

This movie is an adaptation from a story written by Ted Hughes about a giant alien robot that crashes near a small town in 1957. A kid called Hogarth was the one that discovers the robot, and before long the two became friends. Problem surfaces as a government agent is determined to destroy Hogarth’s new robot friend at any cost.

Despite having a robot in the movie, The Iron Giant is ultimately a movie about friendship. Your kids will be treated to an exciting story full of emotion about a friendship between a boy and a giant machinery from another planet. For the parents, they can also see a portion of how Cold War paranoia shaped the America of that time.

7. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo is one of many movies to watch with kids that talk about how strong a parental bond can be. It tells the story of Marlin, a clown fish that had his wife and everything taken away from him, leaving only one of his children: Nemo. Because of that tragedy, Marlin becomes overprotective of Nemo, but despite all that, Nemo is caught by a fisherman and moved to Australia.

And thus, begins Marlin’s adventure to save Nemo. On the way, Marlin has the help of Dory, a forgetful blue fish, and several allies he never thought would help him. Will Marlin be able to overcome all the odds and be reunited with Nemo again?

 

Those are the list of handpicked movies to watch with kids during your time off! While we try to keep the movies safe for children, there might be some concept that is too complex for your kids, so make sure you are beside them when you watch these movies! Enjoy the movies and don’t forget the popcorn! ?