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  • Self-Care Station, Unicorn Playhouse, And More! This Year's Best #GalingNiMommy Projects

    Despite the community quarantine, there was no shortage of creations made by moms this year!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Self-Care Station, Unicorn Playhouse, And More! This Year's Best #GalingNiMommy Projects
PHOTO BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) Courtesy of Myreen Paderes Formoso and Candy Gandia
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    Moms never run out of creative ideas, especially if it will make their children happy. Of course, they’ll likely take the practical route and prefer do-it-yourself or DIY projects, not only to cut on costs but also to make the projects personalized for their little ones.

    Best DIY projects from moms in 2020

    Despite the community quarantine, there was no shortage of creations made by moms this year. Through our parenting community Smart Parenting Village and stories sent via email, they continued to wow us with their ingenious ideas.

    We wanted to wrap up the year with a dose of positivity and spread some cheer, so here are the best and most popular Galing ni Mommy projects that Pinoy parents couldn’t get enough of in 2020!

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    Toddler self-care station

    This self-care station was inspired by Montessori teachings.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Myreen Formoso
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    It was a simple idea, but parents were inspired by the self-care station that mom Myreen Paderes Formoso set up for her son, Johnreen Benedict. Using materials that can easily be found at home, Myreen created a kiddie-sized wash area where her toddler can brush his teeth and wash his hands.

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    It’s a great way to instill the habit of proper handwashing and maintaining good hygiene. It will also help your children become more independent!

    Learn how Myreen prepared the self-care station here.

    Dreamy, unicorn playhouse

    This is so beautifully-made you'll never guess it was a DIY!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Candy Gandia Catinoy
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    Playhouses or play tents can get expensive, so mom Candy Gandia decided she will just build one for her daughter, Thania. With the help of her husband, Eric, they were able to create a unicorn-themed space in just four days — it even has a pretend kitchen!

    They got cardboard boxes for free and bought wallpaper stickers, glue sticks, and colored paper from the nearby palengke in Cavity City, where they live. The other materials that they used were already available at home.

    Unicorn-themed tents in Lazada start at around Php844, but Candy and her husband only spent Php549 for the materials! Their design is also more beautiful and detailed, not to mention, their daughter absolutely loved it.

    “Lagi siya [doon] natambay. And super happy niya po — ‘pag naglalaro kami ng taguan dun siya madalas magtago. Alam niyang house niya po talaga ‘yun,” the mom shares.

    Learn how to build a unicorn playhouse through a step-by-step guide that Candy shared here.

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    Home quarantine store

    This mini store doesn’t just help distract kids from screens, it also teaches them to be more responsible.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Hycinth de Arta

    Mom Hycinth de Arta was inspired to open it after seeing her three kids mostly watching TV, browsing YouTube and eating whatever they want, whenever they like.

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    “So, [my husband and I] came up with an idea that would change their daily routine,” she told SmartParenting.com.ph.

    There are store rules and different ways that the kids can “earn money” to buy stuff from the store. These include doing household chores like “walis sa kusina/sala, tapon basura, arrange bedroom, ligpit ng plates,” and more.

    “We won’t have a chance to do much outdoor activities because of the quarantine, so this is an opportunity for them to learn household responsibilities and it’s also one way to teach them financial literacy,” Hycinth shares.

    “They will learn how to save their hard-earned money and spend it wisely,” she adds.

    Read about Hycinth’s home quarantine store here.

    Toys made out of cardboard boxes

    Kitchen sets, race tracks can get expensive if you buy it from toy stores, so these moms decided to DIY!
    PHOTO BY COURTESY OF VANESSA M. TAM, RUBEE DELOS REYES-SCHWAND, AND ANNA TOBIAS-DOMASIG
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    Thanks to moms, we found out that you can fashion so many amazing toys out of cardboard boxes. From ovens, kitchenettes, dollhouses, vendor stalls, racetracks, and more, just imagine and it can be done — nakatipid ka pa!

    Don’t believe us? Click here and see all the wonderful creations they were able to make.

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