Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A company in Korea has designed these beautiful mats called Tessell, tessellation play mat. What is tessellation?
Tessellation is a technique to set up an unlimited repeating geometrical figure, it is helpful to increase space perception, thought, and academic judgment.
They have created a unique product that allows children to be creative yet use their mathematical abilities. Kids can create a rocking horse you can actually ride and a flower table that is functional yet pretty.
This product has won numerous awards for their design and innovation.
Available now for $119.99!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Look at the beautiful diaper cake, towel lollipops and muffin towels that were creatively made by Stella Lee, a friend of mine. If you are crafty enough, you can try making these on your own!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A few months ago, my kids received this as a gift from a friend who recently traveled to Korea. My daughter absolutely loves them and I like them too as they last longer than regular crayons and are easy to peel. Our friend who grew up in Korea told me that these crayons were quite popular there, so we decided to do some research on getting them for Little Seouls. And sure enough, we saw that almost all of the Korean children's stationary stores sell these adorable peel off crayons. These are now available at Little Seouls for $6.99. Makes a great addition to a gift!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Target: 10,000 pairs
At $5 a pair, help us raise 10,000 pairs of winter boots by Christmas Eve to distribute to children in by February 2010.
This program is being run through Sun Yang LLC.
Yes, I would love to give a donation!
I would like to read up on the progress of the shoe donation program!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Aren't these hats cute? We just added these to our store!
These adorable winter hats are quite popular in Korea. Here's a photo of the Korean girl band, 2NE1 wearing similar hats in a Baskin Robbins Advertising campaign.
Photo source www.baskinrobbins.co.kr
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Zoey! She's 16 months old. The expression on her face can't help but make you smile! She looks like a very happy little girl!
Congratulations mom and dad!
To enter our January Baby of the Month, please email your child's photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also list child's name, age, address and permission to use photo.
Monday, November 30, 2009
When I was little our family went to Korea (my first time) when I was about 8 years old. We stayed with our grandparents and it was there that I learned the game ddakji with the neighborhood kids.
Ddak-ji is a popular Korean childrens game played using specially made cardboard disks. The disks resemble Pogs but are perhaps thinner and slightly curved. Unlike the games played using Pogs, Ddak-ji uses no 'slammer' piece. Only the ddakji themselves are used.
In the basic version of the game the throwing player is chosen by 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' and the losing player places their disk on the table. The active player throws their disk down on it in an attempt to make the inactive player's disk flip over. The curvature of the disks makes finesse an important part of the technique. If a disk is flipped, the player who flipped it gets to keep it. Variants of this play style exist. (taken from boardgamegeek.com)
Back in those days we made our own ddakji with paper and would decorate it. The newer versions are made with popular characters like Pokemon and Maple Story and is hugely popular right now with kids in Korea.
We recently picked up some ddakji for Little Seouls and introduced them to our boys. They were very intrigued and actually ended up really liking the game.
Try it! It's only $.99 for a pack of 7 pogs. I warn you...your kids will get hooked!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here are some cultural tips that we can think of when socializing with the elderly.
Respecting your elders is a big deal among Koreans. When meeting a Korean person, you are expected to bow and greet the older person with respect. If you are sitting down, you are also expected to stand up when greeting them and this also applies when the older person leaves. When dining with an older person, it is respectable to offer the first serving to them and wait until they have taken the first bite before you begin eating. If the older person offers you a drink, you are supposed to politely accept with both hands (left hand on your right arm).
If you know any more, please share!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
When we asked her mommy what led their family to adoption, she replied:
"From the moment my husband and I married over 10 years ago, we knew adoption was the way we wanted to build our family. We weren't ready for a long time, but once we decided, we plunged in. As for , we ended up there in a roundabout way. We had originally intended to adopt a child from Viet Nam, but the program closed and we took that as a pretty clear sign that the child who was meant to be with us resided elsewhere. We began preparing an updated homestudy, and in the process, I found our Olive on a waiting child listing. The instant I saw and read about her, I knew she would be our daughter. And I didn't care where she was from! We found out she was from and were thrilled to research the country to know more about the . Now, we can't imagine NOT going to Korea - we fell in love with Seoul, the people, the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells, the culture... we hope to go back someday and absorb even more of it."
Olive is now 2 years old and is described as the most perfect child to their family. Here is what else her mommy had to say:
"She is so easy going and laid back. She hardly ever cries or gets angry - very even tempered. She is gentle and kind, and displays a great deal of empathy for others. She adores playing with other kids and is a wonderful " " to our cats. Olive loves animals, being outdoors, and is very active. I couldn't ask for a better daughter!"
We thank Olive's family for sharing their precious photo and adoption story! And thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us. We really enjoyed seeing the photo entries!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you are looking for something unique, besides candy and chocolate, try giving your child's teacher this towel cake! Every year my son gives this to his teacher and they are always so delighted to receive this unique gift. If you're wondering why a towel, towel gifts are very customary in countries like Japan and Korea.
Comes in the packaging as shown.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
School children are going to clinics to help them grow. Very interesting.
(photo from ABC News)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Winner will win a pack of 25 Custom Christmas Cards. Just send in a photo of your referral photo or "gotcha" day (arrival day) photo to email@example.com. Winner will be announced on Friday, November 20.
Happy National Adoption Month!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Here's a youtube of it if you don't know it already.
Here's the actual Dori Dori Song:
Also, my son recently sang the Korean version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in his school program...which was hilarious since his school is not even Korean! The pronunciation was a little off but cute nonetheless.
Here's a youtube of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Korean.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Contest ends November 30th, 2009. Applies to new fans only.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The Green Frogs, A Korean Folktale $6.99
Bee Bim Bop $6.99
Count Your Way Through Korea $5.95
Milet Mini Picture Dictionary $7.99
Starting your holiday shopping early? Here are some book gift ideas!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
"New Clothes for New Year's Day" by Hyun Ju Bae is the perfect book to read to your child to get them excited for the upcoming New Year's Sae Bae event. What is "Sae Bae?" Sae bae is when the younger generation bow down in honor to their elders during New Year's Day. Traditionally, the whole family dresses up in their Korean hanboks and makes visitations to their older relatives, like their grandparents, aunts and uncles. After the children sae bae, the relatives (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles), will give the children money and say some words of wisdom to them.
Author Hyun Ju Bae details how a little girl gets dressed and ready for the New Year's. He explains things such as, how to wear a hanbok, and also gives descriptions of the various hanbok items. This book comes with beautiful illustrations.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Asian Doll for only $6.99! On clearance! Hurry! Supplies limited. Perfect to stuff in your child's stocking or to give as a holiday gift! We also have other dolls on sale. Check them out here.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
By joining, you can also take advantage of the 10% discount coupon that is set to expire on November 1st, 2009. Only 2 days left!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
1 lb (500 g) peeled, chopped pumpkin
5 cups of water
1/3 cup rice flour
1-2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
Place the pumpkin in a pot in 4 cups of water. When it comes to boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 25 minutes (until the pumpkin is very soft and easily breaks apart).
Mix the rice flour with the remaining cup of water, then add the mixture into the pot of softened pumpkin. Bring to a boil over medium heat, while stirring often.
Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, then add the sugar and salt.
Serve in individual bowls, and decorate it with the toasted pumpkin seeds.
Serves 6-8 , Prep time 10 minutes, Cooking time 30 minutes
Great recipes like this can be found in the cookbook, "Authentic Recipes from Korea."
Friday, October 23, 2009
With the holidays and New Year's coming, we have stocked up on our inventory of traditional Korean games. We have also recently added Baduk and Janggi to our list of products! And of course don't forget the Hwatu cards and Yute game! A great way to bring culture to your holiday gatherings!