Friday, August 28, 2009

Ben 10 in Korean

If you have a son who is 5 years and older, I'm sure you are very familiar with Ben 10. I heard Cartoon Network is aired in Korea and was amused to find the Ben 10 theme song in Korean. My son had a blast listening to it.



Credit to you tube poster,kody5yeyo for finding this.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Adorable Towel Party Favors




Need more ideas for your child's birthday party? Perfect for a Dol First Birthday Party favor or decoration. Koreans are really big on using candy for dol party decoration and giving away decorated towel gifts as favors. For more information, please go to our Little Seouls store. Here's the link.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Looking for cheap Back-To-School supplies?

I just happen to go into the 99 cent store today and was surprised to see everything you could possibly need for school there. Of course everything is $0.99! Just a little tip for the parents if you're looking to find a bargain on school supplies!

Thinking of going to Korea? Check out this Korea Tourism Video by Korea Sparkling



Beautifully done. Makes me want to go visit again.

Monday, August 24, 2009

36th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival

The Los Angeles Korean Festival is coming up! This year it will be held on September 17-20 at Seoul International Park in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Cultural performances, carnival rides, food booths, and a Korean parade are the reasons why this is one of the most popular Korean festivals around. For more information, you can go to www.lakoreanfestival.com

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Book Highlight: The Green Frogs



This is a popular Korean folktale re-told by many generations of Korean parents to their young children. It is a story about 2 frogs who never obey their mother and always do just the opposite. Growing up, our parents would tell us this story to teach us the importance of obedience. In Korea, children who don't listen to their mother are called "chung-gaeguri" or green frogs. Author Yumi Heo does a good job of telling the story in English with artistic graphic illustration.

Makes a great bedtime story with a good lesson!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Looking for a good piano program for your kids?


Like most Korean parents, I've been taking my son to piano lessons since he was 5 years old. It's not because I'm doing the Korean thing but my son actually loves music. He takes after his dad.

Anyways, he's been going to the Yamaha Music school near our home. I highly recommend it. It's in a group setting and they have classes for each level. My son's in a class of about 6 kids about his age. They provide Yamaha books, DVDs and CDs for your kids to make it more fun. They also sing and dance in the class to teach them pitch and rhythm.

They have classes throughout the country. It's more affordable than doing private lessons which I think would be boring compared to the group lessons...plus the peer pressure does wonders! They have classes starting at age 3.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Korean Baby DVD for Learning Korean called "First Step"



This is a great video for those that want a baby video that teaches basic Korean words with picture and sound. For ages 1 month to 36 months. Region ALL. 2 DVDs. Here's a small clip:

video

Now available at Little Seouls!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Just in! Hangul Flash Cards for Kids!



We are so excited to have found this new product! The flash card learning kit comes with 64 flash cards, audio CD, wall chart and learning guide. It was created by Laura Armitage, who taught in Korea and is now currently a fifth grade teacher in Franklin, New Hampshire. Made just for kids to help them learn Korean!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Custom Photo Korean Baby Dol Invitations!

We are excited to introduce our new invitation design! Finally we've got photo cards! These would be great not just for invitations but for birth/adoption announcements! We are planning to add more so keep a look out!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

64th Anniversary of Korean Liberation Day

Korean Liberation Day is celebrated annually on August 15 to commemorate the liberation in 1945 from Japan's 35 year rule. The Korean American Traditional Artists Association, KORUS House and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea are hosting an Art Exhibit to showcase nearly 50 selected works of art from the Third Nationwide Korean American Art Contest held in 2009. The art exhibition tour begins on Thursday, August 13 at KORUS House in Washington DC. It will then travel to the Jaisohn Center in Philadelphia from Sept. 8-15 and then to the Korean Education Center in Los Angeles from Oct. 1-15.

A great way to teach your child about Korea's history and celebrate Liberation day through art!

For more information, you can go to www.koreaembassyusa.org.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Baby of the Month Prize for September is...Korean Hangul Mini Alphabet Puzzle Foam Mat


Korean puzzle play mat! These are smaller so it's great for little fingers to put together! Also a great hangul learning tool!

Last day to enter is August 31st! Just email your child's picture with your permission to contest@littleseouls.com

Friday, August 7, 2009

Little Seouls is on Facebook!



You can trade, sell or giveaway stuff on here, ask for advice on anything Korean, get tips, and more! Come check us out on Facebook!

Dol Survey

A company had contacted us to ask our blog readers to do a Dol Survey to gather information about the people's dol experience. If you've got a few minutes, click here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great Baby's First Dol Ideas!

I recently came across a blog called the Im Family. Sang, the mom, recently blogged about her son's dol and thought I'd share her great ideas with our readers. Sang is also a talented cake designer and gives private lessons in her home in Fairfax, VA.

Here is the cake she made for her son's dol. I love all the traditional touches she put on the cake!


She also hand-made her son's invitation! I love the 3D flower in the front and how it opens up into this elaborate but also very traditional card.


For party favors, she put her son's picture on round metal tin cans. Love it!


Lastly, she made the doljabi board/picture board.


Here guests get tickets to place their bet on what they think her son would pick in the doljabi. Once her son picks up an object, they'll pick a winner from the tickets. That winning ticket would then get a prize.



If you'd like to share your dol ideas, send us an email at info@littleseouls.com! You may be featured on our blog!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome Back Home!

UPDATE: Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have returned back to the US today with the help of former President Clinton.

Korean BBQ Cook Off in LA


Need something to do this Saturday?

The Korean BBQ Cook Off will be held this coming Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 12pm to 8pm at the The Summit at 6th (3223 6th Street, LA, CA). The event is hosted by the Korean American Coalition, Los Angeles. Ten Korean restaurants will be participating in the competition and dishes will sell for $10-$15 plate. For more information, go to http://www.kacla.org.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Perfect Korean Summer Dessert!

We recently came across another great Korean cooking site at http://aeriskitchen.com. To our delight, Aeri ("the cook") posted a cooking video on how to make a popular Korean dessert called Pot Bing Su! A lot of Koreans like to eat Pot Bing Su during the summer since it is so refreshing to eat. Its main ingredients include crushed ice, red bean, milk, fruit, mochi (rice cakes) and corn flakes. You can also add ice cream as well!

Monday, August 3, 2009

National Children's Museum of Korea Opens Today

The National Children's Museum will be the first children's museum to get an official status as a national institution. They will have special exhibitions that will showcase children's culture. The museum will also have a exhibition of what the streets were like in the old days.

The museum will also have educational programs for kids, teachers and parents. They will be offering hands-on experiences. They will also learn about Korean folklore.

Children will experience what Korean life was like in traditional times such as traditional clothing, housing, food and games. They will also have an outdoor play area to showcase the traditional games and activities.

This sounds like a great place to visit with your children to experience true Korean culture for not only the kids but for adults as well. If you do go visit, please let us know what your experience was like!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dol/Baek-Il Tower Rental!

UPDATE: After popular demand, Little Seouls is NOW renting out the traditional towers for Dol and Baek-Il!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Baby of the Month Winner!


Congratulations to Izzy who is our August baby of the month winner! She just turned 1 yesterday! Happy 1st Birthday Izzy!

If you're interested in entering your baby for our September Baby of the Month, you have until August 31st. We will announce the winner Sept. 1st. Winners are randomly chosen. Please send your baby's pic with your permission to enter him/her in the drawing to contest@littleseouls.com.