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I teach kindergarten and elementary students. Recently, they’ve...







I teach kindergarten and elementary students. Recently, they’ve really gotten into making bracelets. Beads and zipper crafts were pretty popular a few months ago, but now these rubber band bracelets (펀펀룸 실리콘밴드) are more trendy. They choose three colors to braid together with a plastic gadget (or two color pencils). They’re so proud of their bracelets.


I like when my students bring in 칼라풍선 to play with. In the...





I like when my students bring in 칼라풍선 to play with. In the States, we called it Super Elastic Bubble Plastic (before it was discontinued). It consists of a tube of viscous plastic substance and a thin straw used to blow semi-solid bubbles.


Some stationary stores in Korea sell this “Magic Answers...





Some stationary stores in Korea sell this “Magic Answers Book.” It’s kind of like a magic-8 ball. You can ask a question, flip to a random page in the book, and then find a vague answer to your question. I know it’s silly, but it’s fun to play with.


My student brought some craft toys called “매듭.” You...





My student brought some craft toys called “매듭.” You can tie plastic into knots for fun key chains or charms. I was obsessed with these when I was ten years old. We called them gimp and they were so much fun!


Another game many of my girl students like to play is called 공기...







Another game many of my girl students like to play is called 공기 (gong-gi). There are a lot of variations of games with these items, but I find it equivalent to playing jacks (with the picking up of items).


My student shared another toy today, called 야광별. I think this...







My student shared another toy today, called 야광별. I think this means “glow in the dark star." They look like simple strips of paper but you can fold them into origami stars! As you can tell from the third photo, our paper didn’t end up looking anything like pretty stars.

I found the picture below on the internet, proving that others actually can make pretty stars. Tons of them.


One of my students showing off her new toy. It’s a sticker...





One of my students showing off her new toy. It’s a sticker set where you can change the character’s clothes and hair.


My student back to show off another toy! She said this one costs...





My student back to show off another toy! She said this one costs a bit less than 50 cents USD. It is clay that comes in what’s described as a “gas tank.” I think the Korean is “가스통면발뽐” but not entirely positive. She stretched the clay out quite far! It smelled like lime and didn’t make a mess. Steak Teacher approves one minute of play before class starts.


One of my students showing off her new toy, 맥체괴물. Difficult to...





One of my students showing off her new toy, 맥체괴물. Difficult to describe but it’s a bit like watery Play-Doh, but not… Kids enjoy stretching it out and letting it drip between their fingers. It’s wiggly and jiggly. Costs just about a dollar, which is good because it’s only entertaining for a few minutes. The blue kind stains and makes a mess.


When Animals Get Wheels

Last weekend, along with finding the Love Bug, I found the weirdest mode of transportation- at the same mall. 

There's this cool below ground mall in Seomyeon set within the apartment complex called 'the Sharp'.

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