Writing: Haiku Poems from Gavin Goh

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry with three lines. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables again. More about Haiku on Wikipedia Haiku is an easy way to get the children started on writing poetry. G1 learned about them at school and wrote theseContinue reading “Writing: Haiku Poems from Gavin Goh”

Martial Arts: Judo – Rise of the Judoka

ju·do·ka noun Meaning: a person who practices or is an expert in judo. G1 earned a double promotion and won his orange belt for Judo yesterday. It was a proud moment for us (and him, especially). We’ve never considered him to be particularly athletic so this was a pretty major achievement. It has always beenContinue reading “Martial Arts: Judo – Rise of the Judoka”

LEGO Benefits Children in Many Ways

LEGO is a toy that spans generations. As children, we’ve played with LEGO, and now we hand the baton over to our children. Well, some of us anyway. Others remain big kids in the LEGO world. There have been complaints that LEGO is no longer the toy that we grew up with because the sets areContinue reading “LEGO Benefits Children in Many Ways”

Fun Activities: Let’s Play Squabble!

This is a really fun game that G1’s trainer at myBrainLab taught him after his brain training session one day. It’s called Squabble and it is basically a sort of modified Scrabble. G1’s absolutely mad about this game so I thought I would share it. It’s also a really fun way to increase vocabulary and improve onContinue reading “Fun Activities: Let’s Play Squabble!”

Simple Science Activity: Lava Lamps

G2 made a lava lamp at school and got to bring it home… He had so much fun with it that he wanted to play with it at home again… Make Your Own Lava Lamp This is really a very easy experiment to do at home. All you need is: an empty bottle vegetable oil waterContinue reading “Simple Science Activity: Lava Lamps”

Simple Science: Rain Clouds in a Jar

We were inspired by this simple science activity of making clouds in jars so we made our own. This one’s a real winner – it’s really easy to do, no fancy equipment required, and the kids have a real blast with it. What you will need: a transparent jar plain water shaving cream coloured waterContinue reading “Simple Science: Rain Clouds in a Jar”

Simple Science Activity: Dry Ice Smoke Rings and Bubbles

Continuing on from our previous dry ice experiments – this is what you get when your sons have a geeky aunt… Read this! Dry ice safety information: direct skin contact with dry ice causes the same damage as a heat burn – always use protective gloves when handling dry ice keep the room well ventilated because carbonContinue reading “Simple Science Activity: Dry Ice Smoke Rings and Bubbles”

A Morning at the “Ocean”

We managed to catch the Beautiful Ocean Event at Midvalley Megamall before it ended. If you missed it, check out the photos. The set-up was really lovely. We signed the pledge to stop eating shark’s fin – at least I did – and G1 learned a bit more about what happens to the sharks whenContinue reading “A Morning at the “Ocean””