Educational Puzzles Extend the Benefits of Jigsaws

We know that jigsaw puzzles offer numerous benefits to children. Jigsaws are great for developing: Hand-Eye Coordination – Kids have to use their coordination in order to get the pieces to fit together. Language Skills – By working with others, kids discuss shapes and ask for certain pieces. Fine Motor Development – Maneuvering puzzle pieces around can really buildContinue reading “Educational Puzzles Extend the Benefits of Jigsaws”

Lego Mixels: Introducing the Aquamites

G1 has been wondering about the LEGO Mixels Series 8 – what will new ideas will LEGO come up with next? So I suggested that he come up with his own series 8 instead of waiting for LEGO. Here’s his LEGO Mixels MOC Series 8 (please note, he says, he does not have all theContinue reading “Lego Mixels: Introducing the Aquamites”

The Targimals and the Endless Night

Creativity is the most important quality we can have, and it is important to nurture it in our children. So we backed a Kickstarter project – Forge of Honor – as part of our ongoing effort to cultivate their creativity through imaginative play. The boys and I recently came up with a story for the Targimals called The Targimals and theContinue reading “The Targimals and the Endless Night”

Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide

When kids don’t read, work math problems, or aren’t engaged in other learning experiences, not only does their education not continue, it can regress. This problem usually occurs when kids don’t get opportunities to learn over the long summer holidays. It can result in these children coming back to school at a disadvantage. This decline isContinue reading “Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide”

Family Fun: Wheelie Sundays @ Publika

Wheelie Sundays at Publika have been a regular feature from as far back as February 2012 and it’s terrible that it has taken us this long to get out there but, as they say, “better late than never”… About Wheelie Sundays@Publika It’s on every Sunday from 7am to 10am. The inner roads are closed toContinue reading “Family Fun: Wheelie Sundays @ Publika”

Sights and Sounds: Avillion Admiral Cove in Port Dickson

DH was participating in a duathlon in Port Dickson over the weekend so the boys and I decided to tag along to see what mischief we could get up to while Daddy was sweating it out. We stayed at Avillion Admiral Cove which turned out have quite a lot of activities for a family staycation… It would haveContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Avillion Admiral Cove in Port Dickson”

Play Activities: The Hideout Construction Set

The boys have a habit of rearranging my furniture to create all manner of new-fangled “hideouts” in my living room. It is probably a carry over from their toddler days when I would hang up some blankets and we would pretend we were going camping. I don’t know if it is it just a kid thingContinue reading “Play Activities: The Hideout Construction Set”

Science: Having Fun with the Solar System

G2 is learning about space in school so when I this cool solar system jigsaw puzzle in Borders, I couldn’t resist. It would have been way cooler if it had been “glow in the dark” but for RM25, who’s complaining? All right! All right! The truth is I’ve always wanted one of these for myself becauseContinue reading “Science: Having Fun with the Solar System”

Art: Pointillism – the Artistic Style of Dotting

G1 is learning about different art styles at school. This week, he learned about Pointillism. Pointillism – a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. The artist they have been studying is Georges Seurat – one of the artists who developed the technique of Pointillism. GeorgesContinue reading “Art: Pointillism – the Artistic Style of Dotting”

Simple Science: 3 Cool Bubble Experiments

Too awesome! We gotta try this – especially the neon one since the boys are so into “glow in the dark” stuff these days… There’s not a lot about the science behind it on the video, so here are the links if you want to look them up… How does highlighter ink make the bubbles glowContinue reading “Simple Science: 3 Cool Bubble Experiments”