Chinese New Year 2015: Welcome to the Year of the Goat/Sheep…

G2 had a fun day at school – they had loads of Chinese New Year activities but his favourite was the Zodiac Animal Hunt… Zodiac Animal Hunt In this activity, the children had to search for all the zodiac animals that were hiding around the playground. Order of the Zodiac The order of the Zodiac wasContinue reading “Chinese New Year 2015: Welcome to the Year of the Goat/Sheep…”

Anecdotal Observations from an Early Learning Experience

When G2 was very little (by that, I mean about 2 years old), we bought a music DVD/CD by They Might Be Giants. It was intended for G1, but G2 was also a beneficiary being the younger brother in tow. It turned out that G2 liked it so much that he would insist on watching itContinue reading “Anecdotal Observations from an Early Learning Experience”

Simple Science: Magic Cornflour Mud, Oobleck, and Non-Newtonian Fluids

Borrowed another idea from G2’s class yesterday… Magic Cornflour Mud The recipe I borrowed from Scientific American: 1 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 cup cold water Food colouring The intention was to make brown mud, but what d’ya know… I bought two bottles of blue food colouring instead of one blue and one yellow. Since I only hadContinue reading “Simple Science: Magic Cornflour Mud, Oobleck, and Non-Newtonian Fluids”

Making Music: The 12 Days of Christmas – Angry Birds Style

Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour. In fact, children become 30 times more helpful after making music compared with listening to a story… So over the Christmas holidays, I tried getting the boys to sing in the car instead of their usual storybooks in the car. Since it was Christmas, we started off with Christmas songs.Continue reading “Making Music: The 12 Days of Christmas – Angry Birds Style”

Who’s the Master Code Breaker?

For Christmas, G1 received a board game called Code Breaking. It was a bit of a blast from the past because I used to play this when I was a child, except I knew the game as “Mastermind“. Code Breaking is a fun and educational way to help the boys develop: logic and reasoning skills visual perception and spatialContinue reading “Who’s the Master Code Breaker?”

Fun Activities: Secret Spy Kit – Making and Decoding Hidden Messages

G1 has been asking for “invisible ink” ever since he read about using lemon juice to write hidden messages from one of Enid Blyton’s adventure books so when I stumbled on a Secret Spy Kit, I decided to get it for some secret message fun at home… What’s in the Kit? Code Book – thatContinue reading “Fun Activities: Secret Spy Kit – Making and Decoding Hidden Messages”

Simple Science: Dilatant Materials – Silly Putty and Melting Martians

The boys received Melting Martians for Christmas… It is a surprisingly simple idea but it has kept the boys entertained for a lot longer than I would have expected. It’s also neater and cleaner than Play Doh – I wonder if we can get more of this stuff from somewhere…? Here’s how it works: You build a MartianContinue reading “Simple Science: Dilatant Materials – Silly Putty and Melting Martians”

District 21! Will You Survive the Apocalypse?

There is a new adventure park in Putrajaya IOI Mall! It’s called District 21. Designed with families and active lifestyles in mind, District 21 will give you a workout you won’t forget. Located indoors within the mall, you will never have to worry about get rained out. You can stay there all day if youContinue reading “District 21! Will You Survive the Apocalypse?”

When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…

“The truly creative changes and the big shifts occur right at the edge of chaos.” Dr Robert Bilder, a psychiatry and psychology professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. We had an unwitting experiment in “free play” that brought about some rather interesting results. After a continuous string of misbehaviours, I got fed upContinue reading “When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…”