Simple Physics: Constructing a Play House from Cereal and Toy Boxes

This activity was inspired by the article from PsyBlog – Free Play: Simple Items More Fun For Children. Movable/recycled materials are suggested to stimulate creativity and diversity to children’s play and provide active play experiences by facilitating pushing, pulling and lifting and the construction of structures (e.g. cubby houses, rockets, ships) whilst engaging in social interactionContinue reading “Simple Physics: Constructing a Play House from Cereal and Toy Boxes”

Making Dream Catchers – Round 2

G1 made a Dream Catcher following instructions from the Angry Birds Stella Super Interactive Annual 2015 last holidays and he had a lot of fun making it so when my god daughter came to stay with us, I decided we could make a “proper” dream catcher as a bonding project. It was also a great opportunity to go checkContinue reading “Making Dream Catchers – Round 2”

DIY Fireplace for Christmas

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had this image in my mind when I think of Christmas decorations in a house – a Christmas tree with twinkling lights beside a roaring fireplace with Christmas stockings hanging from the mantelpiece. Don’t ask me why… Blame all those American Christmas shows I watched growing up!Continue reading “DIY Fireplace for Christmas”

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?”

Winter Solstice Festival and a Lesson in Tolerance, Respect, and Culture

We are a family of mixed religious and non-religious beliefs. Because of this, we observe a variety of traditions and festivals to embrace the beliefs and practices of all the members in this family. I won’t pretend that I didn’t have initial reservations about it to begin with but now I think it is a good lesson for theContinue reading “Winter Solstice Festival and a Lesson in Tolerance, Respect, and Culture”

School Holiday Fun – Jungle Gym Hopping

The school holidays are upon us and we’re stuck with the same old dilemma – how do we keep the kids busy and stay sane at the same time? Well, we got off to a good start with some healthy, wholesome fun with a visit to Roller Sports, the Jungle Gym, and a trip toContinue reading “School Holiday Fun – Jungle Gym Hopping”

Fun Activities: Running a Class Store

G2’s class ran a store at school to raise money for charity… They made a whole bunch of stuff for the kids to sell to their parents. This was my haul from my shopping trip: Running a store can be a terrific learning experience for children and a great way to introduce children into the world of entrepreneurship. ChildrenContinue reading “Fun Activities: Running a Class Store”

Christmas Fun: Making Gingerbread Man

When I enlisted G2’s help to decorate the Gingerbread people for the school Christmas party and gifts for their teachers… Um… Well, the boys had fun… Here’s the recipe: This lovely Gingerbread Men recipe from Taste.com.au, although I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. It turns out, I forgot to add the egg yolk. But the recipe stillContinue reading “Christmas Fun: Making Gingerbread Man”

Working Out in the Mind Gym

G2 got a basketball game set for his birthday and G1 was the collateral beneficiary… While watching G1 practice his shots, I had a sudden inspiration to teach him about visualisation and mental rehearsals. I asked him to picture throwing the ball in his mind and seeing the ball fall through the hoop. Then I asked him to shoot.Continue reading “Working Out in the Mind Gym”