Travel Fun: Easy, Screen-Free Games to Play When You’re Travelling with the Kids

It’s the holiday season and many families are probably travelling or planning to travel. With all that time in transit for the kids to get bored, I thought it would be great to compile a list of “screen-free” activities and games to play so that the kids don’t have to be glued to their iPadsContinue reading “Travel Fun: Easy, Screen-Free Games to Play When You’re Travelling with the Kids”

Simple DIY Ninjago Costumes

Most children invariably want to dress up as their favourite super heroes. When you factor in growth and their rapidly changing fancies, this can be quite a costly affair. Recently, my two boys wanted to be ninjas from Ninjago. Or rather, Aristotle wanted to be Lloyd (the green ninja), and by default, whatever big brotherContinue reading “Simple DIY Ninjago Costumes”

Sights and Sounds: Pulau Pangkor

We took the boys to Pulau Pangkor for a bit of R&R and to celebrate their grandfather’s 60th birthday. As we all know, play is good for our children (the big kids too!) so our fun in the sun was a perfect chance to romp around in the sand and waves. It was quite an adventure forContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Pulau Pangkor”

Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play

When I was little, I would pretend I had an imaginary friend under my bed to keep me company at night because I was afraid of the dark. When I grew older, the fear of the dark became the fear of the boogie man who would come through the windows and kidnap little children fromContinue reading “Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play”

The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!

In an earlier post, we talked about why play for good for children, but did you know that play is good for parents, too? Well, play is good for all adults period, but parents especially should get into the habit of playing regularly. Why do adults need to play? Similarly to children, play helps adultsContinue reading “The Power of Play – it’s Good for Parents Too!”

Creative Play with Lego

Aristotle loves Lego. He started with Thomas Duplo which he would work on with Daddy. After that, Daddy decided to give him a bigger challenge and bought him a small Lego City kit. Aside from the manual dexterity problems (Lego is much harder to put together compared to Duplo), Daddy found that he could follow the instructions onContinue reading “Creative Play with Lego”

Parenting: Playing to Learn, Playing to Connect, Playing for Fun

Play is the Business of Children – it helps physical, mental, social, and emotional development. It also fosters the parent-child connection – as they say “families that play together, stay together“. It makes sense that we should play with our children more and use it as a tool for reaching them on various parenting issues we face. Unfortunately,Continue reading “Parenting: Playing to Learn, Playing to Connect, Playing for Fun”

Creative Play Time with Toy Figures

There’s nothing like good old fashion imaginative play time… Sometimes, when I want the boys to get away from the screen for a bit and I’m too lazy to take them out, I find it helps if I initiate some creative play with their toy figures. After that, they’ll carry themselves the rest of theContinue reading “Creative Play Time with Toy Figures”

Kids Activities: New Jungle Gym in The Mines – Kidz Paradise

Looking for a new place to take the kids this Christmas? There is a new jungle gym opening in The Mines: No. L4-07  F/G(p) Level 4 The Mines Jalan Dulang Mines Resort City 43300 Seri Kembangan Phone: 012-650 9428 Email: info@kidzparadise.com.my Website: www.kidzparadise.com.my Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kidzparadisesdnbhd   Unfortunately, it’s a little too far out for us to check itContinue reading “Kids Activities: New Jungle Gym in The Mines – Kidz Paradise”

Activities: Melbourne Playground Crawl

Update: this post was written in 2013. Some of the information may be out of date. There’s nothing like a playground to get a child excited, and when you’re in Melbourne, there are playgrounds everywhere. Every neighbourhood has several playgrounds to choose from. The best about young children that is so wonderful is that they aren’tContinue reading “Activities: Melbourne Playground Crawl”