Sights and Sounds: Gardens by the Bay – Part 2

See Part 1 – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Every time we visit The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, we usually only visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest because it’s air-conditioned. During our recent visit, we finally managed to take a walk in the Supertree Grove and the guided audio tour of the outdoorContinue reading “Sights and Sounds: Gardens by the Bay – Part 2”

Apps: Pop-up Storybooks by StoryToys

I recently discovered a really lovely series of pop-up story book apps by Story Toys and downloaded a few of them to keep Hercules occupied on the plane trip to Brisbane. They are $4.99 each except for Farm 123 which is $2.99 and Sleepy Mole’s Moving Day which is $0.99. Most of the stories are a retellingContinue reading “Apps: Pop-up Storybooks by StoryToys”

Developing Self-Control for Young Children: Play Hide and Seek

In Nurture Shock, Bronson and Merryman reported that self-control was one of the most accurate predictors of future success. Self-control is defined as the ability to restrain one’s emotions, behaviour, and desires in order to obtain some reward. To determine the level of self-control children had, the famous marshmallow test was employed. 4-6 year oldContinue reading “Developing Self-Control for Young Children: Play Hide and Seek”

Holiday Activities: The Best Online Resources for Summer Learning

We have a guest post today. With Aristotle’s summer break just around the corner, we thought it was a rather timely article. We hope you enjoy it. Rose Williams is a freelance technology writer with a focus on how the Internet improves our lives, from online education and mobile streaming to ‘stuff’ minimizing and beyond.Continue reading “Holiday Activities: The Best Online Resources for Summer Learning”

Activity Books: Magic Painting

Now who remembers these? I haven’t seen one of these since I was a child… Aristotle attended a birthday party recently and came home with one of these in his party bag. These “paint with water” books have special pages that turn to colour when you apply water with a brush to them.   TheseContinue reading “Activity Books: Magic Painting”

Art Activities: Abstract Art

After Aristotle’s near breakdown on the need to be right all the time, I decided we needed to unwind with some creative expression. Abstract art painting is a fun and relaxing way to achieve that. You can also join in the fun and create something you might even want to hang on your wall asContinue reading “Art Activities: Abstract Art”

Activities: Art Jamming for Kids and Adults!

There are two fantastic art jamming workshops on this weekend at Seni Gallery @Seni Mont’ Kiara! Saturday 30 March (2-5pm) Join Orkibal (veteran character designer and children’s book illustrator) to create your own character on a 42x60cm canvas with acrylic paints. Cost: RM80 per person (art materials and light refreshments included) Sunday 31 March (2-5pm)Continue reading “Activities: Art Jamming for Kids and Adults!”

Good Old Fashioned Games

Aristotle’s school is doing a theme on toys – specifically: old-fashioned toys. You know… the kind we used to play when we were kids. So we’ve been playing a few “new” oldies ourselves… We’ve moved off Dinosaur Chess and onto a real chessboard: We chose a magnetic set so we could take it along with us, or “pause theContinue reading “Good Old Fashioned Games”

Art Activities: Finger Printing Art

Hercules received a Finger Printing Art Book by Faber-Castell for Christmas from my BFF and I recently gave Aristotle and Hercules a chance to give it a go. Although it was Hercules’ present, Aristotle really wanted to do it as well. What is Finger Printing Art? It is an art activity where you use your fingerContinue reading “Art Activities: Finger Printing Art”