Category Archives: Intellectual

A Child’s First Puzzle: Circle Tangram

Sharing another great buy that i bought for KD long ago! I think it’s still available at the Popular Bookstore now. I bought it at SGD9.90 before my Popular Card Member discount. 🙂

On the surface, this Circle Tangram looks like a book, however it’s actually a puzzle set!

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It comes with 7 blocks in different colors and shape and with them, the player can put together to create endless possibilities of things that he can imagine – a cat, a tortoise, a fish and many more!

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There are more than 30 ready templates with the outer outlines, for a child to fill in the shapes to form the pictures. Theses templates are also rated with their difficulties level so in the beginning, you can start off with easy puzzles until you get the hang of it. Of cos there is also an “answer sheet” which you can refer to if you couldn’t manage to fill in puzzle in.

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So it’s always the case, when i purchased this, KD just turned two years old and he wasn’t interested as well as couldn’t grasp the concept of the puzzle yet. I was also a FTWM and with little time i have in evenings or weekends, I some times used it to teach him about the different colors and shapes, as well as showed him how we can put them together to form different images. He wasn’t keen, so it’s was always a very fast activity basically of me “demonstrating”, or him taking it out just to play with the wooden blocks.

During the past 4 months of me being an At Home Mom, i did try to do this activity with him but I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes each time.. KD is a boy that i need to do everything very fast and multiple activities in one session just to engage him and make him seat down for that 15 to 20 mins a day!

Last week, he took it out on his own again, but this time round, i am amazed because i didn’t need to ask him to do anything! I was just sitting opposite him and observing him (including busy snapping pictures lah!). He opened up the puzzle, took out all the blocks and placed them aside, flipped to a page he likes and started talking to himself like “What’s this? Let’s see… This one goes to here, this one goes here” etc etc.. AND he actually completed 3 puzzles on his own! I took a peep, the puzzles he selected were with difficulty level 1, 3 and 5!! WOAH!

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I realised that it’s always easier to teach and play with a child when he is interested. Usually he has such short attention span so i always thought i am struggling with engaging him. >.< I always wondered if being a SAHM is suitable for me or he will do better off in childcare because maybe the teachers can engaged him better? The above random display of my son once again made me feel that my past four months of being a SAHM, all those frustrations when it comes to having a schedule with him and engaging him in activities with me… PAID OFF. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I strongly believe now that depending on your child’s character, some children like mine, will always appear to be uninterested, not keen and inpatient.. What’s important is for parents NOT TO GIVE UP and continue to have patience. I think this is something only the child’s real parents can give whole-heartedly. Not the grandparents or teachers whom are paid to do the job.. If you can’t have patience for your own child, who else will have? I feel so happy i can dance on my toes (opps i can’t! Too heavy with my almost 9 months tummy now..)

Lastly, of cos a smile broke on my face when he also kept the puzzles back properly after he is done with it. 🙂 My Good Boy!

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Kyle’s 2nd Show & Tell

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Hee, this was Kyle’s 2nd Show and Tell in his school in the same week. We were told  to bring two photographs to school for him to tell his classmates about his family and an activity that we were doing together.

And so, I went to developed the two two photographs and passed to his teachers without doing any preparation with him at all. 🙂

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His teacher wrote me a note on how Kyle did and I must say i am quite proud of Kyle’s for being able to speak up and express himself.

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In fact, he must be very proud of his family too for after he bring home the above photographs from school, he treasured them so much that he wouldn’t let me keep them.

He keeps them into his backpack and brings them everywhere!

Fun with Tots Series @ Public Library

 

Yesterday while at the library, we chanced across this brochure below and i feel it’s too interesting that i must share!

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Fun with Tots Series @ Public Library. Apparently, it’s available in many libraries. It’s a total of 6 fun filled sessions to engage a parent and child in helping us to introduce our little ones to 6 early literacy skills! Every session is only limited to 20 pairs only. And is recommended for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years old. It only costs SGD2 per session for a pair of parent and child. A token will be given if you registered for all 6 sessions.. but Alas!! I saw this too late and there is only the last session available for the library near to our home… 😦 .

If you are interested, please do go to this link quickly to check and register if there are any available in a library near by your home. 🙂

 

Let’s read books!

I brought Kyle to the library after his class today. 🙂

Instead of borrowing books, today we sat down and I read to him right there! Am amazed he managed to sit through 3 books today! Usually I can’t even finished one before he ran away. 

The three interesting books we read today are

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This great house hunt has alot of pictures and no paragraphs of words but is like a comic strip.  So instead of me telling Kyle the story, he told it to me instead through his eyes!

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I am enjoying this kinda life while I can cos when number two arrives, I really dunno how I can bring Kyle to the library any more!

Science Centre

It’s really true that people said, be careful of what you wished for.. for it may really come true!

When i was in Primary school, my favorite excursion venue is the Singapore Science Centre! I remembered always asking my form teacher when are we going to the Science Centre again or why are we not going to the Science Centre but the zoo (or etc)? There was once, when the excursion is over and while waiting for boarding the bus to return back to school, i looked opposite to the homes opposite the Science Centre and wondered “Wow!! They are so fortunate to be staying directly opposite! I wished i am staying there so i can come to the Science Centre every day!”

The wish did came true, close to 20 years later! I got married to a handsome young man whom is staying directly opposite the Science Centre! When we were dating, the Science Centre was also one of places that we been to! Hee, can you tell what a “Science Frenzy” i am?

When KD is close to two years old, we applied for the “Science Explorer” Family membership for unlimited admission to the Science Centre. The main reason was because when we drove past, KD will be very excited when he sees the Waterworks. So we thought, why not? We can bring him on weekends to play with water!

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KD ended up asking us on every weekends, if he can go play with Water at the Science Centre! Images below are of KD when he was two years old and playing at the Waterworks.

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There were even mini “buggies” available for little children that we could borrowed for free then. KD loves to sit inside while we tour the other parts of the science centre to see its other exhibits. Now, however, these buggies are for rental at SGD4 for science centre member and i couldn’t remember the amount for public.

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A year later, when our membership is due for renewal and KD was still constantly asking “Can we go Science Centre?”. Thus i upgraded to the Cosmic Adventurer instead. It only costs SGD143 a year for 2 Adult and up to 3 Children, for UNLIMITED FREE admission to the Science Centre and UNLIMITED FREE 40 mins IMAX movies. Click here if you are keen to find out more about the membership details.

As part of my SAHM days, KD will wake up and ask if we can go to the Science Centre today?? -_-“” I try my best to limit him and visit only once a week but there are times we came twice or thrice, depending on the shows timing and weather. I break apart the activities we can do there on separate days. That explains why KD is so familiar with the place, he can be a tour guide now, telling you exactly what you can do at the Science Centre and what movies are on. 🙂

His favorite will be the Fire Tornado Demonstration which happens daily at 3pm and the Tesla Coil Demonstration that happens daily at 12pm and 4pm. Other than that, he loves to explore the other exhibits too! I think he got the interests from me or it’s in part of his genes!

@ the Sound Exhibits

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Echo Tube Exhibit

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KD will come to this exhibit and said “Haaaaallooooooo” every time we are here. 🙂

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The very long and dark echo tube

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KD’s attempt at Singing Bowls

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Other Exhibits @ the Main Atrium

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It’s fascinating watching how the ball travels

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Exhibits @ The Mind’s Eye

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Shadow Play

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Shadows Play

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Shadows Play

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KD’s favorite singing and dancing robot

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adults or children alike, all are fascinated by this. 🙂

 

Hands on Fun

When we heard that kids have really short attention span, it’s really really true! There is no way I can make KD sit down with me for even 10 mins, unless I really have multiple interesting activities and much coaxing!

So, I decided to be hands on today! We started off with writing alphabet A first. (which is his most hated activity – writing and thus I had to start of with this so that I can entice him with other activities that follow!)

Next, as strongly requested by KD, we built blocks into a “really really high” tower and “really really long” train. (That’s the exact descriptions that KD is using nowadays)

Followed by art and craft! I bought this tear out book from Bras Brasah Complex (书城) that has interesting cut-out patterns that are very easy to tear out and with a glue and folding, you can make interesting objects such as farm animals, army vehicles, vehicles and etc. Of course I choose the vehicles set for KD, it costs S$7.60 and I feel it’s worth it! All we need is a pair of kids safe scissors (to trim off those sides that mommy didn’t tear properly) and glue! (In this case, we use the tape glue thus it’s not so messy)

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And so a police car is completed!

After we built the Police Car, the next activity is from this very interesting zoo sticker book that I bought from Diaso! It contains a few pages of Zoo scenes and has two pages full of stickers. I asked KD to identify which animal stickers should go to which animal enclosures found on the pages. He did very well for giraffes, panda, hippos and elephant! (we only did 4 animals today actually)

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Can you believe that I did the above with KD within half hour?

But of course, the most amazing thing today is…. he actually helped me to tidy up the table and chairs! Ain’t I a very proud Mommy!!

And of course after lunch will be exercise time and we did football today! Geez! I am one tired mommy!

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Tips: A visit to Diaso can be very rewarding! There are tons of things we can find that is useful to engage a child! I bought the $2 bowling pins, golf set, stickers books, paint brushes, art paper and many more! Do visit them for inspirations that doesn’t hurt your wallet!