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Dot's first letter from a friend

Dot’s first letter from a friend

I have been reading books to Dot about postman, children writing their own personal letters and cards to their friends and receiving letters from their friends in return. One night, I remembered my collection of stamps that I have been keeping since my school days. I went to my storeroom and digged out my big...
Learning about Shapes

Learning about Shapes

We realize that while Dot can easily converse and name the shapes in English, she has problem naming them in Chinese as we read very few Chinese books to her. Even most of our daily conversation is in English. After our China trip, we have been very intentional in reading Chinese books and speaking Mandarin...
A child's play in the 1960s and now

A child’s play in the 1960s and now

During the 1960s, most of the chinese families had many children, as many as 10 and more. Most parents did not have time to spend one-to one with every child as they had to earn their keep to feed the big families. Children learnt about independence very early in their lives and had ample time...
A cardboard doll house for her little friends

A cardboard doll house for her little friends

Recently, Dot’s aunt gave her a bag of little animal toys that consists of koalas, sheep and a kangaroo. As soon they were brought home, the “homeless” animals were soon scattered all over the table and floor. I thought it would be good to build a proper house for them. Since Dot was having a...
Homemade play dough recipe

Homemade play dough recipe

I first made play dough for Dot when she was about 18 month old. It was a plain white dough. When I first put it in front of her. She thought it was something she could eat and readily reached out her tiny hands to pick a small bit and then tried to put it...
Fun with the Gruffalo

Fun with the Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is one of Dot’s favourite read aloud books and as of now this is the most borrowed book from the community library. When we first borrowed this book for Dot when she was about two years old and I was pleasantly surprised that she could sit through the whole reading as this book...
Bees, honey and the hive

Bees, honey and the hive

Dot has been coughing for a few days and I am searching for some natural remedies to help prevent cough. As I search online, I am thrilled to know that honey can help with cough and has many other health benefits. Honey might be good to boost Dot’s immunity since she just started her pre-nursery....
The not-so-ordinary Cardboard

The not-so-ordinary Cardboard

“I must keep the BIG CARDBOARD!” was the first thought that came to mind when I was told that my parents were getting a new refrigerator. After the cardboard dreams that we had in last October, this simple cardboard is not so ordinary after all. Just a search online can lead me to so many...
{Product Review & Giveaway - Closed} Toddibox - enriching minds, enriching lives

{Product Review & Giveaway – Closed} Toddibox – enriching minds, enriching lives

Last week we received a box of goodies from Toddibox, which is packed with Christmas themed crafty, experimental, thinking, musical and reading activities. It is suitable for children from three to six years old. All activities are pre-packed, except for the story book, in the box and are made up of these components: Ten Fingers...
{Love Gifts} Creative Christmas Card Crafting with Kids

{Love Gifts} Creative Christmas Card Crafting with Kids

“Mummy, I want to use this for art and craft.” I’m glad that of late Dot has been telling me that she wants to use certain materials for art and crafts. That’s the fruit of labour from our countless hours spent exploring the many possibilities of creating crafts using simple day-to-day stuff. We have tried...
The remake of Bali Agung using cardboard and paper

The remake of Bali Agung using cardboard and paper

“Papa, I want to watch Agung show.” Dot misses the Bali Agung theatrical performance we watched at the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Papa J started to draw on the cardboard, cut out the pieces and attached them to the straws. I was clueless what he was up to and when I realized what is...
Dot's Crafty Time with Cotton

Dot’s Crafty Time with Cotton

Cotton wool that I bought more than two years ago finally found its special spot on Dot’s drawing papers. We had two days of fun creating stuff out of cotton wool. It is amazing how simple materials at home can be transformed into beautiful pieces of artwork. Materials we use for our crafts: – cotton...
The Cardboard Challenge at Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Cardboard Challenge at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Inspired by Caine’s arcade, Sarah from The Playful Parents organized The Cardboard Dreams on 5 October 2012, which was also Children’s Day, at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Preparing for The Cardboard Dreams As it was our first time creating a game out of cardboard, we had no idea how to start. With the cardboard challenge event...
Teaching concept of time to toddler

Teaching concept of time to toddler

Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5… Mommy : Hi-5 will only start at 12:30. Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5… Mommy : Dot, you have to wait.. Dot : Mommy, I want to watch Hi-5…   Young toddler like Dot does not have the concept of time, it can often time...
See how an egg carton transforms into...

See how an egg carton transforms into…

I saw the stacks of empty egg cartons in the kitchen and thought why not let Dot paint one of them. She painted her new artwork and ended off with her favourite hand printing on the newspaper. We kept her finished artwork for a couple of days and then an idea came, “Why not create...