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BEEP ArKIDecture - Built Environment Education Program

BEEP ArKIDecture – Built Environment Education Program

We rarely sign Dot up for her kindergarten enrichment programmes as the timing of the programs are usually held during Dot’s afternoon nap. BEEP ArKIDecture program caught my eyes when I saw the slip of paper in Dot’s file early this year. I googled and found BEEP handbook.  I briefly read through the handbook and it got me...
Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

How can we nurture a sense of wonder in our preschool child? As parents, it’s important to understand why the sense of wonder is so critical and important in a child’s life; and to revive the delight in the mysteries and beauty of nature. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of...
The "wonder-full" lanyard in Dot's eyes

The “wonder-full” lanyard in Dot’s eyes

Jay has collected a lot of lanyards from conferences and events that he attended related to his work. Dot had the pleasure to choose a purple lanyard when she left home for her grandparents’ place. When we boarded the bus, she took out her lanyard and pretended to strap it over herself and her teddy....
Think out of the box

Think out of the box

A humble cardboard that is used primarily to keep goods and produce has the potential to be anything you can think of. We have created several crafts and activities using cardboard. These are our latest additions, mostly initiated by my daughter, who will be turning four in three months time. Cardboard car 1 Nov 2013...
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...
[Video] How a boy became an artist

[Video] How a boy became an artist

When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful...
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...
{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...
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...
Fun and interactive story play for children

Fun and interactive story play for children

On 3 September 2012 morning, Dot and I travelled all the way to Changi airport to attend an hour of story play party organized by Sarah, The Playful Parents. It was our first story play party, no sure what to expect, and I was excited!   Interactive activities inspired by nature Sarah kicked off the...
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...
A fun way to sing

A fun way to sing

Last night, Dot took out the three toilet roll tubes I kept in her art & craft drawer and started to make a joyful noise by blowing at the tubes. I took one of the tubes and played with her by making different sound with the tubes. When I added one onto another, the sound...
My little scientist out and about

My little scientist out and about

Dot, my little scientist, is curious about everything that captures her attention. Her inquisitive eyes sweep across quickly and spot things that we do not see – so sharp is her sight. She lays her hands to touch and feel things that stir her curiosity. She hits something with another object to hear what sound...