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10 favourite books for 3 to 4 years old

10 favourite books for 3 to 4 years old

Books are my favourite things, and Dot’s. We started reading to Dot when she was very young, from simple board books to picture books. We read on the train, at home, at the library or anywhere where we can have a book read aloud. Dot loves reading every time before her sleep. It has become...
Fun gardening time for our little gardener-to-be

Fun gardening time for our little gardener-to-be

The recent Friday morning was Dot’s first day of work in the community garden using the gardening toolbox that she won from a photo contest organized by NPark. She rode her bicycle and her gardening tools to the community garden which is only five-minute from our block. Daddy gave her a short briefing on what...
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...
Baking Cartoon Butter Cookies with children

Baking Cartoon Butter Cookies with children

Today, I have a guest post from Sze Nee who blogs about baking at Small Small Baker. I’m so glad that she willingly accepted my invitation to write about having fun baking with children. She also bakes for events and parties.  I have been invited by Dee of PruneNurture to write a guest post for...
Songs that spring from a child's heart

Songs that spring from a child’s heart

When Dot is joyful, she sings with all her heart. It is not uncommon to hear Dot sings while she goes about playing with her toys. She will create her own lyrics and melodies. Such moments are difficult to capture on record and I think it’s best left undisturbed so that she can express herself...
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...
10 favourite books for two to three years old

10 favourite books for two to three years old

I’ve never read so many children books in my life until I have Dot. It’s such a delight to read them even as an adult and learning to see things afresh from a child’s perspective. I’m so glad to be able to re-live my childhood together with Dot. It’s such a blessing to read beautiful...
Why children need nature

Why children need nature

More than a week ago, we went to Botanic Garden for a stroll and Dot tried climbing a big Tembusu tree but failed at her first attempt. She is not discouraged. She saw a smaller tree yesterday and said that she wanted to climb. I replied her,”This tree is too small. If you climb on...
Free to explore and learn on her own

Free to explore and learn on her own

Sharon gave me this end last year for Dot to sponge and paint. This “what-do-you-call-this” ends up in our bathroom as one of Dot’s bath toys. When we are not hurried for time, I will fill her bathtub with warm water and she will have her own time to play inside the bathtub with her...
Dot practices what she learns

Dot practices what she learns

Most of the time Dot picks the books she wants us to read for her. Recently she picked a chinese book and I read her this passage. She surprised me by what she did. After I read this to her, she quickly went to pick my pair of shoes and tried to put them on...
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...
Life's simple pleasure - free play

Life’s simple pleasure – free play

Free play helps a child to develop creativity, self-expression and simply enjoys and have FUN! Free play is also important for children to reach important social, emotional, and intellectual milestones. Dot loves to play. That’s what children love to do all the time. Every waking moment is play for Dot. She is as busy as...
Hello caterpillar and bye-bye butterfly

Hello caterpillar and bye-bye butterfly

One day, we went on a lookout for a cute little lime caterpillar….  As always, J is the one who first spotted the lime caterpillars and grasshoppers living on a lone lime. On closer look, this lime tree is beaming with life – it is a natural habitat for caterpillars, grasshoppers and ants. I can...
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...
Go go go go..we are on a SEED adventure

Go go go go..we are on a SEED adventure

For the month of April, we are embarking on the “Seed” adventure. We will be out and about to check out the seeds in our neighbourhood and beyond. These two books help us to kick-start our “Seed” adventure! A quick search on YouTube led us to this very interesting video about Seed Dispersal. After reading...