Dee is a mother of two, loves juices and smoothies, DIY crafts, see the world, nature and her family! Read more.
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Explore nature with kids at Pulau Ubin

Explore nature with kids at Pulau Ubin

17 Jun 2017 We have been wanting to visit Pulau Ubin, which is also known as Granite Stone Island, and thought June school holiday would be a good time for our family to explore and experience nature there. I was expecting rain in the afternoon, as forecasted by the meteorological service. Thankfully, the sky was...
Building core strength for toddler

Building core strength for toddler

My baby is now a toddler. He is now more expressive and he loves to be out and about. He starts to learn to climb the stairs just outside my parents’ place when he starts to stand up on his own. He started off taking careful and slow steps. After more than a month of almost daily...
Learn habit of observation by watching nature

Learn habit of observation by watching nature

Last week after the rain stopped, Jay and I brought the children outdoor to find the earthworms and insects. He dug the earth and out squirmed the wriggly earthworms. The children were terrified. Dot finally mastered her courage when she saw her dad holding the worm in his hand. She decided that she was brave...
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...
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...
Tree climbing is good for our children

Tree climbing is good for our children

This Monday, Evelyn and I with our girls went to Botanic Garden. It was my second trip there after my recent Saturday trip to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. This time we slow walked from Botanic Garden MRT to FFT which is from one corner of the garden to the other end. It took us about...
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...
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...
Our walk at the last 'kampung' in Singapore - Pulau Ubin

Our walk at the last ‘kampung’ in Singapore – Pulau Ubin

It has been more than 3 years since I last stepped on Pulau Ubin, the rustic sunny island off northeast of Singapore. Visiting Pulau Ubin brings me back nostalgic memories of those days when I stayed in my grandparents’ zinc roof house chasing a dog, fishing, catching bugs, climbed trees – so carefree and fun....
Comic #1: Dot is on a mission

Comic #1: Dot is on a mission

Dot is on a mission. She is at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden… In search of something that is very precious to her. This comic strip is dedicated to daddy for his love for mommy and Dot!
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...
What a Big Draw for us!

What a Big Draw for us!

Dot sings when she is happy. This morning, she sang while we were on our way to West Coast Park for ‘”The Big Draw” organized by Playeum, The Play Museum. Dot was so excited with what were before her eyes – the baskets of Eric Carle’s books, the look-like underwater world, the colourful paintings,  the...
Is that a bird, butterfly or spaceship in the sky?

Is that a bird, butterfly or spaceship in the sky?

It’s a kite. Recently, we went for kite-flying with J, my brother and Dot. It has been so long since we last flew a kite. Anyway, I didn’t fly the kite that day. I was watching and observing Dot at play on the field. A child learns to know the world through the senses. She...
Fuss-free floor painting for toddler

Fuss-free floor painting for toddler

Dot had her first floor painting using just water and a brush. I got this idea from Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler. The best thing is that I don’t need to clean up any mess!
Nature walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Nature walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

We went trekking at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve recently and spent about 3 hours in this tropical rainforest which is home to many beautiful plants, animals and insects. When we were on the trail up to the summit, we saw a haversack and a man kneeling down by the side and thought what had happened...