Archive | May 2011

Wordcraft: K for Key

I don’t have a book recommendation for this week’s Wordcraft, but that’s never been a reason to stop us from carrying on with an art activity anyway. 😀

You will need the following materials: Assorted old keys, paper, crayons, markers.

1. Write the letters k, e, y, with the markers on a sheet of paper.

2. Placing a key below the sheet of paper, hold your crayon horizontally and rub over the spot where the key is placed. You should get an outline of the key.

3. Alternatively, you could also place the key on the sheet of paper and trace its outline, or try drawing your own version, like DS did. 🙂

Happiness is eating a cookie you baked yourself-Part II

Where: Home
When: 7:30pm, Sunday evening
How to create your own ToTT experience for the kids at home (caveat: you’ve to do your own dishes and kitchen clean up 😉 ):

Make up a batch of cookie dough. Click here for the original recipe. I added a tsp of vanilla essence to mine.
Toss in raisins and crushed cornflakes. Knead into dough.

Portion out drop sized cookies onto baking tray. Press down flat if you like your cookies crunchy, not so flat if you like ‘em chewy.

Into the oven for 12 minutes at 190 deg C. Cool for 8-10 minutes.

Go to sleep with a smile, dreaming of crunchy cornflake raisin cookies with cold milk for the next day’s breakfast!

Not Wordcraft: S for Shark

This week, we took a break from Wordcraft.

For the school holiday season, there are cross discounts being offered by Underwater World and the Singapore Science Centre, if you visit the Planet Shark – Predator or Prey exhibition. That is, you can use your tickets from Underwater World to gain a discount for entrance fees to the Science Centre and Planet Shark, and vice versa.

We’d visited Science Centre the weekend before. The Planet Shark exhibition is very engaging. With comprehensive explanatory exhibits and full-scale specimens, there’s a wealth of information and learning for visitors of all ages.  Photography within the exhibition space is not allowed, but you can click on the link above to view pictures from the official site.

There are also sample diving suits on display. You can put your hand in the glove of a real chain mail suit and imagine the weight of a full suit. (And contemplate how although the chain mail will prevent the shark teeth from inflicting an external bleed wound, the diver may still experience internal injury and bleeding from the impact of a shark hit…). Hm.

Anyway.

Since we had a day off from work, we decided to visit the Underwater World to spot sharks that we’d learnt about from the Science Centre visit.

The kids had a lot of fun looking for the different types of smaller sharks in the Shark Pool and the larger sharks in the underwater tunnel, and of course there were lots of opportunities to find the letters S H A R K and spell them to build the word!

Back home, they eagerly worked their way through a Sharks sticker book that we’d bought some time ago, competing to find the stickers that matched the names.

And made their own underwater world scene using a sticker pack we bought for $1.70 at the Underwater World souvenir shop.

It’s not Wordcraft…but if it gets us the same impact, we’re cool. 🙂

In my world: Weekday getaway

Lazing in the shade of a beach hut with bright yellow beams

Looking up into a cloudless and clear blue sky

We sketch dolphins in the sand

Dig our feet in and while away a pleasant Tuesday afternoon

It’s all good, in our world 🙂

Early this week, DH and I took leave from work to attend our first parent-teacher day at DD’s preschool. Finishing early, we decided to bring the kids to visit Underwater World at Sentosa with our discount tickets, ride the free buses and trams and spend some time relaxing on Palawan Beach before heading home.

More on our Underwater World visit in an upcoming post. 🙂

Preschooler Art: Houses

This week, DD started adding text descriptions to her illustrations. She spelled CAT and HOUSE on her own and asked DH to help her spell ELEPHANT.  I’m pretty pleased with this latest development. 🙂

Kids Say: Of similes and single deck buses

DS lined up all his vehicles in a straight line. DH walked into the room, noticed the vehicle line-up and pouncing on a “teachable” moment, he asked our boy, “Hey son, how many cars are there?”

DS: Two cars.
DH: And how many vans are there?
DS: One.
DH: No…actually there are two. This, *picking up the green VW*, is a van.
DS: Hmm, nope, that’s a single-deck bus.
DH: No, look, there are two surfboards on top of it. Do you know what’s a surfboard?
DD: It’s for people to ride on the waves.
DH: That’s right. So…because surfboards aren’t very long, and they cover the full length of the vehicle, this can’t be a bus. It’s a van.
DS: *picks up the vehicle, turns it over, peers at the underside and remarks * Nope. See here? It says, single. deck. bus.

Actually it says, "Made in China"...

DH: Oh, you are so stubborn!
DD: As stubborn as a donkey?
DH: Why yeah, that’s correct usage of the simile! Who taught you that?
DD: I taught myself.
DH: ………….

Happiness is-eating a cookie you baked yourself :-)

Where: ToTT, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore.

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm, Sunday afternoon

How:

  1. Select your preferred cookie flavour – vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.
  2. Select a standard filling of your choice – chocolate chips or peanuts, or top up for premium fillings like macadamia nuts. Make payment ($12.85 for a tin).
  3. Pour out the cookie dough, mix in the fillings.
  4. Using the ice cream scoop provided, portion out drop sized cookies onto the baking sheet. Press down flat if you like your cookies crunchy, not so flat if you like ‘em chewy.
  5. Into the oven for 15 minutes. Cool for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Walk out with 16 yummy, freshly baked cookies in a tin…and hope they last the trip home! 😛

I’m not saying we’d do this all the time. It is still much more economical to bake from scratch at home.

But with free parking on weekends, a fairly reasonably priced bistro menu, and an air conditioned kitchen that you don’t need to clean up afterward, gotta admit this is a pretty fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!

In my world: Gone swimming

4:30pm and DH and the kids are napping soundly after some pool fun. I came out from working in the room, to grab a snack from the fridge, and saw the pile of swim stuff left to dry on the table.

(This pic was actually from last Friday but I didn’t get round to posting it till today. 🙂 )

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Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This Friday series was started with the intention of celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world…and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine.

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Wordcraft: L for Love

L before K except after… 😉

I wanted to focus on L for Love this week, since we have been doing Psalm 18:1 as a memory verse with the kids.

You will need the following materials: Pictures of people demonstrating love (these could be anything as it is up to how you want to interpret it with your children), glue, scissors, coloured paper.

1. Go through old magazines, or Sunday School resources to find pictures of people demonstrating love, or words that demonstrate how one can show love – to God, to family, to friends. Cut these out, and cut out the following block letters as well – L, O, V and E .

2. Paste the letters on with glue.

Have your child sort through the pictures and select the ones that strike a chord with him or her to decorate the word LOVE.

As you can see, although there were some pictures where I had two of each, DS and DD picked quite different scenarios, e.g. DD picked doing art and craft as a gift to someone, a big sister hugging her baby brother, and helping with the cooking, whereas DS picked reading a story together, hugs, going to church…

Additional Optional Steps:

  1. You can include some negative examples in the selection pile, i.e. pictures of people not demonstrating love. When the children picked these, we took the opportunity to discuss the scenario, and talk about what constitutes showing love and what does not.
  2. Ask your child to write a memory verse that you have been working on together. (The sheet at the top of the pic is DD’s, below is DS’s).

 

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Lessons Learnt:
At first, I used different colours when cutting out the block letters because I didn’t want to waste some extra scraps of coloured paper. However, I’m not sure if this was a factor in causing some confusion when the kids tried to arrange the letters to form the word LOVE.

They kept getting fixated on the colours needing to follow a pattern and that distracted them from the word-building. So on hindsight, I should have used either altogether different colours for each letter, or the same for all, or alternated the colours. Hm.