Saturday, 24 August 2013

Dino 'Eggs'cavation

The Little Man was briefly taken with dinosaurs a little while back. So when I chanced upon dinosaur excavation kits at Isetan during the Thai Fair, I got him a little egg to play with. They had really cool kits for older children that really mimicked archaeological dig sites, but I did not think that he would have the patience for it, so I just got him an egg.

I showed it to him one morning when he was particularly restless, and none of his usual toys would do. He was immediately intrigued, and started giving it a go with the included chisel.

According to the instructions, we were supposed to soak it in water for 10 minutes to soften the clay, so we popped it into a container of water.

The wait for the clay to soften was made easier as he was fascinated with all the bubbles that appeared. After a couple of minutes, it sank, so we talked about both the bubbles and why it sank.

He did not like the feel of wet clay, so Dad had to do the work.

Look who's lurking!

A little raptor he named Rex.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Oh my! It's been ages since I posted! My sincere apologies!

Lots has happened since!

The Little Man has turned 3!

The Little Lady has turned 1!

We brought forward our holiday to Perth to escape from the haze, which was particularly bad this year. Although cold because we went in winter, the kids enjoyed Perth tremendously, especially the Little Man. I think it was the mix of the carefree life, coupled with weather that we can spend outdoors in quite a bit. The sheer number of playgrounds both outdoors and indoors was wonderful too! I'll blog more about our experiences later.

The Little Lady can now walk! (She's very cautious, though.) And say 'Daddy' and 'Kor Kor' (big brother). And finally, 'Mama'.
She has 7 little teeth right now too!

The Little Man seems to have shot up and increased in size after the Perth trip. Also, he's now more taken with Toy Story then his trains.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Pre-School Science - Why We Have Bones

The Little Man asked me the other day why there are bones in our hands. I tried explaining that bones give our hands their shape and structure, but I could tell that my explanation was not simple enough.

So I decided to utilise visual aids!

I used a latex glove and 5 straws.

First, I showed him the glove, likened to a hand, and illustrated its inherent floppiness.

Then I slipped a straw into each of the fingers, and then showed him how the 'hand' can now be raised. We high-fived it a few times.

Extra: as I had used bendy straws, I also showed him how fingers can bend.

So there you go! A quick and simple way to teach a pre-schooler (and beyond, actually) about the function of bones. :)

Little Man : 3 yrs 2 months


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