Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Camp Discovery @ Gymnademics

The September school holidays are coming up. Have you got anything planned for your pre-schoolers yet? If not, you can consider Gymnademics' Camp Discovery, run in collaboration with Junior Explorer.

The objective of the camp is to give preschoolers (4-6 year olds) an opportunity to explore and gain exposure to a wide variety and diversity of disciplines in a fun, intelligent and creative manner. The wide-ranging modules that the children will be exposed to include physics, geography, art, nature, biology, architecture, history, economics, chemistry and music. (Wow!)

Movement, balance and mobility activities will also play a key role in this camp. While they explore content-based subjects through a variety of hands-on activities, they will also be engaging in a series of exercises that seek to stimulate their brains, strengthen their body and enhance their body confidence.

Get 10% off the camp fees simply by telling them that you heard about the camp through us here at A Cuppa for Mama while registering! (This offer cannot be used with other promotional offers).

I am definitely signing Little Man up for this. I think he will have a blast!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Cloud Jars

It has been raining quite a bit around these parts lately. Little Man has been fasinated with clouds recently, always looking out for grey ones, asking if it we think it would rain that day and how heavy it would be.

I had been seeing cloud jar experiments around on Pinterest, so I thought we'd give it a try!

What you'll need:
Shaving cream
Container/Jar of water
Food colouring + smaller container of water

Step 1:
Top the jar/large container of water with shaving cream.

Step 2:
Convince children to wait patiently.

Step 3:
Add food colouring to smaller container of water.

Step 4:
Convince children that both colours are equally good.

Step 5:
Let the kids have fun!

As the shaving cream cloud fills with water, it will beging to rain!

Here, you can see the dark bottom of the 'cloud' more clearly. Of course, in real life, the rain is not coloured, so why are rain clouds grey/dark? This is because rain clouds are so thick, not much light makes it through to the bottom. So when we look up at the clouds from below, they appear dark or grey. In addition, the water droplets of clouds about to rain are larger in size, so they are more effective at absorbing light, rather than scattering it, so that adds to the darkness too.

Have a go! The kids had a blast!

Little Man: 4 years
Little Lady: 23 months

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Round the Moon, Blue the Sky Review

Having read growingwiththetans' review of Round The Moon, Blue The Sky, I decided to go catch it with Mr Cuppa and the kiddos.

It was held at the Alliance Francais theatre, which I thought was a good sized theatre - even though we were seated near the back, we could still see everything on stage clearly.

They also provided little stools for the younger members of the audience

The play itself was rather interesting. The three central characters were Smallest Dragon, Leaf and Twiglet, who embody different chracteristics of young children. Smallest Dragon was very much like a curious child. Her mantra was 'Look! See! Explore! Discover!' She often went around observing and learning new things. Leaf was the playful child, always up for fun. Twiglet enjoys playing with Leaf, but can be stubborn and stuck in her ways.

The main themes that came across were learning - through play and constantly ('Look! See! Explore! Discover!'), flexibility vs absolutes (leaves are not always green, they can be brown and red too), and creativity and imagination (shapes can be combined to make different things)

There was a combination of regular physical theatre, puppetry and black light. I really like the combination of puppetry and black light theatre to bring the imagination to life.

The actors also interacted well with the young audience. There was also a segment where they invited two members of the audience on stage. Little Man was rather disappointed that he did not get a chance to.

A photo with the cast.

All in, it was a fun play. Some parts were a little draggy though, both Little Man and Little Lady got a little restless. However, they enjoyed themselves overall. Little Man listed it as as 'happiest thing' for the day, and Little Lady requested for 'Smallest Dragon' the next day. I'll definitely look out for more such productions to bring the kids to.


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