Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sorting Activities for Toddlers with FREE Printables

And so I wanted to introduce the concept of differentiating between sizes to Sticky Bean. This activity was first introduced to her when she was 25 months. Now at 30 months, she's able to complete this without mistakes and it proved too simple for her.

Got these lovely farm animals printables for free and printed them out. I do not have a laminator at home, hence I used the cheapo but time consuming method of pasting scotch tape over the cut outs, both front and back to make them reusable for a few more times.

Initially, Sticky Bean was confused and doesn't really understand what she need to do. She tend to put identical animals together. This went on for 2 or 3 sessions and I've to tell her and repeatedly show her this is big, and that is small. Big goes here, small goes there. By the 4th session, she managed to get it! *phewz finally**

Perfect activity to get toddlers to do sorting and differentiate sizes. Do feel free to download these FREE printables for sorting HERE

Do check out http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sorting-activities  for tons of free printables for sorting activities.
Here are just some of them...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DIY Toddler's Activities: Shape of the Week - It's all about triangles

One of the back dating posts again. In fact this activity was done a long time ago in Oct 2015, when Sticky Bean was just 24mths. Back then she has not started school hence I try to incorporate some 'curriculum' with her at home.
Of course by now, at 30 months, she's able to identify all of the basic shapes - circle, triangle, diamond, square, heart, start, crescent.

Shape of the week: Triangle

Objective: To introduce to her the various shapes and characteristics of triangle

First I introduced a sensory bin. Got these mini triangle cardboard from a filler in our warehouse and brought it back for sensory play. I've also used this another sensory bin play here. So they were really useful. I believe in using upcycled materials, saves the earth and saves $$$.

So the bin is filled with the triangle shaped cardboard fillers and whatever items I can find at home that were triangle in shape.

After which she had fun sticking pieces of triangle paper on the sticky paper which I've secured on the wall with masking tape.
Couldn't find contact paper at Popular Bookstore, only managed to find this plastic which has adhesive on 1 side which I presumed is used for wrapping books.

I will read out the colour of each piece of triangle as she puts them up as well.

Finally, we end off the activity with her colouring pieces of triangles.
These activities seemed to work really well with Sticky Bean. Almost immediately, she can identify triangles easily.

Age attempted: 24 months
Duration occupied: 45 mins
Will I do it again?: I regretted not introducing this activity to her any sooner as she begun to identify shapes shortly after so I didn't want to waste my time doing similar activities with her. If time permits, I will do an alphabet version of similar activities.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NSRCC Chalet Review (yes, yet again!)

We had so much fun the last we went for a staycation at NSRCC for a family of 6 adults and 3 children, we decided to go back again!

You can read up on my first review here when we first had our staycation as a family at NSRCC chalet in Jan 2015. I shared most of the facilities, features and pros and cons in my previous post and won't be repeating them here.

Alright I'm doing a lot of back dating post now, tons to catch up. We actually went for our second staycation at NSRCC last October 2015. But we had such a pleasurable stay that I feel it's a must to do another review here.

This time round we invited our aunt to join us for the staycation as well so we had a total of 7 adults and 3 kids! Sticky bean loves spending time with her cousins, imagine the amount of fun she had during this staycation.

Again I must reiterate for a weekday rate of just $160 per night, this is one of the best price one can get for a chalet of this size. We love the spaciousness and relatively clean and 'new' furnishings.
Though they only provide 4 beds and rooms are pretty small but that problem is easily solved with the mattress rental.

Checking in is a breeze and any room service requirements are settled promptly as well.

Again, we paid extra for the unit near the swimming pool, this time round we booked into unit 40p.
Right next to the playground, perfect for the kiddos.

The parking lot is right in front of the unit. making unloading a breeze. There is a complimentary parking lot with every unit booked, you can purchase an additional full day parking within the chalet compound for a small amount of $10 a day. Limited to 1 additional lot per chalet unit only. So if you have more than 2 cars, then you probably have to park outside and walk in.

A welfie with mummy first, apparently Sticky Bean doesn't look too pleased, she can't wait to explore the place.

Chillaxing first on the comfy sofa and spacious living area

of course being Sticky Bean, she can't stay put for long, she just have to explore and climb all over the place. Love the dining area as well. Sticky bean climbed onto the chairs to get her piece of chocolate cake for teabreak.

and she decided to enjoy her ride as a pillion while savoring her piece of chocolate cake. This Skoot me seems like a good choice for us to bring along. It's a skooter and luggage in one. Kept the kids entertained for a while.

We were really lucky to enjoy the clear skies when we were there as it was the haze period and psi has been above 100 just before our staycation at NSRCC.
So it's time to hit the pool! This time round, they've done some renovations to the baby/ children's pool.
Remember the colourful tiles from our previous staycation at NSRCC here? They probably figured out with the loose tiles, it poses as a dangerous hazard for young children hence the tiles were all removed. Great job NSRCC!

The beautiful pool without the tiles..

Waterplay area

Love this shot capture by "yi-po". Usually we have limited shots of her playing by the pool as we'd be busy keeping and eye on her and following her around. Call us kiasu but it's better to be safe than sorry.

the toddlers love this mini fountain

This time round we specifically order and segregate enough food to BBQ on Day 1 and Day 2

 Blessed with a good 'chef' in the house

Granny helping to kebab whatever needs to be on the satay stick while the kiddos continue to play in the background.

The morning after....I've prepared a messy play with snow dough for the kids. Messy plays are perfect for chalets, the kiddos can play at the porch area and you can easily rinse off the mess.
Snow dough can be easily prepared mixing flour and baby oil or olive oil.

For some reasons, the kiddos prefer scooping the dough then molding it.

Shower after the messy play. Check out our family wear! Family pants..hehe..got this from Qoo10 at a reasonable price and material is soft and really comfy.

The air conditioned living room is really a bonus to have, in the hot afternoon we just chillax indoor  while the kids watch a bit of cartoon.

Playing peek-a-boo instead of tying to nap

I lost count of the number of times we hopped over to the playground since its literally just next to our unit!
 And then it's the kiddos' favourite! It's bubble time! This bubble machine produces and insane amount of bubbles. Definitely a steal. Mr. Keir got this from the Taka toy fair for $15.
Real gem!


Even Yi Po couldn't resist the bubbles and joined in the fun.

And so the evening ended with another round of BBQ. This time round we explored the bowling alley as we were given complimentary bowling session together with the NSRCC chalet rental. There is a small arcade beside the bowling alley so that kept the kiddos entertained for a short while whilst the adults bowl away...

We will definitely be back again. In fact if everyone's schedule allow, we would love to have our NSRCC chalet staycation as an annual affair! We won't mind if it's twice a year even!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Animal Resort Singapore Review

Brought sticky bean, now 2.5yrs to The Animal Resort located at Seletar Farmway over the long weekend Saturday.
Seletar West sounds really far from where we reside but in actual fact, it's actually near Jln Kayu and if you're driving, you can exit from Yio Chu Kang exit via CTE. So it took us 15 mins car ride to reach the resort.

The Animal Resort
T81, Seletar West Farmway
Seletar, North S798061
image from here

It's a small resort and will take you a max of 1.5 hours to explore so don't expect to spend a day there or you'll be disappointed for sure.
The Animal Resort is basically some sort of mini farm where you get to feed the animals and admission is FREE!
They have a horse, some guinea pigs and rabbits, ducks, roosters, hens, fishes, peacocks and some birds, turkeys and 2 enormous birds. (apparently one of the birds was donated by the Bird park).

As it was the Saturday of a long weekend, it was pretty pack when we arrived. The car park lots within the resort were full so we have to park along the road outside.
The Animal Resort opens from 10 am to 5pm. We got there around 10:45am.

A very excited sticky bean @ 2.5yrs

You can purchase animal feeds at a really reasonable price of $1 per pack or $2 for 3 types of animal feeds. Mr. Keir bought $2 for feed for the two legged (birds) , fishes and 4 legged (guinea pigs/rabbits)
Not sure if it was due to the crowd before us, the animals were not hungry at all so most of them did not respond to the food offered to them.
Sticky bean was disappointed after a few failed attempts, insisting that the rabbit must eat the carrot she's feeding them with.

Eat carrot! Rabbit eat CARROT!!!!

Another attempt to get the duck to eat from her hands

how about this then? Would you like to eat?
This brave girl ain't afraid of the animals at all. In fact, she ain't afraid of most things and we still wonder if that's something good or bad.

Well and so most of the animals ain't responsive to food and she was disappointed that she can't feed them, she got bored of trying to feed the animals pretty soon.
Instead, she spent the next 10 - 15 mins having fun with the swing.

this is nice and nostalgic, even mummy had fun sitting on it

And the next couple of minutes playing with the play structures there.

And then she saw a pair of children feeding the fishes at the huge pond right at the end of the resort and the daddy of the children was nice enough to offer Stick Bean some bread so she can feed the fishes too.

I'm not sure if she enjoys feeding the fishes or merely enjoy throwing things in the pond since it's mostly just fry(s) which means you can't even see the fish surface and gobble down the bread but tiny ripples were formed as the fry devour the bread crumbs.
We tried to feed the fishes at the smaller ponds earlier but nah, no response from the fishes, everyone was too full to be bothered with any food thrown at them

Just then, the peacocks in their enclosure decided to show off their beautiful feathers and we hurried over.

Alright, it's a challenge trying to get her to stop moving and pose for a photo but this is the best shot. lol

One of the gems found at The Animal Resort is definitely this 20 cents kiddy ride! OMG where else can you still find a 20cents kiddy ride? It's minimally $1 even at neighbourhood areas.

And yes it works with music and all!

And so Sticky Bean spent her last 15 mins at The Animal Resort playing on the platform where there is a growing up slide, a see saw and little tikes car. 

Overall the place is really kids friendly with the swings and mini play area for children. But as highlighted you will probably spend a maximum of 1.5 hours at The Animal Resort as it is not a huge place.
Given that admission is FREE and the animal feeds were reasonably priced, it's worth the trip there. We may want to visit again on a hopefully not so crowded day and hope that the animals will be hungry enough to be fed then.