Thursday, November 17, 2016

East Coast Park Marine Cove Review

Finally brought sticky bean to East Coast Park for a picnic session with her cousins as well as to check out Marine Cove after hearing so many raves about this place.

The crowd seems to have died down, thankfully for us. Even if it gets crowded, there are ample spaces for kids to run around. The place is so spacious!

If you drive, be sure to park at carpark C2 or C3, nearest to Marine Cove.

I love how convenient the place is. Smacked in between 2 carparks with restaurants and cafes beside it. Most importantly, there are shower and changing facilities for children too!

So we decided to let the kids build sandcastles by the beach and have a simple picnic session before bringing them over to the play area at Marine Cove. Do you think the kiddos will still want to build sandcastle and stay put at our picnic mat if they start playing at Marine Cove play area? haha...

Sticky bean playing with the sand. She looked a little lost here, though. She can be a little OCD at times and doesn't like getting her hands dirty.

Little mats and stools like these are so useful for a picnic! Especially for adults if you have trouble squatting for too long.

And then we retreated back to the shady area where our belongings and picnic mat are.

Kiddos enjoying their nice cool ribena!

So the kiddos had fun playing with sand and water and enjoying a simple picnic, resting on the picnic mat.

After we washed them up and packed up, it's play time at Marine Cove Playground!

Unfortunately,  I didn't get to take proper snapshots of each area as I'm keeping an eye on Sticky Bean at the same time.

This is an enclosed play area with funny mirrors suitable for toddlers

Overview of the playground at Marine Cove. This seems to be more suitable for older kids though. It's pretty high up there and Sticky Bean got stuck while climbing halfway. Can be a little dangerous for kiddos below 4 years.

Again this slide look so fun! But sadly the only way to go up is to climb through the nettings, again, not so safe for children below 4 years of age so we didn't get to go up there.

This swing is perfect for toddlers and young children so you don't have to worry about them falling off the swing. The first time I came across such swings was at the outdoor playground at City Square Mall.

Slides and area more suitable for younger kids and toddlers too!

again, something fun for toddlers and younger kids.

This station is pretty cool. You can start the game and start going around and press the light up buttons. 

This must be Sticky Bean's favourite somehow.

The Marine Cove @ East Coast Park playground is really age inclusive. Definitely suitable for toddlers all the way to 12-year-old kiddos. I'll definitely be back again.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hand Sewn Felt Letters / Alphabets for Quietbook with printable template

And so I've completed my very first Quiet book activity with felt letters and am completely addicted to sewing with Felt!

I've been looking at quiet books for a long time and kept procrastinating starting work on one. Then it dawned on me that it's time Sticky Bean learn how to spell her name. Once she learned how to spell her name then at least it's easier for her to learn how to write her name.

But how can I make her learn how to spell her name in a fun way? I'm a strong advocate of learning through play especially for preschoolers and below. So I came across this idea of creating a hand sewn felt letters / alphabets board and decided to finally stop my procrastination and get working on the felt pieces I've kept stashed under my bed for the past year.

It's also a perfect opportunity for me to use this as the cover of my quiet book that I'm going to create for Sticky Bean.

I've found this hand sewn felt alphabet template from Purl Soho. Click here to download it's in pdf. Do visit the page, it contains a tutorial on how to sew the alphabets too.

As I do not have any stuffings with me, I've used our regular facial tissue paper as the stuffings instead and it works out pretty well.
I followed the tutorial by cutting out the alphabets after printing onto paper, tracing them onto the felt pieces with pencil and cutting the alphabets out accordingly.

You will need 2 pieces of felt per alphabet. I layered 2 pieces of felt together and cut through them to save time.
And then you can use blanket-stitch to stitch them together and insert in the stuffings.
I got so addicted to blanket stitch as well. Love how the end product looks like with blanket stitch.

Once I'm done hand sewing all of the felt alphabets, I picked a full size (A4 size) stiff felt piece (2-3mm) and used it as the background.

I then cut out flower petals in 2 designs, do a blanket stitch around it and cut a slit in the middle as button holes.
Sew on the buttons and button the flowers in. So sticky bean can practise some fine motor skills with this as well.

Then I cut some grass out of a green felt piece and stick on velcro tapes to make the alphabets stick.

And tadah! The completed Hand Sewn Felt Letters / Alphabets quiet board for Sticky Bean to start learning how to spell her name!

Because I got so addicted to sewing with felt after this, I'm currently working on a felt dollhouse quiet book for Sticky Bean! Will share once the project is completed so stay tune.

For some of you who might be interested in quiet books, do check out the following links.