The weekly playdate 240714

We had 3 children in attendance today but no worries, we still had fun!

As usual, we had our welcome song and circle time and today, we introduced purple and square using blocks (as seen in the picture).

20140724_101607For storytime, I chose a book that I bought from the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a simple book on fruits and vegetables and there is a repeated phrase, “I pick it and eat it.” For the past sessions, I realised that the children couldn’t sit through the whole story and I thought this short story would suffice. In addition, I wanted them to see the fruits and vegetables in real and brought them out.

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As I read, I showed them the items and had the kids touch them. The repeated phrase helped and Faith who has read the story a few times, pretended to pick the fruits from the book and eat them. This time round, I also got them to eat the grapes and blueberries and this really got their attention all right. They sat through the story. Hooray!

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Adeline then supplemented with another story of a similar theme. I love team work like this. 😉
It would be better if we have bigger board books. I find it hard to search for them in the library. Oh, NLB, please have more of such books?

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After some action songs, we had art and I carved patterns on some vegetables, namely carrots, potatoes and corn so that the kids could use them to stamp patterns on the drawing paper.

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Our little girl still could not get over messiness and refused to touch the vegetables and paint, much to the frustration of the mother. I know I can’t force her; she’s just not ready. Sigh!

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There’s good news though. Noah, the boy in the middle, started our playdate not liking paint but today, he did an awesome job. He actually filled the paper with paint on his own! I’m so proud of him! The paper with the yellow border is Noah’s and the one with the flowery border is Faith’s and the work is not counted since her mother helped a lot to achieve that look. By the way, to create that border, I used washi tapes to do the job.

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After a few action songs, thanks to Adeline, we had our snack time and it comprises corn, grapes, blueberries (yes, items taught from the storytelling) and chocolate-nutella cupcakes that were sent over by my sis in the morning. How timely!

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While taking a break, the moms decided that we should head over to Ikea for lunch. The kids could expend their energy there. Hah! Before departing, we had our Big Muscles Movement and got the kids to retrieve the needed shapes and put them in the right container. I’m heartened to note that the kids really did observe the shapes that they had in their hands and place them correctly in the respective containers. Smart!

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This is Faith doing Yoga… nah…

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Had a fun day today!

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See you next week. It will be in the outdoors and we are praying for good weather.

😉

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Melbourne : Royal Botanic Gardens

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Life has been so busy lately with playdates, baking and family outings that I couldn’t catch up with reminiscing the days in Melbourne through blog posts. I resolve to do that today!

The Royal Botanic Gardens is founded in 1846 and comprises 38 hectares of garden beds, lakes and lawns. A relaxing walk through the gardens can be rather uplifting to the soul especially with the cool weather in Melbourne. If you are into botany, you would be excited to know that the gardens is home to 52000 individual plants representing more than 10000 species from around the world.

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The hubs and I had a good time chatting as we strolled with Faith. The little one was running all over the place and her excitement was evident as she spotted some unique birds and their chirping. The Terrace, a cafe overlooking the Ornamental Lake to Government House, was our pit stop for the much needed caffeine fix.

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To be honest, the main reason for visiting the gardens is for Faith to explore the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. When you travel with kid(s), it’s not all about the adults anymore, is it? ;p

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The Children’s Garden is good for kids of all ages and they get to discover the various plants at the kitchen garden and explore the vegetation of the rainforest ruin.

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I must say I find it delightful to explore the Children’s Garden but that’s just me. I know that as compared to the farm, Faith was more interested in animals than the plants but we did have a good walk around it.

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And you bet we made use of those moments to teach Faith about the fruits and vegetables found in this small garden. We don’t have the luxury of space to grow our own fruits or vegetables, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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We spent about an hour in this Children’s Garden, taking the time to explore and having Faith play at the water features. Generally it was fun and educational though I think older kids would enjoy it more. I didn’t dare to have Faith play with the soil; I don’t think she liked to do that too. We stopped by The Gardens Shop and purchased a book and some toys for the little one.

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Besides The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, there are also the Dinosaur gardens, educational programmes that are offered throughout the year from kindergarten to tertiary level and a checklist of 50 things to do at the Royal Botanic Gardens that one can get from the Visitor Centre. I have a copy of it and let’s just see if we can adapt some of them at our own Botanic Gardens! 😉

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Aww…writing this post makes me miss Melbourne and the lovely weather in June.

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😉