20 minutes in the loo

If you are one of those moms whose child insists on following you to the bathroom when you do your thing (and she clings on to your leg for her dear life), perhaps you can try these activities. They kept Faith occupied for 20 minutes, good enough for you to do some business.

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It’s easy for us to pour water but that is not the case for young children. Their motor skills are not refined enough and more often than not, they will dampen the floor as they endeavor to pour the liquid into the cups. This activity requires concentration and hand-eye coordination. Faith spent the bulk of the time trying out this activity and she likes it. It’s waterplay after all!

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As with all children, their attention span is soooo short and soon it’s off to another related activity. Add some balls and have the little one catch them with a scoop. Motor skills again.

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Last activity. Add some homemade ‘fish’ with clips and you turn the activity into fishing! This definitely tests patience and concentration. I’m just short of putting water beads in but I reckon I could save them for future use. The fish are made from felt material and I attached a clip at the end. After that, I wrapped the fish in clear bag so that they can survive being in the water.

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

So there you have it, this set of activity lasted 20 minutes. It probably can last longer if I get down on my knees to play with her.

Ask a lot of questions and converse with the kid as she goes about working on them. Play time is extremely good for language development.

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Our first weekend together

Excitement is in the house as we welcomed our brother and his family back for a month. My parents have been waiting for this day for so long and it is a no wonder that mom got busy on that day when they arrived = scrumptious dinner!

We spent our first weekend together at Sentosa as we wanted to bring them to the Port of Lost wonder. My brother has been stationed in Shanghai and my nephew has little opportunity for water play. We must expose him more!

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The kids were waiting rather impatiently, especially the older ones since they knew what to expect.

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As usual, we were the first in line because we were simply kiasu! Hah!

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Yay! Off we go!

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Faith and her cousin, Lester, who seemed very apprehensive.

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Remember to get the kids to drink lots of water and apply the sunscreen!

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The younger kids stopped playing after an hour while the older ones were still enjoying themselves.

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Eventually we stopped and proceeded to Siloso Beach for our lunch. It’s to Coastes again! We chose this eatery because we wanted a place that the kids could continue to play while the adults had their meal. Play what, you ask. Sand!

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Remember Faith is afraid to go into the sand, let alone play with it? I think {good} peer influence is important because when she saw that her cousins were playing, she went ahead as well.

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And then when she saw that her cousin Dayen was fetching water from the sea, she wanted to do so too which was really surprising! We brought her once to the beach and she resisted the waters but now, she wanted to do it. I grabbed the opportunity to go into the waters with her. I’m reminded again to always observe what’s she doing and to encourage her (not to restrict her) whenever she’s ready for any task/adventure. In today’s case, it’s the sand and seawater!

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The adults had a relatively easy time for lunch. Yay!

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It’s an enjoyable weekend, I must say. Not sure where we would be headed to next as a family.

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Waterplay fun

So today marks the end of the June holidays for us in Singaland. How fast! I’m actually not affected by it since a) I’m no longer teaching; and b) Faith is not in school. But I will definitely miss those fun outing we had with my sister and her two (three) boys!

We went to Gardens by the Bay and Port of Lost Wonders during the third week of June and it was definitely a fun time for the kiddos.

The Far East Organisation Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay caters to kids from 1 to 12 years old  and the one-hectare garden consists of playtime elements that combine both nature and adventure. The kids can enjoy exploring a 7.5 metre-tall tree house (for older kids) to splashing around at interactive water tunnels.

Our family turned up early on a weekday and there weren’t a lot of people then. The kids started at the non-intimidating toddler play zone while the adults watched them from a distance at the sheltered amphitheatre.

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They soon got bored and moved over to the waterplay area that is suitable for children aged between 6 to 12 years old. The programmable water play is linked to sensors which detect the movement of children to create a corresponding sequence of water effects. I though Faith would be frightened of this area but she dared to explore and linger in that space for quite some time!

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My sis and I forgot to bring along a set of clothes for ourselves and couldn’t join in the fun with them. I think it would be rather interesting to play in this waterplay area with the kiddos!

The weather was super hot that day and we had to call it quits after about an hour and a half. There were shower facilities so there isn’t a great problem cleaning them up.

Far East Organisation Children’s Garden
Operates:  Tuesday to Sunday
9am – 9pm
Admission: Free

A few days later, we went to another waterplay area and this time round, it was Sentosa we went – Port of Lost Wonders! Since it opens at 10am, we had breakfast at the nearby Mac.

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Faith really does adore her cousins, especially Dayen, the younger one.

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We were the first in line and spent some time monkeying around.

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The children obviously enjoyed their time here and I must say I did too. Faith is a bit young and thus we had to supervise her when she ventured into the ship. I appreciate that there are crew members on the ship on the lookout for the safety of the kids. Good!

After 2 hours of playing in the water, we proceeded to lunch at the nearby beach. So tiring but it’s great fun, I must say.

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We will definitely be back again when my brother and his family come back in a month’s time! Can’t wait!

Port of Lost Wonders
10am to 6.30pm daily
Admission: $10 per child
Adults enter free!