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Preschool Field Trip to the Singapore Zoo

Kids easily learn through activities and observation. This is why field trips and outdoor explorations are important specially for early learners. At home we always encourage our kid to experience active learning as we know the benefits of such.My kid was lucky to join with his Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo and it was a fantastic opportunity for him as an early learner!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My little explorer is learning to read the map!

Last week we had a fun day at the Singapore zoo. That was my kid’s first ever school field trip. His preschool teachers organized a field trip to the Singapore zoo. This is why we like the new preschool.Now our kid’s preschool days are full of different activities and experiences which also improves his social skills.

My kid has visited the Singapore zoo 3 times during the last year as family trips. However a preschool field trip is a great way to spend his day with teachers and friends.So we decided to join our kid to visit the zoo again. And of course, I visited the zoo again for the 5th or 6th time! 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Little explorers are walking to see the animals in the Singapore zoo!

However, Singapore zoo is always an exciting place to visit. It looks natural and attractive. With preschool kids, I really had a great time.

For my kid, it was an exciting day. He packed his bag with field trip essentials including snacks, hat and raincoat before he went to the bed. On the day of the field trip, he woke up early and was really excited. The bus ride with his preschool friends was an unforgettable experience for him. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My kid is watching dinosaurs with his friend

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Exploring the dinosaur statue

Other than watching the animals around the zoo, teachers planned to watch some animal shows during the field trip. It was exciting for the kids. But after the first animal show, my kid showed signs of tiredness. Light snacks were always helpful for me to keep him active. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

These animal themed trams are fun to see!

A tram ride around the zoo was exciting. He could watch his most favourite animal, the Lion!He also loved to see elephants!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

We also watched the Elephant show at the Singapore Zoo!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Curious to see the exhibits!

Other than watching animals and their behavior, kids also learned to share and to spend the time together. At the end of the day, kids looked tired but still talkative and playful!

Do you like such field trips?

 

Happy Racial Harmony Day!

Today Singapore celebrates the Racial Harmony Day. So, there was a celebration in kid’s preschool too. As part of the celebration kids were asked to wear their traditional costumes to the preschool. It was a beautiful day with kids wearing different colourful traditional dresses showing their ethnic groups.

Racial Harmony Day

Indian traditional artwork display at the Racial Harmony Day booth

What is Racial Harmony Day?

In Singapore July 21st is the Racial Harmony Day to commemorate the race riots which took place on 21st July 1964.Now Racial Harmony Day is celebrated annually and specially in schools this is a day to spread the message about living in peace and harmony regardless the race and religion. As a multi-cultural society, Singapore is one of the best places to learn about other ethnic groups, culture and their traditional events.

It is good to see that teachers help young kids to learn about racial harmony from their small age so they will grow with learning the importance of maintaining the racial harmony in future once they grow up and in any place they live.

Racial Harmony Day at the Preschool

Racial Harmony Day

Kid dressed up with a Batik Sarong and shirt to show his Sri Lankan traditional dress to his friends and teachers.Oh he also wanted to take his monkey soft toy with him which I didn’t want to refuse 🙂

As part of the celebrations today our kid was so happy to go to school with his traditional dress. In our recent Sri Lanka holiday I bought him a Batik Sarong and Shirt which is one of the traditional dresses for Sri Lankan boys.

Racial Harmony Day Activities for the kids at the Preschool

Racial Harmony Day

Traditional costume fashion parade was one of the best events of the day!

The celebrations included singing of racial harmony songs together with some other activities. After the singing and dancing session, kids were gathered to the booth where there were displays of traditional costumes and cultural items related to different countries.

Racial Harmony Day

Displays of different traditional costumes and items

Racial Harmony Day

Five stones game which is a traditional Malay game

Racial Harmony Day

Myanmar traditional puppet display

 

Kids also enjoyed colouring traditional artwork pages and having henna art works on their hands.

Racial Harmony Day

Colouring activities for the kids

Racial Harmony Day

Sanu is happy with this Henna artwork on his hand!

Racial Harmony Day

And finally,it is time to go home! 🙂

Isn’t this a wise and nice way to teach kids about racial Harmony? They will grow up with these positive attitudes and will be responsible adults in future!

Happy Racial Harmony Day!!

We Found Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Yeh! We found Peppa pig characters at Ang Mo Kio! 🙂

These days my son loves Peppa pig. He loves watching Peppa pig episodes. I also allow him to watch Peppa because it is actually a good collection of stories for little ones. Don’t you think finding Peppa pig characters in the streets are such a good excitement? Yes, we found Peppa Pig characters at a shopping mall.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Characters Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

When we visited AMK Hub for another reason and when we saw this kiddie ride there, my son was over the moon. Yes, he found Peppa the pig and her family.He loved his finding and time with Peppa ,George and other Peppa pig characters.

Here are some moments which my son spent time with peppa characters.It is really colourful and interesting.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Playing with Peppa Pig Characters Kiddie ride at Ang Mo Kio

My little one had good time talking, sitting and touching Peppa and George. Anyway we didn’t have actual ride. Still my son doesn’t want actual kiddie rides. Instead, he enjoys just by sitting on those.

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Talking with Peppa the Pig!

 

Aren’t these cute moments? He thinks I brought him there specially to show Peppa. 🙂

Peppa Pig Characters at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

Peppa Pig Kiddie Ride at Ang Mo Kio

Location: AMK Hub, Singapore Basement 1

Price per ride: $2

Do your kids like Peppa the Pig and her family?Do you find such kiddie rides are fun for them?Please share your ideas below as a comment.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids + Tzu Chi Recycling Day

Teaching kids about value of recycling is really important. I think we don’t have to wait till kids grow to teach them the value of recycling and caring for our mother nature.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

After I received a leaflet about Tzu Chi Recycling Day, I decided not to collect recyclable items only by myself; instead I wanted to join my toddler with the cause. As a start we made this DIY Recycling Bin which is a funful and educational activity to do with toddlers or even with grown up kids.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids

Here is what we did. You can add some more ideas to this DIY Recycling Bin and make it more beautiful.

We used,

  •  A cardboard box (Actually what we used is an empty cake box which is supposed to throw)
  • Crepe paper for decoration
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

First we removed the lid of the cardboard box. Then I used sellotape on edges to make the box stronger.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Using the green colour crepe paper we made recycle symbol and we also pasted another purple colour crepe paper on top of the box just to make it beautiful.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Finally, it is done!

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

We have a beautiful Recycling Bin.

Now we can collect recyclable materials in this box till the next collection date. Last few days I collected few yogurt cups and milk bottles, so we put those into our recycle box.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Remember to wash and clean all items before collecting.After collecting recyclables,it is time to send those to a recycling point in your neighborhood!

Tzu Chi Recycling Day

In Singapore, every second Sunday of each month is Tzu Chi Recycling Day. Few days ago Tzu Chi Volunteers visited our neighborhood including our home to encourage residents to collect recyclable items. I missed joining with the April Tzu Chi Recycling Day, but I am preparing to join with the next Recycling Day together with my toddler.

Hope I will be able to teach him the value of preserving earth from his young age!

 

Beautiful Landscapes from Singapore Zoo

We usually visit zoo to view animals. However, you can’t forget the beautiful views and landscapes at Singapore zoo. It is a wonderful place which is built with open concept. These are some of the views I captured during a visit to the Singapore zoo. Hope you like these views.

Singapore Zoo

Tropical Garden is an interesting place inside the Singapore zoo.

Singapore Zoo

View of Mandai lake at the evening just before sunset

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Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

Chinese New Year is around the corner and I can see lot of decorations and preparations for it. It is really exciting. I always enjoy this time because that reminds me the New Year of Sri Lanka which we celebrate in April.

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

With the Chinese New year, the year is for Monkey. As always, this time also we could see beautiful preparations for Chinese New Year in our nearest shopping mall AMK Hub. Each year we really like to see the different preparation and decorations to celebrate the events throughout the year. Now, with our son, visiting this place to show him these celebrations is just like a day out. He really enjoys his time with us in this shopping mall.

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

2016 is the year of Monkey

For this Chinese New Year, we could see 12 Large Chinese Zodiac Animals. In each animal, there are forecasts for year 2016 too. These colourful Zodiac Lanterns welcome the visitors to the shopping mall staying at the entrance.

Chinese New Year 2016 AMK Hub

Goat,pig,mouse and cow zodiac lanterns

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These lanterns are larger than actual life size of animals and those are colourful too.

 Zodiac Lanterns

A Zodiac lantern featuring the cow

 Zodiac Lanterns

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Black Swans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

With so many garden exhibits, Singapore Botanic Garden is a must visit place and it is completely free of charge unless you visit the Orchid Garden.

We visited this beautiful garden, which is recently designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and here are some photos from the Eco Lake.

Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Although I don’t have many photos to show features of the Eco garden, this garden is a discovery garden for different plants and shrubs. Visitors can find trees with historical value, shrubs, and herbs around the eco garden area.

Black Swans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Black Swans -Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Bamboo trees are one of the main attractions while there are many Bougainvillea types around.
In one side of the garden, it is Eco Lake.

Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

This lake is home for beautiful Black Swans who are from Western Australia .Spending an evening there would be fantastic, but unfortunately we visited there during day time and it was a sunny day.

Black Swans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

My son enjoyed his visit there by seen these Black Swans. They were freely roaming here and there without disturbing the visitors.

Black Swans at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

He was sleepy at that time.But,still he enjoyed the appearance of these cute guests in front of him.

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Play Time and First Day at Playgroup

Play Time and First Day in Play Group

This is a photo I captured few weeks ago when we were out.My son found a playground and he had good time there.

Today he started his playgroup.Still I don’t have photos from his first day in Play group.We had a busy day at home.His nap time,breakfast time,wake up time,everything has changed suddenly.During last few days I tried to adjust him to a new routine.But,it seems I have to spend few more noisy mornings till he adjust to his new experience with playgroup… 🙂

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DIY New Year Party Hat for Toddlers

Today we spent few hours making some simple items for New Year celebrations. This year my son is 2 years old and he enjoys celebrations. Few months ago we celebrated his 2nd Birthday, although he didn’t have much idea on his simple birthday party on the day we celebrated, he started imaginary playing with birthday parties after few weeks of the party. So, that time I decided to do some activities focusing him for the New Year.

Today, 31st of December, I told him about the New Year. He understands it is something to celebrate and he is ready to welcome the New Year with his soft toys.

This is a simple party hat we both made. Although it is easier to buy party hats, DIY items are always good to engage with a toddler. So, I decided to spend few minutes and to create this New Year Party hat.

We used simple supplies which we found at home.

Things needed:
• cardstock paper
• tape
• stapler
• glue stick
• scissors
• Pen
• Paper punch as required

First we made confetti using colourful strips of paper. You can also use a paper punch to make circles to add to the collection of confetti.
I used an A4 size paper for the party hat.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers
First I  wrote the greeting ‘Happy New Year’.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

We decorated this paper using the confetti.

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Then I used tape and staple to make a cone using the decorated paper.

Finally cut the edges of the party hat and make it round shape.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers
It is really simple and easy.
This is a few minute project to make a toddler happy when they are bit bored.

My son decided to use the party hat on his teddy bear. 🙂

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

And,Teddy is ready to welcome the New Year 2016!

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

Happy New Year 2016!

Hand Prints and Play Time

we had a great time with these hand prints.Recently we experimented with leaf printing and it was such a fun activity for my son.So,this is our next experiment with hand prints.

My son loved playing with paints.We used water colours,so the prints are not so dark or sharp.

Hand Prints and Play Time

Finally,he didn’t like his dirty hands 🙂

Hand Prints and Play TimeAs we used water colours,it was easy to wash within few minutes.

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