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Even before the kids came along, the hubs and I had decided that when the time comes, we will eventually be going down the homeschooling route. Education has always been MY thing (my passion and my profession) and it just didn’t make sense for me personally to send my children to daycare and school only […]

Our Homeschool Journey

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Yesterday, Miss 20mo worked on a special tape-resist art project that will be a 60th birthday gift for one of her favourite people in the world. First up, I prepped the canvas for her by creating the word 爷 (meaning: paternal grandfather) using painter’s tape. Next up, I provided a paint palette with 6 bold bright colours […]

Tape Resist Process Art – A Personalised Handmade Gift

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Can I be the first to admit that a dawdling toddler tests my patience the most!! Much more than a playroom that gets messed up ten thousand times a day. Seriously the amount of time it takes us to get to places. Every Monday, we go to a playgroup that’s literally on the other end […]

The Journey IS the Destination

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It’s been quite some time since I shared what’s currently on our playshelf and the setup has changed slightly. While both kids are down for a nap at the same time and I’m resetting the playroom, I thought I’d show you what it looks like now that our play space has to cater for both […]

Currently On Our Playshelf (Aug 2017)

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  This is a staged photo. I set this up to tell you a story about a play that lasted all of two minutes. So a couple of days ago, Miss 18mo picked up the empty basket in this picture, went straight to the shelf with all her felt vegetables and began filling the basket […]

Stories of Play – The Value in 2 Minutes of Play

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Big sis self-weaned a while ago and we stopped breastfeeding for perhaps two weeks or slightly more. But just before little sis’ arrival, she started to cry uncontrollably around 5ish every morning and demand a feed to my great surprise. So apparently they can self-wean and then unwean(?) Perhaps she was starting to realise her […]

6am: Portrait of Motherhood

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Thought I’d share what’s currently on our playshelf since I have not done one in a while. Miss 16mo has been showing a massive interest in pointing out and naming the colours of everything she sees so that’s pretty much our theme for our shelf at the moment, including the books we’ve got on rotation. […]

Currently On Our Playshelf (May 2017)

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I’m as fussy about the books I buy as I am about the toys we get for our children. The books I add to my collection have to fulfil quite a number of criteria and I thought I’d share two recent buys that I absolutely adore as well as the questions I ask myself before […]

My TOP TIPS for Choosing Children’s Books

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One of my biggest beliefs about children’s learning is that there’s so much natural learning that happens from just doing life and including them in daily life. My mum is visiting from Singapore at the moment and she LOVES looking at fruit trees. So my MIL invited us to their property here with many fruit […]

The School of Life

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  Introduced goop/oobleck to Miss 15mo for the first time today. It’s just 2 parts cornflour, 1 part water and food colouring of your choice. I kept the set up really simple and minimal so she could focus on simply exploring this new sensory medium. Even though she was initially excited, she became hesistant, then […]

Stories of Play – 10 Min Setup for a 2 Sec Play. Is it Worth It?

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A beautiful morning of getting up close and personal feeding these kanga friends at Caversham Wildlife Park, just 20 min from our place yesterday. We even got to see a mummy kanga nursing her baby joey and witness the beautiful interaction between the pair with lots of kisses and cuddles. It was the perfect opportunity […]

The Value of Exposing Children to Experiences

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“What Is She Making?” I sent these couple of pictures from today’s sensory play with Miss 15mo to my family and my dad’s first question was “What is this? Is it modern art?” I sighed inwardly and wondered what to reply. To be honest, I get that a lot, from what I do with Miss […]

The Process of Play – What Happens When They Play

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A beautiful morning of chalk drawing, light and shadows in our backyard. Miss S (14mo) has recently begun stacking blocks as opposed to just deconstructing them. This structure here was a collaborative effort. I modelled for her how to stack them up so that they would cast colourful shadows. She was intrigued to say the […]

Stories of Play – When There Are No Rules

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This is the first and probably only photo that I have breastfeeding my firstborn. When we first realised we were pregnant with bubs 2, I began planning how I would start weaning her after she turned 1, cos I wasn’t sure if I’d want to tandem feed and also because the hormones from being pregnant […]

The Enigma of Motherhood

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I mentioned in a previous drawing post about honouring the process of play more than the end product. Today I’m coming from a different angle, that of selecting the right materials and tools. When I set up an activity for Miss 14mo in which I know there’ll be some sort of mess involved, I make […]

The Right Materials and Tools for Play

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Miss 14mo has been into any and every form of drawing recently – crayons, pens, markers you name it. Here in this picture, you can hardly call her rainbow scribbles a masterpiece (Though I love it personally and am going to frame it, totally not biased at all 😂). But what you don’t see is […]

Stories of Play – Process Over Product

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Recently I’ve noticed Miss 13mo engaging in some basic imaginative play using a couple of her animal figurines. She would take a few of them and “walk” them up and down the Grimms rainbow stackers we’ve got in her play area (see previous post). To help her exercise more of that imagination, I set up […]

Stories of Play – When They Take A Play Setup in a Totally Different Direction

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  Tidying and resetting Miss 13mo’s play area while she’s having a nap so I thought I’d show you guys a snapshot of what it looks like. We haven’t got the space for a separate playroom so this is just an area within our living room (Ok I lied, this is pretty much our entire […]

Currently On Our Playshelf (Feb 2017)

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We are currently on holidays in Singapore. Yesterday we brought Miss 12mo to the Singapore Zoo where she also had some fun at the water play area. It was an amazing water play area with many water features that would excite many a teenager and even an adult. After playing with a couple of mini […]

Stories of Play – Let The Children Direct Their Play