Friday, September 25, 2015

Of Kinetic Sand and Boxes...

Oooooh. What's this?
If you can't go to a beach, then let the beach come to you!
It's called Kinetic Sand. A little bit wet and sticky like wet beach sand, but non of the messiness like real beach sand either!
And so, we filled a container box with it, and let him enjoy himself. The cookie cutters came from Daiso.
As you can see, he loved it!

The best thing about this Kinetic Sand is also the fact that it's been chemically treated which makes it a little sticky to itself. So, if and when you have it spilled out, just bring the 'sand' together into a clump...
Other assorted toys / accessories came from Jelly Moulds and Children's Baking Spoons, etc.

Did he enjoy it? Yes, immensely. So where did we get it from? From this company called Kids.MY

Some time after that, we introduced boxes to Little One. The concept was for him to arrange/sort according to sizes or ... free play to stack how he felt.
Mummy dearest had accumulated all those boxes from her office for him to stack. But I guess he's idea of stacking is a wee bit different.
Like so...

Ah well, that's my boy for you!
The End.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Learning his Fruits and Veggies, More Thong's Exercise and Eating Kiwi

In continuing his home supplementary teaching, we decided it was time for him to learn his fruits and veggies. So, home made flash cards and Ikea's 'fruits' and veggies (Duktig)
 He almost got all of them right the first time on...

 Eventually, to help him know the remainder of his fruits and veggies, they are labeled for him.
And we extended to get him to sort according to the colours as well.
 As he was hungry, we decided he should be made to 'work' for it as a form of finger exercise - thongs, of which he happily consented too! :)
So what did he have to pick up?
 Small biscuit balls from Aeon Cookies section!
 Along with beautiful sunny and clear weather, he should be allowed some garden time.
 So an unused pot of soil was his for the poking and pummeling...
 Until we could getting something much more hygienic for him... coming soon!
 And finally, Little One's first taste of Kiwi to get him to make the 'connection' with the actual Kiwi - sorta sensory play if you will.
Did he enjoy it? Sort off
 Does he like it? Only for this time around!
The End.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Little One's journey in the world of Montessori Education - Colours and Fine Motor Skills

If you noticed, in my previous post, there was mentioned of the Boundary method - a method that is intentional to assist the child to focus one's attention confined to a tray or in this case, a box. And that is part and parcel of Montessori style of education. And so begins his home 'evening/night' schooling with us...

He was getting a wee bit ahead of himself and we decided we needed ways to burn off his high octane energy. Hence, credit to missus for her non-stop research and ideas and also to Uncle Google...

And so it begins... with colours. Missus had sown this up from felts and we tried to match it with his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode of colours.
 Next came sorting those balls into the Ikea Kalas bowls.

 Easy? Eh... no...
 At this point, he had more fun emptying them into the basket then anything else...
 WRONG! Throwing them around was more fun ... at least in the mind of a 2 year old!!!
 Next up: Using tongs to pick up his favourite fish biscuits.
 I have to warn you: he's actually used to eating with Tongs... Rice. Mee Hoon / noodles. So this was more or less a fish in the park for him. But more for his enjoyment than anything else...!
 The End.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Of Aquaria KLCC's impression on Little One

Some time back, during the long weekend, we decided to pay a visit to Malaysia's premier Aquarium. Now, it's a place Missus and I have visited but we decided Little One could do with some exposure to real life as we could get. Zoo? When he's a wee bit older. Oh, he also had developed a fascination for fishies... 

And so, he certainly enjoys his bath time.

 Back in Geneva, Missus bought this bath time foam toy. How apt that many moons later, he would really enjoy it and get super excited over it.
 No problems fitting the pieces in along with playing quietly.

It's also at this point in time that we started implementing Montessori teaching methods. Hence, the theme of the day - Marine Life. And also the use of a boundary method aka A Tray.
 And here are the earlier shots of Little One at the Aquaria.

Needless to say, Little One was super excited and went Ballistic... :)

 And the highlight of the day? That ferocious animal that passed by above. It left a huge impression on him... even to this day, almost 1 month after.
 "Hi there... let me show you my special ability..."
 "I can climb vertically!"
 "So can I!"
 Yes, my son. Jellyfish!
 Guess Mummy dearest must be telling Little One on how she had the unfortunate accident of meeting these creatures a long time ago...

As one can see, Little One was totally engrossed and obviously, didn't want to leave when it was time. Maybe next year, we'll pay another visit! :p

And here is his set of marine creature:
 His bath time is never the same anymore...
 The End.