What we did during the June holidays

We took things nice and slow during the June holidays. We adjusted to a more relaxed schedule since school’s out, and on some days the kids only rolled out of bed at 8, which meant that I got to catch a bit more sleep.

Here’s what we got up to.

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First up, Vera got to put on a baker’s hat when we attended the “Little Chefs Celebrate SG50” Push Pop Cake Making Competition. She loves decorating and was practically waiting to gobble up the colourful push pop cakes! Thankfully, with the help of the PA culinary arts interest group volunteers, the giant SG50 cakes were put together without a hitch. I thought it was a meaningful activity to get little ones involved in designing and decorating push pop birthday cakes for Singapore!

Vera also had the opportunity to join an art camp this June. I thought it’d be good fun for her as she’s always dabbling in something arty or crafty at home. Here are some of the colourful canvases she brought home! My favourite has to be The Grid Tree, where she explored painting in grids (inspired by Piet Mondrian perhaps), and also learnt about the contrast between hot and cool colours.

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After the art camp, I found Vera a lot more aware about layering her paint-work. She created this rainbow face piece by herself one day. It’s really fun to watch her enjoy playing with art.

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On quiet days at home, the kids got up to all sorts. Vera put her love for story-telling and drawing to good use – creating her own paper puppets and some dramatic scenes and stories to entertain JJ (and I).

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I also got Vera The Black Apple’s Paper Doll book, and she’s been busy playing dress-up with the dolls. Middle brother also seems to have discovered his more nurturing side by playing make-believe with Vera’s toy doll. (Hopefully this translates to gentler play with his siblings too, fingers crossed…)

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Closer to the end of June, the kids had loads of fun putting together their own superheroes from scrap material, and a toolkit kindly provided by the folks behind Superhero Me. We had a great time at the Superhero Me Festival at the central library too, and the kids got to star in their very first stop motion video decked out in hero costumes! It was a really meaningful event where the little ones got to learn about kindness, resilience, respect, and other values that a superhero possesses. The volunteers were also very patient and excellent with the children. Now whenever JJ acts in contrary to these values, I would remind him of what we’d learnt, and he would often stop and think about his behaviour.

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And one of our last stops, the River Safari. The highlight of the excursion was of course being able to meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia up close. We just sat on the floor and spent about 10 minutes observing each of them. It’s amazing how different their personalities are, and how obvious this was. (It helped that one of the panda enclosure keepers shared briefly about it too.)

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Because it was my birthday month, I decided to reward myself by taking time out to learn something new. I signed up for a calligraphy class with The Little Happy Shop, and really enjoyed myself.

Here’s a little something I wrote to remind myself that God is the one who makes all things beautiful in its time – as for us here waiting on this earth, we just need to do our part, and trust that He will do the rest.

Lastly, I just want to share with you that I’ve been encouraged by the progress that JJ has shown in his behaviour. (So the verse below holds added meaning for me.)

Often, we can’t see the fruit of our labour, be it in raising our children or in our family relationships or in ministry. But press on, and God who is faithful will do the good work in His time.

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PS. The little pink stone above was also designed by Vera. ūüôā

I hope your June holidays was good too!

The best of June

I can’t believe the June holidays has come to an end. Time flies by when you’re having fun huh? Here’s a peek at what we got up to this hols.

We kicked off with a Chinese holiday programme at Ed-Quest Chinese School. Food was the theme for this holiday programme, and Vera had loads of fun exploring food and learning the language at the same time. From the photos, you can see that she had a taste test with blindfolds on, and made ice-cream with the red ball-like gadget (bottom pic). Obviously with such fun and engaging activities,¬†Ms Vera¬†loved attending class, and I didn’t hear a single complaint. She kept telling me she wanted to go back and attend more classes! (Now, I think that alone speaks volumes about the sessions!)

Ed-Quest chinese school

We visited the National Museum masak masak exhibition. The kids had fun “cooking”, making and decorating cardboard houses, admiring miniature toilet roll cut-out artworks, and even exploring the laws of physics with eggs and other interesting materials. And don’t forget the bouncy castles at the front lawn! (PS. Exhibition runs till 3 August.)

Play @ National Museum

We took advantage of I Love Museum’s Children’s Season, and visited the Police Heritage Centre for a quick tour. The tour turned out to be more suitable for older kids (less interactive and engaging for those below 5 or 6 years old), but the highlight was dressing up the kiddos in uniforms at the end of the 1-hour session!

We also went for the Central Fire Station’s Open House¬†and had fun learning more about our civil defence force and exploring fire engines and testing out water hoses.

We also visited KidsStop the week that it opened (Below, top right: playing doctor), and found that it’s one giant indoor playground. The kids had fun pretending to be paleontologists digging for dino bones in a sand pit, playing with giant musical instruments, and acting as construction worker, supermarket cashier, and doctor for a day. (More pictures here.)
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During the last week of the hols, I decided to take it easy, and just had some playdates out at MacRitchie Reservoir (we wanted to see the monkeys!) and at nearby playgrounds. Somehow all the playgrounds we went to were really quiet and I guess it could be because most families are still away on holiday.

We made random words with leaves and twigs, collected pine cones for painting, had fun feeding fish, admiring butterflies and building sandcastles. The weather was kind to us, and thank God (while crossing fingers and toes), no haze!

outdoor fun in Singapore!

The holiday programme and the activities were great. But I think the parts I enjoyed best was being able to spend quality time with Vera and JJ, just going about our daily mundane things like grocery shopping, stopping for a cuppa (this one is for me of course), and also getting to explore our own backyard in Singapore.

This quote describes it all…

“The wonderful thing about having kids is that we become tourists in our own country again.”

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