Let the Children be Bored

It was a Saturday morning and I decided to continue to sleep a little bit more despite knowing that both little milkie and milo were awake. Just once, I told myself, I needed that sleep after waking up several times in the middle of the night, thanks to little milo who kept asking for milk every 2 hours or so.

And when I finally woke up, I was surprise to see the kids entertaining themselves, without the TV nor the iPad!

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Little milo was laughing his head off and when I sat on the sofa, he continued to laugh, repeatedly pointing his finger at the book, and making a big circle with his hand, and then tilting his head to the side. It took me quite a while before I understand what he was trying to tell me.

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BECAUSE THE RED RHINOCEROS IS UPSIDE DOWN! Okay, it’s lame but he had fun, TONS of it! #istilldontgetit

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Then we’ve got little milkie, sitting quietly on the floor, doodling. And what amazed me was the fact that she drew it on pieces of cardboard, after requesting her grandma to cut a piece of big unwanted cardboard into smaller pieces!

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Maybe, it wasn’t really that bad to wake up later than the children at times. Maybe, it wasn’t really that bad to let them be bored (and not given electronic gadgets) so that they can think of something to do on their own.

Colourful Hot Air Balloon

It’s not easy being parents nowadays. Not only do you have to care about their academic results, food that they eat, who to look after them, and what not, you have to also (and quite importantly) take note of their emotions! That’s the kind of things that some of those I know and I had been experiencing. It feels so much easier to be a parent at my parent’s generation, at least it feels like it. Not that they don’t do any of those but somewhat it just ain’t like what we are doing now… (parent volunteer, tuitions, and more tuitions)

Well, remember the last vehicle that I did for little Milo? That sister of his insisted that I do one with her too.

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(Aw… … …)

And me, trying to be as fair as possible towards my M&M, simply had to oblige. So I told her that I will agree to it provided that she does most of the work and think of what she wants to make, since she is older.

She agreed and so here it is… A not-so-hot hot air balloon!

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She picked out 12 pieces of coloured papers, with no repeating colours, while I grab the last piece of plastic cup (*phew*) and a thread.

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There she goes, folding the paper into half. Then I cut out the shape of a half balloon and she proceeded to cut and paste the double sided tape on each piece and stick it together.

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Meanwhile, I cut an equal length of thread and paste it around the inside of the cup in equal distance from each other.

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Little milo was very busy too! He was busy tearing up those papers that we didn’t want. Oh, and tearing papers can actually improve motor skills!

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After a loooong while, she’s finally done! Not really perfect but she tried her best and that’s more than enough.

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There you go, care bear! Enjoy your trip!

Vehicles using Recycled Materials

I admit, I have definitely neglected little milo compared to his elder sister. As I looked through the photos the day before, it suddenly dawned on me that I’ve started doing handicrafts with little milkie even when she wasn’t 2. But now with little milo, he is already 2 and coming 3 years old in another 6 months, and this is the first time I am doing it with him. What’s worse? It’s because he had to hand up to the school tomorrow. Tomorrow! >.<

I needed something quick and easy, and I didn’t have much things that I can recycle, and so, I decided to make a REAL simple bus, which got him equally excited too! (Since he’s favourite vehicles seem to be the bus for now)

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So there I go, digging out my mask so that I can have a box. And then grabbed some coloured papers and proceeded to wrap it up in red.

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Thankfully I’ve got this great little helper for this last minute craft work!

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The grandmother commented that the windows ain’t supposed to be tilted but hey! It’s done by a 2 years old boy!

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Little milkie did help to guide him too. Soooo sweet…

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I used the toilet rolls as the wheels. A tad fragile but thats the only recycled item I can find.

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Nonetheless, little milo seems happy and proud of HIS bus! That’s the nice and wonderful thing about children. They get satisfied really easily…

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Here’s the small little bus no. 25? He wanted that number when I asked him.

First craft for him. Shall try and do more! It’s never too late!

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“The more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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Cranwell Roadhouse @ Changi Beach Club Sports Complex

Time flies past and our long weekend has ended, so did you enjoy it? We sure did! It seems to be quite a while since we managed to catch up and spend time with friends and family.

Thus, on a hot Friday afternoon last week, we decided to chill out with friends at the Cranwell Roadhouse, a nice and cosy cafe situated at Changi Beach Club Sports Complex, owned by one of them.

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The cafe isn’t big, and it isn’t those posh cafe. It’s a simple one with a children’s corner packed with toys, easel, slides, including a Wii! The kids were kept occupied for the whole afternoon, which means the mummies and daddies had time to chit chat!

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For the longest time, I didn’t really have to worry where they ran to as I can see them clearly from where I sat.

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And then we’ve got some simple yummy fingers food too! (Even the dinosaur was interested! :p) Combined it with a glass of ice cold beer, definitely a great place to chill out, even if there’s kids!

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(In case if you are wondering if it’s burnt, it’s not. It’s charcoal pizza)

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Outside of this cafe, there are a lot of facilities in this building, such as the tennis court, badminton court, bowling, billiards etc. And its very near to those Changi Chalets. So if you are looking out for some small bites in the area, you can pop by and grab some food or snacks. Opens at 10.30am and closes at 9pm.

Had a great time there meeting up with my friends and getting some rest! Hope to see you guys soon again! ^^

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