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Took the time out to bring milkie to the zoo to see the white tigers and lions, which we missed previously. Managed to catch the lions who are back! Saw the white tigers too but sadly, found out that one of them, Omar, passed away about a month ago.

Nonetheless, we saw the Zoo-rassic Park and I was amazed at how real it looks! Little milkie was too, from being really excited, to totally scare of it and practically stuck to her dad. In a way, I am glad there isn’t anymore dinosaurs on Earth, or are there still somewhere out there?

#milkandmilo #singapore #zoo #singaporezoo #attraction #dinosaur

Trip to the Jurong Frog Farm

Here we are at the Jurong Frog Farm that is not located at Jurong but at Lim Chu Kang! Nevertheless it’s the frog that we are looking at today and not the location.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have came if not for the safety of little milkie (since I have no idea how the place looks like) as well as the company of other mummies. Frogs, aren’t my favourite animals nor food. In fact, I will always keep a distance when I walked pass restaurants with tanks of frogs in it.

Well, regardless of what, I am here today and shall share with you the experience at the frog farm.

And so, that little milkie of mine was so excited when we were on our way there. I did ask her if she dares to touch the frog which she replied with a YES. It’s definitely a no-no for me. Me going there is already a big achievement considering that I cried when my cousin brought me to see a tank of frogs in the supermarket when I was young (she just reminded me while we were on our way there).

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Anyway, the farm was located relatively far inside the Lim Chu Kang area where all the farms seem to be at. There are handdrawn signboards along the roads that shows you how far it is before you reach. Otherwise, here’s the address:

56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164

There was an open space right at the entrance where cars can move. Beyond that were roofs of segmented areas where the frogs lived. And there’s also a shop with air-con.

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We were greeted by a friendly guide, known as the Froggy guy, who introduced and explained the things throughout the whole trip.

So there, he started off asking who would like to touch the frog and immediately we see hands going up. I was amazed that little milkie kept her words as she enthusiastically waved her hands! (I should have more trust in her!)

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And so there it was, in 3 small tanks, were 6 frogs. The guide started asking the children if they saw the parts of the frogs as all of them try to get a closer took at them.

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Then the time came where he took 2 of them out and started asking the children (and teachers or parents) to touch it. She did it!

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And of course there were other explanations such as how do you differentiate the genders, and why do they have web feets, or what is the probability that they will survive in the wild (apparently it’s not very high) etc. All in all, this section was rather fun and educational although I’m a little gross out at the way he held the frogs.

Then before we proceeded to the next area, he asked if anyone wanted to take a picture with them. No way! That was my first thought. But hey, after looking at a few of them doing it, I realised it wasn’t that bad since you will be wearing a hat and the froggy guy never actually let go of the frogs. So I asked little milkie if she wanted to, but I guessed the slippery skin of the frog sort of scare her a little (some of her classmates were crying) and she refused to take. I managed to convince her and took one just for remembrance sake although her face was a little funny.

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Well, we proceeded to the feeding part where we walked to the area where the frogs stay. Surprisingly, it wasn’t really that smelly. I was still kind of worried. And luckily too, it feels quite spacious so I wasn’t really that scare. The frogs never really eat when we threw those processed fish meat (looks like fish food in small balls) because based on the froggy guy, they were all sleeping. It was a short one and we proceeded to see the stages of a lifecycle of a frog.

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There in 5 small tanks were the frogs in different stages. They were huge! I mean the tadpoles. I guessed its because those were American bullfrogs.

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The froggy guy started to explain to them on each stage as the children all crowded around. It was interesting, to be honest. Though I already know the lifecycle of it, to see them face-to-face is a whole new experience!

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The eggs definitely looks like the chia seeds that I’ve been drinking…

And then we’ve got the last area under the hot sun where the children are allowed to catch the tadpoles and put it into another tank. The kids had lots of fun. I know milkie did!

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Finally we went into the air-con area where they gave out a froggy headband and was told a story about the frog prince.

After a morning under the hot sun, I would say its quite an educational and eventful trip. The froggy guy did a good job in explaining the facts about the frogs and I’m pretty sure the children learned something. Good place to go and take a look to get out of the urban life! Bring some insect repellents although the frogs would have most likely eaten it. There’s slopes and sometimes cars driving into the open area so you might want to take note of that too. For other information, you can check out at their website: http://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/

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Lastly, I am so glad that I pulled through this trip instead of freaking out (I’m ALIVE)! *Phew* If I can do it, you can too!

Question:

What happens when a small frog jumped out of the tank while you are guiding?

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You run, search for it and try to catch it back, with your bare hands.

A Frog is an Amphibian

It’s time for Show & Tell, and what are they learning now? Amphibians! And that’s just one of the topics. Children nowadays are learning things at quite an alarming rate compared to my time.

Well, I am so glad to be able to find a book on frogs from those hand-me-downs storybooks from friends and family (a million thanks for that) so that I don’t need to crack my brain on what to do for this topic for the Show & Tell.

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Took a while to read and explain the lifecycle of a frog and some of the characteristics of it. It’s a very simple book with a sentence or two on each page, with pictures that should interest young readers.

We also made the origami frog but the steps are a little tricky for a 5 years old kid. Nonetheless it might be good to try, at least for the first few steps. As for the rest, the mummies or daddies will probably have to help. (Bonding time!)

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Start with a square and fold it into half into a triangle. Then fold it into half again to become a smaller triangle. Open one side of the triangle and fold it down to make a square. Repeat for the triangle at the back.

This step is actually a common step for making a lot of origami. Would be good if the child can pick this up. Milkie still couldn’t get the idea yet and I had to guide her quite a bit.

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Following that, move the triangle on the right to the middle and open it, after that, press it down (align the line in the middle). Repeat for all 4 sides.

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From the last step, fold the 2 sides and align it in the middle. This step is only done to create the crease so that it can be folded easily after that. Open it, pull out the horizontal area and fold into the 2nd picture as shown.

Then fold the 2 sides along the middle again and repeat for 4 sides.

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Then fold the legs up for both front and back, left and right…

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… and fold down the tip to make the head and it’s complete!

In fact, this is almost exactly the same step you would do for a crane, except this is from the side only and looks 2D, but for a crane, you’ve got the wings!

A Foxy Mailbox

I was reading a storybook about Spot’s birthday (the dog) 3 days ago to little milkie and milo, when we came across a picture of Spot opening the birthday cards sent by his friends. Milkie then asked me what are those things. It was then that I realised that she didn’t know anything about birthday cards or any cards sent by mails. Sadly, nowadays birthday greeting are done through a text via the mobile or Facebook. We did make cards previouly but it was all given out by hand after that.

So I started explaining to her the concept of mailing cards via the mailbox and postman. And then we decided to make one, to put at home for our family. Since the school’s theme this term is on animals, we decided to choose an animal too! A FOX!

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Materials used:

  • 1 tissue box
  • Coloured papers – use heavier paper for the head and tail
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Craft glue
  • 4 blocks of wood (optional)

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Start by wrapping up the tissue box with the colour of your choice, with an opening cut at the top, same hole as where the tissue comes out. If there are plastics around the hole, either cut it away or tuck it underneath with tapes.

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Draw and cut out the tail before pasting it on the box.

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Next prepare the head. Over here, the head was made with a few layers in this sequence:

  1. A square piece from heavier orange paper
  2. 3/4 of a square of white paper
  3. Slightly more than half of orange paper with a quarter circle cut from 2 corners
  4. Cut the corners to make it rounder
  5. Paste the eyes, nose and ears

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Putting everything togethere and here’s what we got! A foxy mailbox for the family. Shall sent a letter to her tonight!

Caddie the Cat & its House

And so that’s it, it’s Sunday and its the last day of the school holidays, did you have fun?

Oh yeah! You bet! We had tons of fun though its a bit tiring. Nonetheless don’t forget to do your holiday assignment if you’ve got any, for tomorrow is time to head back to school! (Aw…)

We managed to finish ours the day before. Here it is, presenting Caddie the Cat and its House for little milkie’s Show & Tell on animals!

Firstly, we made a cat using socks. What do you need?

  • A pair of socks
  • cotton stuffings for soft toys (can get from Daiso)
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Threads
  • A pair of plastic eyes (stick-on)
  • Fabric marker

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Turn one of the sock inside out and lay down flat as shown in the picture (top left). Using a fabric marker, draw the shape of the head of a cat out. Cut it out about 3-4mm away and along the lines.

Next, using a needle and thread, sew on the marked lines along the ears of the cat. And then for the bottom of the neck, sew half of it before turning outside in again (bottom right).

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Now, start “feeding” the cat until its big and fat!

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Once the stuffing is done, sew up the gap and then start to make the face of the cat. I use the adhesive stick-on eyes from Daiso. The nose was a cut-out from felt cloth which was then pasted on using craft glue. For the whiskers, I sew it. There we go, 1 down, 2 more to go.

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Next up, the body! Similarly, for the body, using another sock, turn the inside out and draw the shape of the body using the fabric marker. Cut out and sew one side, and then leave a bit un-sew on the other side. Then turn it outside in and stuff the cotton!

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Lastly, cut a small section of sock for the tail and there you go. 3 pieces – head, body and tail.

Attached the 3 pieces together and you get this!

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Then we proceed to make house for it. Simple one, basically I took an old telephone box, wrap it with A4 coloured paper and I got little milkie to decorate it together.

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After hours and hours of making, here’s how it looks like:

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Caddie’s house! Yup! That’s the name little milkie gave. And this is the front of the house…

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… and this is the inside! With a pillow, bowl of milk and balls of yarns!

Nice project theme for Show & Tell. Seems like the mommy is enjoying tons too!