of SiO2 & H2O (sand & water)

On weekday, our son only have in average of 3 hours (of awake time) to spend with his parents.  That include dinner and dishes and laundry, which leaves quality play time about what? 1 hour?

Alhamdulilah on days where we can leave home on time, thanks to PET5143 and AKLEH, we usually manage to arrive home around 6.15pm. That give us around 45 minutes ‘day’ time (before maghrib comes) with AE.

This ‘day’ time is very precious. I think kids nowadays are too expose to tv/computer/video game thus outside play is no longer favoured. Hence I try to engage AE to to play outside as often as possible.

What we usually do during that precious 45 minutes…? SAND PLAY.   

AE got the sandbox during his last birthday. Last year he did not show much interest in it. But lately he loves it. There are a lot of benefit of sand play to a child. Cognitively, kids can experience how sand feels – how it flows through their fingers and how it takes the shape of the container that it is poured into.

Physically, it trained their motor activities with scooping and pouring. Sandplay also trained mind to be focus and creative. You can create hills, lake and hidden treasure.

he prefers to sit outside to avoid the sand get into his crocs

Focus sampai drooling;)

pouring....

The downside of sand play is that it can get very messy. Coz the sand is so fine, it still stick on your kid’s cloth although you have rubbed it away. He will bring it back into the house and oh so hard to clean it up! Our solution? WATER PLAY!!! 

When AE is done with his sand box, I’ll let him have the water hose.

 

he will first clean the bucket... and water the plant...

 Then he will show to the sky asking me to spray the water highest as possible so that it will becomes like water fountain…

 

"tinggi tinggi...."

 

Of course he will stand under the ‘fountain’ and 5 minutes later…VOILA…

he's all wet!

I will then undress him, making sure no more sand on his body, dry him up and that’s the end of out SiO2 & H2O play:)

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the day I put away my pump

Since last week I have a lot of thoughts to write in this blog…but somehow when I’m in front of the PC something will come up and tra da da it’s another week already! How time flies!  

In 33 days, our son will be 2 years old. Today, I officially put away the AVENT breast pump. I keep on postponing it since a few months ago and at last decided. I think I better do it at least a month earlier so that the milk supply will decrease slowly rather than abruptly.

Of course I feel sad. That’s why I keep on postponing it. But I have to accept the fact that everything must come to an end.  *oh so drama queen*. Well, I still breastfeed AE at night time so it’s not really over yet. But soon yeah, it will be totally OVER. *another dramatic tone*. hehe… 

So at 23 months now, our son Ashman Ehsan…  

 1. Says new words everyday I hardly catch up. Once, he showed me a picture of Winnie the Pooh so I said “bear”. But then he said “POOH”. Oh okay…where did you learn that munchkin? :). Perhaps at his daycare.

 2. Start learning to pronounce 2 syllabus word. I believe his first 2-syllabus is ‘abang’. Okay, you might think he imitates me on this but he certainly not. It’s his favorite COUSIN he imitates!!!

 3. Know how to express his feelings and needs. Says “kut” for takut (afraid) and “ayi” for lagi (more). 

4. Increase the animal-sound vocabs with buffalo’s sound “hurrggghhhh”

 5. He just learned how to dip food in ketchup and enjoying it. Lick the whole ketchup!

 6. Adding new new nursery rhymes in his collection belt. This includes “twinkle twinkle traffic light” and “5 little monkeys swinging on a tree”. I think he likes it coz these kind of songs have hand movements. He also loves the HOTDOG mickey mouse song, which I never heard in my life before!!! *Oh I feel so old!*

Here’s AE with his dad at 23 months…

vroom vroom on scooter at his cousin's birthday party

Salam Aidiladha to all readers. If you happen to be in KL, do drop by our house=)

 p/s- I felt so sad over the news of the teen autism Brian Goh Kah Heng who was believed to have been physically and sexually abused at a welfare home…I can’t imagine how they could do it to someone who was powerless and handicapped. Extremely tragic.

It’s BLOCKS time!!!

Back in Preschool in U.S where I worked (I worked there for 4 years as an Assistant Teacher), every classes has wooden blocks. Usually we will stack it at the corner of the room and the kids can play with it during free time. It is indeed their favorite toys. Everyday without fail they will play with it, only to come out with different structure each day. There were farm, bridge, railway, and towers. I remember it clearly as I helped them clean it up, everyday too🙂.

Thus I was eager to get one similar set for my son. Before, he was still unbalance hence I’m afraid he will knock the blocks accidentally and hurt himself OR purposely throw the blocks to the TV and daddy will get hurt:).

But recently I saw AE playing with similar blocks at Pusat Sains Negara. He played for half an hour and no one get hurts. Yeayy!!! We are ready for wooden blocks!!!

I wanted to buy online but somehow the shop I frequented no longer sells such wooden blocks. Lazy to surf for another online shop and compare price, we just bought the wooden blocks at The Curve.

 These are pictures from the first time we played. Bangun2 tidur terus main..hehe….

belum mandi dah sibuk nak main;)

experimenting...

We have been playing with it everyday since the day we bought it. Everyday it will be a different structure. Kids are very creative. For example, adult like me would arrange it in an aligned straight manner. It’s boring – but I couldn’t help myself. But AE will arrange it randomly. Thus the outcome, simply perfect!

his creation on 3rd day. I'm impressed!

These are some benefits of wooden blocks I googled from the net:
1. Stable. Much better than plastic as plastic is light and uneven, children will become frustrated when their towers slip and fall. [this is true with AE as we also have plastic mega blocks and it always fall down]

 2. Variety Play. Stacking, bang against each other, bowling, railway, etc.

 3. Hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity. As they stack the blocks, balancing one on top of the other, they develop fine motor skills.

 4. Imagination and creativity.

 Notes:
Parents shouldn’t be discouraged if their children randomly stack the blocks instead of building something or even seems happy to knock their blocks down. There is no right or wrong way to play with blocks. Follow their lead.

LET’S BUILD!!!!