Petrosains Science Festival 2014

~ Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM ~

We are halfway into our school holidays and in case you are not aware, there is a festival going on right now in the heart of KL city! Just for 7 days, parents, children and visitors to the festival will be treated to hands-on science workshops, interesting talks and forums, entertaining music performances and colourful displays of artwork.

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Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, is bringing back the Petrosains Science Festival for the second time around, from 15 to 21 September 2014. Aptly themed “Music, Arts and Science”, this year’s festival which is open for families and youth of Malaysia, promises to be bigger, better and more exciting.

In the quest to help raise awareness on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, Petrosains hopes that with this Festival, and the support and participation from Festival partners, it will continue to fulfil its vision of awakening interest and passion in science, spreading wonder in discovery and introducing the pleasures of life-long learning to the general public.

The Petrosains Science Festival 2014 is ongoing at 2 main locations:

* Petrosains Galleria, Level 4, Suria KLCC | 15 – 21 September 2014

* Esplanade, KLCC Park | 19 – 21 September 2014

Interesting workshops on cow's eye dissection, pop-up card art, batik canting, movie making, animation, world of robot, spiders, sea creatures, shadow puppet and more awaits you! Do note that prior registration is recommended if you want to sign up your kiddos for the workshops, talks and forums. For a detailed schedule of   activities   during   the   Petrosains   Science   Festival   2014, go   check   out

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Board Games and Card Games

~ Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM ~

We just bought some board games and card games to play with our kiddos. It took me a while to find the board games in the bookstore I went to, all hidden away in a corner barely touched... I was telling our 5.5 years old boy, back when mummy and daddy were little children like him, we don't get to play with iPad or go out or even doodling and drawing on tons of papers like what he can do now. I told him in our time, we are lucky to be able to play these board games and card games.

Hubby initiated the idea to get these games, he wanted to teach Benjamin how to play Chinese chess (a bit advance I feel for his age now), to learn Chinese words as well as to have fun playing games with other people (family time!)

Since I was in-charge of getting the games, I settled on a compendium of 15 board games (my primary goal is to teach him to play snakes and ladders which I feel is appropriate for his age now). I also bought the Chinese chess set and a deck of playing cards (Snap!)

We started with playing snakes and ladders, explaining to him the rules, teaching him how to roll the dice and move the pieces over the board. This will reinforce his counting skills, directions and order of number as you move your piece along according to the number you rolled. It also teaches him to move towards the goal and I was also teaching him what numbers that will cause him to be eaten by the snake or move upwards by climbing the ladder to get him excited and nervous as well hahaha...

We also played a few rounds of Snap card games. Again, explaining the rules of the game to him before we proceed. This game teach him to be alert and pay attention to the matching cards and whoever collects the most cards wins the game. This game brings back memories of my childhood as well! The countless time I smacked my cousins' or friends' hands real hard hahahaha!

I think other than a lesson for him, it is also a lesson for us parents as well. We definitely have to be more patient when playing with our kiddo, to gently remind him of the rules, to be patient and follow the rules and not bypass everything just to be the winner and that in playing games, there will be winner and loser but that is not the end of the world.

We tell him sometimes you might be ahead of everyone but you never know, suddenly you get eaten by the snake and ended up last. Sometimes you move slow and steady (like the tortoise) but ends up winning. We tell him losing is not everything. Most important is the spirit in playing, to enjoy the games with others.

We will definitely be continuing on with these games!

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Word Games...

~ Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:19 AM ~

I have recently started playing word games with our 5.5 years old boy. I noticed he is slowly picking up phonics and spelling stuff based on the homework he brought home every other day from his preschool.

I started off with A for apple, A for aeroplane when he was around 4 years old but I guess it doesn't stick with him until he learns about phonics before he started preK this year.

Now we go with me starting off the game saying 'What starts with bah (for letter b, it is pronounced as 'bah')?' I will start off with the first answer for example I would say, 'Bah! Bah for bah-sket (for basket)' then we will continue until we ran out of words that starts with the letter B.

The other day while in the car coming back from our family breakfast outing, I started the game again. I went 'What starts with 'terh' (for letter T)? Terh! Terh for train!' then our boy continued with 'terh for tram'. At one point he said 'terh for thought'. I did not expect him to know this word at his age - as in to associate this word to start with the letter t. I asked him 'Do you know your terh for thought', what does the thought word means?' And he told us 'Thought like I thought I am a boy!' Silly, but yes, he got the concept right! He knows the meaning of the word though I am sure he does not know how to spell it yet at this point in time but hey, 5.5 years old telling me 'terh for thought' awesome possum!

I will definitely be continuing on with this game, who knows, I might learn from him too!

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