Love Creative Play Time with Our Kids

Playtime is rare with Mummy around, because Mummy is always busy with work even when she’s at home in the evening. But when Mummy do sit and play with the girls, they immerse themselves 101% and do all kind of silly things together. Now that Ayra is 5 and Zara is 3, both of them love creating their own stories and imaginative play. Mummy loves watching the show unfold in usually the most unimaginable way. The sky is the limit!

There are plenty of toys around the house, and Mummy does splurge a little too often showering the girls with new toys. Probably due to the guilt she has deep inside since she doesn’t spend as much time as she wished with the little ones. To keep them occupied and engaged, she buys toys and fun things for them.

One of the most common things she buys is building blocks from LEGO® , which the father get rather annoyed at. Because he hates stepping onto bricks around the house! But the girls love them, especially Ayra as she is now able to build a set on her own without any help. She will open the box, pour out all the bricks, look and follow the pictorial instructions and start building. Like this new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse playset, she built it all by herself in less than 10 minutes.

LEGO Duplo Building Better Play - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Set
Following instructions and building her own play set. Zara helps along too.

After building the set, she’ll start to play and engage with her younger sister. Of cos, they do fight at times and snatch pieces from one another, but nothing stops them from fun play time. Mummy finds that she needs to learn such quick forgivingness from the girls. Adults tend to hold grudges longer, which is really unhealthy.

This new play set in the house is from the Disney Junior collection, LEGO® DUPLO® Mickey Mouse & Friends Beach House (10827).

Get your child sit Donald Duck in the speedboat and pull Goofy along on the wakeboard, while Mickey Mouse uses the camera to take pictures from the deck at his Beach House. Little Disney fans will love building and rebuilding this model with a fun vacation theme and creating their own role-play stories. This set comes with 3 LEGO® DUPLO® figures: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

Accompanying the LEGO® DUPLO® sets, parents can now watch the LEGO® DUPLO® Buildling Better Play videos which were recently launched on YouTube. This series features 12 episodes led by child development experts who share useful information for parents – from building toddler confidence, social play and sharing, and developing motor skills with play, to making playtime feel special.

The Loving Mum has approved the play of LEGO® and LEGO® DUPLO® in the house and has been one of her choice gifts for children of her friends and relatives. For those searching for toys to give kids and has run out of ideas, you’ll never go wrong withLEGO® DUPLO® for the little ones and LEGO® sets for those 5 and above. Now you know what to get for the two girls for Christmas ya?

Now watch the two girls at play with their new LEGO® DUPLO® set…

Rebuilding Memories with LEGO

With Singapore celebrating its 50th year in a couple of days, we at The Loving Mum played a little part in rebuilding memory with LEGO last weekend at Raffles City where LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo completed a giant 8.5 foot version of our favorite Dragon Playground.

Since June this year, LEGO has been celebrating and commemorating SG50 with their limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds which include The Cable Car, Ice Cream Bike, HDB Flat and the Dragon Playground. All of which are fully redeemed. Well, these limited editions mini builds were flying off so fast so furious I didn’t even manage to grab any with our recent LEGO purchase.

If you have missed the chance to redeem and build your own mini Singapore icons too, you can still do so with your own LEGO pieces! These LEGO build instructions are floating somewhere online, if you find hard enough, you’ll surely get them. Like the one I found in a group on Facebook.

If you are Dragon or heritage spotting this year because “Everything also SG50”, hopefully you managed to head down to Raffles City, Level 3 to snap some photos with the giant LEGO Dragon Playground before it was broken down into LEGO bricks after 31 July 2015. If you did got a shot with it, don’t forget to tag it with #LEGORebuildSG!

And here are some photos of our little contributing role to building the giant LEGO Dragon Playground at Raffles City.

This little piece was added somewhere around the top of the giant LEGO Dragon Playground. Built with care by Ayra and Mummy.
Finishing touches by LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo.
Because she got to open her LEGO blind bags after taking photo with the dragon, hence that smile. -__-“

In addition the launch of the extremely exclusive mini builds, LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. With only 50 pieces available, these Mega MiniFigures are extremely coveted. To stand a chance to win one of these mini builds, you can spend a minimum of SGD 100 on Lego Toy(s) in a single receipt from 5- 31 August 2015 at participating outlets to be one of the lucky ones to receive a LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure. The LEGO SG50 MiniFigure is:

  • Limited edition to commemorate SG50, and there are only 50 pieces available
  • The ‘Mega’ size, stands at 31cm tall
  • Back of mini figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50

I saw the below picture on geekculture.co, not sure if this is the real deal. If so, I would be quite sad, shouldn’t a Mega MiniFigure be a MEGA MiniFigure instead of a LEGO brick built one?

Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/
Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/

Participating outlets include: All LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, Departmental Stores and select toy stores.

Partial of this post is republished on Getgo Parents.

Reasons why we rather pay more for toys

I am a shopaholic, especially when buying things for my girls. I used to buy something new (big or small) for Ayra every week, when we had only one child. And we ended up with many different types of toys, books, stationery etc around the house.

When Zara came along, I felt that the purpose and value of play has changed. I tend to think more before buying something for the girls.

When Ayra shown interests in playing with pots and pans, we bought her small packs of toy utensils and food, then we had a tiny plastic kitchen, followed by a bigger play kitchen from her Uncle. Right from the beginning, when I’d wanted to set up her playroom, the wooden IKEA play kitchen was what I wanted to get. But tagged at more than $100, we didn’t. And look at her kitchen play area now…

Sep 2014 - Play @ Home

Yes! We should have gotten that right from the beginning, and would have saved more money from buying the other plastic none durable play kitchen!

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Created Our Own Playhouse

I wanted to get a playhouse for Ayra as she loves watching kids role-playing with their Barbies and dolls on YouTube, but I didn’t want to spend too much money on a solid one that will stand through serious rough playing by toddlers (aka Playmobil). Not sure whether or not Ayra will want to continue playing with a playhouse and the things she will do with one, I thought why not make one myself and “test the market” first? Here’s what we did… materials I used for the simple DIY Playhouse as follow:

  1. Chipboards – 2 pieces of 6in x 12in and 1 piece of 12in x 12in
  2. Pattern paper printouts from Canon Creative Park
  3. Pattern paper of 12in x 12in for the base
  4. Some washi tapes
  5. Cutting board and pen knife
  6. Scissors and sticky tapes

First I cut two slim openings in the 2 pieces of chipboards to make a groove for them to slide into one another. Then just make sure all your chipboards are covered with the pattern papers. I used washi tapes to go around all the sides to cover up the chipboards. Final product as shown below… Right after I’m done with the DIY Playhouse, Ayra is 100% focused on imaginary play on her own! Helped her set up some of her toys and tried playing with her. But she rather I just sit and watch. So I just sat there and watch her story unfolds. Story telling is the most difficult thing to excel in my opinion. If the kid is able to start mumbling and do her own imaginary play, I will fully support and encourage it. From the video below, looks like soon I may just need to get a proper playhouse for her to start creating more adventures of her own. Find more fun and easy activities to do with your kids over at OMY Crafty Ideas by fellow bloggers, or read more of what we had done with our girls.

Ayra’s first unwrapping video

Ayra first unwrapping video

This is super overdue. Better late than never, and since I’ve got a few more videos already done, I thought it’s time to get this weekly (I hope) video project going.

Her most favorite type of videos on YouTube is of people unwrapping toys, be it unwrapping of surprise eggs, blind bags and even toys. Since she has watched so many of these videos, I thought it’ll be fun for her to get her own unwrapping videos going. This is the the second time she did an unwrapping video, the first she was in PJ so I’m keeping that for next time. First video must at least be pretty mah! LOL!

Presenting Ayra’s first unwrapping video… Ayra opens Lego blind bag… *hee*

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

Over the staycation weekend we visited The Art of the Brick exhibition at Art Science Museum. It was our first visit to the museum and personally I was very excited about it. We took a stroll to the museum after we checked out of the hotel (to save on parking since its complimentary from the hotel). The weather wasn’t hot nor windy, but by the time we reached the museum, we were all drenched in sweat. The air condition at the museum was super welcoming.

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

Ayra chose to walk across the Helix Bridge on her own, and she sure know how to take her time. She swung from side to side and did her dance moves (no there wasn’t any music) while enjoying her walk. She would stop for a minute on every lighting spot she passed just to rest her feet on them. With her comical walk and loud giggles, she attracted much attention from the others. In return, she will wave and say hi at them. Super friendly girl!

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

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Tiny Family on the Floating Platform

Last weekend, we were at Marina Square and were excited to see that the NDP roadshow is on at the atrium. Due to my forgetfulness, we missed them when they were at Compasspoint two weeks ago. Glad we still managed to get our own LEGO minifigures with a $5 donation. With each donation, we get to make two minifigures, one of the LEGO® minifigures will be placed on the seating gallery of the platform, while the other is for our keepsake.

Spot our LEGO minifigures on Floating Platform for NDP2012, all dressed in red!
Ayra looking at the LEGO minifigures display

According to the schedule on NDP website, this was the last roadshow. Lucky us!

Mummy and Ayra with their LEGO minifigures