Science Week Activity: Design and Build a Ping Pong Launcher

It’s Science Week at school and the boys were given an optional science project to work on: make a ping pong launcher. Seizing the opportunity for a bit of father-son bonding, I handed the task over to Dad to guide the boys through their design process and construction of the launcher. Create a Ping Pong Launcher The […]

STEM Maker Workshop: Be a Maker

I’ve been trying to sign G1 up for a STEM Maker Workshop for some time now but the timing never seemed to work out for us until now. The goal has always been to extend his experiences beyond school with activities that add to his schooling experience rather than simply replicate them with more of […]

Exploring Learning with Cubetto – First Day

We first heard about Cubetto on Kickstarter. It sounded like a really cool – non-screen coding program so I supported it, thinking it would be a great way for G2 to learn the basic concepts of coding. Cubetto’s First Day Cubetto finally arrived and we got started on Cubetto’s First Day. Aside from teaching children […]

Hour of Code with Kano

It’s Hour of Code 2016 and our Kano Kit has arrived just in time for us to start tinkering… So we’re going to start with these 8 activities recommended by Kano for the Hour of Code: Make Flappy Bird with Code.org If you’ve been under a rock and you have never heard of Flappy Bird, […]

Activities that Help Kids Flourish

When we talk about our parenting goals, we often speak about wanting our children to be healthy, to be successful, and to be happy. The scientific term we’re really looking for is “flourish”. What we want for our children is for them to flourish. In one of the workshops we had at school, mental toughness coach, […]

School Holiday Programs: The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac

We’ve long believed in the numerous benefits of drama, dance, arts and musical theatre. For this school holidays, if you’re looking for ways to reap those benefits, look no further than The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac. They offer a great balance between a rollicking good time and a chance to acquire some serious skills. The following variety […]

Events: Move It Movement @ Sunway Pyramid – 9-11 December 2016

Sports and physical activity are important for brain development, academic achievement in school, and it makes us smarter. In fact, if there is only one thing you can do for your brain, it should be exercise. Here’s how you can inculcate some good habits for physical activity and movement this holidays with the help of Cartoon […]

Resources: STEAM Projects for Kids

Saw this cool video on TED Talks and was inspired to look up some easy engineering projects for kids… Books Rubber Band Engineer 19 designs for turning common materials into crafty contraptions, ranging from slingshot rockets to unique catapults to hydraulic-powered machines. All you need are household materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, […]

Super Supplements for Home Learning Fun

Here are 6 Super Supplements from Educents to add some educational fun to your day! Architecture eCourse This is an online e-course of Beginning Architecture. Watch, learn,and then build! 25+ architecture online lessons provide the early fundamentals of structures, home design, and zoo design. Kids (and families!) love the self-guided courses! Use things like paper, […]

Activities and Games for Developing Executive Function

Executive Functions help children succeed academically and in life. It is a better predictor of success than IQ. So I’ve been thinking a little harder about ways to help the children improve these skills. There is an old proverb often mistakenly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but it goes like this: “Tell me and I forget. Teach […]