Monday, September 29, 2014

6 kids' tips to keeping our spaces clean PLUS 'A Quest To Save Edmoral Kingdom' parent-child activity book Review + Giveaway

Dear you know who,

You are so inconsiderate. How can you throw rubbish all over the place? Mummy says that's not a nice behaviour and I must agree. It makes the whole neighbourhood so unpleasant. Who wants to go to a place that's full of waste tissue and plastic bags? Got rubbish, throw it into the dustbin! Is that so difficult?

Mummy always tell Didi and me: don't just think about your own convenience. Think about how your action affects others. She always tells us to throw our rubbish into the dustbin and keep our spaces clean, so that everyone can enjoy that space. It can be the neighbourhood where we stay, the park, or a heritage place like Chinatown

So keeping our spaces clean is universal, anyone can do this very important job, even kids.

Here are our kids' tips for keeping spaces clean.

- Do not litter, no matter where you are.

- When you are out and about and you have litter, throw it into the nearest garbage bin and not on the floor.

- When you throw rubbish into a garbage bin, make sure all the trash goes into the bin.

- Ask your parents to keep a litter bag in their bags. This way, if there are no garbage bins to be found, your waste can be thrown into the litter bag first, then thrown into a garbage bin once you find one.

- Recycle your rubbish like plastic bottles. This helps the environment too.

- When at the beach or park, don't leave any litter behind. Picking up your trash will make such public places look and feel pleasant. And you might just encourage others to keep the beach and parks clean too.

There! Our six tips for keeping the spaces you love clean. They are simple tips, and can easily involve the rest of the family too.

So care and show respect for your surroundings, be responsible and stop littering. Ok, now you’re a nice person. Mummy says so.

Now, let me tell you about a 'keep clean' adventure I went on, full of simple activities, that parents and kids can do together.

Going on a 'keep clean' adventure

NEA Quest 1
The other day, I saw this really interesting book on mummy's table (everything on mummy's table is interesting). I like the pictures on the front. So cute! So I asked mummy what it is about. She said I received it specially from NEA. What's NEA? National Environment Agency, she said. People there created the book to help all mummies and daddies to teach kids about keeping our spaces clean. It's a story about a frog named Captain Green, who is the protector of the environment in Edmoral Kingdom, who goes on a quest to clean up his kingdom that's come under an evil spell. Eh… quest? Adventure, mummy said. Oh… adventure.

Any princess, I asked mummy.
'Yes! You are the princess'

Hee…. so I joined in the quest too.

NEA Quest 2
The map showing the quest to save Edmoral Kingdom
There are three towns in this quest, and all the people have become less caring, responsible and respectful of their surroundings, because of the evil spell. The key to breaking the spell is to find six hidden petals, by doing the activities in six treasure chests scattered around the three towns. All the activities cover different forms of keeping clean. Most important is Care for ourselves and staying healthy. So the first two activities are about our own cleanliness our own cleanliness, about washing hands and other ways of keeping clean, like keeping fingernails short and clean, not sneezing into the air, and keeping toilets clean.

NEA Quest 3
It's important to know and remember when to our hands.

NEA Quest 4
A Let's Match activity to find the matching stickers.
After that, the quest entered different spaces, such as our room, neighbourhood, and public spaces like the park. It says we must have Respect, to be considerate to others so they can also enjoy the same spaces we go to. Exactly what mummy has been teaching us! It also tells us what litter is, and what will happen if litter is not thrown properly.

NEA Quest 5
Respect for our spaces - it's important to know what our litter can do.

NEA Quest 6
We don't just have to keep our rooms clean, but our neighbourhoods too.

NEA Quest 7
Mummy likes activity tips and suggestions like these.
The final town teaches about Responsibility and tells us all about mosquitoes, their growth, their habitats (a new word mummy just taught me), and the 5 steps we can do to stop mosquitoes from breeding. There's even a little story game called 'Smack Little Mozza', where we have to smack Mozza the mosquito whenever we hear its name.

NEA Quest 8
All about mosquitoes….. Zzzzz….
After visiting the three towns, mummy would give me a sticker to keep me going. I love stickers! Mummy said she likes the tips and suggestions given at the side columns that help parents like her to guide and teach kids like me.

Our verdict
Mummy says this is quite a useful and helpful booklet. It teaches about keeping our spaces clean in a fun way. For me, I know now why mummy always ask me to pour away the water I leave in any little cups during bath time. It is to keep mosquitoes away. I hate them, they always bite me. So next time I play with water, I know what to do.

Mummy said that this book A Quest To Save The Edmoral Kingdom is only given to K1 students in 1604 pre-schools. So nursery kids like me, pre-nursery and K2 kids don't get it. But with the useful tips and suggestions, parents of any kids of any age can use this too.

Present Giveaway Time!
Happy news! Mummy managed to get 5 copies to be given to 5 lucky mummies or daddies reading this. Hooray! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. The more optional steps you do, the more chances you have. Good luck!

Terms and conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Giveaways are open to Singapore residents only.
- This giveaway starts on 29 September and ends on 13 October (inclusive) at midnight.
- Winners will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and conditions.
- Winners will be announced on this post and my Facebook page by 20 October.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email provided in the blog comments.
- The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
- Prize delivery shall be arranged between the winner(s) and the sponsor's representative.
- Entrants into giveaways shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.
- Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, at the organisers' sole discretion.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with a copy of The Quest To Save Edmoral Kingdom by the National Environment Agency for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and images are my own.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Box Thursday + Giveaway: 小绵羊生气了 and 奇迹小宝宝初次见面绘本系列 Chinese story books

Following our review of 动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚 Chinese story books, today, I'm reviewing 12 Chinese books! That's right! A whopping 12 books. I can't believe it myself. And it's all possible because 11 of them come in a set. The titles are 小绵羊生气了 and 奇迹小宝宝初次见面绘本系列 (11 books in this series).

小绵羊生气了

Flip sheep 1

Let's start with the single title first. This is about a little sheep Momo who, with his friend Molly, finds a tree full of yummy red apples. While Molly eats any apples she finds, and is being rather flexible about her choice, Momo eyes one single apple hanging from the tree and tries his utmost best to reach out to it. Unfortunately, he fails, and tired from his attempts, falls asleep.

Flip sheep 2

Then when he wakes up, he finds that Molly ate the apple he had been eyeing on. He gets into a huge temper, angry at his friend for eating 'his' apple and turns into a monster sheep.

Flip sheep 3

Flip sheep 4
He throws a tantrum. He goes on a rampage, destroying the chicken shed, frightening the ducks from the pond and bites the cow's tail. He's so furious that his stomping cracks the earth, and he falls into a dark hole. There, he gets some quiet time, and slowly he calms down. His friend then finds him, with another apple for him.

Flip sheep 5

Flip sheep 6

A translated version of the English title Marvin Gets Mad by Joseph Theobald, this title is recommended for kids 3 and above but I say it is perfect for AA. Why? Because Momo sounds just like him! You see, AA can be rather quick tempered, and when he doesn't get what he wants, he throws a tantrum and creates chaos, just like Momo. Perhaps it's because he's still learning to express himself and throwing a ruckus is currently his way of doing so. Or perhaps he knows he's the youngest and he's trying to get away with things. Whatever the reason, when he's in one of his moods, he has to be brought to one quiet corner and one of us adults will help him calm down. We help him manage his anger, slowly teaching him to do so himself.

That's why this book is brilliant in helping me teach AA about controlling his anger when things don't go his way. He's able to see from another perspective how ugly it looks when one gets angry, how ugly MMo looked when he turned into a monster, just like how ugly he is when he gets angry. And it's relevant for EV too. For though she's older and more mature, she still gets into her monster moods at times, and this book too illustrates very clearly how ugly she can be, with monster teeth, monster claws, and monster face.

奇迹小宝宝初次见面绘本系列 (11 books)

Flip book pack 1
Suitable for kids below 3 years old, this series features titles from selected Japanese authors and illustrators. And it clearly shows, because between EV and AA, AA is more intrigued by them.

Flip book pack 4

Flip book pack 2

Featuring simple text and bright colorful illustrations, the titles in this series help little toddlers in their discovery of the world and stretches their imagination. AA's two favourite books are 什么火车来了 and 什么汽车来了, about trains and vehicles, where a bridge and a tunnel 'discover' the type of transportation that use them, based on how they look and how they sound. It's interesting to see that with each new transportation on each page, one only sees part of the vehicle on the left, before the rest of it is revealed in the next page. This adds a sense of mystery, and also keeps the little one in suspense and guessing.

Flip book pack 6

Flip book pack 7

The titles that both AA and EV love are 彭彭脑门儿 and 顶顶鼻子. They are both fun, and shows different animals either touching foreheads or playing nose-to-nose. Besides imitating these actions while reading, it's also possible to talks and discuss about the different animals, like how a baby kangaroo rests in his mum's pouch.

Flip book pack 5

Flip book pack 3

My personal favourites are 蜡笔咕噜咕噜 and 彩色纸哧哧. I like how the titles demonstrate creativity by using crayons and coloured paper, and it shows kids that it's possible to create something out of a few crayon scribbles or pieces of paper. Like how green crayon doodles become grasshoppers and purple circles become grapes. It really shows that creativity has no limits, if only one spends a little more effort to think out of the box.

Nature is also touched upon in the other titles. 小雨嘀嗒嘀嗒 tells the tale of a little girl who goes out when it is raining, and discovers how rain, and her boots, make prints in the water puddles, on the sand and everywhere around her. 小螃蟹 is set by the beach, where crabs witness the rising and setting of the sun by the seaside.

Our verdict
The other three titles that make up this series are equally entertaining and enriching. Just that the ones I've highlighted here are those that we tend to read more often. So overall, we really do enjoy this series of simple books, especially AA, who asks for his favourite every night.

Giveaway!!
Here's a chance to win a $20 voucher from Flip For Joy. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Most are optional, but do give you more chances. Good luck!

Terms and conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Giveaways are open to Singapore residents only.
- This giveaway starts on 25 September and ends on 9 October (inclusive) at midnight.
- Winners will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and conditions. 
- Winners will be announced on this post and my Facebook page by 17 October.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email provided in the blog comments.
- The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
- Prize delivery shall be arranged between the winner(s) and the sponsor's representative.
- Entrants into giveaways shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.
- Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, at the organisers' sole discretion.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with a copy of 小绵羊生气了and a set of 奇迹小宝宝初次见面绘本系列 (11册) for review purposes, as well as a $20 voucher for giveaway purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and images are our own.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Giveaway: 4 Brand's Essence of Chicken ‘Listen To My Body’ sets worth more than $60 each

When the going gets tough, make it less rough by listening to your body.

I shared about how I listen to my body in an earlier post. I’ve also realised that previously as a mother-to-be, I was focusing my energies on listening to my baby, rather than listening to my body, and my baby was benefitting from all the good stuff.

Listening 2
Here's my attempt at drawing how I listened to my body, before and after pregnancy.

I hope the sharing has given you inspiration to be good to yourself and to listen to your body.

To get you started, how does a Brand’s Essence of Chicken 'Listen To My Body' set worth more than $60 each sound? There are 4 sets to be given away (worth a total of $250). Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Most are optional, but do give you more chances. Good luck!

Terms and conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Giveaways are open to Singapore residents only.
- This giveaway starts on 18 September and ends on 3 October (inclusive) at midnight.
- Winners will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and conditions. 
- Winners will be announced on this post and my Facebook page by 10 October.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email provided in the blog comments.
- The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
- Prize delivery shall be arranged between the winner(s) and the sponsor's representative.
- Entrants into giveaways shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.
- Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, at the organisers' sole discretion.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with $250 worth of Brand’s Essence of Chicken products for giveaway purposes, and a $100 spa voucher for blog post purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and images are our own.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Together…

WW Together We Belong

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