Post contributed by Adora (finalist of Singapore Blog Awards 2013); Visit Adora at Gingerbreadmum
Happy National Day, fellow Singaporeans!
Are you planning to throw a little party with your family? Or perhaps visit some of the National Day exhibitions? Maybe even attend the parade or find a comfortable spot to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous fireworks? Or ahem, planning a little trip away?
Now that our TV doesn’t work (and it’s not been working for oh I don’t know, 2 years?), we can’t watch the parade on TV. We can look out the window at see the chinooks fly by with the flage though! But one thing different that we’re doing this year is engaging the little ones. So we’ve dedicated the month of August to learning about our country.
Learning about Singapore for my 5-year old
I assumed that I would find page upon page of kid-friendly information on Singapore, seeing how we can find practically anything on the internet. I soon discovered that this was not the case. Practically nothing was available. So I made my own.
Poppy loves stories. And she loves playing with the iPad. Like any child, she’d probably spend 10 hours on it, but we limit it to a couple of minutes every few days. So when I put the story into the iPad for her, she was elated.
Learning about Singapore for my 16-month old
Calla is 16 months old. Is that too young to learn about one’s country? Maybe, maybe not. But I did something small for her anyway. Drew up some Singapore-related pictures and wrote the words on them, and Poppy helped to laminate the pages and trim the corners, and ta-da, ready in an hour:
I’m very blessed that the girls love reading. Or in Calla’s case, looking at pages. So we bring little books with us when we go out, and this one makes for great meal-time entertainment!
Here are some fun facts to share with your kids!
* Singapore means “Lion City”
* Singapore is a very small country. It is one of the 20 smallest countries in the world!
And here are some suggested activities!
I forsee August being a very activity filled one and I can’t wait 🙂
PS The entire lyrics of the national anthem are printed in microtext on the back of the $1,000 note. – Did you know? Let me go check my $1,000 note now! Oh wait. I don’t have one. Oh well. Will someone lend me one perhaps?
Adora blogs at Gingerbreadmum Blog. She is a freelance writer, is in dire need of an afternoon nap, and likes cheap chocolate. In her spare time, she enjoys nagging at her kids.