Review: P1 preparation workshop with Learners Ed

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Media Invite:: In a blink of an eye, Big K will be entering a new phase of her life— Primary school. I am still in denial. Is this petite girl measuring 105cm really going into Primary school? Is she ready? Reality sunk in a little when we did our nerve-wrecking primary one registration in July. But i am still rather chill on the acadmic front. While other kids her age attended enrichments after enrichments, i harbour ambitious thoughts on teaching her on my own. I still do. However, work takes up a lot of my time and when i do things with her, very often they are fun stuff instead of drills.

When LearnersEd invited us for their pilot P1 preparation workshop, I figured it would be a good chance for both of us to learn more about the Primary 1 syllabus. Big K’s nemesis has always been Math. Each time i try to incorporate it into our learnings, she would dread it and moan in agony. Sorry baby, moving forward, it ain’t gonna be all fun and games. 

Day 1

Our facilitator, Teacher Jenn, tried to make it as entertaining as possible with stories and songs. With her vast experience in coaching, she gave us loads of insights to the Primary World. Being a mom herself, she has seen through her boy’s success in getting through GEP and understands the challenges. She was hence able to share with us some tried and tested ways she used on her son AJ. Learning from her was indeed an honour. Teacher Jenn also teaches the P1 and P2 classes weekly over at Learners Ed. Given my background, I was no stranger to the bits on what P1 encompasses. However, it was a great wake up call for me! A kick in the butt to remind me how unprepared we are and that time is zipping by! I am constantly in denial that my child will get there eventually. Yes, they will, but we as parents have got to set the foundation right without falling into the trap of hot housing them hence killing their interest in learning. I have been so tied up with work that whenever i have a chance to do some homelearning with Big K, I try not to do something she dislikes - in this case, Math! Her Achilles heels.

As much as I’d love to be a Tigermom, I know this will strain our relationship and shudder at the thought that my children has to continuously study and not have fun. When Jenn shared with us that if your child is unable to score more than 90 marks in P1, it means that your foundation isn’t strong, it got me really worried. We should beef up foundation as things may get more stressful financially as we progress higher. It is for that reason that being kiasu is ok!

The workshop was quite challenging for us. Not because of its contents but, we weren’t morning people. I had to drag both Ks out of bed. It wasn’t that early but we just aren't early risers. I had to bring Small K along as papa wasn't in town and I was solo-parenting. Thankfully, Learners Ed was very accommodating and allowed Small K to sit in. He was a very good boy throughout as I prepared loads to entertain. Day one was primarily an introduction for the parents so Big K wasn't too keen. Her engine hadn't started when Jenn tried introducing "what makes 10". She is familiar with this but well, her engine just wasn't cranked up. Not until Jenn brought up her treats! She sure knows what makes little children tick. Jenn highlighted that it is necessary for us to wean the little ones off finger counting as it will slow things down when they are in Primary school. She shared with us several Math hacks which we could practise even on the go. Like visualising the concept of multiplication while shopping at the supermarket. Teacher Jenn also shared with us several story books which we could use to incorporate into our Math learnings. 

Day 2 & 3

Things got better as Big K probably understood what was required of her and decided to coroporate. It did help that Jenn prepared treats for the kids for every correct answer given. Even Small K received a treat and was beaming from ear to ear. Some of the topics covered were doubles ( eg. 2+2 and 5+5 etc) and money. Manipulatives like the golden beads as well as coins were used to spice things up. I really appreciated that the coins were washed and sanitized! How thoughtful! 

It is really essential for us to equip ourselves with the relevant knowledge before we enter Primary School. At least we won't be in for a shock.  Here's sharing a testimonial from a personal friend PC whose daughter had been attending their P6 classes:
"What to do? Girl wasn't doing well in Math. Any recommendation which came, I had to try. And this teacher from LearnersEd is AMAZING! She rescued my girl!"
Learners Ed specializes in Mathematics from primary to secondary levels. Their class size is kept small with a maximum of 6, to ensure focus. Led by Ms Hannah together with her team of teachers, Learners Ed has been established since 2015. Even though they focus on Math, they also hold hands-on experiential activities such as Slime workshop and the P1 Prep workshop from time to time to make learning fun and practical. To find out more about their workshops, do check them out on Facebook as well as Instagram

Here's one last goodie for you,
Learners Ed is offering 20% off first month fees from 1 October 17 to 31 March 2018. Quote MMM and Sign up today! It really pays to be a little Kiasu!

 Disclaimer: We were invited for the P1 preparation workshop for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/ services.

Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle's Favourites

Saturday, October 7, 2017

We loveeeeeee Eric Carle! You can see from our stash and this is only part of it. We had the pleasure to attend ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar & other Eric Carle Favourites’ by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada, presented by ACT 3 International yesterday. The kids were very excited but didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t either.

Photo credit: Mermaid Theatre

Photo credit: Mermaid Theatre

The show started with Little Cloud which had beautifully painted props! How amazing that a couple of cardboards could be transformed to something so magical. Big K could not help but go oooooo ahhhhhh each time the little cloud morphed into a different shape. She exclaimed, “This is awesome!” when the little cloud turned into a clown. The vibrant puppets against the dark background really adds to the vibrancy. Small K was filled with anticipation and asked where the hungry caterpillar was incessantly. He was extremely engaged by every scene.

Photo credit: Mermaid Theatre

Photo credit: Mermaid Theatre

There were three tales being presented -- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon. I really like The Mixed Up Chameleon and was impressed at how some Tshirts could be transformed into props. More importantly, with all the colour changes, the effort to create these props was immense. Toddlers will be able to associate colours and meanings to objects through the reptile who eventually embraces his uniqueness after an identity crisis happens. Mermaid Theatre's vision mirrors the book's stunning illustrations drawn in thick, brilliant brushstrokes of blues, greens and reds. I really enjoyed the part where the chameleon sticks out his tongue and captures the fly! It was a good show which brought the book to life and made a impact on the kids. Both Big and Small K were able to recall which were the shapes the little cloud transformed into and what food the caterpillar ate. Great right brain exercise! 

After the show, hang around for the Q&A session where the performers may reveal to you the secrets on how the chameleon captures the fly. Or what materials were used to make the fat caterpillar.

This timeless production is the perfect platform to introduce drama to children as it is a captivating showcase of stunning visual effects, innovative shadow puppetry and vibrant music. Within a short span of one hour, little ones will be also enriched by knowledge of science, the arts and even morality -- all inspired by the themes highlighted in the storybook. Both kids and adults alike were entralled by the use of UV lighting, a dark stage, black curtains and fluorescent costumes. "Black light" enables puppets and props to appear on stage as if they are animated on their own. It was really a visual feast!

The show made such an impact on my kids that upon reaching home, Big K dug out our Eric Carle's stash and started reading to her little brother. Caterpillar FTW! These books have so many homelearning opportunities! We could go cloud seeing or have a sensory time by pasting cotton wools on blue construction paper. We could also do a unit on how clouds are formed! I am motivated! You could check out Mermaid Theatre's site for more resources.

This production is only in Singapore for a week till 15 October 2017 at the Victoria Theatre. Highly recommended for children aged between 3 to 6 years old. Hop over to SISTIC to book your tickets now!

Disclaimer: I was given tickets for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/ services.

A Day in the life of a solo-parent

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Soloparenting. A word synonymous with lonely, tiring, frustrating, sometimes happy but mostly tough. I'm no stranger to this. In fact, most would agree, I am a veteran! Ever since Big K was born, the hubs had travelled on the third week of my confinement. Then when Small K was born, I prayed fervently that he could at least be around for the full month but SURPRISE, he flew on week 3 as well! Deja vu! Leaving me to mambo with 2 young ones! As a newly minted mother of two, this certainly wasn't my idea of bliss. My confinement any fell ill the day the hubs left and I had to send her home the next day. Mom came to my rescue but she, too gave up the next day after one night of disco.

As the days went by, things became better. Not because the travels diminished but perhaps I became numbed by it all. What can't kill you will make you stronger right? It's nice if the hubs is in town. He does most menial tasks and picks the kids up at night. Settles them and reads them stories so that when I reach home, all I needed to do was to give them a hug and a kiss. Everything else falls on my shoulders when he is away. We have no helper and I work crazy hours. I used to grumble a lot as his travels could be at the eleventh hour and sometimes spans across weekends. Mega hate! It is tough to plan birthday parties or anniversary celebrations with his uncertain schedule. You could book him one minute, but the next minute he will pull a disappearing act again. He, is worse than a pilot! These days I take things in stride. I plan things for my kids and if he is around, it would be a bonus. In fact, it is much easier to plan things without him being in the picture. Coz he isn't a fan of kids' parties or anything kiddish.

So how is a day in my life like? Well, last weekend was a pretty atypical one. It was packed with activities back to back! On Saturday, we had a media event to attend followed by some playground fun, then off we went to a birthday party, swimming class and finally dinner at the mall. We were out from 9am till 9pm! You think that is epic? Well, let me share with you what we did on Sunday -- 17 September; 8am to 11pm:

I was egged by mmlittlee and decided to take the plunge to drive through the causeway myself together with my two littles, to Legoland. In all honesty, I was scared! What if I lose my way? But it is one straight road isn't it? What if I got robbed? Hmmm, I don't have that much money to begin with. All these worries flooded my mind and I decided to seek the hub's opinion. The man gave me a credulous look and flashed the green light stating that is was a brainless thing to drive across the causeway and that anyone could do it. Ohhh, but would anyone do it with two kids aged 5+ and 3? His mentality is built on the fact that his mom is an independent woman who would drive in alone with her brand new family car, without informing anyone, across the causeway, just to pump petrol or buy fresh fish! I informed the mother-in-law of my plans and she was actually more concerned about the jam more than anything else.

So, I went. And with the guidance rendered by mmlittlee, I conquered the 2nd link! The way home was a little more harrowing as I followed SoNatty's hubby's car and was led to the first link instead. It was late at night, plus it was raining. But somehow, i wasn't afraid. Now, we all know how crazy traffic is over at the the first link and true enough, I lost sight of his car! But fret not as my training in chauffeuring for years has given me good topo sense. Plus, the immigration building was within sight. It was really rather brainless. The only problem:: The jam at 930pm! Thankfully the kids were good. Small K slept through while Big K slept but woke up midway asking if we have arrived. Sorry baby, the jam's bad. 

So after a grand 2 hours, we arrived home and I quickly got Big K to brush her teeth and while she was at it, I quickly loaded our dirty laundry and then chased her to her room and made her sleep. While the washing machine was spinning, I also managed to shower, do a facial mask, folded my clean laundry, washed their bottles, prepared soup for the next day and followed up on my little business over at LeBox. It was a race against the washer! That kept my adrenaline up! This, in fact, is a typical exercise I do every night! I would set something to do and settle all other things within the given time frame. Multitasking is in the blood of most soloparents. It is a survival skill! That night, they slept very well. They did, as usual, climbed up my bed midway, but I was too tired to even notice. Plus, with the hubs out of the way, 3 on a bed wasn't that bad a crowd.

While going to Legoland is an atypical day, my days as a solo-parent is generally the same. With work packed to the brim in the day after I send them off to school in the afternoon and #momlife at night. Weekends are no better as I try to pack their day with at least 2 to 3 activities. Sometimes, this can go all the way up to 4! Psst! I'm gonna share with you what keeps me alive! Nope, it isn't coffee as I'm not a coffee addict, but the following items!

I will take double the shots if i know it was going to be a long day. It works! A healthy alternative to red bull!

Ok, the above varies, but essentially, alcohol can be my best company during solo days. It keeps me sane.

Solo or not, things are pretty much the same. Life goes on and the pillar of my life are my two cuties.  I used to cry a lot over this, but after some time I realised, no one's gonna pity me. No one's gonna help me. So i have started sharing with like-minded friends instead. For all you solo parents out there, I advise you to be mentally strong and to focus on things you enjoy. One reason why I tend to fill my plate to the brim. This keeps me positive and focus instead of letting my imagination run wild or wallow in my pitiful state. Plan your life around yourself and if the partner is around, it's a bonus. I do get my mood swings too but little milestones like solo to Legoland gets me back on track again!

As I was crafting this post midway, a text from the hubs came in and I am now hit by severe mood swings. He is currently away but has informed me of his tentative October schedule. I'm usually quite chill except that this round, it will clash with Big K's graduation performance! The girl will be so devastated if she knew her dad isn't able to make it! It would scar her for life! Most would say that he didn't mean it since it is work. Yes. I have to agree. I have to be that oh-so-supportive wife who doesn't gets into a crazy fit each time he announces his long hauls. But this time, I am this close to losing it. Because, he didn't realised that it clashed till I commented. Clearly, what I had been telling him didn't register despite incessant naggings! I had told him to lock this in his calendar eons ago. Really hoping for a miracle to happen now.

Life as a solo parent can be so daunting and mentally and physically draining. I get a lot of moments when I am plagued with guilt for not being able to give either child the attention they crave or deserve. I have to exercise restraint as things does get a little intense and patience does get tested. But let's be strong and support each other. We can't fault the man as it is work. But perhaps a little more sensitivity, mindfulness and appreciation would go a long way?

To all soloist out there, how do you do it? Share your tips!

Review & Discount: Pramwash, Singapore's First Baby Stroller Cleaning Company

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How often do you wash your pram or carseat? Come on, let's be honest here. We almost never wash our pram and our carseat, well, we try to wash it once a year. It's a chore to take it out and wash and it takes a few days to dry. Meaning to say, we will be without a carseat for a few days. A no-no, since I uber my kids every day.

When I got to know about PramWash, I was excited. They are the first baby stroller cleaning company based in Singapore with full-service stroller cleaning options available to local families. They have grown so much that they have recently expanded into a larger space to accommodate their growing client demands.

So how does it work?
They have essentially two types of packages available -- The Complete and the Intensive.
The complete package will remove accumulated dirt and bacteria and freshen up your pram/ car seat/ carrier for your baby's everyday use. This package includes vacuum, wash, wipe and sterilising of the fabrics and frame. Prices start from $25 for a carrier to $170 for a double pram + 2 car seats. A really good deal don't your think?

The Intensive stain removal package is required for very dirty prams with any sort of stains that need to be removed. This is done right down to the wheels (Provided the wheels can be dismantled). This package includes all treatments from the complete package with an additional step to remove yucky hairs from wheels.

Our pram isn't exactly that dirty as we underutilise it. However, it has been around since Small K was born and hadn't been washed. Meaning to say, 3 years of dirt has been accumulated! I am pretty sure there is a lot more which the naked eye cannot detect. The professionals at Pramwash dismantled the entire pram and ensured that each part is cleaned thoroughly.

The products used are all child friendly. Before they do any cleaning, a functionality check is done to make sure the pram in good working condition. To start off, they remove the fabric frame, vacuum and soak the products for stain removal. The chassis is then given a wipe down. The fabric will be steamed clean and heat-dried. Finally the product will be reassembled and returned to the client.

A significant difference was noted for our carseat. We are guilty of eating in the car. You see, very often, the kids are so slow in eating their breakfast such that we have to allow them to eat in the car. And with that, we are prone to "accidents". The brown stain was made by Small K who sat on an egg chocolate given to him for Easter. We didn't realise the source till almost a week later! *horrors! Thankfully the ants did not come! I tried using wet wipes and Febreze to clean off the stain but to no avail. To make myself feel a little more at ease, I sprayed on some disinfectant. Thereafter, I left it as it was. Thanks to Pramwash, my carseat is now as good as new! I love how attentive they were to details even like delivery. A message was sent to me about the delivery and collection and a follow up from the staff was also made. There was a slight hiccup with the courier company which didn't dare take our carseat initially as no instructions were given to him (he claimed) but that was quickly rectified with a text to Pramwash

Perhaps you might be asking:: this doesn't solve my problem of having no carseat for almost a week. Well, fret not, their sister company, PramShare is a rental specialist which will be able to help you if you do not have a spare carseat. Smart or what?

"Babies are messy by nature, cleaning up their messes is just part of growing up," said Kenneth Tan, Founder and Owner of PramWash. "However, an unfortunate side effect from their messes can be dangerous health situations that make raising children even more difficult for parents. That's where PramWash steps in."

For you, my readers, 
Enjoy 15% off all services excluding delivery.

Apple the code: JANICEWONG15%OFF, valid till 31 October 2017. 

What are you waiting for? Give your babies a clean seat to sit on!

Disclaimer: I was given a free wash for a pram and carseat for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/ services.

Review: Kidstartnow June Holiday Superhero Camp

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's the June Holidays once again! My favourite time of the year! Not because I get to rest more, but on the contrary, I have to work harder! There's a host of activities out there for us to participate in! It is so tough to squeeze them all. Hence, one has got to be selective.

This June, we have been kindly invited to attend a 4 day Chinese holiday camp organised by Kidstartnow. There are three classes held:

1) Role-playing and conversation camp for 3-6 year olds
This focuses on role-playing and oral conversation. 
Maximum of 8 students

2) Show and Tell & Word recognition camp for 6-8 year olds.
This prepares children for show and tell in primary school as well as boosts their level of vocabulary 
Maximum of 10 students

3) P2 game show camp for 8 year olds
The camp reinforces concepts learnt in school so that kids are well-prepared. 
Parents also get personalised progress report sent to them, as well as actionable tips on how to help kids achieve better grades.

This camp has been consistently sold out since its inception in 2013. With such track record, it must be pretty good right? In fact, they have expanded and now have two outlets: Bedok & Serangoon. We were in the camp for show and tell and mommy is loving it! Truth be told, I am, like any other parent, Kiasu. Not to a large extent but I do want my child to excel in school. Big K is a pretty smart girl, however, she is rather soft spoken. Last year, when she was in K1, our preschool teacher highlighted that she wasn't sensitive towards Chinese characters! Say what? How could that be, I asked myself. Granted I did not do much writing with her, I have definitely read a good amount of books with her. Sometimes, I am being forced to as the school assigned them books to read at home. At my in-law's place where she goes every weekday evening, the family speaks to her in Mandarin. Coupled with that, we lived with the in-laws for almost half a year! So, I couldn't really accept the fact that my daughter was inadequate in the language. I panicked and we pulled up our socks. We did see marked improvements, but honestly, I needed more help. Chinese isn't my forte. Just like many, I dreaded the subject. I was put through rote learning when young and I did not want my child to go through the same path of learning. 

At Kidstartnow, for preschoolers, they use a multi-sensory approach that combines animated stories, games and role-playing to build a deep passion for Chinese and a solid foundation. Learn through play! That's exactly what I have been advocating since day one! 

The adorable Boshi Panda (博士熊猫)
To be honest, I was a little apprehensive as this baby girl of mine isn't confident when it comes to speaking up. Not that she doesn't know. In fact, she does! Oral is extremely important these days with the new syllabus. The weightage have gone up and the format has changed. You are expected to give your opinions rather than regurgitate what your teachers have told you. Hence, I am particularly concerned in this area and am trying my best to boost her confidence.The moment we stepped into the centre, I felt at ease. The place was so colourfully decorated to the theme -- Superheroes. Even the walls had intricately cut out bamboo stems to make the whole look and feel complete. Dedication! It made the place very welcoming. Our teacher, 刘老师 was also a very experienced teacher who was able to nudge the child into participating. And, participate was what Big K did! I saw her prancing around in class from day one! She was exhilarated to be chosen to be Little Panda sister 熊猫妹妹. I guess the role has got to be hers, because she's the tiniest in class and the youngest!

In class, to encourage the children to participate, they were given electronic gold coins as a reward. Their scores can be seen on a screen and that got many kids excited. Most children are by nature, competitive. Even an introvert like Big K was raising her hand to answer questions! They were taught several Chinese words and phrases and even idioms through stories revolving around a pair of panda siblings who are constantly quarrelling. Through the story, they will learn about sibling love. Something which I inculcate at home as well. The children are taught descriptive words and each time, after explaining, the teacher would get them to make  sentence (造句). This is a fundamental skill as it would be useless if one only knows the meaning by heart but not know how to apply it. Big K was initially making rather short sentences. However, perhaps due to peer pressure, by Day 2, the teacher told us that she was making longer sentences! yay!

Now, I did say they made use of animated stories to entice the students. These stories were told in class and in addition to that, everyday, they would email us the link to review the story! Apart from accessing it through the email via the computer, one can also save it on the phone as a webapp! Lessons on the go! In this era of technology, it is very difficult to deny a child of access to the iPad. However, as much as possible, I only expose them to useful things and this definitely is one of them! Apart from listening to the story, there is also a tab to listen to the hanyu pinyin taught in class. Very helpful for both parent and child. Their proprietary software empowers your kids to excel quickly in exams by providing timely actionable feedback so you know how your kids are doing and who to help them.

Here's Big K playing with her friends before class. Look how tiny she is! She's the youngest but that's no problem as she was able to catch up really fast. Also, the teacher catered to her standards and guided her along. #proudmama

Over and above, I think it has been a very fruitful and beneficial camp for Big K. She has been opening her eyes each day and asking me if she would be going for the camp every. single. day! Wow! There are discounts available for bulk purchase for their June Holiday programmes so do enquire! If for some reason you are unable to make it for the camp, do give their regular classes a try too! There are trial classes.

Follow Kidstartnow on Facebook or check out their website for more details. 

Foundation is built when the child is young. It has to be laid well especially since many schools are starting off Higher Chinese at P1! *sweats. Big K is still not  speaking to me a lot in Mandarin but I definitely see an improvement as her passion for the subject seems to have been rekindled!

Disclaimer: I was given an invitation to attend the June holiday camp for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/ services.

Sticker making workshop

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Last weekend we were invited by to attend an interesting workshop jointly organised by Faber Castell Singapore, Stickiemail and The lettering Workbook is a platform set up by parents who understand the difficulty in finding the right course for your child. They believe that there should be a place where parents don't have to waste hours researching because they are assured of quality and fit. The platform categorises courses according to different interest groups. Not only are parents able to find a match easily, educators and enrichment centres are also able to reach out to their audience. If in doubt, you can always ask the instructor a question through the platform. There may sometimes be reviews from other parents who have attended for your reference. In addition, the instructors' and course details are clearly stated on the site, making it transparent for all.

Photo Credit: Stickiemail

Now, back to the workshop. I said it was interesting because it was a workshop where we MADE stickers. Yup, DIY. I don't know about you, but many a times, I find it tough to find good quality (non-China made) stickers in the design I want. For example, there was a time when Big K was obsessed over Frozen. Everything had to be in Elsa and Anna. I posted on Facebook asking where I could find stickers on those characters and most pointed me to Pasar Malam (night markets). Some kind souls even pointed me to a location where they saw such a market selling such stickers. Some as far as the West! I live on the other side of Singapore and there is NOoooooo way I was going to travel that far! But to appease Big K's insatiable appetite for Frozen stickers, I did drive around quite a bit in search for it! Finally, I found! Only to realise that most of the stickers aren't sticky anymore due to age. The glue had lost its adhesiveness and some stickers were even turning yellow! Can't blame the seller. They were going at 3 booklets for $3. 

So when I learnt that there is a sticker making machine, which is priced affordably, has hit the Singapore shores, I was beyond excited! This is such a great tool which is so useful even if you aren't a fan of scrapbooking. At the workshop, KY and her team from The Lettering Workbook showed us how easy it was to make our own stickers. You could doodle on a piece of cardstock, colour it and slot it into the machine then pull the tape out! Too lazy to even draw? Print from the Internet or better yet, recycle and cut out from old magazines! It's that simple! Even my 5yo could do it! Big K was engrossed in making them and was terribly upset at one point where she pulled a little too much tape and wasted a good portion of it. Frugal is her virtue. At the end of the workshop, I had to drag her away and she was once again, upset that we had to leave. Only when I told her that she could continue making stickers at home because we now own a Xyron Sticker machine, did a smile light up on her face! 

The free doodles given out by The Lettering Workbook was such a hit! It kindof made me want to doodle a bit at home as well! 

I printed these doodles from the Internet!

The machine is quite a saviour. I have been rather busy these days catching up on work and chores. I have completely no time to entertain or teach the kids. I was surprised that a few days after the event, Big K came forward to ask me if she could make some stickers with the little brother! Why, of coz! as long as you guys leave me alone! haha...I printed some doodles for them, got them to colour them and they made heaps of stickers and yes, I managed to get some work done! Yay! Win-win! If you would like to get your hands on one of these babies, do check them out online or the following retail outlets:

  • Times Bookstores
  • Kinokuniya Books
  • NBC Stationery & Gifts
  • Naiise
  • Made With Love
  • The Elly Store/Twelve By Elly; or 
  • via our online Storytime Kit collaboration partner, Tickle Your Senses. 
They do have several upcoming events, so do check them out as well!

After the event, we walked around the Faber Castell's Art Exhibition and feasted our eyes on how their marker caps could be made into various attractions in Singapore! I had always love their range of markers and colour pencils but never bought it for Big K as looking at the way the kids handled their stationery, I felt it would be a big waste! You see, their markers and colour pencils are often strewned all over the floor despite my incessant nagging and despite the fact that I did give them a designated place to store their tools. However, all words fall on deaf ears. 

With Small K, it is worse! He uses markers on Everything! Yes, Everything including his TOES and fingernails! (Cue: Jaw Drop). However, as Big K was colouring with Faber Castell's markers, she commented how smooth they were and that why I hadn't bought her such a set before! 'Nuff said. 

It was such a fruitful bonding session for my first born and I. We really enjoyed the session!
Thank you for the invite, guys!

Disclosure: We were invited by to attend the sticker making workshop. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/services.