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There’s a reason why people say blocks are a classic toy for children. In this day and age of electronic toys with all kinds of bells and whistles, humble toy blocks can still hold their own and appeal to children, providing hours of fun.

Not just any fun, creative fun. Yes, blocks are good for your kids! Numerous articles have been written about the benefits of playing with blocks. Among the various benefits, blocks help your kids develop problem solving, motor, social, language, and spatial skills. It also encourages creativity and divergent thinking. What a lot of benefits to reap from playing!

But there are blocks and there are blocks.

My kids have tried playing with other blocks before but it did not hold their attention for very long. So when Pamela from My First Games offered us some (many!) blocks for a review, I was keen because I had seen the amazing structures that could be built with Citiblocs, but was apprehensive about whether the kids would like them or not.

My worries were unfounded!

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Citiblocs comes in a range of colours – Cool, Natural, Warm and Camo. There are additional options of vehicles and trees.

Vehicle set

Vehicle set

Trees set

Trees set

Citiblocs is an award-winning toy that has won 17 Toy Industry Awards. All pieces are made from Grade A Radiata Pine from certified renewable forests in New Zealand. Each piece is lightweight but of good quality. I even wondered to myself if I could pass these on to my grandkids in future. Maybe even my great-grandkids!

The unique thing about Citiblocs is that every piece is precision cut to exactly the same dimensions. It sounds like a simple thing, but this sameness  ensures the pieces fit perfectly and enables you to build extremely complicated structures that are held together only by gravity! There is no glue, no magnets, no connectors, no snaps nor clasps.

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All the same size

Just look at that! The minute I saw the picture below I was completely intrigued by Citiblocs and wanted to try building that structure.

You can see many examples of super structures built by Citiblocs fans – both kids and adults. Yes, adults too! There are many examples online showing the challenging super structures built by groups of adults. Check out this video for just one of many examples.

The boys initially started by following the examples provided in the booklets that accompany each set of blocks. They made simple structures, and were not very good at balancing the pieces on top of one another. But over time, they got better and better at it. They learned when they needed to add more blocks on one side in order to counter-balance the weight of the other side. They learned how to make sure they stack pieces on top of each other so that the tower doesn’t end up tilting and toppling over. They learned the different techniques of stacking and came to have their preferred methods. The growth in motor skills was most apparent in my younger boy. At first he could not build tall towers because he didn’t stack the pieces properly causing them to fall over easily. He would get frustrated and needed my help. Now he’s able to build tall towers on his own.

One of his first attempts at building a tower with Citiblocs

One of his first attempts at building a tower with Citiblocs. He did simple stacking.

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After a few sessions of play he decided to work on building a house

We even brought the Citiblocs out for a picnic once. I used the SG50 NDP bag that every Singaporean household gets and stuffed some blocks in along with a picnic mat. The blocks kept him busy while I kept an eye on my youngest who was running around the playground.

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Block picnic!

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Outdoor play! Make use of your SG50 NDP bag by throwing the blocks in and going to the park.

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Experimenting with building techniques

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A long ramp leading up to a carpark

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Bridge over a river

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Building with a spiral staircase

Spikey pineapple? Porcupine?

Spiky pineapple? Porcupine?

Pirate ship

Pirate ship

The boys play with Citiblocs both individually and collaboratively. Collaborative play is my favourite. Seeing them work together to build something is any mother’s delight. They can busy themselves with a building project for a good long while! This was one of their big projects – three towers with bridges connecting them.

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Working on a bridge between two towers

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Adding finishing touches to the towers

Their completed structure

Their completed structure. The three of us worked together on the crooked bridge.

They were very proud of their structure!

They were very proud of their structure!

Elevated crooked bridge

Car crossing the crooked bridge

They call this the "ang ku kueh" tree

They call this the “ang ku kueh” tree

Here they built a city with an airport, carpark and roads.

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Looks like a mess but there was some order to it

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Airport, control tower and runway

Car park

Car park

And there was another project where they brought in Lego and other toys to play together. We built the train I was eyeing but extended the train tracks. On the carriage was a cage for the dinosaurs, the roof of the train was a landing pad for the aeroplane, while the mammoth was the train driver.

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Another time Ellery made a building and used cardboard to draw the road/lake around it. I liked how the boys brought in other elements to their play and did not confine their make believe to just the blocks.

Drawing the road or lake?

Drawing the road or lake?

My youngest daughter, turning two soon, was initially too young to do build anything with the blocks. Her favourite activity then was to quietly steal the blocks from her brothers and stuff them in her little bag. Now though, she does some simple stacking. I’m sure that in time she will join them to build their tall structures.

"Keep! Keep!"

“Keep! Keep!”

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The boys challenged me to use all the blocks to build something. So I did! A massive vase.

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All 400 blocks

If you are thinking of how to occupy the kids meaningfully this March holiday, and especially if you are looking for something that is not electronic, does not involve a screen, and encourages creative play, you should get some Citiblocs for your house! Even if they only build a really tall tower, one of the best things is the pleasure of knocking it over :)

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Bish!

You can get Citiblocs from My First Games, a store that specializes in selling games for children. There’s a promotion now on where you can enjoy 30% off your purchase of Citiblocs if you enter the following code: CTBTHIRTY. It’s a case of the more the merrier with these blocks, so that’s a great promotion to take advantage of!

Happy building!

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Disclaimer: We were generously given the Citiblocs for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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I’ve always loved playing boardgames, though after the kids came along I didn’t have much opportunity to play them anymore. I have fond memories of playing boardgames with my family when I was growing up. My parents were very into Monopoly and there used to be regular Monopoly sessions among my parents, uncles, and aunties that lasted way past our bedtime. It was always lovely to hear the adults bantering, jibing, and joking with one another while they played.

When we were older, there were monopoly sessions among our neighbours and cousins, especially during the school holidays. I also remember playing boardgames with my cousins when I went to stay at my grandmother’s house during school breaks.

And then there were the word games like Scrabble and Boggle that I still adore to this day largely due to the influence of my Mum, whom I’m sure can still easily trash us at them! She’s a real master at word games.

My school friends and I also used to gather at each other’s houses to play various boardgames late into the night, and I had one friend in particular who came up with the funniest extra rules just to keep things exciting!

So, when I think of boardgames I think of family and friends, of happy times, and of good memories. And it is for this reason that I very much wanted my kids to discover the joy of playing boardgames. I have long wished to revive the tradition of ”boardgame nights” at our house  to create special memories for the kids too.

To get my children interested in playing boardgames, I started to look for children’s games that were attractive, and simple, but yet not so simple as to make them lose interest quickly. When I heard about My First Games, I was really excited to see the wide range of children’s games available. Most of them I had never even heard of! There were so many fun and interesting games, I didn’t know where to start.

Thank goodness for Pamela, a boardgames enthusiast and the founder of My First Games, who gave me some recommendations. One of them was Quoridor Kids, which I chose to go with in the end.

Quoridor Kids is a game of mice and mazes that has children scurrying their mice to the opposite side of the playing board. The first mouse to reach the other side wins. It is not a simple task though, as each player may move their mouse 1 space at a time or decide to block their opponent with a wall. Yet the maze that is built may cause delays for every mouse, including their own, as it approaches the finish line.

The kids love the game and it has proven to be something they pull out to play repeatedly. Here are some reasons why we love Quoridor Kids.

Attractive & Well Made

It may seem a bit shallow to pick a game because of how it looks, but I think for kids half the battle is won when the game looks like it’s going to be fun, even before they know what it’s about. With a cheery yellow board, cute little mice, matching pieces of cheese, and a handful of little green walls, the kids couldn’t help fingering the pieces, asking what the different parts were for and how to play the game.

Everything is made from wood, and it’s so sturdy I can see it withstanding years of play. I’ll probably be able to pass this on to my grandchildren, if there are any!

Little mice trying to get their cheese

Cute little mice trying to get their cheese

Simple Rules

With an attractive game set, all that children want to do is start playing immediately. It’s a good thing that there aren’t that many rules, and most of them you can learn as you go along. The rules are also simple, making it easy for young children to understand.

Basically, try to be the first to get from one end to the other. Always leave the other player at least one way to get to the other side. You cannot move diagonally. When it’s your turn you can either move or block, not both. Easy peasy!

Playing the game

Playing a couple of rounds before bed

Strategy

It is fascinating to see how the kids discover more strategic play as they gain experience with the game. The very first time, they tried to rush across only attempting to do some blocking at the end when it looked like they were going to lose. Then slowly, slowly, they started to think ahead. Being older, Asher is more able to catch on to the strategy aspect and carry out his plan, adjusting it as the game proceeds. There have been a few times where I was completely blind-sided by him, and he was extremely gleeful about his successful surprise attacks that helped him win. Ellery tends to play more for the moment, but he often has an idea of what he hopes to do during the game (like whether to block first, or start moving first).

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They love playing this game with their grandfather

Adult & Kids Version Essentially the Same

Quoridor Kids is actually the kids version of Quoridor, which is targeted at adults. However, the rules are exactly the same! The only difference is the size of the board. Quoridor Kids has a smaller 7 x 7 board, as opposed to Quoridor’s 9 x 9 board. The smaller board means game play is shorter and better suited to the attention spans of young children. I think it is amazing that the kids version and adults version are virtually the same. Quoridor Kids is not simplified just because the game is targeted at children. What that means is when you play with your kids, you’re going to enjoy the game too! It’s one of the rare games that my husband has actually sat down to play with the kids. And that says a lot!

Always Different

No two games are the same because the maze is built up by the players as the game proceeds. However, it is possible to devise your own version of the game because of the opened-ended nature of the board and it’s pieces. On their own, the boys came up with variations like having to reach the exact square where the cheese is at; pre-building part of the maze and hiding the cheese inside then seeing who would reach their cheese first; allowing players to slide the walls, instead of just building them up, etc. It’s interesting to see what they come up with when left to their own devices.

No two games are the same

No two games are the same

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Devising a new way to play the game

Opportunity to Teach Values

Well, this applies to all competitive games really. Things like following the rules, not cheating, taking turns, being a good loser, and being a gracious winner. All these things can be learnt while playing Quoridor Kids. There were more than a few instances of “Hey! You already put that piece there you cannot take it away!”, “Mummy, he is cheating!”, and “AHAHAHA! I WIN!” accompanied by  “Wahhhh! I don’t want to lose!”

Yes, many teachable moments.

There is much less drama now when they play Quoridor Kids. Learning to say “good game” comes more naturally to one boy than the other, but both are learning and improving.

Bonding over Quoridor Kids

Bonding over Quoridor Kids

Quick Game Play

I like playing with the kids, but sometimes I really just want to move on to other things. Each round of Quoridor Kids lasts no more than a few minutes so I can easily play a few rounds before doing other things. It’s especially good when Alyssa is fussy and wants my attention but the boys want some of my time as well. I can play a few games and move on to play with Alyssa, and they feel like they’ve had some time with me. Better yet, when I’m distracted by Alyssa I often make bad moves, so the boys are more likely to win. They are happy, I am happy. Win-win!

Playing with Por Por

Playing with Por Por

It is no wonder that Quoridor Kids has won Game of the Year before. With simple rules but so many variations in the outcome, it’s beautiful, really. Beauty in simplicity. It’s a game that will be a pleasure for adults of all ages to play with kids.

You can purchase Quoridor Kids from My First Games. It makes a nice addition to your home collection of games, and also makes a good gift (Christmas is coming!) You can check out the store for many other children’s games as well.

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We received a discount on Quoridor Kids, but I would have bought and reviewed it even without a discount because the game looked, and is, so good!

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LEGO is such a timeless toy and the boys are big fans of it. They regularly create various machines and creatures, breaking it apart, recreating, and improving their designs. When I  heard about LEGO robotics, I thought it would be something that would definitely interest the boys and would introduce an exciting new dimension to the their LEGO playing.

They went for a trial Junior Robotics Engineers class at Wonderswork, a place that offers courses for children on robotics and inventions. Wonderswork seeks to nurture creative and inventive thinking, problem solving, critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication in children. The LEGO robotics programs, in particular, aim to educate and equip children from young with essential skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

At each Junior Robotics Engineers class, kids are given a project to complete. This project involves following instructions on a computer to build something, then using simple graphical programming to make the object perform a particular action. A graphical format is adopted so that it is not too complex for children, but yet still teaches them the logic and thinking behind programming.

While I was confident that Asher would be able to follow what was going on, I was a little worried that Ellery would be distracted and unable to keep up. I was also concerned about whether they boys would have problems using a computer because, if you can believe it, the boys have never used a computer! They’ve watched things on a computer, but not used one.

So I was happy to see that Enzo, the founder of Wonderswork, and the other teachers were extremely patient with both of them, and especially so with Ellery. They took the time to explain how to use the computer (!) and the computer programme, they guided Ellery on how to determine if what he was doing was correct and let him figure out whether he was on the right track by posing questions and letting him draw his own conclusions.

Tapping on the arrows to move to the instructions for the next step

Tapping on the arrows to move to the instructions for the next step

I would say the teachers functioned more as facilitators. Children are guided through the project and assisted when the teachers saw they needed help, or the kids asked for help. I thought that was a good approach. It is in the doing that kids learn best, and they need space to figure things out for themselves. I found out from Enzo that this is also how they approach the Young Inventors class as well. In that class, kids are given a challenge and have to create their own solutions to solve the problem.

It was also good to see that the other boys who were there for their regular class had very good rapport with the teachers. The kids and teachers were talking and joking with one another, clearly enjoying themselves.

I was surprised at how Ellery remained focused on his task throughout. He has a tendency to be easily distracted when disinterested in something, but that was clearly not the case here. By the end of the session he had built a rocking horse, and with some guidance had programmed the horse to rock back and forth. He was happily tapping on ‘Enter’ and ‘Esc’ to start and stop the horse over and over again. He was also able to explain to me how the horse could rock – that the electricity came from the computer and powered the motor, that the motor moved one a long block that was connected to the base of the horse, and that in turn moved the horse.

Ellery's rocking horse

Ellery’s rocking horse

Enter! Esc! Enter! Esc!

Enter! Esc! Enter! Esc!

For Asher, he was delighted to have been given a Star Wars walker to build. It even had a sensor that made the walker stop when it reached the edge of a table. Enzo also showed him how the sensor could be triggered to do different things. Besides stopping at the edge of a table, it could be programmed to play a sound when something came near. Asher’s favourite was when the walker made laser shooting sounds whenever he put his hand in front of it :) He was quite amazed by the sensor and mentioned it to me several times after we left the class, and was one of the first things he told Jon.

The Star Wars walker

The Star Wars walker

Watching his walker move

Watching his walker move and waiting for it to reach the edge of the table

The Junior Robotics Engineers class was fascinating and the boys loved it! I’d definitely recommend the robotics class, especially if your kid – girl or boy – is interested in LEGO.

Wonderswork conducts its robotics and invention classes weekly. There are also two holiday camps coming up – a Space Inventors camp and a Master Inventor camp. Five sessions of each camp are being conducted until the middle of December, but spaces are limited so you should sign up quickly if interested! You can click on the links above for more details.

Space Invention Lego Robotics Invention School Holiday Camp Nov - Dec 2014

Camp 1: 17-19 Nov (over)
Camp 2: 24-26 Nov
Camp 3: 1-3 Dec
Camp 4: 8-10 Dec
Camp 5: 15-17 Dec
All camps from 10am-230pm

Master Inventors Lego Robotics  School Holiday Children Camp Nov - Dec 2014

Camp 1: 20-21 Nov (over)
Camp 2: 27-28 Nov
Camp 3: 4-5 Dec
Camp 4: 11-12 Dec
Camp 5: 18-19 Dec
All camps from 10am-230pm

Wonderswork also offers a by appointment one-time drop off class that’s held on weekends. This is great for parents who want to meaningfully engage their kids while they take a much needed coffee break :) You can find out more about the regular classes and other programs here. If you are interested to sign up, they are currently running a promotion on the program fees.

Junior Robotics Engineer (for 5yrs and above) – $380 (Usual $500)
Young Robotics Engineer (for 8yrs and above) – $460 (Usual $550)
Young Inventors Level 1 (for 5yrs and above) – $380 (Usual $500)

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Kids at a Robotics workshop (Photo courtesy of Wonderswork)

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The kids who attended the last space camp (Photo courtesy of Wonderswork)

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Testing their space inventions (Photos courtesy of Wonderswork)

I’ve signed Asher up for the Space Inventors camp and he’s extremely excited! I’m excited to see what he’ll get to do too! Ellery is unfortunately too young to attend, but I might bring him back for some of the other workshops instead.

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Wonderswork offered a complimentary trial class for the boys. All opinions are my own.
You can call Wonderswork at 6333 4088 to arrange for a trial class if your kids are interested.

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Fedora

I bought the boys a very affordably priced Fedora to play with and Asher loved it so much he wanted to sleep with it that first night! He’s also worn it out for a party too. Fedoras are so nice though, so I can see why he likes it :)

They were playing their favourite game of dress-up when suddenly Asher asked me to take a picture of him ‘eating’ Ellery. Such a funny boy!

Here he is in the Fedora eating his brother

Here he is in the Fedora eating his brother

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After a morning with the grandparents at Botanic Gardens, the kids and I spent an entire afternoon at the Esplanade enjoying the various Octoburst offerings. There were so many things to do, and as it was, we only did a fraction of what was available.

First, Asher and I caught Something Very Far Away by Unicorn Theatre while Ellery had a nap.

As Ellery was still napping when we came out, Asher went to check out Book Stop, a book swop event. I’ve never actually been for a book swop before, so even I was excited to see what was available and what treasures we might find. In the end he settled on The Fish Who Could Wish, a funny book about a fish who can wish anything and have it come true, but he made one very bad wish that ended all that. Ellery now keeps asking to go for the book swop too so that he can exchange his book for another. So we might have to go down again…

Checking out the books at the book swop

Checking out the books at the book swop

The sticker reads "I swopped this book at Octoburst"

The sticker reads “I swopped this book at Octoburst”

We then went for Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Classical Ballet by SDT. I’m not kidding when I say I must have seen a hundred Elsas that day. There were even families with more than one Elsa in them! Gosh. Poor Anna. She’s the real protagonist, I think, just that her sister has the prettier dress and the headline song.

After that the boys then wrote a postcard each at Octopost to a secret someone and posted their postcards in specially designed letterboxes with birds’ heads sticking out. It was a colourful and attractive set-up, and the boys carefully looked at all the birds before deciding which to give their postcard to. I can’t wait for that secret someone to receive the postcards!

Not just pigeon holes. Ostrich, owl, peacock, toucan, flamingo, etc., holes!

Not just pigeon holes. Ostrich, owl, peacock, toucan, flamingo, etc., holes!

Ellery was going to give his postcard to Luciel (this yellow bird), but after I snapped this changed his mind and gave it to Sam

Ellery was going to give his postcard to Luciel (this yellow bird), but after I snapped this changed his mind and gave it to Sam on the right

In the concourse was also this eye-catching installation by Tiffany Singh called Revision of the Optics. I loved how the artwork captured both the sense of sight and smell. The vibrant colours were perfect for a children’s festival, and the scents that drifted past your nose, especially the smells of lavender and dried chilli, added another dimension to the work. I think there was supposed to be the element of sound from the tinkling of bells that hung from the ribbons, but as the air was still there was no tinkling.

Eye-catching installtion that filled up the space above and below

Eye-catching installtion that filled up the space above and below

Beautiful rainbow colours

Beautiful rainbow colours

The boys were getting hungry so we started to head for Gluttons Bay, but stopped by the giant Snakes and Ladders for a while. In theory the children will take turns to roll the dice and move on the board. In practice, it’s who is the most assertive that will get the dice. I suppose it’s like that everywhere though huh? Unfortunately for Ellery, he kept missing his turn and got quite upset about it. I tried to encourage him to speak up for himself, but instead he gave up playing altogether. I was quite disappointed, and I couldn’t coax him to go back into the game. Instead he wanted to move on to aMaze Me. I guess there could have been another dice perhaps. But at the same time, it’s good for children to learn to either take turns, or to speak up for themselves.

Snakes & Ladders

Snakes & Ladders

Happily, we bumped into Del and Anya there and we decided to head for dinner altogether before the kids went to play at aMaze Me. It’s always nice with the cousins, and it was a real bonus for me to bump into them. As expected, the ribbon maze was more colourful and complicated now than when we went a week ago. To the delight of the boys, they found they could sit and lie at certain parts. They couldn’t quite climb on it as they had wished for, but it was good enough for them. Ellery also specially went to check on his ant bridge and did some maintenance and improvement works. I was happy to see that it was still there at all! I had half-thought that someone might have removed it for some administrative reason or other like it’s “damaging the tree”, “not part of the exhibition space”, or something else. It was a lovely example of allowing kids to think out-of-the-box and for them to enjoy seeing the results of it.

Chilling on the ribbons

Chilling on the ribbons

Anya

Anya adding her ribbon to this maze

Ant bridge engineer doing some unscheduled maintenance

The ant bridge engineer doing some unscheduled maintenance

As we headed home I asked the boys if they had a good Children’s Day, and they gave me a resounding “Yes!”

Octoburst is on until Monday, 6 Oct, and there are plenty of free and ticketed events still on. Go check out their website for more information on the various programmes.

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aMaze Me!

We had a bit of time after visiting Sensorium 360° so we swung by the Esplanade to check out aMaze Me! by Tay Bee Aye. aMaze Me! is a live-art installation and is part of Esplanade’s Octoburst 2014 programme. It invites people of all ages (though kids are the ones most drawn to it) to help create a maze by knotting pieces of ribbon anywhere they like. The result is an ever-changing, colourful, beautiful mess that the kids love climbing through.

It reminded me somewhat of the Singapore Art Festival’s Tangled a few years back where people were given balls of coloured yarn to throw around to create a colourful maze-like space as well.

The boys had a very good time tying ribbons and going through the maze. It was great that the kids were given more than one length of ribbon as I think most kids would want to do it again, and again, and again! I was also glad to see that there were many people on hand to guide the kids and teach them how to knot the ribbons. Yes, I could do that, but it’s kinda tricky to climb in while nursing Alyssa :)

Knotty boy!

Knotty boy!

Navigating his way through the maze

Navigating his way through the maze

Having come from Sensorium 360° where the kids had to stick within the bounds of what was deemed acceptable within the designated art space, often being told not to do this, or touch that by the museum staff, I was happy that Ellery’s idea to tie a ribbon around a nearby tree trunk was not immediately dismissed, and in fact he was helped with the process. He wanted to create a bridge for the ants, and spent quite some time devising a way to make the bridge stronger.

Ant bridge engineer

Ant bridge engineer

The boys said they wished the ribbons were strong enough to climb on. That would be interesting wouldn’t it? Then the structure would be like those spider web climbing structures at playgrounds. As it was quite a windy day I thought it’d be interesting to hang chimes or little bells on some of the ribbons too. It would add another dimension to the installation and the sound of chimes tinkling harmoniously would be so beautiful!

Climbing around

Climbing around

"Look Mummy! No hands!"

“Look Mummy! No hands!”

I had thought aMaze was only on this weekend, but apparently it’s on next week too. As we’re catching next week’s Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Ballet Classics, we’ll probably come back to take a look at aMaze Me! again to see how it’s morphed. It’ll be more fun next week as the maze would probably have become even more complicated, and even more colourful! The day we were there most of the ribbons were yellow and orange, but they’ll be giving out more colours in the coming days.

aMaze Me! is set up at Esplanade’s Courtyard Green
27 & 28 Sep, Sat & Sun, 11am – 7pm
3 – 6 Oct, Fri – Mon, 11am – 7pm

You can go to the Octoburst website to find out more details on the other activities. Giant snakes and ladders sounds fun!

Climbing is the order of the day apparently

They just had to do this before we left. It’s one of their favourite things to do whenever we’re at the Esplanade.

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My boys really love playing dress up and role-playing. I have box full of random pieces that they regularly play with – clothes I don’t want to wear anymore, extra caps, scraps of cloth from costumes made during my schooling days, scarves, and other such things.

There are also a few pieces that I specially made for them to play out specific characters. Last year I made a Darth Vader and Yoda costume for the boys (need to go dig up those pictures!) that they still play with even today. The same cape and head piece has been used to turn them into Darth Vadar, Darth Sidious, and even Magneto.

With their new found liking for Marvel superheros, Ellery specially asked for a Captain America shield. I had some cardboard lying around so we made one! He was so happy :)

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Waiting for the paint to dry. Mighty pleased that I painted that star free hand!

Mr Captain America

Mr Captain America

Ellery also had a bit of a How to Train Your Dragon craze and wanted dragon wings. That was quite easy so I fashioned out a pair in under 10 minutes. He loves wearing the wings with a stripey tail we bought from Australia that surprisingly became such a well-loved plaything.

Wings on!

Wings on!

Super happy dragon

Super happy dragon

Just a few days ago the boys suddenly decided to be pirates, and there they are all decked out in pirate gear. The swords they received at Jo Claire’s party, Ellery’s headscarf from another event, Asher’s headscarf an old singlet of mine, and their bling was from Jon’s university orientation performance that I’ve kept all this while that made for perfect pirate jewellery.

Arrrrggghhh

Arrrrggghhh

I wonder who they’ll decide to be next! One thing is for sure, before you throw out stuff, think about whether it’ll be a good item to add to your kid’s dress up box. It might just find a new lease of life there.

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