How do your kids de-stress ?

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How do your kids de-stress ?

Postby tamarind » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:21 pm

What do your kids do at home when they are not studying ?

Nowadays kids seem to only know how to watch TV and play computer games at home. Hopefully parents can share interesting things that your kids do at home.

Yesterday we bought a weaving set from NTUC Hypermarkt.

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The brand is Roseart. My girl likes it so much, she spent the whole afternoon weaving, the finished products are quite nice. Basically there is no need to think, but it requires concentration, and good fine motor skills. It is a great way to "waste" time.

Here is a funny review about the weaving loom.
http://www0.epinions.com/review/RoseArt ... 4185584260

I will be sharing more activities later.

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Postby tamarind » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:23 pm

My girl likes to make bracelets, necklaces, ear rings, key chains using beads :

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She also likes to make roses using air dry clay. She made these roses for her teachers as gifts on Teacher's Day.
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She loves to draw, and she is into making bookmarks now. Here is a bookmark she has done :
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Both my kids love to bake cupcakes !
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Check out the super easy recipe here :
http://tamarindvillage.blogspot.com/200 ... cakes.html
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Postby kiasimom » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:55 pm

Wow, tamarind,
Good suggestions and great kids you have.

I am just wondering how to make my kids de-stress.

My kids play with jigsaw puzzles and legos when they are not studying.

Does that help to de-stress?

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Postby jedamum » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:12 pm

girls have more variety of activities to choose to destress right? like shopping...ice-cream...heehee...
my P1 will coop up in the room to fix up his lego city....for hours.

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:57 pm

I just bought a carom board to play with my kids and wifey. Been so long since I saw a carom "man". Still possess a bit of my "sitter" prowess :wink:

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Postby tamarind » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:22 am

kiasimom, jedamum,
My kids also play with jigsaw puzzles and Lego blocks everyday :wink: These are certainly good ways to de-stress.
I have been thinking of ways for my boy to de-stress too, but he is only 5, no stress yet. My girl will be in P1 next year and may have to do a lot of homework.


ChiefKiasu wrote:I just bought a carom board to play with my kids and wifey. Been so long since I saw a carom "man". Still possess a bit of my "sitter" prowess :wink:


Where to buy carom board ? I want to let the kids play some games where they can practice aiming and shooting, but don't want them to break anything at home.

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Postby tamarind » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:06 am

My kids like to play with ZOOB. It is even more interesting than Lego, because the parts can move.

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Metro and NTUC hypermarkt are selling at $9.90 for 15 pieces.

I bought 250 pieces from this website :

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_compani ... ob_250.cfm

- Based on the 5 nucleic acids; the building blocks of life
- Mobility mirrors movement of people, animals, machines
- Improves visual/spatial relationships, motor skills, creativity, problem solving
- Includes 250 pieces (50 of each piece)
- Instructions for geometric shapes, weaves & 23 creations
- Zoob FO, Zoobasaurus, Zoobcycle, Zoob-Dactyl, The Crown, Zoob Rex, DNA Spiral, The Fly, Space Bird, Dino Bunny, Zoobamator, Zoob Raptor, Wily Hopper, Chicken, Scorpion, Zoobdude, Zoobot, Chopper, Cell Phone, Small Airplaine, Llittle Critter, Twirling Top
- Durable pieces snap, click, slide, pop together
- Free Lifetime Replacement Offer
- Ages 6+

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:35 am

tamarind wrote:... Where to buy carom board ? I want to let the kids play some games where they can practice aiming and shooting, but don't want them to break anything at home.


I found them in a dusty old corner while I was sniffing around Popular bookstore in Bras Basah :)

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Postby tamarind » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:20 am

ChiefKiasu wrote:
tamarind wrote:... Where to buy carom board ? I want to let the kids play some games where they can practice aiming and shooting, but don't want them to break anything at home.


I found them in a dusty old corner while I was sniffing around Popular bookstore in Bras Basah :)


Thanks.

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Postby tamarind » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:38 am

We bought this from Ikea, a very big tub of beads for only $9.90. The beads are very small, about 3mm in diameter. When ironed, the beads stick together and we have a nice plastic mat.

Great for developing patience, and fine motor skills ( in case kid wants to become brain surgeon :wink: )

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