school holiday activities

School holiday activities

by mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com on December 11, 2016

We’ve been kept busy during the first two weeks of the year-end school holidays. Here are some school holiday activities ideas:

1. Robotics

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7y9m Vee loves robotics. We stopped his school robotics activity after one term because he became too tired to complete his homework and had insufficient time for free play.

In replacement, we agreed on joining a robotics programme during the school holidays. So he went for full day session at RM140 (~SGD45 / USD32), paying half out of his savings.

Robotics classes in Singapore and Malaysia often use the Lego Mindstorm school sets. This is an example of the home set:

2. Free coding courses

In the afternoons, Vee may also work on free coding courses at Code Studio here and learn to use simple computer commands.

3. Playing with LEGO & other construction toys

lego education
This is something Vee has little time for during the school term. He spends about 2 hour per session building on his own, trying out both guided and creative building.

Highly recommended:

We bought our LEGO Education sets from Amazon here:

These are superb value for money and offer unlimited possibilities for creative play.

Other construction toys we love are:

  • GIGO Junior Engineer* (good for 2+ to about 6 years old): We have 3 boxes — basic set, ball track set and gear set — for the kids’ building projects.
  • Lepao (good for about 5 to 9 years old): Lepao (Taiwan) is the authorised manufacturer of German-designed Lasy blocks, so we bought our huge sets from Taiwan Toy R Us.

Here’s an example of the Lepao elevator:

lepao elevator
Next up, I’m planning to buy this:

  • K’NEX* (good for about 7 to 12 years old. I’ve already given a set of K’NEX to a nephew as birthday present.)

4. Culinary sessions

toddler mashing bananas
Learning to cook is an essential life skill. (Frankly, I prefer baking snacks much more than cooking a full meal.) Little El was the first to start on making nutritious cookies — mashing bananas, pouring & stirring ingredients.

Older children can help out in more ways in the kitchen, IF they’re cooperative.

5. Drawing

jae drawing neighbourhood
This is something really easy to offer — provide a wide range of art supplies to let the children explore. Give initial guidance on how to use each material and let their creativity run wild — ON the paper, and not on the furniture though.

Some of our favourite basics:

  • Drawing block paper (thin and about size A4 for colouring; thick and about size A3 for painting)
  • Thick coloured paper
  • Coloured pencils (thick for younger kids, thin for older)
  • Crayons
  • Crayola washable marker pens*
  • Paint (Crayola washable ones for toddlers)

The first presentation of each art medium includes how to clean up after art work. By being responsible for cleaning up, the child learns to be careful when working. (5yo Jae actually enjoys washing the paint materials he uses!)

6. Strategy games

the rivals for catan
I grew up playing card and board games with my family during each school holidays. Because my dad worked night shifts, the rest of us sometimes played until he returned home at 5a.m.!

Currently, Vee is hooked onto playing The Rivals for Catan* with me. We limit it to 45 minutes per session so that I can tend to the younger children too. Embarrassingly, I’ve lost EVERY game so far. He even taught me how he strategised to win. Am I getting old or what?!?

Anyway, I’m glad that he’s finding his interests and strengths.

Other strategy games that our family plays:

Next up, I’m going to buy:

  • Go* (or Weiqi, since El is older than 3yo now and not likely to mouth any small parts. Finally…!)

It’s been a hectic two-week taking care of the kids from morning till night. Hope this post gives you some ideas for this or the next school holidays. Have fun!

~ MieVee
MummysHomeschool.com

P.S. Check out my workshops here


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace December 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

Hi Mievee,

The Lego Education sets that you have listed do not ship to Singapore from Amazon. Can you share how did you manage to order them please? I have checked the local Lego Certified Shops in SG and they do not have these sets anymore. Appreciate your reply. Thanks!

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com December 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Hi Grace, for Amazon items that aren’t shipped to Singapore, I have used ComGateway before. There may be other freight forwarders such as SingPost, but I haven’t tried. Happy shopping! :)

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Grace December 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Hi Mievee,

Thanks for sharing. I will check out ComGateway then. Happy Holidays!

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