By Mandy Loh
“Play is the work of the child”~ Maria Montessori
Play is the key ingredient to healthy intellectual, social and emotional development of children. Through play, children are better able to make sense of the world around them.
It is worthwhile to note that every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Avoid comparing your child’s ability with others; focus instead on understanding your child’s interests, learning styles, and celebrating their individual strengths and achievements.
As Peppa Pig’s daddy would say, “it’s only mud!”
The website is well-designed, with plenty of activities catered for toddlers as well as preschoolers. You can search by age group, or by learning themes such as “Weather” and “Transportation”. The best part is, you can download and print out all the colorful and attractive materials at home!
Three mommies with preschool-aged children tried out some of these resources, here are their experiences:
Wendy Lim with sons, Judah (4) and Joshua (3)
I loved the idea of having an activity based on a road map with car park lots since my boys are crazy about cars! I would recommend laminating the printouts so that it can be re-used.
The idea is simple and engaging. You can teach the multiple tables by asking your child a multiple question like ‘what is 2+3?’ and your child has to park the car in the lot with the correct number.
As a homeschooling mum, I have found that most websites with preschool resources are based in Australia and America. So it was nice to see ideas that are culturally relevant for us.
Shirley Ho with daughter, Iris and friend, Esther (both 5)
We tried “My Singapore” and “Singapore Ethnicity” activities. It was informative and easy to understand. The online resources are very helpful and I’m glad to see quite a decent resource building up, especially those focused on Singapore and our local culture.
Learning about Singapore’s multi-cultural society!
Mandy with son, Cristan Loh (5)
While printing out the resources, my printer ran out of ink! But Cristan was more than happy to colour in some of the pictures! He also enjoyed classifying and grouping the cutouts into air, land and sea themes.
Colouring the fish like Nemo!
Since there were English and Mandarin words labelled on each picture, I took the opportunity to teach both languages while we were playing the matching game. I was also pleasantly surprised that he could sit still for an entire half an hour that we were doing this!
That’s a definite win-win situation!