BASF Kids’ Lab 2106

Media Invite

BASF is a chemical company headquartered in Germany with a global presence. They have a saying: “We create chemistry”.

And one of their social responsibility is to make science/chemistry fun and enjoyable to kids at a young age.

I wished we had all these when we were young! My recollection of chemistry in school was the memorisation of the periodic table!

With presence in more than 30 countries, BASF Kids’ Lab was set up to allow kids to have fun in experiment and marvel at how chemistry works in today’s world.

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BASF is back in Singapore again this Nov/Dec school holidays to wow and interest kids in science!

Most importantly – FOR FREE! Yes!

Don’t miss out this immensely popular experiment workshop which will be held for FREE at Ang Mo Kio Library.

Details

Hands-on Interactive Chemistry Education Program

Who: Kids 6 to 12 years old

When: Tues, 15th Nov 2016 to Sun, 20th Nov 2016

Time*: 10:15am, 11:45am, 2:15pm & 3:45pm

Where: Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Library

* Each session is limited to 40 participants and is 1 hr 15 mins in duration

To register, please go online to www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary and search for BASF Kids Lab using as the keyword.

** The registration starts on 17th Oct 2016 (TODAY!) and slots are running out fast!

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Here’s a preview of what Ethen experienced during our media event held at Playeum:

Registration

Safety goggles, protective apro, a notebook, pen and gloves (no less) are given to the kids after registration. Safety first is BASF’s priority as the kids will be handling real chemical! Nothing to worry about as long as they don’t decide to put stuff in their mouth. Smile

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Introduction

We were introduced to the what BASF is about and why they are engaging kids to learn about chemistry at a young age. BASF doesn’t actually manufacture things but it make things better/easier. E.g. They make the rubber in the rubber soles of a track shoes and etc.

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The kids were reminded of the safety rules as they are dealing with the real chemical stuff.

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Investigations and Experiments

There were 2 different experiments that the kids worked on.

A) Where is Vitamin “C”

B) UV Investigation

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What I liked about this session:

1) Real apparatus

It is real iodine, real beaker, UV torch and even real chemical. Keeping it real make the fun even more fun (and exciting!). I thought it is great to let primary school kids dabble with the real stuff before they even reach secondary school age.

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2) Clear instructions

There was an instructor and an assistant at each table of 8 kids (who were paired up). There were more than sufficient staff around to help out and guide the kids. The instructor gave good instructions to start the kids off and stop them if they are doing something dangerous. Otherwise, the kids were encouraged to observe, draw their own conclusion and write their observations down in the note book.

I liked it that the instructor didn’t just gave the answers too quickly. Rather they paused and allowed the kids to consider the results of the experiments and draw their own conclusion. And conclusions do not need to be the same. E.g. There is vitamin C in lemon juice OR There is less Vitamin in green tea. Both observations are correct.

The kids were paired off; thus they learnt teamwork too. Ethen had a bit of problem with an enthusiastic partner who prefer to conduct all experiments by himself. The protective mummy in me wanted to step in…. but I held out and waited to see how he resolved it. He did! without (much) force nor squabbles. Open-mouthed smile

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3) Not 1 but 2 experiments!

That’s a bonus. Smile With 2 different experiments in 1 session, the kids get to “play” more. The second experiment was more of an investigation on UV rays and the kids made real sunblock! Ethen’s observation was that the chemical reaction created yogurt-like substance (sunblock lotion)! Open-mouthed smile

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Conclusion

It was a 1hr 15 mins session but felt that the kids wanted to do more! The curious mind of a young kid knows no boundaries. Smile

The kids were encouraged to share their answers and observations.

Science were made simpler for the young kids to understand and concepts were broken down to bite-size information. BASF Kids’ Lab is on their way to nurture many new scientists amongst our new generation!

It was a good session not to be missed.

Do hop onto www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary to book your slot before it all runs out.

If you are keen to know what BASF does, check out their Facebook page and their global website.

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Thank you for BASF Kids’ Lab for giving us an opportunity to experience this and Ethen said he hope science will “become popular”! Open-mouthed smile

The Three Little Pigs By The Little Company

We were in the midst of a hectic schedule of renovating, packing and moving home. But I knew The Three Little Pigs (By The Little Company / SRT ) were showing this season and I just cannot miss it.

Because it is one of the first few bedtime stories that Eizac enjoyed and remembered.

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I thought it is interesting which are the first fairytale stories parents picked to read to their young toddlers.

For me, it is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs!

Why? Because they are adage-old stories which I can still make sense while I am dozing off! 😛

And so, at 3 years old, Eizac had this background understanding that there are 3 little pigs and 1 big bad wolf. And it is a BIG BAD WOLF!

We were kindly invited to a weekday morning show. And there were shores of preschool kids in the theatre. Clearly, parents/teachers approve this form of art. Smile

And it definitely did not disappoint. I think the key reason is because both adults and children are entertained.

It isn’t just a kids’ production though it is meant to cater to toddlers as young as 3 years old. It has injected enough humour to humour the adults too.

And the end result is always to bring across a positive message; in this case, The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. And there are “rewards” for reading your books too. Smile

Well, of course and that “evil” (Big Bad Wolf) will never prevail.

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I always enjoyed SRT’s The Little Company’s productions. The Three Little Pigs are part of a trilogy musicals for children written by The Laurence Olivier Award winning writing duo, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The other two musicals which have also been translated into Mandarin plays are The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Read my past review here.

Not sure who the duo are? No worries, someone closer to home, well-known ex-mandarin DJ, Danny Yeo, is actively involved in all of The Little Company’s Mandarin children musical productions. Possibly, that’s where all the “local flavours” came about. Open-mouthed smile

Hopefully, without giving too much away, let me share my version of the synopsis of The Three Little Pigs.

<< The Three Little Pigs are affectionally known as “Cha”, “Siu” and “Bao”.  If any of them looked familiar, you might have seen “Bao” in Three Billy Goats Gruff and “Cha” was in some TV commercials such as Ah Ben Nescafe and WaiFai Starhub. Ah Ha! That’s why.

Sadly, Daddy Pig was gobbled up by the Big Bad Wolf and that left their devoted single-parent Mum who decided that her piglets need to move out because her house is a “real PIG STY”!

After a wefie shot, they departed to build their own pig sty as the “world is prefect for a pig”. Eventually, as we all knew the ending, the brick house stood the huffs puffs of the BIG BAD WOLF. And that piglet who built the brick house is none other than “Bao” who is always reading a book. So it goes to show “it helps to have your snout stuck in a book”. >>

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We cannot forget the “baddie” who made the piglets look even more adorable. The BIG BAD WOLF. Here, he does look a little scary when he first took the stage. Later, he was presented as a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf. With his croons and howls, he did made a few new friends in the crowd! I overheard that the he became some of the children’s favourite character in the play.

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And for the adults, I think we had good laughs at the convenience trade person (watch carefully to see who she is. Smile). The local humour and some Singlish jokes (not too much) made it highly palatable for the local crowd. The catchy music, colourful stage and interactive actors complete the experience. It is a good production which I will highly recommend especially for 3 to 12 years old. Eizac left asking to return for more! Smile

Eizac and Mummy

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With our dates for the morning. Smile

Don’t miss it as this season runs till 16th Sep 2016. Last I checked, the tickets are running out fast!

P.S: one small tip to share. The theatre is not a huge one. So any seats will be a good seat unless of course you must be in the first row. Open-mouthed smile

Details:

Title of Play: The Three Little Pigs

Dates: 4th Aug to 16th Sep 2016

Location: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. 20 Merbau Road (near Robertson Quay)

Booking: SISTIC

Various discounts are available. Do check out SISTIC site for more information and hope you will enjoy the production as much as us! Smile

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N.B: We were kindly invited for a media review. No further compensation were received. All opinions remained writer’s own. All images except those with the normal folks are copyrights of SRT.

Review + Giveaway!–My Gym @ Buona Vista

And we concluded our term of 10 weeks lessons at My Gym @ Buona Vista. Read about our first review here.

Eizac was super thrilled to receive his Certificate of Excellence! He witnessed a few kids receiving it before and it’s finally his turn. Smile

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We had such a good time every week at My Gym (Buona Vista) that he was still asking for more lessons after it ended. In all honesty, if we are not staying further away, I would have signed up another term for him. Here’s sharing some of the activities that left a deeper impression on him/me:

1) Objects Learning

Being given an object and allowed to fiddle, throw and even smash it (at times); all these piqued his curiosity and allowed room for creativity.

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Object learning: Ring
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Object Learning: Rubbery ball

2) Gymnastics moves

This is more of my favourite than Eizac’s. He is a little apprehensive of the various gymnastic moves and exercises introduced. But he gamely became a volunteer when called upon by the teachers. The various exercises such as forward roll, balancing beam, backward flip on a bar and etc; these help to strengthen core muscles. The teachers will normally highlight which muscles are being worked on and what parents can try with their children back home.

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3) The thrill rides!

There are always some surprises every week! It is never boring at My Gym. Eizac looked forward to the different set ups of the gym every week and sometimes they have thrill rides for the kids!

One week, we had a ‘superman dive’ into a ball pool and another week he had a spin ride on a swing. And the last week, all the kids went on a choo choo train! The hardworking teachers did their very best to give a fun experience to all the children. From my experience, the teachers in an enrichment class or a childcare centre/kindy can make or break the learning experiences for the young ones. I am grateful to the committed and chirpy teachers at My Gym (Buona Vista) for making it an enriching and enjoyable session every week. You need loads of energy for that!

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During our term, I had the privilege to have a chat with the lady in charge of My Gym Bouna Vista – Janice. I learnt a touching story on why she decided to set up My Gym Buona Vista. Here is a short email interview of her sharing:

Q: Why did you decide to set up My Gym Buona Vista?

A: My 6 year old son has joined My Gym since he was 2 years old. He has delayed developmental issues and was frequently teased by his peers. He was even rejected by teachers in main stream schools. I’ve seen how My Gym program has helped him developed physically, cognitively and emotionally. My heart goes out to help children with difficulties. Henceforth, my husband and I decided to take up My Gym franchise. Besides working with well-functioned children, we accept special needs children, giving them an opportunity to socialize in a group setting as well as providing early intervention for them and working on their self-confidence.

Q: What are the unique points about My Gym Buona Vista that differentiate it from other providers?

A: Besides our award-winning program, we are very particular about the quality of our teachers. They are well-trained, passionate and patient with children. We emphasize on small student-to-teacher ratio to provide individual attention and positive reinforcement. We teach our children on accepting everyone’s differences and encouraging one another using kind words. Most importantly, we accept children with special needs. Parents are often very appreciative of us giving their children a chance. Our teachers are trained in special needs and early childhood.

I am really impressed with the quality of teachers at My Gym Buona Vista. The passion, love, energy and commitment is admirable. It is a well known fact that it is not easy to hire good early childhood teachers these days. If you are looking for a wholesome and energetic program for your child, I do recommend My Gym @ Buona Vista.

If you are looking for June/Summer holiday programs, do give them a call at 6684 9220 for more details. My Gym @ Buona Vista is located at 35 Rochester Drive, #03-24/25/26 Rochester Mall.

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With some of the friendly teachers at the last day of our lesson. Eizac drew them a thank you card! Smile

And here is a chance to win a 1 month program with My Gym @ Buona Vista!

Just complete all of the following 3 steps to get a chance to win a 1 month program for your child at My Gym @ Buona Vista

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Please note terms of giveaway:

This giveaway will end on 20th June 2359hours. It is open to the parents with children from age 4 months to 13 years old. Lessons will be held at My Gym @ Buona Vista only.

Winner will be randomly picked and decision is final. Winner’s details will be passed to My Gym @ Buona Vista for liaison purposes.

Updated on 23rd June 2016: Winner of this giveaway is ….. Kristie Wong! 🙂 You will be contacted by My Gym @ Buona Vista for more details! Congratulations! 

N.B: This review is written as part of an experience of lessons at My Gym Buona Vista. No further compensation had been received.

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