On Jaycee’s 4th birthday, we decided to bring him on an educational trip — KL Bird Park. Personally, I have been there twice before and I must say that there have been some positive changes in the past ten years. We arrived there around 10 plus. There were already many visitors there. The bird park opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, including Public Holidays.
So, my son has been clamoring for a robot ever since he saw Robi. While we couldn’t afford Robi (over $600), his dad got him another alternative — R2 Cady Wida — which sells for under $25. JJRC is a company well known for producing remote-controlled drones and cars but now it has decided to venture into a new market: remote-controlled toy robots (which are fast gaining popularity). At a glance, the Cady Wida (CW) has a slight resemblance to Robi but without the hefty price tag. For a sub-$25 toy, the features aren’t that impressive but it does guarantee a lot of fun and entertainment for kids aged 3 to 10 years old. Also, if a boy robot is not your child’s preference, there is a female version too called Cady Wini (its body is pink instead of blue).
It’s Christmas time and Jaycee’s birthday is also in December. Therefore, this is one of his favorite months as he gets so many ‘presents’ to unwrap. One such present is the JJRC Q39 Highlander which is an RC car that offers him plenty of fun. It costs around $70 but has features that you can find on more expensive RC cars.
As my son grows older, I notice that he has a curious nature. He would ask, “Why this …? Why that …?” which I would be only too happy to answer except for my own inadequate knowledge. Because of this and the fact that I would also like to get him interested in nature, the world around us, the environment, etc. I began my research on educational science kits. The choices out there boggle the mind: weather kits, insect habitats, terrariums, solar power kits, etc.; I was spoilt for choice.
It’s going to be Christmas soon and I’m sure many of us still have more shopping to do. Knowing my son’s fascination with toy robots, I have been researching for toy robots he’ll be interested in that will also be educational for him. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on toy robots under $50 for those under budget constraint. Therefore, this is a list of toys under $200 that I wish I could get for him.
When Robi the Robot by DeAgostini was launched, my son took a liking to him immediately. Well, I guess, most people did, judging by the crowd at the roadshow. What I liked about it was that it was the first robot I saw that had artificial intelligence. It could move, sing, dance, respond to over 250 voice commands as well as act as an infrared TV remote control. Yes, definitely a cool toy to have except that it isn’t sold over the counter. You would have to assemble it from parts that are collected over 70 magazine issues sent over 70 weeks. And even if that doesn’t deter you, the price of over $2000 might. So, knowing that it may not be in my Christmas list in the near future, I did some research and was delighted to find out that there are more affordable toy robots in the market.
I just love spending time with my son. Not only am I bonding with him, I am also broadening his horizon by kickstarting his curiosity. This is perhaps one of the reasons why I would prefer to homeschool him. The latest adventure I had with him was a visit to Petrosains at KLCC. And it was a big hit with him.
Sluban is a Chinese brand that produces Lego compatible building blocks and play sets. When I say “Lego compatible”, I don’t mean Sluban produces counterfeit Lego products. They actually design their own play sets although the basic building blocks are identical to the ones made by Lego.
Woo-hoo! As a year-end treat, we went to Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh for some splashing fun. It is also known as Lost World Hot Springs & Spa as the theme park is set at the foothill of limestone caves. It is said to be the biggest hot springs and spa in South East Asia. I wish we had more time to spend exploring the park but time just flew by when you are having fun.
If you have read my review on Livelock First Step 1 building blocks, you would know that my son (and me) loves to build and explore. And being exposed to The Lego Movie, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, Lego City, Lego Nexo Knights, etc. it was just a matter of time (and money) before we got him his first set.