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.
In this time and technology age, children are getting more tech-savvy. More so when they are exposed to technology at an early age. From computer games to toy drones, some kids these days need more than just a simple book to keep them interested.
I love having a son. Not only do I get surprise hugs and kisses, I get to play with his toys too. And one of his toys that I really like to play with is called Livelock from Japan — a DIY building block/assembling system. What I really love about these building blocks is that they challenge the boundaries of your imagination.
If you have a son who runs away every time you mention ‘shower time’, you understand how it feels having to reason with (or drag), cajole or even bribe him to take his shower. Therefore, there have been things I have had to prepare in order to make it less of a hassle: his favourite bath toys (his toy police car, some building blocks, etc.), new toys to play with and skin care essentials, to name a few.