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.
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.
Every time someone is cooking in the kitchen, my son has been trying to ‘cook’ too. A Masterchef in the making, I can only hope. While I wholly agree to the idea of him learning to cook, letting him near a hot stove at his age is something else altogether. So, his father did the next best thing. He got him a Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set.
Ever since we bought him the Peipeile Dough Fastfood Center, he has been asking for ice cream, strawberries, cars, fire trucks, robots, etc. made out of dough. So, since we wanted to check out and compare the quality of the different brands of modeling items, purchasing the Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set seems to be the ideal solution.
I still remember those days where, as a child, I used to play with plasticine in pre-school. Though the smell left much to be desired, the joy of creating animals (especially snakes as they were so easy to shape and mold), vehicles and of course, food, more than made up for it. Hours and hours of fun just creating something out of lumps of colorful plasticine.