Daily Archives: November 3, 2013

PLAYtime! – Hello Adam

We took the kids to watch Hello Adam today. Didn’t really know what the show was about but bought tickets long time ago based on the title of the production. We didn’t get very good seats because we made it in just as the show was starting. (Digression: I hate it when there’s a running event going on in the area when I’m at the Esplanade because the eating places are inevitably filled with the runners and we have to wait ages to get food!)

Hello Adam was all about movement! Using a range of props like balls of various sizes, blocks and slinkies, the performers moved around catching, throwing, jumping, running, etc. There wasn’t a storyline of any sort but the fast-paced performance was visually very entertaining for the kids.

Anya loved the bit where two performers were dancing around with ribbon sticks and I have pinky-promised that I will make one for her to twirl around with. Adam was under the weather and not as enthusiastic as usual but he sat through the entire performance without fussing and liked the bit where they lifted a big piece of cloth up and down like a parachute with the lights changing in colour. He was also happy to pick up the little coloured balls after the performance.

Hello Adam

Hello Adam

the four performers

the four performers

moving blocks around and hiding behind them

moving blocks around and hiding behind them

there's someone in there

there’s someone in there

human slinky

human slinky

Anya thought this was very amusing

Anya thought this was very amusing

four in a row

four in a row

getting into their slinkies

getting into their slinkies

hiding behind some blocks

hiding behind some blocks

balls of different sizes and colours

balls of different sizes and colours

I'm supposed to make Anya a ribbon stick

I’m supposed to make Anya a ribbon stick

different coloured lights passing through the cloth

different coloured lights passing through the cloth

Adam was fascinated by the changing colours

Adam was fascinated by the changing colours

more balls

more balls

smaller balls

smaller balls

lots of little balls!

lots of little balls!

the kids went crazy

the kids went crazy

Adam running around picking up balls

Adam running around picking up balls

the next one is Hello Yasmin

the next one is Hello Yasmin

Advertisements

Be-A-Dentist Day by National Dental Centre Singapore

We were very lucky to get a place for the Be-A-Dentist Day event organised by the Paediatric Dentistry Unit of the National Dental Centre Singapore. The event was held last Saturday and Anya had a really great time!

little dentists reporting for duty

little dentists reporting for duty

For our first station, they got the kids to bend some pipe cleaners into the shape of a star wand. According to them, the purpose of this exercise was to let the kids practise bending orthodontic wires for braces. This was something Anya could relate to because I just got my braces off recently after wearing them for almost 3 years.

first station: bending wire

first station: bending wire

with their wire wands

with their wire wands

For our next station, the children will told to pick 5 items for dinner. When the kids returned with their loot, they will told which items were good for their teeth and which were not so good. Then they were asked to pick another 5 items, keeping in mind that these items should be good for the teeth. Anya was a bit upset that all the items she had picked in the first round were bad for her teeth so she didn’t want to do the next round!

supermarket station

supermarket station

with her purchases

with her purchases

learning what's good for teeth

learning what’s good for teeth

At the next station, the kids cleaned out the ‘decayed material’ from a tooth model and then patched it up. I felt that this station was very relevant to the activity of experiencing what it’s like to be a dentist. Anya liked this station and was very pleased with the tooth she patched up. We got to keep the little tooth model so she can practise as much as she likes at home!

removing decayed material

removing decayed material

patching up the tooth

patching up the tooth

getting her handiwork checked

getting her handiwork checked

Then, we headed to the station that all the parents were looking forward to: dress-up! The kids looked really adorable in their blue surgical gown and shower cap. At this station, the kids also learnt about the bacteria on their hands and the importance of cleaning their hands well before treating their patients.

dressed for the part

dressed for the part

learning about bacteria on their hands

learning about  the invisible bacteria

cleaning hands

cleaning their hands

all ready to treat their patients

all ready to treat their patients

'I think my patient is slightly mad.'

‘I think my patient is slightly mad.’

For our final station, Anya gave me a dental check-up! Dr Tan Wee Kiat very patiently (and humourously) took Anya and another girl through the different steps that they had to take to give their patient a thorough check-up. This was definitely Anya’s favourite station because it was very hands-on: she got to move the dental chair up and down, feel how the different dental tools work, and look very closely at my teeth.

learning how to switch on the chair

learning how to switch on the chair

adjusting the chair

adjusting the chair

meet and greet

meet and greet

'Your teeth look terrible...'

‘Your teeth look terrible…’

learning about the various tools

learning about the various tools

how far can the water go?

how far can the water go?

feeling the air

feeling the air

high five!

high five!

We had a good time at NCDS Be-A-Dentist Day and Anya now declares that she wants to be a dentist when she grows up. For now, I just want her to be more enthusiastic about dental hygiene and do a better job of keeping her teeth in good condition so that we can avoid painful (for her teeth and for my wallet) trips to the dentist!

getting her certificate

getting her certificate

a very fruitful session

a very fruitful session