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My Favourite Nursery Rhymes from Royal Rae

David loves books. When we are in the car, he always wants to hold on to a book and at bedtime, I have to read him the same story several times before he’s willing to let go of whichever book he’s hanging on to! On weekends, we drive around quite a bit and David gets restless easily unless we play some Hi-5 music. Recently, we got hold of a busy book from Royal Rae and it keep him happily engaged in the car for a good length of time!

Royal Rae was started by Cecilia, a mother of a six-year-old girl. She observed that handcrafted toys were much better in encouraging her daughter’s creativity and imagination so she set up Royal Rae to offer a selection of high quality and engaging handcrafted toys to maximise the potential of children. We tried out ‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ from Royal Rae on David and it was a hit!

‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ has beautifully designed pictures accompanying familiar and well-loved nursery rhymes. David enjoyed listening to the nursery rhymes and also sat quietly lifting up flaps to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep, helping the mouse to run up the clock and the cow to jump over the moon, and putting poor old Humpty Dumpty back together again. The only ‘drawback’ was that his older siblings were so interested in his busy book that they kept trying to borrow it from him!

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Little Bo Peep

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Hickory Dickory Dock

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Hey Diddle Diddle

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Humpty Dumpty

The toys from Royal Rae have to be approved by Cecilia’s husband, a Developmental Psychologist and Associate Professor at a local university in Singapore. Together, they ensure that the toys have High Cognitive Value (Math/ Language/ IQ) and High Sensorial Value (Dexterity/ Touch Sensitivity).

Royal Rae products are designed to be safe and durable. Wooden toys have rounded edges and corners and are sanded by hand. Fabric toys have all sides triple sewn to ensure a secure fit. No batteries are required because the child is encouraged to use his or her own imagination! They are easy to bring along for car rides and flights and can keep a child entertained for a substantial amount of time.

GIVEAWAY! :)

We have a Tool Box Soft Play Set worth $50 to give away to one lucky winner. The Tool Box Play Set is handmade from wrinkle-resistant cotton & polyester and is suitable from 18 months.

To qualify, simply do the following by Tuesday, 3 November, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Royal RaeFacebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me which Royal Rae product is your favourite and why. Remember to tag a friend in your comment.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. One winner per household, please.

Indoor Fun with Tickle Your Senses

The haze is really getting me down. Every time I think things are getting better and we have a few blue sky days in a row, the haze returns with a vengeance and outdoor activities are cancelled. We have been staying in a lot more than usual so I’m grateful for Tickle Your Senses and their lovely sensory kits that are keeping the kids busy and the adults sane.

Tickle Your Senses was started by two mums, Felicia and Chiao Chyi, who wanted the best sensory play experiences for their children. So a lot of experimentation, planning, and love have gone into perfecting the kits available. There are playdough kits with cute and safe cutters for kids to squish and shape, and water beads kits for fun water play.

Tickle Your Senses

Tickle Your Senses

To be very honest, I dislike the typical play dough you buy in toy stores. The dough gets stuck everywhere, it smells funny, and I don’t like how it feels in my hands. Any commercial dough sets given to the kids as presents will *ahem* mysteriously disappear from the house without a trace. In fact, the only dough I let the kids play with is the homemade sort, but I’m way too lazy to make playdough in different colours so I’m glad Tickle Your Senses has solved that problem for me!

Alphabet kit

Alphabet kit

Body Parts kit

Body Parts kit

The playdough smells good, has a great texture, and doesn’t get hopelessly stuck on every possible surface. They add a drop of essential oil to engage your child’s sense of smell when playing with the dough but you can opt for unscented dough if you prefer. The playdough is made of plain flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, oil and food coloring and is taste-safe for little ones.

The playdough kits are available in a wide range of cutters from fruits and animals, to alphabets and numbers. You can also get accessories like extruders, scissors, rollers, and even a playdough mat to keep the mess under control. We chose the alphabet kit since Adam is still learning his letters and sounds, and the body parts kit because it’s just so amusing!

Playing with playdough helps with fine motor development, builds strength in the hands (very important for handwriting), and encourages imagination and creativity. The kids can sit and play with playdough for hours and hours and not get bored because there really is no limit to what they can make with the dough.

Adam forming his name

Adam forming his name

Anya's rainbow creation

Anya’s rainbow creation

funny dough person

funny dough person

Mr Dough Man surrounded by body parts

Mr Dough Man surrounded by body parts

The kids adore water play but the weather has been keeping us indoors. We haven’t had swimming classes for more than a month now! The water beads kits from Tickle Your Senses are such a great alternative to outdoor water play. They are so calming, smooth, cool and squishy that I couldn’t resist grabbing some and just holding them in my hands as the kids scooped the water beads from one container to another and back again.

blue water beads sea creature kit

blue water beads sea creature kit

scooping and transferring

scooping and transferring

squishing the beads

squishing the beads

The water beads kit comes with one jar of pre-soaked water beads and a tiny packet of unsoaked beads. I was sceptical about the volume of beads we were going to get with that little packet but it turned out to be many times that of the one jar and now we have lots of beads to play with.

All Tickle Your Senses sensory kits and materials are sent via fast courier mail to ensure that your purchases are well-kept and in good condition when they reach your hands. Shipping is $7 flat rate for any number of products and you enjoy free shipping via courier when you spend $80 or more (so grab a few friends and order together!)

GIVEAWAY! :)

To help your kids beat the boredom of being confined indoors, we have one playdough kit and one water beads kit from Tickle Your Senses to give away! One winner will be picked for each kit so there will be a total of two winners.

To qualify, simply do the following by Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Tickle Your SensesFacebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me which playdough or water beads kit you want to win. Remember to tag a friend in your comment. Do refer to their website to see the full range of kits available.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. One winner per household, please.