10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

10 Little Rubber Ducks

10 Little Rubber Ducks is a book by Eric Carle, known for his popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear What Do You See.

In this story, we learn about the fate of ten little Rubber Ducks, from the time of production, to their unfortunate sea accident. We then learn about what animal each rubber duck meets, and how the last rubber duck meets and joins up with a mother duck and her little ducklings.

This book is great for teaching about sea animals and prepositions. The pictures are drawn with bold watercolour strokes, similar in style to other Eric Carle books. Samantha enjoys this book because she loves seeing all the animals and ducks. I also use this book as an introduction to counting.


Effective Communication With Your Child

Recently we attended a seminar on effective communication with your child and were introduced to the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) Australia website. The brochures on the website are really useful, so I thought that I should share them here.

Here’s a link to the brochures page- 

It contains several good articles in pdf format, such as 

(I have provided a link to the same pdf files here, in accordance to the copyright laws)

Do check them out! 

Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Hugless Douglas

After the book review of Hug last week, here’s another book about hugs.

Douglas is a bear who wakes up on morning and decides to go look for a hug. He tried to hug a rock, a tree, a bush, and even some other animals, but didn’t get the feeling he wanted. Finally, he found someone who could give him the best hugs in the world-his mummy!

Samantha enjoys this book because she loves seeing how Douglas goes around looking for a hug, and his interactions with sheep, an owl and a rabbit. At the end of the book, there is a two-page feature with all kinds of silly hugs (comically demonstrated by the sheep and rabbit).

KidsSTOP Science Centre

I signed up for a science centre kidsSTOP membership a while back and was invited to a members preview on Saturday.

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Getting warmed outside before entering

KidsSTOP, designed for children between the ages of 18 months to 8 years, is divided into many different zones (17, according to some reports). Each area has a different theme, for example, the critters room, where the children can see chicks, frogs, fish and hamsters, and a supermarket zone, where children can ‘buy’ ingredients and food, before going to the kitchen zone to ‘cook’ the food!

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Shop at the supermarket..

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..and pick up some meat..

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..to cook in the kitchen!

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Looking for the hamsters

Samantha particularly enjoyed the zone where she could pretend to be a performer on a stage – there are a few children’s songs you can choose to sing or dance to. Other children who are off-stage can also participate, by being the cameraman or the producer!

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Singing with the big girls

There is also an area where you can learn more about your body, and take part in surgery!

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A blur of action as children engage in organ harvesting

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Samantha checks the baby’s ears for otitis media

Here are some more images of the exciting zones in kidsSTOP-

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Toddler zone, with some physical activities and mega lego blocks

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dig up dinosaur bones

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Cart around balls and send them down a custom made contraption

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Slide down a ramp!

The Science Centre kidsSTOP opens officially on 6 June 2014. Do plan a visit if your child is under 8!

Hug by Jez Alborough


This (almost) wordless book is a great book to have, especially if your toddler loves monkeys!

The pictures tell of how a baby monkey goes around in the jungle looking for a hug. Unable to find his mummy, the monkey bursts into tears of sadness. Eventually the mummy comes back and gives the baby monkey a hug.

As there are no words in the book, you can tell a slightly different variation of the story every time. This book is great for toddlers, to introduce feelings and emotions, and to teach them to give you a hug!