Learning Through Creative Play? – Weplay

It's a very late post from end August and things sort of bottle up after i discharge from the hospital last week but this is certainly one event that Roy enjoyed the most… even more than some of the Gala dinner we attended in the past!

The past few weeks were really hectic for us with Roy coming back on a ad-hoc trip + multiple mummies outing + blogger events + several long weekends. We were absolutely thrilled that Roy will back to KL (though it's only for 2 weeks or so), it has been almost a year since he's back – I've been doing most of the travelling the past 1 year in case if you are curious! No fun being so far away from my other half…..  He misses the food here dearly! The other truth is that i don't have to travel at least for this time!!! Lil' S understand so much more than i expected for her age… just few months before she turn two, she said "Mummy, airplane airplane. Let's see Daddy". And now a few months before she turn 3, she asked "Mummy, are you ready for a beach holiday? (with a sassy voice while filling her Trunki with stuffs) Let's go see Daddy and then beach holiday. Ride airplane, tomorrow, ok? I'll bring luggage"

Hahaha… she really made my day… When i surprise her by picking Roy up from KL Sentral without telling her. She was really shocked and  i'm pretty sure that deep inside her little brain she's picturing beach and bathing suit but little that she know, we have a greater plan for family bonding time the next day but this time no beach nor sand…… ***drum roll*** Weplay Parents Get Together Weekend organized by Weplay and Motherhood.com

I really look forward for Roy to join us in the Weplay session so he'll have a better idea of what a mummy blogger does in events. I've been asked multiples time, what do you do there with Lil' S? Isn't it boring to be there for so long? bla bla bla bla bla…. And this time round i'll have a perfect example to show him as it's a family-friendly event! Plus it'll be a perfect opportunity to discuss on our parenting preference  and next step for Lil' S after the event

The truth is that I'm not new to Weplay, we stumbled upon a nice boutique store in Taiwan last year and we found a couple of Weplay creative learning toys that suits our learning style at home but we only manage to bring two of them home…. (It's expected that i'll be squeezing things into overloaded luggages with all the shopping. So, i have to carefully pick as they are quite big in size)  I picked Bean Pods and Forever Up-Down and i love the versatility of both the items, it is perfect for hand eye coordination skill that i wanted Lil' S to develop. When I received the invitation from motherhood.com on Weplay event, i said yes without thinking twice, despite it coincide with my travel schedule. With a little charm and convincing, I got Roy travelling back to KL instead! Hallelujah! 

We start our day early with a good breakfast at Ben's, Roy's usual favourite egg benedict + salmon to give him the ummmmph to start his day after a long tiring flight the day before not to mention that I didn't pick him up from the airport instead he turn to the well-trusted airport train to KL Sentral….

I was very excited for the event, so is Lil' S! As we walk pass the reception area, i saw a heaven of tactile stimulation and visual traking toys and a few of the items on the rack are those that grabbed my attention back in Taiwan!

 

I just can't wait to settle down and have a look at the showcase area to have a good look at the products.  The surprise didn't just stop there, I heard a sharp shriek followed by giggles as I was busy hunting for a good spot among rows and rows of tables to settle down. When i turn around to check on Lil' S, she was blushing – immediately sat down on the floor, impatiently trying to take of her shoes, keeps repeating "Mummy, i want to play. I want to play theeeeere…" with fingers pointing to the back of the room. Guess what?!?!?!?!? There's a great play area set up for the little ones! 


It's a very conducive to play environment with circular play structure such an amazing replication of outdoor play area within the workshop area annnnnnnnnnd they have an arch climber (Go-Go Balance Fun) which is very similar to the Pickle Triangle, an arch climber that i've been eyeing for ages. We have no luck in finding a wooden Pickler Triangle locally… I was very tempted to bring one back from Australia every time i go back or order from Amazon, but the shipping cost will be sky high. Hence, the Go-Go Balance  Fun will be a great replacement of Pickler Triangle.    

Roy personally loves the company introduction by Weplay's founder, Elton Chiu as it focuses a lot in helping parent to understand and support child learning by diving into further into children motor skill development beyond the usual fine and gross motoskills. He finds it very informative, it gave him a great insight of on the different skills development area which is a great supplement our montessori learning at home. We have briefly spoke about the development of vestibular system and tactile perception when we first saw the Putt Putt Balance Board in Taiwan last year, we didn't get it because she was a little too young then but i really want Roy to understand the importance to develope the balance coordination at an early age and Elton's introduction really does help him grasp the concept better. 

     

Weplay kick start the morning with a good Tai Chi and balancing session to help the guests stretch and move, move, move! It's not easy to wake up early on a saturday morning! Kiddos seems to  particularly enjoy the life size dice compared to the tiny ones that we used at home… I decided to give the Rocking Seesaw a try, took me 15 second to balance. It's not as easy as i thought but it'll be fun to have it at home… Our favourite saying at home " Mummy buy toys, daddy is the toy!" So these are the perfect material for a boring Sunday for daddy to bond with the little one. While mummy isbusy in the kitchen, the "big" and small kiddo can have fun at the garden.

 

Weplay also take the balancing game to a whole new level by adding a secret compartment that convert it to a sensory game with Cookie Festival! 2 in 1…..   If you would like to know how does the secret compartment work, stay tune on the next post!

 

Creativity, Collaboration, gross motor skills!

   

As they lay out the life size blocks: Qblock, We-Block Minis, Icy Ice Building set and Softwood Blocks, lots of curious hands on the table that can't wait to start. All the parents were divided into 3 teams accomplish specific tasks… I have to say it's not easy to work in a team of 3-4 families consist of parents and kids, not any ordinary kids but excited kids! 

   

It was more than a handful when you have 3-4 kids in a team! I'm glad that there's a play area readily available while we try to accomplish the given task!

  

Play and children is literally inseperable, play alone without emotion is purely an activity bu

Play-based learning is a common topic among parents in Asia now compare to 10-20 years ago. Instead of academic focus such as learning to write/ read among young toddler, the current buzz in parenting is more towards sensory play, building fine and gross motorskills, etc. As you all may know, we are a Montessori and play-based household and i've work towrds building the environment ever since i quit my job 2 years ago. One of my biggest challenge here in Malaysia comparing back to Australia is the weather which limit us to a lot less outdoor activities that allow us to explore freely…. one of our favourite to do everytime we go back to Australia is picnic in the park and outdoor play… Lil' S still vividly remember the tiny froggie that we caught at a pond during our picnic and she was just over 1 year old when that happen.

 

   

Daddy and Lil' S working on a project… it's something that my family appreciate a lot as Roy is travelling 80% of the time… so the activities and their products jive perfectly well with out family philosophy….  though i'm still trying very hard to help my other half to understand the importance of learning through senses and play but he seems to have lots of fun in the activities today…

 

In a group of 3 we complete the challenge and build these within an hour. This particular wooden set in this life size really caught my attention, i've always thought this is a wooden set until i was told few days ago that these are actually foam not actual wood…. I'm impressed with how sophisticated this set look! Even if i place this in our living hall, it'll still look like a piece of classic art with the woody look… LOL

It's fun to be a kid again and expand our creativity using these life size blocks and puzzles. Proud parents will never forget to take a selfie with the end result!

   

How can this selfie mummy not take the opprotunity to take a selfie with my lovely girl! **psss the fact is that the little girl ask to take a selfie!*** Elton, the founder of the company got a pretty cute shot with the "twin tower" too!

The excitement doesnt end there! There was a unique lucky draw session using the giant size dice and one lucky winner get to bring home Weplay Q Block set worth over RM 1000. Congratulations to Kathy and family!

One thing for sure, we have lots of fun in the event and the key take away that both Roy and I agree is that play based learning and children is inseperable and it's inarguably best way for children learn! Play contributes to children’s fine and gross motor development and body awareness as they actively use their bodies. As the school curricular is moving towards academic focus, i think we at home, we should should try to strike a balance and inject more fun and play based learning to encourage problem solving and constructive thinking among our young generation.

For us at home, as much as possible i try to intergrate play into her learning curricular with me… lot's of fun experiements Many believe that it is impossible to disentangle children’s play, learning and development and my family is one of the strong support of play as we believe – the importance of play as a vehicle for learning cannot be underestimated. Play encourage decision-making, creates curiosity, build resilience and creativity as well as develop concentration skills from my personal experience observing Lil' S' growth the past 2 years. We received a couple of items from Weplay and we are excited to try it out the next few weeks… I'll be busy with our last mins birthday party plan for Lil' S on top of the charity work that we will be organizing. The initialy plan is to channel our birthday party budget to a charity work but twe have a specific request from the Birthday Girl for a mini celebration so we have 7 days to plan for a small party after her ballet class, she would like to share this special moment with her ballerina friends! As usual, her wish is my command… lol this is the "thing" when you only have one child! i'm sure lots of you can relate….
We received a couple of items from Weplay's door gift and we are excited to try it out the next few weeks… So, stay tune for more fun play and giveaways!

 

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