Ikea robot building contest

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We love Ikea’s kids friendly displays and we never forget to end our trip with their signature Swedish meatballs, chicken wings, or ice cream cones. The Nasi Brani (halal) set meal is value for money and delicious too.

Last Sat, we were at Ikea for a different reason, we were invited to a Robot building session ! Ikea wish to promote family bonding and fun through some group activities.

To quote from Ikea :
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When it comes to KIDS, Ikea always believe that :
– Playing is learning for life
– Sleeping is growing for life
– Time with parents, family and friends is the most important

Ikea’s Philosophy is to try to understand a child’s world from their perspective, to learn about their developmental needs throughout different stages of their childhood.

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After we say Hello to our friendly Ikea droid, we got down to work.
robot fun for kids

Materials and props were prepared in advanced for us, so we only need to milk our creative juice. Who can pass Daddy the scissor, tape, and Uhu glue?

The smaller kids were more interested in doodling, rather than helping Daddy construct his robot. Fortunately, we got two friendly “teachers” from Artz Graine to guide us.
Ikea arts and Craft, arts & craft kids activities

With Ikea’s “Make a friend” theme, kids say hello to each other, our robots and even the rag dolls! Kelvin (Cheekiemonkie) and Ai (Ai Sakura) busy at work.

Our Robot interfacing with Ash’s cute Minion 🙂
diy robots, build a cardboard robot

We are all proud of the kids’ Robots.
Smales membership, Ikea Family membership

Daddy hope you can tell ours is a humble purple Robot, arts and craft is not really his forte. We added the elongated rabbit ears since the kids love our neighbour’s bunnies.

We call it “My Robot” since we are bad at naming too haha 🙂

(image courtesy from Adora of GingerbreadMum)

Nice to catch up with our fellow Ikea Robotic fellowship, everyone had Fun along the way.
Hello Adora, Wai Wai, Ai, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Irene, Jean and Kelvin 🙂

Take a peep at our friends’ gorgeous Robots !

After the session ended, Daddy thought he could bring the kids to Smales world again, but the wait was easily an hour plus.
Smales playground

Boon Yee and Boon Xin had enjoyed their Smales exploration in an earlier session.
Ikea Smales playground

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Good news if you love to diy handicraft with your kids.

From 28 Oct onwards, you can register online for Ikea’s “Make a Friend Contest“(diy Robot) session on 23 Nov. There will be 5 sessions of 30 parent-child teams.

(image credit Ikea)

The winning machine will stand to win $500 worth of Ikea vouchers, and be upgraded into a Life-Size robot for display at both Ikea Stores !

** Do take note that you need to be a Smales or FAMILY members first
(both registrations are free).

More details can be found at –> http://www.ikea.com.sg/makeafriend. Bring your own crafting materials to personalise your robot 🙂

ikea memberships,ikea smales benefits

We would like to thanks Ikea and Artz Graine for a fun filled “robotic” morning, the kids were truly a happy bunch. More photos are available on SengkangBabies Fanpage album.

More Ikea details :
Fanpage and Website
Smales Ikea

Voyage of Dreams

Last Sunday at Central Library’s The Pod, you would have found a cute Penguin.
Let Daddy tell you about our aMAZe-ing adventure 🙂

Voyage of Dreams aims to encourage family bonding through creative play, and the main ingredient is our humble Cardboard (Yes, the same material which is normally associated with our friendly garang-guni)

Cardboard Dreams await when you step out at the 16th floor.

How can you expect the kids to resist the Whale, Balloons, and the MAZE !

A few hours earlier, our kids got to pose with their Hot Air Balloon at home. Who can forget the cartoon UP! To enhance our Dreams, we even pasted photos from our Putrajaya Hot Air balloon adventure.

At around 2 plus, Voyage of Dreams started with a soothing duet from Evelyn and Alf. It was cool to see the kids form part of the entourage.

Games galore, every family was encouraged to bring along their own diy games.
Fire Engine, Fishing and Jenga !

Marvel at the creativity of parents. Kids were eagerly exploring every game station.

At Auto city (name?), the boys were crazy about the cars, plane and train.

It is always easy to make parents smile. As long as the kids are enjoying themselves, we will be beaming broadly too 🙂

At Voyage of Dreams, there were so many opportunities to bring parent and child closer, like TanFamily 🙂

Top down, Wai Wai, Carol and Summer‘s family.

M.A.Z.E for the little ones. This must be the center of attraction !

Chu Chi Tunnels or Naked Mole rat comes to mind when we see the kids relishing their tunnel marathon ! It is a marvel that the kids could navigate inside the tunnel without a map.

Some cheeky ones will purposely stay still so the parents cannot FIND them wahaha !

Video : Hugh Maze of Fun !

Do pop by our Hot Air Balloon demo and Maze construction on Instagram too.

Secretly, Daddy wish he could crawl stealthily inside the tunnel too, but it would be embarrassing if his 1.8m frame got entangle at one of the junction ..

Let us talk about The Prince and his Castle instead, not forgetting THE Sword 🙂

We got storytelling to entertain the kids too, introducing Adora, Wai Wai and yours truly.

Friendships were made, over sword fighting or catapults. Boon Yee told us PC Mum‘s daughters were his Hide & Seek buddies.

More Arts & Craft activities await kids at the basement. Did you see the cardboard Vessel ? It is on display till 31 Oct.

Our cardboard project manager Sarah with her kids (The Playful Parents). Her vision (and Roy’s support) helps to make Voyage of Dreams a BIG success.

Interested to know how her Cardboard dream started from Global CardBoard Challenge?

A BIG shout to our volunteers (from ITE college Central), who spared no effort to ensure the kids enjoy their Angry Bird cardboard adventure. 谢谢 !

We need to thanks National Library Board (NLB) for allocating the venue and the following sponsors for the arts and craft materials.

Voyage of Dreams was a big success, we spotted smiling faces at every corner.

Thank you Voyage of Dreams, for bringing an afternoon of FUN and Laughter to so many families 🙂

We have more photos and games on our Fanpage album.

Are you inspired? Would you like to indulge in some cardboard Fun? Daddy got a lot of inspirations from http://pinterest.com/jeanettesantand/cardboard-games.