Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 3

We’re half way through the 6 prescribed sessions of Physiotherapy. So far it has been going well in terms of Theo looking forward to be there and getting along with the therapist. I do wish he would sit still for 30 minutes at home for me to work on his feet though. He’ll be happy to sit and read or watch TV but the moment I touch his feet, he gets all funny about it. Hence, we’ve been doing multiple mini-sessions of a couple of minutes here and there throughout the evenings. 

On the 3rd session, I mentioned previous incidents of Theo dragging his right foot and tip-toeing. He hasn’t done it much (or at all) recently but I thought I’ll be that paranoid mum who brings up a million concerns during consultation time. It turns out that the reason for him doing that is due to weaker shin muscles. Hence, he has more trouble (so to speak) moving his feet forward like those of us with normal feet. I’ve always assumed that when he climbs, he turns his feet out mainly because of the way the boots and bar hold his feet for 12 hours each night (normal feet kids climb up slopes on their toes). 

As he’s still too little to understand that he needs to do exercises to strengthen his legs, the therapist suggested kinesio-tape which “wakes up” the shin muscles. He’ll need to have them on for 4 days before I remove them in a warm bath. Apparently I’ll be able to notice the difference in the way he walks – there should be more forward movements on the toes. 

It was only from this session that I learnt that my son prefers leopard to zebra prints. #faint 

Vision Board

A vision board is a tool used to help people stay focused on their goals. I had one at my desk while I was at university to keep me motivated as I worked towards my goal – be it fitness, grades, money, or holidays. I stopped doing it after graduation because things got in the way. 

Recently, a few Usborne Consultants started sharing their own vision boards (mainly related to their businesses) and I thought I’ll do one for myself. 

As you can see, I’m focused mainly on family goals. Things I want to do for and with my family. I put up a nice family picture of us 3 to remind myself visually of my family goals. They are really simple things such as taking Theo for swimming to help with his physio, and speaking more Mandarin to him (although he resists). 

On the bottom left are some postcards I picked up from the Frankfurt Bookfair the other day. I want to be creative – for example, do crafts with Theo, work on family photo books. I want to make sure that we continue reading lots to the kids hence the orange postcard which means “We love reading”. The “A to Z” postcard serves as a reminder to casually introduce the alphabet to Theo as he’s really interested in them and recognises most of them and what they stand for. Most importantly, I want to be a fun mum. 

On the right hand side is my holiday goals. 2017 will be a family year for us with Mia joining us real soon. We’ll visit families in England and Singapore. However, what I really really want us to do is bring Theo to London. I want to do the kids’ stuff with him and I’ve shortlisted a few places to visit (mostly free too!!!) which I’m sure he’ll love. Why London? Because I don’t want to drive around. And it’s a big enough city to explore for a week and there’ll still be plenty to do. 

The long term holiday goal which Dan and I have been talking about forever is our Japan trip with the kids. By then, Theo will be 6 and Mia will be about 4. We’re super excited to share our interest in Japanese culture with our kids and also tell them about our year in Tokyo together. I have our Purikura photo print up because I hope we’ll have a candid family one taken together. 

Top left corner is a list of things I want to get for Theo. It’s easy to just use Dan’s credit card to make purchases, but for this Christmas, I’m working hard (bordering on the line of being shameless) with Usborne books to get my favourite boy in the world his Christmas presents. I want to actually contribute towards his presents. 

Next in orange at the top is my German language learning action plan. It is hard to go for classes with kids. We do not have alternative childcare (not for Mia at least). But we have so many resources to turn to. I however need the discipline to sit down and just do it. 30 minutes a day isn’t too much to ask for I reckon. I probably spend hours doing mindless internet surfing which is a complete waste of time. I know as non-native speakers we aren’t encouraged to read German books to Theo (as some “experts” might suggest) but I think his books are amazing resources to learn from. You’ll pick up extensive amount of vocabulary that you may not learn easily in your daily life.

Last but not least, see that crazy picture of Dan and I next to our family picture in the centre? I want that to serve as a reminder that however hard parenthood gets, however tired we are, however old we are, however angry we get at each other at times, we’ll never forget that we’ve married our best friends and we’ll continue to be crazy together. 

Struwwelpeter Museum, Frankfurt

At Struwwelpeter Museum, you can learn about Heinrich Hoffmann, author of the picture book Struwwelpeter. 

Ok, that’s not Struwwelpeter. This is the right one.

Prior to visiting this museum, I didn’t know that Struwwelpeter has been translated to more than 45 languages including Chinese. I had a brief look at the book and decided it was a little too advance for Theo right now but it would be great to introduce him to this German story. 

The museum really allows children to bring Struwwelpeter to life. There is a props and costumes room where children can dress up and role-play. 

Theo was just more interested in pushing chairs around and giving me weird looks about my new hairdo. 

There is also an activity room where kids can do colouring, play board games,puzzles etc. 

It’s always a challenge to visit museums with Theo because he’s so fascinated by things around me that we don’t usually get the chance to read what’s being displayed. But really, this is a great opportunity for him to see different cultures and experience the various exhibits more than actually studying them. Nowadays when he plays with his toy cars, he pretends that he’s going on a Museum daytrip! 

I thought it was really kids-friendly as the exhibits (most of them) were at kids’ eye level. 

This definitely helped capture Theo’s attention and saved our backs from lifting him up and down to view exhibits.

Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 2

I was set 3 exercises to work with Theo from our first Physiotherapy session. We did it with him everyday but as the days went by, we had many questions for the therapist. 

1. How many minutes a day should we be stretching his feet bearing in mind a toddler won’t sit still for long periods of time for you to twist and turn their feet in weird angles even if it’s not uncomfortable?

Answer: Approximately 15 minutes

2. What sort of activities can we do with Theo on top of the stretches to help him develop stronger muscles?

Answer: Lots of climbing, feet in sand and if he likes running, continue running! At such a young age, the goal is to stretch the muscles. But as Theo gets older, he can do more training exercises. 

3. Is his right foot worse than his left because he seems to resist me flexing it inwards but not on the other side? 

Answer: Quite normal to have one stronger than the other. But Theo wasn’t resisting during the session and the therapist was actually really impressed by how far back she could flex his right foot. She doesn’t think it’s an issue. 

I’m glad that he has Physiotherapy now because each session is about 30-45minutes long which gives me ample time to ask questions. 

Today, we worked on his feet while Theo was on his tummy. This is apparently a tricky position because most kids just won’t want to lie on their front willingly. This exercise is similar to what I learnt last week except that lying on his tummy OPENS his hips. The way the boots and bar hold his feet means that his hip rotation is limited. Therefore such exercises help prevent hip issues which can occur with clubfoot children. 

The second exercise I have to do with him this week (no photos because I had to distract Theo and listen to the therapist at the same time) also involves him being on his tummy. Instead of having his feet like the above picture, I’ll have to flex them TOWARDS his shin (that position that he usually resists when sitting up right). In addition to the flexing, I’ll have to stretch out his tendons (where he was operated on, so I can’t miss that point!) by moving it left and right, up and down. 

By putting my leg gently on his bottom, it helps ensure that his hips are open. 

Another tip that the therapist gave me was that it’s actually good for Theo to sit ON his feet (not frog style with feet facing outwards behind him) like the Japanese style. His feet will be in a bent downwards position which helps the “walking forwards” movement. Geeezzz… I never had to think so much about how we move our feet when we walk! 

We have 4 more sessions to go and I’m not exactly sure what happens after that. The clinic is in Bad Vilbel and it takes an hour door to door which isn’t too bad, really. What annoys me slightly is that we have to cross an old metal bridge that not only has gaps between steps, but each step has a grid (with little holes) hence as I walk up, I actually see myself getting higher and higher. It is totally not barrier-free so I have to rely on others to either help carry the stroller or hold Theo’s hands to cross over to the platform to get home. Oh, it’s not exactly the busiest station either. Then again, I read stories of people who walk like 6 hours to get to a clubfoot clinic in third-world countries and I think to myself “What are you complaining about?”

Museumsurfer Pass, Frankfurt 

For my birthday this year, I asked for the Museumsurfer Pass. The family pass covers entrance fees to 34 museums in Frankfurt for 2 adults, 2 kids between 6 and 18 years old, Night in the Museum, and the Museum Surfer Fest. 

Only a month since I’ve got the pass, and we’ve visited only 4 museums and we’ve already covered a third of the cost of the card. Seems like a pretty good deal to me especially if you’re planning to make frequent visits. There are so many kids-friendly exhibits that require us adults to pay an entrance fee to that we figured it would be worth getting it for the year. 

Here’s the list of participating museums.

Altana Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg

Archäologisches Museum

Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum

Caricatura Museum Frankfurt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Deutsches Filmmuseum

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach


Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank

Goethe-Haus/Goethe-Museum Frankfurt

Haus der Stadtgeschichte, Offenbach

Hindemith Kabinett im Kuhhirtenturm

Historisches Museum Frankfurt / Höchster Porzellan-Museum


Institut für Stadtgeschichte/Karmeliterkloster

Jüdisches Museum

Kindermuseum Frankfurt

Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach

Liebieghaus – Skulpturensammlung

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt

Museum Giersch

Museum Judengasse


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt

Städel Museum

Stoltze-Museum der Frankfurter Sparkasse


Weltkulturen Museum 

Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 1

In the next 6 weeks (to begin with), I’ll be documenting what I’ve learnt from our physiotherapy sessions with Theo. This is our first time seeing a physiotherapist who is trained in “3-dimensional foot therapy nach Zukunft-Huber” and specialises in children. When Theo was really little, we did ask his Orthopedists if physiotherapy would be part of his treatment but they didn’t think it was necessary till a week ago.

According to the therapist, Theo has weaker leg muscles than children without clubfoot which is normal. However, we’ll need to do physiotherapy to ensure that he develops and strengthens the muscles in his legs to help him walk better. Not that he needs to see a therapist for the rest of his life, but he should be doing various exercises for life to minimise discomfort brought about by clubfoot. I never knew this. I just thought he’ll be done and dusted after 4 years of boots and bar. 

Now that I’m more aware of what to expect (including a potential second tenotomy when he’s older), I feel like I’m in a better position to help him. 

We need to stretch the insides of his feet. He’ll sit in between my legs and I’ll have to use my elbow to gently press against his knee. One thumb will go under his big toe while the other presses on his heel. Both thumbs pull in opposite directions. We want to make sure that the insides are straight when stretching. 

Next, with his leg forward, place one hand on his knee against the floor and flex his foot towards his body. This will help stretch the tendons and strengthen the calf muscles. Alternatively, walking up slopes is a good form of exercise. The therapist mentioned that she’ll introduce more “physical exercises” for when he’s a bit older and ready but it would be good for him if he likes climbing slopes already. 

To get him to wriggle his toes in a fun way, she got him to pick up marbles with his toes. Alternatively, use a big bushy make-up brush to gentle brush his feet (ticklish). These little exercises are meant to strengthen his leg muscles. 

These are the first 3 exercises that we have to do with Theo daily for this week as part of my “homework”. I’m really pleased with how the therapist interacted with Theo. She didn’t rush him. Instead, she introduced herself to him, played with him first before starting physiotherapy on him. I think that helped Theo warm up to her instantly. 

Our Clubfoot Journey: A Tiny Step Back

It has been a while since I last wrote about Theo’s feet condition because ever since he started walking last Christmas, everything has been smooth sailing. Doctors were pleased with his progress, they said his heels have dropped which is a brilliant thing and hence we were told to only return for check-ups every 6 months.

Last Friday, I took Theo for his check-up at the hospital expecting the doctors to tell us to just return 6 months later for another review. However, the Orthopedist noted that Theo’s right foot isn’t as well as it was at the previous appointment 6 months ago. The tendon was a little too tight and hence to prevent a relapse, he has to attend physiotherapy.

Not end of the world, right? Well, I felt like crap after that.

On the tram journey home, as Theo looked out of the windows with excitement as he could see the tracks on the road, I was fighting back tears in public. I know it’s not as bad as it sounds but I just couldn’t figure out what went wrong to cause his right foot to not progress as well and that it had actually gotten worse. We’ve been compliant with wearing his night time boots and bar “so what else could we have done?” I asked myself. According to the Orthopedist, it sometimes just happens. What does that even mean? “Things like that shouldn’t happen to my boy,” I thought to myself.

We had to look for a physiotherapist in Frankfurt who can actually carry out a particular treatment for Theo and it took me a week to find one on the outskirts of Frankfurt. Initially, I assumed it would be easy to find one in our neighbourhood since Physiotherapists are literally everywhere. But I was wrong. Only so few specialise in kids, and those who do, aren’t trained to treat clubfoot.

In the week, I noticed him tip toeing on his right foot, limping and dragging it more than before. Did I miss those signs because I took for granted that he’s just as agile as any other children? Were those meant to be alarm bells? I have no idea, but I’m glad the Orthopedist picked them up.

Fortunately, I was given an appointment for this coming Monday so it’s not like we have to wait for months to be seen. I’m really eager to learn what needs to be done so that we can also continue the physio at home to help Theo.

We’ll be seen by the Orthopedist in 3 months’ time at the end of January to see if physiotherapy has any positive effect on Theo. I’ll definitley have to pay more attention to his feet. Better to be overly concern from now on than to not notice a potential relapse!


Johanna Basford – Adult Colouring Monthly Diary

Lately, I picked up a hobby – colouring. All day long I’m sorting out our paperwork and generally being bossed around by a toddler to play with cars and trains. When night falls, all I want to do is something that allows me to shut everyone out for a while and just concentrate on one thing. Hence I thought I’ll give adult colouring a try and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s addictive. 

Despite it being the digital age, I never quite got into the habit of taking notes on my smartphone or set reminders on it. I’m old-fashion in the sense that I still rely on physical planners and calendars. I’m really pleased to find Johanna Basford’s 16-Month Weekly Colouring Planner on Amazon. It’s just so pretty and has illustrations from 3 of her books.

As a student, I was obsessed with stationery, especially pens. I love colour coding my notes. It made studying a lot more fun. I’ve never coloured with pens so I thought I’d give it a try after seeing examples of beautiful pictures others have shared online. 

Initially I wanted to do just ONE illustration per week, but I got addicted. I’m stuck to the desk for hours each evening! 

Here are some of the pieces I’ve completed.

I find it so hard to stray away from what is perceived as a “usual” colour for an object. However I try to experiment with different colours because art isn’t merely black and white. Who is to say leaves can’t be blue? 

End of Summer Water Play Season

We have unfortunately come to the end of  Frankfurt’s Water Play season in mid-September. If the weather forecast is anywhere near being accurate, yesterday would probably be the last warm day of 2016. It has been a rather lovely summer compared to the unbearable heat wave we had in 2015 which lasted for weeks and weeks. 

This year we’ve taken whatever opportunity we had to bring Theo outdoors to play. That’s because he wasn’t even walking last summer so it was still fairly easy to go after him. But now that he’s active, there is a constant need to burn the energy he has. 

With Autumn round the corner, we’ll have to be a little more creative with our playtime. As much as possible, I prefer him to play outdoors. Fresh air always does both parents and child more good than harm. I’ve prepared his Autumn/ Winter outdoor play outfits so it doesn’t really matter if he gets a little messy. From this weekend, he’ll also be back at Music Together for “music lessons” which he really enjoyed a year ago. 

As much as possible, I would like to do activities he enjoys together with him before baby number 2 arrives. After all, once number 2 is here, it would be divided attention most of the time. 

No Mess Splatter Painting

While looking for painting ideas for toddlers, I came across multiple no mess splatter painting which I thought was interesting so I gave it a try. Apart from it being a craft activity, it could also be used as a shaker while toddlers dance along to their favourite tunes. It could perhaps also be a sensory bottle. Rather multi-purpose, don’t you think?

Using a regular coke bottle, I dropped tiny bits of paint in it. Then I added green beans and a good quality 190g paper. 

Next, secure the cap and hand it over to the toddler to splatter the paint.

Theo had little interest in shaking the bottle though. So it ended up being some sort of therapeutic activity for me as I stood alone in the kitchen and gave the bottle a few hard shakes. 

I’m quite pleased with the result. It gives a distressed sort of effect which is rather pretty, I thought. Perhaps some kid out there will be more interested in this than mine! 

No Mess Autumn Colours Canvas Painting

We have been doing lots of messy painting over the summer holiday, hence for a change, I thought we will do a non-messy one. 

Sticking to the current Autumn colours theme, I used a cheap canvas which I got from Lidl a couple of weeks ago. After putting paint on it, I wrapped the canvas with cling film a couple of times to make sure that it wouldn’t tear. 

Initially I thought Theo would just use his fingers to spread the paint out. But he was very eager to use his toy vehicles. Thankfully the canvas has been wrapped because he wanted to use his favourite bus that his Aunty got him last Christmas. 

Yes, full concentration when “painting” with vehicles. That is probably the only time you’ll find him still and quiet. 

Here’s the finished artwork. 

Autumn Colours Painting Activity

With temperatures hitting almost 30 degrees Celsius everyday and clear blue skies, it feels like summer is here to stay. However I’m sure we’ll soon be hit by cold winds and wet weather as soon as we’ve acclimatised ourselves to the heat. 

I like the colours of trees in Autumn, orange, red and brown. It can be a little wet on some days, but those days are great to stay in and indulge in comfort food such as soups and rich stews. Hence I picked orange, yellow and red for Theo’s painting activity because I’m eager to jump into Autumn! 

He was not interesting in painting with brushes or sponges. Ever since I let him paint with cars, that’s all he ever wants to do. He did however find it interesting to use foil to paint so that was something new but it didn’t hold his interest for very long. Back to cars!!! 

I find it important to ask open ended questions when he’s painting or drawing. Instead of asking “Is that a dog?”, I would ask “What are you painting/ drawing?” I suppose that leaves it to him to decide what he’s actually working on instead of me planting ideas in his head. 

According to Theo, this is a painting of “flowers”. I sometimes feel like I lack the creative mind and openness to see things from his perspective, so when he said “flowers”, I was quite taken aback. “Huh? Where are the flowers?” I thought to myself. 

Road Safety Activity for Toddlers

Everyone says once babies or toddlers start walking, they’ll be everywhere and they’ll be a handful. For us, it meant a lot when Theo took his first steps. Having clubfoot doesn’t prevent kids from walking but still, it was a major milestone that he achieved in his own time – at about 19 months old. 

True enough, once he started, we couldn’t quite stop him. I’m not sure if he actually knows how to walk because he RUNS everywhere. He wanted to be out of the buggy to explore and we thought it was best to introduce him to traffic rules. Even when he was just a newborn, we made it a point to follow traffic rules even though Theo wouldn’t be aware. It was just good practice for us to get into so we can teach Theo those rules when he was older. 

It is tough work getting toddlers to follow you wherever you go so we had to be very firm. There is no negotiating when it comes to road safety. Either he held our hands when crossing roads and not running onto the roads, or straight back into the buggy he goes. He could scream and cry but he soon learnt to pay attention to road safety and is 95% of the time compliant. 

As a mega huge fan of everything with wheels, road safety activities are a hit with Theo. I prepared materials to make a traffic light to teach shapes and colours and he got to stick the mini squares to match the colours and the vehicles stickers too. 

Subsequently, I drew the red and green men which I thought was important for Theo to recognise. Whenever we encounter a crossing, we’ll ask Theo if it’s a red or green man and if it’s safe to cross. The whole point of this is to make him aware of the lights, the rules and what he can or cannot do. 

Road safety is a rather important (serious?) topic but with stickers in hand, it becomes a fun activity to keep him occupied for some time. 

Cloud Dough Sensory Play

Before the summer holidays come to an end, I wanted to do more activities with Theo at home before he starts his new Kita (playgroup). As the weather has been unbearably hot and humid for me lately, and Theo tends to break out in bad heat rash if he stays out too long in the sun even with sun block, a home based activity suited us best.

As far as I can remember, Theo has always been obsessed with putting toys in his mouth. He is getting better these days  when it comes to sand play, but inevitably he’ll still get sand in his mouth. Hence I’m reluctant to get play doh for him even though I know he plays with it at Kita. But again, he eats sand and paint at Kita, just not when I’m around to scream “Noooooooo!!!!”. 

Therefore, I was glad to learn about Cloud Dough which is homemade dough that is safe enough for kids as long as you DO NOT use baby oil. I substituted it with cooking olive oil.

This homemade dough requires only 2 ingredients, flour and oil. Generally, 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of oil will give you a good texture to play with but you can adjust the measurements accordingly depending on how much dough you need. 

The texture is really soft and fluffy yet it has enough strength to keep its form when molded. Theo enjoyed running the dough though his fingers and pretending that his digger and truck were digging up the road. 

I used our Fisher-Price shapes as molds. Theo caught me by surprise when he pretended that the different shapes created were little cakes. It only shows how often he’s seen me digging in in a piece of cake! 

This activity occupied us both for at least an hour. He could have gone on longer but at that point he just wanted all the dough, which he calls sand, on the balcony floor so he can roll vehicles through it. I wouldn’t have mind as much if we didn’t have a neighbour downstairs. In the end I convinced him to have a bath and wash all his toys that he used for the activity. He enjoyed that responsibility so I had the luxury of just sitting in the bathroom next to him while he scrubbed away in the tub. 

We both had a great time and I didn’t have to wash up. What’s there for me to complain about, eh? 

Messy Painting with Cars

Don’t be put off by the “mess”. Painting with cars turned out to be a rather peaceful time spent with Theo. I just got all the materials AND bath ready (when he was about done) in advance and it was pretty fuss-free. 

It was basically free play. I let him express himself however he wanted and let him mix the colours, choose where to “paint”, and what medium he wanted to use (be it a brush, truck or car). 

Theo loves Peppa Pig and puddles but the weather has been extremely hot these days so he pretended that the cars were splashing through colourful muddy puddles. 

I knew he would get fingerpaint ALL OVER himself so I was prepared to NOT be a control freak. He wasn’t interested in eating paint and even if he did taste it, it was purely accidental since paint was all over his face by the end of the activity and he said it tasted yucky. I felt so happy because he kept telling me how much fun he was having while painting.

I bought from drawing paper from the supermarket but thought they weren’t actually very good for painting. They were rather thin compared to the ones I used as a kid back in Singapore. So after Theo painted the same area multiple times, it tore. I’ll definitely try to get drawing rolls (those that go on an easel) for future purposes. A HUGE sheet of paper is more fun than sticking 16 small sheets of thin paper together. #inexperienceCraftywannabeMummy

Here’s his finished piece of artwork all done by himself! I love it!!!! 

Painting with Lemons

At 9am on Saturday morning, Theo was ready to put on his shoes to go to the playground but we weren’t. My eyes were still half closed because which mum gets sufficient sleep, right? We told him he had to wait for us to get ready before heading out so he said he wanted to do some painting instead.

I had some lemons which I thought would be great to use to “teach” him about circles. 

But of course, he found it more fun to slide the lemons around on the paper. And we ended up with…..

Shocking!!! But oh well, as long as he had fun while painting and wasn’t rushing us to get out of the house. 

Build a truck – Shapes Activity

In the recent weeks, Theo has taken interest to learning about shapes. Prior to him taking interest in learning, it was futile for us to “educate” or “drill” concepts into him. So we thought “oh well, he’ll want to learn when he’s ready whenever that may be”. You can imagine how thrilled we were when he started asking questions such as “What’s that?” while pointing out to different shapes. 

Therefore, I looked up on Pinterest for activities that will keep him interested in learning instead of just using wall charts or flashcards and constantly drilling information to him. 

Here’s what I came up with. I did the top truck to give him an idea what he is supposed to do. I introduced him to the shapes – circle and square. I didn’t want to have more than 2 different shapes in one activity as I want it to be simple. 

Full concentration! He was very happy to have “built” a truck. I didn’t expect him to repeat after me when I told him what the shapes were.

That’s the final product. He can’t quite arrange the shapes to fit within the lines accurately yet but really, I don’t expect him to. So here’s Theo’s wobbly truck. 

Dinosaur Biscuits (Cookies)

Using BBC Good Food Basic Biscuit Recipe, we made some dinosaur footprint biscuits this afternoon. 

I didn’t expect how difficult it was to get a 2 year old to NOT over stomp dinosaurs on the dough. But it didn’t matter, after all the forceful stomping around, I just went back to the kitchen to modify bits that would have burn in the oven. 

Theo was very excited and kept picking up the dough to eat despite us stopping him. 

When we were done, we roared into the camera. 

Here’s my little man enjoying the finished product. He was so proud of himself. 

Dinosaurs Ice Excavation 

The dinosaurs need some help from Theo as they are trapped in the Ice Age! What tools does he need to excavate them?

1. Wooden spoon

2. Metal spoon

3. Paint brush

4. Salt water in a spray bottle

5. Small craft hammer

First I filled an ice-cream box with about an inch of water and put 6 dinosaurs in. After it has frozen, I placed another 6 on top of it and covered it with water, making sure there was space for water to expand when it’s frozen. 

Initially we thought we would leave the hammer to the last resort because we didn’t want to be “hammered” by a 2 year old whatever intentions he had. But he wasn’t fussed about it actually as he was having more fun spraying salt water at us (mostly) and the dinosaurs. 

We had to bring this activity outdoors as it was a lot warmer than our cool apartment. If we were to do this in winter, I would freeze the dinosaurs in smaller containers instead and do this activity indoors. 

He was very careful with the small craft hammer, thankfully! I was also surprised that he managed to hammer the ice with great accuracy! Hurray to refining motor skills! 

We also tried smashing the bits of ice to break them into smaller pieces. Throwing is often something we frown upon in our apartment so Theo was happy he got to throw ice outdoors for a little while. Everything seems to be amplified in apartment living which is annoying! 

Yay to excavating the first dinosaur! 

It took about 30 minutes (with our help) to excavate all 12 mini dinosaurs from the Ice Age. 

When we got home, I read to him one of his favourite books, “Dinosaur bites”. 

This activity wasn’t too time consuming to prepare, neither was it too much of a hassle to do and needed just a little supervision depending on what sort of tools you use (be careful with the hammer). 

We had a great time together as a family doing this together and tomorrow, we’ll continue with another dinosaur themed activity. 

Oberwaldhaus, Darmstadt

To celebrate Singapore’s 51st Birthday this year (9th August-National Day), a group of Singaporeans and our families met up at Oberwaldhaus in Darmstadt. Easily accessible via Bus F from Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof, I am so glad to have been introduced to this beautiful park. 

Surrounded by plenty of luscious greenery, a lake where you can rent a boat for, a mini golf playarea, pony rides and a playground, the park has lots of offer for families of different ages.

Blessed with warm rays of sunshine, we were fortunate to secure a shady spot for the picnic. 

It was great meeting old friends and seeing new faces. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay long as we had a train and bus to catch to get back to Frankfurt. However, it’s always nice to have a good catch up with the rest, enjoy each other’s food and company. 

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