Out of the Vox: Animals knowledge

On the way to Dan’s violin lesson today, Vel started a conversation on animals…

Vel: “Mummy, there is a cockroach in the car when we first bought?”
Me: looking at her in a puzzled expression “no, not at all. When did we see cockroach in the car?” 
She laughed and Dan carried on… 
Dan: “mummy,mummy… Spiders eat cockroaches right?”
This started an interesting thread of Q&A.
Me: “Not in a way, but the thing is small animals will get eaten by big animals, followed by bigger ones and then the biggest one… This is how it works… Well, of course, it also depends whether the animal or insect is sick or weak, if it is … Even the biggest will be eaten by the smallest one….”
Vel: “so the lion will be eaten by the crocodile?”
Me: “hmm… Lions live in the wild grassland where there is little chance for them to see the crocodile unless they are near the river”
Dan: “So the lions will eat the elephant?”
Me: “basically, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras live in the same environment- grassland… So lions will eat them when they are hungry. But not all of them will be eaten by lion unless they are injured, sick or weak. They have the chance to
Escape if possible…
Vel: “you know, Mummy, chameleon change colors? They can change to green, brown or even near to
Mushroom color if they want to….”
Hubby: ” I don’t even know that…”
Me: ” yes, Vel, you are right, they change so that they won’t be recognised by their enemies and won’t get eaten up. So did you know what animal eat the Chameleon?”
Dan: “lion!”
Me: “not exactly… They can climb trees”
Vel: ” yes mummy… Lion cannot
Climb trees but leopard can…”
Me: ” so guess.. Which one will win if the lion and leopard are to run a race?”
Vel: “the lion because he is the king of the grassland”
Me: “although the lion is the king but he may not be necessarily the one to win…Leopard… Because it runs very fast…. Can be up to 100km/h…..”
At this time… Hubby asked me…
Hubb: ” so let’s say we put a lion, leopard, cheetah and a panther together and run a race, which one will win?”
Me: “leopard?”
Hubb: “no, a cheetah. They keep records of the amount of speed they run in the different species”.
Vel: “mummy… Last time elephants are brown in color you know?”
Me:” yes yes!!! Those were during the dinosaur- ice age and they were called Mammoths at that time…and do you know which animal/ insects have been the longest living thing around??”
Dan and Vel were thinking of the answer….
Me: “it’s the cockroach!”
Vel & Dan: “ew!”
Hubb: ” dear.. Your good friend”
I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations with them on animals as I love to study about the universe, physics, biology and animals. Most importantly, sharing a meaningful and learning conversation. 
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Out of the Vox: Don’t want

My youngest boy, Danien has started walking at 15months which was a month ago. It was a long wait for me as the older siblings started walking at 13months. However, Danien started his baby talk quite early. As early as 10months, he was able to say “car car”, “bear bear”. Oh, yes, that was also the first words he started saying.
He understood what was being told to him like simple instructions, “Where is the gun? Can you go and find it?” He would immediately search for it. It was fun actually “playing with instructions”.

Lately, he has learned more words. He knows how to call “Mama, Papa, Dad, no, don’t want”.
Just the other day, hubby told me that Danien walked into the bedroom with a gun and said “Hi Dad!”

For me, whenever I asked for “baobao- (hug hug)”, if he’s happy, he will come and let you carry. If not, he would say “No, don’t want”. Well, his facial expression accompanied with it was also cute which melts my heart at times. Though he is the youngest, he is also the one who is quite insistent and not sharing with his siblings. I have to reinforce to him the toys must be shared. The coming months will be more and more interesting too, to observe how the children interact with one another. At the current stage, both Avel and Danson plays with Danien a lot. However, when little tiff starts, it is always over Danien and either Danson or Avel will take Danien’s side. This is interesting….

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