Archive | July 2010

Alphabet Wall: Making…C for Caterpillar

I know I made C for Caterpillar the last time (click here for the link), and no, I don’t have any particular fascination for creepy crawlies…

…but there was this fantastic idea from a book we borrowed, titled “Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Insects” by Kathy Ross, 1997 Millbrook Press.

It lets you make both a caterpillar and a butterfly, which is a great opportunity to talk about the life cycle for a caterpillar! The following are our own adapted instructions from the original idea in the book.

You will need the following materials: coloured paper in A4 size(I chose green and yellow, strips of coloured paper (I chose yellow and orange), glue, marker, scissors, stickers.

1. Paste a sheet of green coloured paper onto a sheet of yellow coloured paper. Leave to dry. (This is an optional step. I did this because I wanted to differentiate between my caterpillar and butterfly’s colours. If you don’t mind them being the same colour, you can skip this step).

2. Fold your sheet of paper into half, book style.
3. With a marker, draw an arched caterpillar shape (a chubby C), with the back of the caterpillar on the fold.

4. Decorate your caterpillar by pasting on the coloured strips of paper. Leave to dry.

5. Cut out the caterpillar, leaving the back that is on the fold uncut. This is so that when you open the folded caterpillar, you’ll get a butterfly.

6. Flip open and draw the body of the butterfly on the fold.

7. Decorate your butterfly with stickers, and anything else you’d like to add.

And you’re done!

Kids Say: Worry worry worry

Now that we’ve got approximately five months’ countdown to the start of the 2011 academic year, the other day, I casually described to DD how school would be lots of fun – there would be sessions for art and craft, numbers and phonics, and snack time and time for the playground as well.

She then asked me, “We must share and take turns going down the slide?”
And I replied yes, we should.
“If someone wants to go before me, then I’ll let them go first and wait for my turn?”
And there…I paused a moment. 

And considered the question.  “Well, if it is your turn, then you tell them politely to wait, and you go first.”

And internally, I heaved a deep sigh laden with what ifs.

What if she meets a playground bully?
I mean, at school, there will be children from different kinds of backgrounds and all walks of life.

Will she know what to do?

Will she be able to look out for herself in a situation where there is no one else to look out for her?

It dawns on me that my little girl is going into this big big world where I’m not going to be there for those three hours.

And frankly, I. am. a little scared. Okay, maybe more than “a little”. It’s a daunting thought.

I know I cannot be close by, making sure she’s okay, all through her schooling days.

I know full well, that incrementally, I will have to let go, and eventually prepare this arrow to leave the quiver.

I know that God who loves her more than I ever could, will be watching over her twenty-four-seven-three-sixty-five.


Does every mother of a child going to preschool feel this way, or is it just me being extra paranoid?… 😦

Art with Daddy: Checked sheep

Aren’t these sheep just the cutest?

Sheep outline by Daddy, checks and colour choices by DD. 🙂

Mommy Musings: Obedience and Honour Part II

Click here for Part I.

As parents, how do we motivate our children towards obedience?

I’ve only been a parent for three and a half years, which doesn’t make me all that credible to give advice, 🙂    so I’ll draw on the words of those who have gone before me and whose children are all grown up and married and have children of their own.

One of the elders in our church advised us to that to make obedience attractive, we need to have two elements:

1. The first, is to have a consistent approach to discipline.

Gary and Marie Ezzo in their book “Growing Kids God’s Way” provide three principles of instruction to parents on cultivating obedience, which DH and I have, and continue to find useful in our parenting efforts.

  • When you speak to your child in a way that requires an answer or an action, you should expect an immediate and complete response. Children will rise to whatever level is expected and encouraged. Too many parents expect little and receive exactly that.
  • Never give a command unless you intend for it to be obeyed. Be sure to say exactly what you mean and mean precisely what you say. If our instruction has no resolve behind it, our children will take advantage of our parental uncertainty and assert their own, unguided will.
  • Encouraging and establishing right, moral behaviour in children requires consistency and clarity of instruction. Unless your instructions are clear and consistent, your child is at a loss to know what to do.   (emphasis in bold, mine)

2. The second is to create an environment where our children know that that they are loved.  

How do we demonstrate a Biblical love towards our children? 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 7 gives us a pretty good guide to follow –

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

On a final note. As Christian parents, we seek to train our children to obedience, not just because it’ll make our life better but primarily because God has given us the solemn responsibility to do so.

It’s hard work.

But our faithful obedience to God’s instruction will result in ultimately our children’s faithful obedience, not just to us, but ultimately to their Creator.

WordCraft: Making…P for Parrot

P for paint, P for parrot!  🙂

You will need the following materials: black crayon, paints, brushes, artblock sheet.

1. With a black crayon, draw a parrot on an artblock sheet.

2. Paint the parrot.

3. Write the letters and the word!

Finished.  😀

Alphabet Wall: Making…P for “Paste a Penguin”

You will need the following materials: Black craft foam, grey, black and orange coloured paper (alternatives: cardboard and old magazines), white artblock sheet, scissors, glue.

Stage 1: With your scissors you will need to cut the following:-

1. A letter P out of the black craft foam.
2. A black circle and a smaller orange one for the eye of the penguin (alternatively, you can use a googly eye or draw it in.)
3. A grey piece for the penguin’s body.
4. A white piece for the penguin’s chest (optional).
5. Two black pieces for the back and flipper of the penguin.
6. Two orange feet and a beak.

Stage 2: And now, the pasting…
7. First, the eye. Paste the tiny orange circle in the middle of the black circle. Set aside.
8. Next, paste the feet of the penguin (around the lower centre portion of the artblock sheet.)

9. Then, paste the grey piece for the body, overlapping on top of the feet.

10. After that, paste the white piece for the chest.

11. Paste on the penguin’s back.

12. Add the letter P.

13. Paste on the flipper, eye and beak.


Note to parents:  If you don’t mind a penguin that’s slightly more geometric, try making this into a shapes activity – use rectangles for the body, circles for the eyes and feet and triangles for the back and flippers.  Or if  you want to take it one level further, use only one type of shape, e.g. ALL triangles!  😛

Art with Daddy: Farm Animals

I’ve framed this up and displayed it on the kids bookshelf. 🙂

Lately, DD has been asking us to draw just one object on a white sheet of paper and she then fills in the rest of the details.
So DH drew the cow, at her request, and DD filled in the rest of the picture. Love how she drew the horse!

Just another manic Monday

Let’s have a show of hands…how many of you working moms would rather be on the beach building cairns with the kids?

Me too…me too…

WordCraft: Making… b for beads

As DD has started showing early interest in words now, this craft was thought up for her benefit.  Aside from being a fun way to learn to spell, I also like the element of fine motor skills practice.  🙂

Will WordCraft become a regular series?  Hmm…maybe….maybe…  😉

You will need the following materials: assorted craft beads, coloured paper, cardboard, marker, glue.

1. Paste the cardboard on the back of the coloured paper. This makes it sturdy so it can withstand the weight of the beads that will be glued on.
2. With the marker, write out the word “beads”.

3. Apply glue onto the letters…

…and arrange the beads. DD insisted on doing this on her own so I left her to it.

"Mummy, you don't help!"

I thought the end result was really pretty! 🙂

This could be a fantastic idea if your child’s name starts with B…like room door nameplates…or in a wooden frame above their bed…or on a bookcase…so many possibilities!

Alphabet Wall: Making…B for Bee

You will need the following materials: cardboard, coloured paper – black and yellow, tracing paper, markers, scissors, glue, pipe cleaners, ice-cream stick, cellophane tape.

[Note: For the yellow colour, I used craft foam for a layering effect. If you have different materials, do take the opportunity to experiment with different materials and textures.]

1. With your marker, draw the body of the bee on the cardboard. Also draw a head with a face for your bee. Cut these out.

2. Draw the letter B on your tracing paper. The height of the letter should be approximately the same as the length of the bee’s body.

3. Cut out strips of paper from the black and yellow coloured paper with a width of approximately 1 inch and length to match the width of the bee’s body.

4. Now you’re ready to make your bee!
5. Have your child colour the letter B on the sheet of tracing paper. 

6. Paste the strips of yellow and black paper onto the body of the bee. This makes a good patterning exercise for younger children.

7. Paste on the head of the bee. Let dry.

8. While your child is pasting, cut out the letter B.

9. When the bee is dry, trim the excess edges off the yellow and black paper.
10. Using cellophane tape, stick the letter B onto the right hand side of the bee. Also stick on the feelers and the ice-cream stick.


Two busy bees buzzing ‘round the flowers.  🙂