Archive | August 2010

Alphabet Wall: Making…G for Goldfish

This was a really popular craft with the kids. They actually wanted to make some more, so maybe we will do more later this week, soon as I get the chance to draw and cut out more eyes. (should just invest in a pack of googly eyes from the craft supplies store…)

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper (I used orange for my goldfish and blue for the background), pencil, marker, crepe or tissue paper to match, scissors, glue.

1. Trace a block uppercase letter G on the orange sheet of coloured paper. Cut it out and set aside.

2. Cut out a trapezium shape from your crepe or tissue paper.
3. You might also want to draw and cut out eyes for your goldfish. Alternatively just draw them on.

4. Paste on the letter G,

followed by the tail, and the eyes.


Pasir Ris Park

It was years ago when I first visited Pasir Ris Park.  Ten, to be exact. In a Christian Fellowship cell group retreat.

So it was with fond memories today that I stepped back into the park ten years later, recalling –

the salty smell of sea breeze accompanying our bible studies, 

cooking Coca-Cola chicken and really awful stir-fried vegetables for the group’s lunch because we bought groceries but forgot condiments,

evening walks at the playground,

and staying up late into the night trading funny stories over chicken wing and ah balling suppers.

Why did it take me ten years to return?  Well, travel distance is probably the biggest factor.  Pasir Ris is all the way at the eastern tip of the island.  But it’s probably the travel distance that makes it the wonderfully quiet, tranquil place it is.  There aren’t hordes of people crowding the place, and there’s plenty of wide open space – sky, sea and land – every angle you turn.

We arrived early in the morning to a virtually empty car park, trekked a short distance through the greenery to get to the beach, and found ourselves a comfy spot at the edge of the grass.

And when the sun grew hot, we packed up and headed for the shade of the trees and spent some time running up and down the grassy mounds and checking out the playground slides and swings.

After a week’s worth of being holed up in full day meetings, surviving on blech takeaway food, weak tea and bitter coffee…this…was truly respite for the soul.

Preschooler art: Colour blending

My mom told me DD created this piece all by herself.

Check out that amazing colour blending! I don’t think I’d ever have been able to come up with anything like this at school, let alone at age three-and-a-half. 

A good friend of ours once told me I’d be pleasantly surprised at the thinking and work a child could produce when left alone for a bit.  And yes, I am indeed… 

I found myself wishing it hadn’t been drawn on a lined notepad piece of paper but then…life isn’t perfect.  Anyone know how to transcribe this onto a background and size that I can hang in a picture frame? 🙂 

Kids Say: Testing testing – Part II

Scene: Daddy walks into the room to find his son had climbed onto the bed.

DS: Look, Daddy! I’m not jumping.
Daddy: Uh huh, that’s good.
DS: I’m rolling…
Daddy: … …

Alphabet Wall: Making…F for Flower

I would have liked to do this with silk flowers, just because it would have been more 3D and textural and all that stuff.
But I didn’t have any on hand so I made do with pictures from magazines.  😛

You will need the following materials: Old magazines, scissors, artblock sheet, marker, glue.

1. Scour old magazines for pictures of flowers and cut them out.

2. With a marker, draw a block uppercase letter F on the artblock sheet.

3. Apply glue and paste on your flowers to make an F-shaped flower collage.
4. Decorate any way you like.

And we’re done!

Friday fabulous finds: A “short story”

I found this on the dining table when I got home yesterday.

When I asked DD about it, she said it was a story she wrote in the morning, and proceeded to narrate it to me.   


At this point, I know the verbiage doesn’t make any sense to anyone else, and there is only one real word amidst all the letters (okay…maybe 11 if you’re a Scrabbler) which is entirely coincidental, I’m sure…  😉

…but it does make me look forward to the days when she will learn to write real stories that others can read and enjoy, and I hope she grows to love writing as much as, or more than I do!  🙂

Art with Daddy: Paints and Dinosaurs

Rainbow Tyrannosaurus

Spot the Triceratops

Kids Say: Testing testing

Scene: Daddy walks into the room to find his son had climbed onto the bed and was gleefully jumping.

Daddy: Son! No jumping on the bed. It’s dangerous and you could fall down and hurt yourself. No jumping. Yes, daddy?
Daddy: Yes, daddy?
DS: Yes, daddy.

… *after a pause* …

DS: Only can walk on the bed?
Daddy: No. No jumping, no walking on the bed.

… *another pause* …

DS: How ‘bout crawl?  Only can crawl on the bed?
Daddy: …  …

Alphabet Wall: Making…O for Octopus

It’s been a long time since we did sponge painting…so I decided to try it again.  🙂 

Sorry, pics are slightly blurry/dreamy looking because this craft was done by the light of the setting sun…

You will need the following materials: A piece of cardboard, marker, sponge, paints, scissors, glue, crepe paper.

1. On the cardboard, draw a block letter O with the marker.

2. Mix the paints, dip the sponge in and go! Follow the shape of the O or just cover the whole piece of cardboard, it doesn’t matter. 🙂   Set aside to dry.

Took the opportunity to throw in a colour mixing lesson… 😉

3. Cut 8 strips of crepe paper for the octopus’s tentacles and set aside.

4. Once the painted O is dry, cut the O out.

5. Paste the tentacles on.

Don’t forget to draw or paste on some eyes, and you’re done!

Alphabet Wall: Special edition – d for dinosaur

You will need: Coloured paper, marker, scissors, glue, artblock sheet and crayons.

1. On your coloured sheet of paper, draw a lowercase block letter d. Also draw a dino’s head and feet. Cut these out.

2. Paste the letter d in the middle of the artblock sheet.

3. Paste on the head, feet and the tail of your dinosaur.

Decorate it any way you like!