Archive | September 2010

Preschooler Art: A mathematical rainbow collage

Okay I admit, I did not think of the math angle till we were through the red and orange squares and starting on the yellow.  😉

Originally, all I set out to do was a fine motor skills activity using small squares of colour paper to make a rainbow.

Along the way, it sort of evolved into a counting the leftovers activity when I  casually pointed out to DD that the orange arc was smaller than the red arc.  And the yellow was smaller than the orange, and so on and so forth. 

So then we got to counting the number of squares leftover in each cup, with the completion of each colour’s arc.  🙂  She tired out after counting up to blue, but I think that was pretty good after all that focused concentration on pasting the colours.

Leftovers Count:

  • Red = 0
  • Orange = 3
  • Yellow = 3
  • Green = 10
  • Blue = 14
  • Indigo and Violet = ??  😛

Kids Say: Hobson’s Choice Part II or “That’s NOT food!!!”

DD: (walking into the kitchen) Hi, may I take your order please?
Grandma: Yes, may I have spaghetti and meatballs?
DD: Okay. (turning to Grandpa), please may I have your order?
Grandpa: Yes please. (with a twinkle in his eye) I would like one tyrannosaurus rex and one stegosaurus.
DD: One tyranno….pffffthhhh!! (bursts out laughing) Tyrannosaurus?? Tyrannosaurus?!

The adults erupt into laughter and so does DD. As she walks out of the kitchen, DD turns back and declares, “Tyrannosaurus is NOT fo-oo-d.”

A minute later, DD walks back in and sets the dishes on the table.

DD: Okay. Spaghetti for you. (turning to Grandma)
Grandma: Thank you. And what did you give Grandpa in the end?
DD: Spaghetti.
Grandpa: No tyrannosaurus?
DD: No. (very matter of factly) You can’t eat a tyrannosaurus.

Alphabet Wall: Making…J for Jellyfish

A thought just occurred to me while sitting here typing the tutorial for this craft – Especially after reading about the biology and life cycle of a jellyfish, I can’t believe we merrily ingest these little stingers at Chinese wedding dinners…

Maybe I’ll pass, next dinner I attend.

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper, tissue paper, white sheet of paper, marker, scissors, glue.

1. Cut out a semi-circle shape from the coloured paper for the bell of the jellyfish. (As an alternative, you can try using different materials, e.g. craft foam, painted tissue paper, etc.)

2. Cut the tissue paper into strips. These are for the tentacles.

3. On your white sheet of paper, draw an uppercase letter J.

4. Apply glue following the shape of the letter J. Paste the bell on the horizontal line and the tentacles following the curve of the J.

5. Decorate your picture. 🙂  (DD drew herself and her brother “swimming in the ocean, wearing goggles”).  Way cute!

Art with Daddy: Experimenting with brushes

So I was reading this early childhood learning reference book we’d borrowed from the library and one of the suggestions in the book was to provide children with a range of different art materials.

” ‘Fat paint brushes’ produce ‘fat paintings’, when sometimes a child may want to record the fine detail in the picture they are creating.”

So I decided to provide a range of different paintbrush sizes on Saturday morning when the kids were painting with their father, and let them pick their own choice of paint colours and brush type to use.

Hmm…not quite the outcome I’d imagined (oh me, the eternal idealist…wahahaha!) but it sure looked like DH had fun with the Chinese brush. 😀

Mid-Autumn Festival

Yesterday was the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie).  I wish it was an official public holiday in Singapore, like it is in Hong Kong where my colleagues got to leave the office by 4pm…but nah, it befell my lot to stay up till 11:30pm on a conference call. Sigh!  *shrug* 🙂  


Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos together.  The children get to stay up a little later past bedtime to light and play with lanterns.


Now that I’m sitting down typing this blog entry though, I suddenly realised I didn’t once look at the moon! Because my attention was either fully occupied on cutting up that wonderfully exotic sounding baked cranberry macadamia nut mooncake or scoffing down one more piece of delectable durian snowskin mooncake.  😛

Um. Heheh. So don’t be expecting any pics of the mooncakes…they be all gone. 😉 

Kids Say: Hobson’s choice in free market

“Hi, we are cooking some lunch!  Please may I take your order?”
“Oh, okay. Please may I have…um…fish and chips?”
“Okay. Fish and chips”   *scribbles on imaginary notebook*

“What about my drink? Can I order a drink?”
“Nope.  We only serve water.”