Archive | November 2010

Alphabet Wall: Making…U for Underground, Underwater

This makes a good sorting exercise and resulted in some good cooperation by the siblings, at least until the colouring part of the activity, where each chose an individual piece to work on. But I like how that also results in some variety on their Alphabet Walls (yes, we have two, on the wall by each of their beds, showcasing their work.) 😀

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper in various shades (we chose yellow, blue and brown), white sheet of paper, ink pen, scissors, glue, crayons.

1. On the white sheet of paper, draw an assortment of land and sea creatures which live underground and underwater. Alternatively, you can print these from images off the internet.  (Believe it or not, I’m lazier to set up the printer than I am to sit and copy off an image with pencil and ink it over…).
2. Cut these out with the scissors and set aside.

3. On a coloured sheet of paper, cut out two block uppercase letter U’s. These need to be wide enough, so that you can paste a sheet of blue/brown paper on the inset for your underwater/underground scene.

4. On the back of the first letter U, paste on a blue sheet of paper. Paste a brown sheet on the back of the second letter U.
5. Now you’re ready to sort the land and sea creatures.

6. When satisfied, paste on with glue.

7. Colour when the glue has dried.

In my world: Train tracks

Twenty-six pieces of a train jigsaw puzzle, repurposed to use as…tracks for his other toy train. Clever! 🙂

Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This Friday series was started with the intention of celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world…and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine.

Art with Daddy: Ostrich

DH did this craft with the children on Wednesday night.

We opened a new box of Crayola crayons this week as a treat for the kids – it has 96 crayons! As you can see, they’ve been making the most of the opportunity to experiment with all the different colours! 😉

Ostrich with squiggly lines is DS’s and the one with the spiffy hat and dual-colour lettering is DD’s.

Not just play

Just Playing

by Anita Wadley

When I’m building in the block room,
Please don’t say I’m “Just playing.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play,
About balance, I may be an architect someday.

When I’m getting all dressed up,
Setting the table, caring for the babies,
Don’t get the idea I’m “Just Playing.”
I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
Or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay,
Please don’t let me hear you say, “He is Just Playing.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I just might be a teacher someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle
Or some “playing” at my school,
Please don’t feel the time is wasted in “play.”
For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate.
I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods,
Please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “Just Play.”
I’m learning to follow directions and see the differences.
I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I’ve done at school today,
And I say, “I just played.”
Please don’t misunderstand me.
For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
I’m preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is play.

Alphabet Wall: Making…L for Ladder

The working days have been looooooonng and I have been trying to catch up on a massive sleep backlog.

Days like these call for simple alphabet craft. Not that I like to slacken but I’d rather keep the momentum than create yet another backlog for myself to catch up on.  😛

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper, artblock sheet, marker, scissors, glue.

1. With the marker, draw a block uppercase letter L on the artblock sheet.

2. From your coloured paper, cut out two long strips for the frame of the ladder and several short ones to make the rungs.

3. Apply glue on the vertical part of the letter L, and paste on your ladder.

4. Colour in your ladder or add details, as you wish. 🙂

In my world: Two by two

DS was playing quietly by himself one morning while I was finishing up breakfast with his sister. When we joined him in the room, we found he’d arranged this.

I asked him later what it was and he said “The animals went in two by two.”, making reference to the story of Noah’s Ark.

The Bible never specifically mentioned whether insects were brought into the ark but Genesis 6: 19-20 did say, “…two of all living creatures, male and female….Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.”

Hm…if it were true that insects were included, of all sizes and types, I wonder how Moses’ Noah’s (edit at 1:11am on a Friday night/Saturday morning, thanks to a very observant friend and faithful blog reader!) wife and daughters-in-law managed to not be squeamish and put up with all that for one hundred and fifty days and possibly another fifty-seven, waiting for the waters to recede.   These merely fake ones already are pretty effective at giving me the shudders!

Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This Friday series was started with the intention of celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world…and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine.

Kids Say: Thank you for the opportunity

“Thank you God, for letting mummy stay home from work today and spend time with us.”

A simple sentence.
Uttered in the innocent bedtime prayer of a three-year old.
With a potent power to singularly swell your heart with overwhelming purpose…and in the same wave, shatter it into a million pieces.

Alphabet Wall: Making…K for Keyboard

In my childhood, I remember creating a replica of the piano keyboard (yup, all seven octaves 😉 ) by drawing out the white and black keys and colouring them in with colour pencils on multiple sheets of paper taped together in a long strip, so I could have a “portable piano” to practise on when away from home on a vacation to my grandparents’ home in another state.

I really loved my “portable piano” and would fold it away carefully after each practice session.
This craft sure brought back happy memories of making that “portable piano”. I wonder whether it’s still tucked away in a shelf somewhere in my parents’ home… hmm.

You will need the following materials: White and coloured paper in a shade of your choice, black craft foam, scissors, marker, glue.

1. With the marker, draw a block uppercase letter K on the coloured sheet of paper.

2. Cut out some white and black keys from the white sheet of paper and black craft foam.

3. Apply glue on the straight spine of the letter K, and paste the keys on accordingly. (We used a toy keyboard for the kids to refer to).

4. Colour or decorate the keyboard if you like.

Strawberry Blueberry…Twoberry muffins!

A week ago, the kids were crazy over berries, but this week, banana was the hot fav so I had half a punnet of fresh strawberries and slightly under ½ cup of fresh blueberries sitting in the fridge.

I wanted to use these berries while they were still good, so I started hunting down a recipe for muffins. I found a good recipe on Cooks.com (click here for the link), and inspired by this book that DD had received as a gift –

 – tweaked it a little to make our own version of twoberry muffins. 🙂

Twoberry Ingredients:
3 tbsp butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
1 ½ cup self raising flour
1 ½ cup mixed strawberries and blueberries

Instructions: I followed the instructions on the original recipe, except I baked the muffins at 350 deg F for 17 minutes, and didn’t brush it with butter and sprinkle sugar when they were done, as I felt the muffins were already sufficiently sweet.

Yums!

In my world: Just drummin’ away

I was in the midst of practising on the piano for Sunday worship last Friday, and did not quite notice that I’d had drums accompaniment for the last five minutes.

Apparently, DD had pulled up a chair,  and was busily drumming a beat on the toy drum set to the song I was playing!
Here’s a blurry shot of her in action – foot on the bass drum pedal, clashing cymbals and all…

…and a clearer one of the said chair and drum set.  Yes, it is missing one drumstick…but that doesn’t cramp the kids’ style one bit! 😉

Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This Friday series was started with the intention of celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world…and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine.