Archive | April 2011

In my world: Animals in the garden

yeah…I still haven’t gotten round to cleaning the crayon-ed spot… 😛

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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.

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Preschooler Art: Study in Gi

Whimsical by DD.

Pencil sketching by DS.

Kids Say: AI YAA

DS gets a kick out of drawing on his sister’s drawing sheet, so we often find her work with some signature scrawls on the side by her brother. Often, she calls for our help to mediate, but this one afternoon –

DD: Di Di, no! Don’t…cannot!
DS: *screams*
DD: Hey! Don’t do that…you see…AI YAA! *clicking her tongue*

That last exclamation and expression was altogether intriguing. Enough to make me drop what I was doing and run immediately to the room.
And I arrived to see…

This.

Upset that his sister managed to wrestle her sheet of paper away, DS had picked up a crayon in frustration and drawn over the carpet.

Ai yaa.

Now how am I going to clean that?

Wordcraft: I for Iguana

So lately, we’ve been listening to this clip from Youtube. It’s highly catchy, I can’t get the tune out of my head.

I’m an iguaa-naaaa
Down in Galapagos
I’m an iguaa-naaaa
Seaweed I li-ike the most

To make an iguana, you will need the following materials: Coloured paper in two different shades of green (would be great, but not compulsory), pencil, scissors, googly eyes, glue, artblock sheet, a few shades of green colour pencils.

1. On your green sheet of paper, draw an iguana. Cut out the iguana and set aside.

2. On the second sheet of green paper in a different shade, cut out some long and short spikes.

3. Apply glue and paste the iguana onto the artblock sheet. Paste on the googly eye.

4. Next, paste on the spikes.

5. Add little details like scales, with the green colour pencils.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, why no book this week…

I did find this book, Inch by Inch, written and illustrated by Leo Lionni at the local library.

Awarded a Caldecott Honor in 1960, it’s about a clever inchworm who inches his way out of danger and saves himself from being eaten by the birds.
There is potential to teach basic measurements in math, but we are still thinking how to do it, as DH is a tad worried about confusing the children with English vs. metric measurements. 

Anyway, while I do know an inchworm is not really a worm but is a type of caterpillar…does anyone know if an inchworm really is an inch long? I am curious to find out!

In my world: Cushion fort

When I was little, I would gather all the cushions off the sofa in the living room of my home, and build myself a fort under the staircase.

We don’t have a staircase now, but we do have a sofa…

and I can’t help but smile when I see history repeat itself in my children’s cushion fort, on the sofa, underneath the window. 🙂

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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.

Preschooler Art: Green Gruffalo

The other day, in a bid to get the kids to not dawdle over their dinner, I said they could get out the paints and do a little painting after dinner if they finished eating before the sky turned dark. DS asked DH to draw him a stegosaurus, while DD requested to paint a green gruffalo.

Somehow after dinner, they changed their minds about painting and just wanted to work with crayons.  DH drew the requested pictures and we left the kids to their colouring, while we finished our own dinner.

A little while later, DD came out to show us her masterpiece. I like!

Kids Say: Hold my hand

Last Sunday, after we finished running errands in City Hall, we returned to our car in the basement carpark of the building. As we started up the car to leave the carpark, we heard the following…

DD: I don’t like windows in the car.
DS: I also don’t like windows in the car.
DD: It’s okay Di Di. Hold my hand.
DS: Okay.

And the two of them held hands sweetly across their car seats, until we exited the dark of the basement, out into the bright afternoon sunlight. Whereaupon they grinned and made funny faces at me, when I turned around to snap a quick shot of their clasped hands, before the moment was lost.