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Alphabet Wall: Making…N for Net

It’s a Wednesday night and we’ve got a spare hour before bedtime. Anyone up for some fishing? 😀

This is a combined waterplay and alphabet wall craft activity. So you’ll need the following materials:

Part 1: Cardboard, cellophane tape, scissors, sieves or small fishing nets and a basin.
Part 2: White and coloured paper, double sided tape, netting (we cut ours out from an old laundry net bag), scissors.

Part 1
1. Cut out some fishes from the cardboard. “Laminate” the fish by covering over with cellophane tape. This will help them last longer for the waterplay.
2. Fill up the basin with water, dump the fish in, and have fun catching them with the sieves or fishing nets.

3. When you’ve caught all the fish (many times over! 🙂 ), pat them dry. Place a small square of double-sided tape on the back of each, and you’re ready for Part 2.

Part 2
1. While the kids are busy fishing, cut out a block uppercase letter N from the white sheet of paper.

2. Place double sided-tape on the top, bottom and sides of the coloured paper, and the top, bottom and sides on the reverse side of the white sheet of paper.

3. Using the N shape as a template, paste the fish onto the coloured paper.

4. Remove the double sided tape from the coloured paper, and place the netting on top.

5. Next, remove the double sided tape from the white sheet of paper, and place the letter N on top. Done!

Additional Ideas:-

If I was to try and build a theme around this, I’d possibly…

  1. Bring the family out on a morning field trip to Qian Hu Fish Farm
  2. Do this waterplay and alphabet wall craft when we get home…
  3. Make roti jala and curry for dinner! 

Sigh.  Now, I’ve succeeded in making myself hungry, at midnight no less, for my mother’s out-of-this-world roti jala and curry…  😛

Alphabet Wall: Making…N for Numbers

When I did this a year or more ago with DD (click here), what I sought to achieve was mostly just to show her what numbers in general looked like. As in, 100, 156, 3, 5, etc are all numbers.

It however was not very effective, and I believe it was really because the number 156 in front of her, would have been akin to putting Wingdings font in front of someone, i.e. it meant nothing to her because the numbers she was able to identify at her present stage of development were the single digit ones.

So this time round, I limited the numbers that I cut out, to 1 through 10, and tried to keep the fonts easy to read and consistent.  And I think it went a lot better. 🙂

You will need the following materials: Numbers cut from old magazines, marker, art block sheet, glue.

1. With the marker, draw a block uppercase letter N on the art block sheet.
2. Apply glue, and let the children call out the numbers as they paste them on.

Alphabet Wall: Making…A for Aeroplane

This craft is purposely intended to be simple and not too detailed, as you may need to, or want to, make multiples of it to withstand the kind of play it’ll probably undergo. Ours already started getting blunt noses, way before their first test flights. 😉

There’s something rather therapeutic in making many paper aeroplanes together and sailing them back and forth through the air, not to mention it’s great for expending excess pre-schooler energy after a structured craft time. 🙂

You will need the following materials: White A4 sheet of paper, coloured paper, scissors, double sided tape.

1. With your scissors, cut out a slim uppercase letter A from the coloured paper. Attach some double sided tape on the back.

2. Fold a paper aeroplane with the white sheet of paper.

3. Paste on the letter A and we’re done!

4. Whizz on away!

Ours is a really basic paper model, but here is a link  I found, to some really fun sounding experiments in paper aeroplane design and aerodynamics, for kids of all ages(yeah, you and me included!).

Alphabet Wall: Making…V for Vase

I was trying to think of a 3D way to stick some flowers into the vase.

After experimenting with various different ways to cut the paper, I finally decided this met the requirements to be simple enough for young fingers to execute and sturdy enough to hold the flowers. But if you have any other ideas, I’d be really glad to hear from you! 🙂

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper, scissors, double sided tape, glue, silk flowers, marker (optional).

1. With your scissors, cut out a block letter V from one of the sheets of coloured paper. Set aside.

2. Cut out a circle from another sheet of coloured paper. Make a cut from the outside in towards the centre. Paste on double sided tape.

Fold into a cone.

3. Paste the cone onto a third sheet of coloured paper.

4. Paste the letter V onto the cone.

5. Place the silk flowers into the vase.

Alphabet Wall: Making…M for Money

I originally wanted to do M for Mountain, but spying a stack of change that DH had plonked on the bedside table when he got home, somehow reminded me of primary school days and doing crayon rubbings with coins.

You will need: Coins of different denomination, double-sided tape, white sheets of paper, crayons.

1. On a white sheet of paper, paste on the coins in the shape of a letter M (as shown in the picture above). We used double-sided tape to secure the coins to the paper.

2. Place a clean sheet of paper over the M template, and rub the pattern out with crayons.

3. You can also let the kids feel the coins, talk about the design and texture of a minted coin, and how and why each coin is different in size and detail.

Notes to parents:

  1. As an additional activity, to help your child appreciate the use and value of money, you may want to remove the coins from the paper, peel off the tape and take a trip to the neighbourhood grocery store together, to buy something the family can enjoy.  🙂
  2. Or, if your country’s central bank or monetary authority allows public visits or field trips, you can bring the children to learn all about the real making of money – the minting, the printing, and for older children, maybe even the concept of money creation in the banking system. 😀

Alphabet Wall: Making…R for Rabbit

A shy little house guest has been fascinating our children for the last couple of days. We’re babysitting Kenji, our nephew’s rabbit for a couple of days.   This is one of the few clearer pics that I managed to capture of him before he ducked back into his home and refused to come back out.

And I couldn’t resist this alphabet craft. 😉

You will need the following materials: Cotton buds or wool, cotton pads (the kind used for makeup removal), glue, marker, art block sheet, scissors, crayons (optional).

1. With the marker, draw a block letter R on the art block sheet, leaving enough room at the top of the sheet to draw a set of rabbit ears, and at the left hand side to paste a fluffy tail.

2. Apply glue on the letter and paste on the cotton pads.

3. Finally, paste on the cotton wool or cotton buds for the tail.

4. Paste on the rabbit’s ears, draw in a nose and whiskers and colour your rabbit if you like.

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!