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Preschooler Art: Study in T(h)ree

Trees ~ by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see   
A poem lovely as a tree.   

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest   
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;   

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;   

A tree that may in summer wear   
A nest of robins in her hair;   

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;   
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me,   
But only God can make a tree.

Preschooler Art: The King’s Breakfast


The King’s Breakfast

By A. A. Milne 1882–1956, from The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (Dutton, 1998).

The King asked
The Queen, and
The Queen asked
The Dairymaid:
“Could we have some butter for
The Royal slice of bread?”
The Queen asked
The Dairymaid,
The Dairymaid
Said, “Certainly,
I’ll go and tell
The cow
Before she goes to bed.”

The Dairymaid
She curtsied,
And went and told
The Alderney:
“Don’t forget the butter for
The Royal slice of bread.”

The Alderney
Said sleepily:
“You’d better tell
His Majesty
That many people nowadays
Like marmalade

The Dairymaid
Said, “Fancy!”
And went to
Her Majesty.
She curtsied to the Queen, and
She turned a little red:
“Excuse me,
Your Majesty,
For taking of
The liberty,
But marmalade is tasty, if
It’s very

The Queen said
And went to
His Majesty:
“Talking of the butter for
The Royal slice of bread,
Many people
Think that
Is nicer.
Would you like to try a little

The King said,
And then he said,
“Oh, dear me!”
The King sobbed, “Oh, deary me!”
And went back to bed.
He whimpered,
“Could call me
A fussy man;
I only want
A little bit
Of butter for
My bread!”

The Queen said,
“There, there!”
And went to
The Dairymaid.
The Dairymaid
Said, “There, there!”
And went to the shed.
The cow said,
“There, there!
I didn’t really
Mean it;
Here’s milk for his porringer
And butter for his bread.”

The Queen took
The butter
And brought it to
His Majesty;
The King said,
“Butter, eh?”
And bounced out of bed.
“Nobody,” he said,
As he kissed her
“Nobody,” he said,
As he slid down
The banisters,
My darling,
Could call me
A fussy man—
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!”


Preschooler Art: Translations

DD and DS’s treasure maps…always intriguing to observe how they are so alike and so different.

Loving the colour by DD and creative place names by DS. 🙂

Preschooler Art: Mother’s Day

Our favourite memories of the day – in both digital and drawn form, courtesy of DD.


Preschooler Art: Stars and Ticks

DD showed us this sheet the other day. The kids – they’re so self-driven nowadays they design their own activities. And while at it, award themselves stars and ticks for a great job done.

It’s amusing, but it’s also a reminder of how quickly they are growing.  Makes me half wish preschool days would go by a little slower before the formal primary schooling years hit us, and stars and ticks carry a deeper meaning than just being…stars and ticks!

Enter the Dragon

Tomorrow heralds the arrival of the Lunar New Year. It’s the Year of the Dragon. Unfortunately in the past week, we haven’t had much time to do any crafting with the kids, but they’ve been coming up with some interesting stuff of their own!

To our Chinese readers, may you have a Happy and Prosperous, Peaceful and Healthy, Year of the Dragon 🙂

Art with Daddy: Windy Whimsy

I’d like to be

Yes I would

Sitting in an old-fashioned steam train

With open sided windows

Chugging past a verdant landscape

As the wind tosses wild strands of hair onto my face

Leaving a cool springtime tang on my skin

And warming the soul within.

Copyright reserved – iwonderbee

Art with Daddy: Pop Art

It’s always interesting as a parent to observe how each of our children is unique in his or her own way.

DS’s illustrations are always themed around animals, predominantly dinosaurs; and he has a signature pop-art kind of style, where each creature overlaps the other in some way.

However he doesn’t have the patience for colouring, always preferring to only use a selection of different types of pencil leads.  So DH offered to add some colour to his picture.

Pencilwork by DS, colours by DH.  My personal favourite? The shell-shocked orange fish. 🙂