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Preschooler Art: Recycle Art

I had no idea what she had in mind on Sunday afternoon when she asked me if she could recycle the empty tissue pack from which she’d removed the last sheet of tissue paper to blow her nose with.

What can one reuse a plastic tissue paper pack for?

Oh, unimaginative me!

Craft with Daddy: Papier mache shark

A project in progress, DH and the kids dipped old newspaper strips in a craft glue solution to make a papier mache mix, which was then moulded around a plastic water bottle to form the shape of the shark.

Currently finished in acrylic paint and awaiting the next free afternoon to work on detailing the sharks’ features.  🙂

Singapore National Day Craft: Loving Singapore Our Home

It’s been a long time since we did anything art and craft…so we whipped up something quick with the red and whites this evening, in preparation for National Day Parade 2012.  😀

If you’d like to do the same, you will need the following materials:
Red construction paper, white artblock sheet, scissors, glue.

1. With the scissors, cut heart shapes from the red sheet of paper. No need for uniformity, just freestyle it.

2. Mentally divvy up your artblock sheet into top and bottom half, in landscape orientation.

3. Paste the hearts in the top half of the artblock sheet.

4. Cut out a crescent moon and five stars from a white sheet of paper or artblock and paste on.

You’re now ready to use this for a flag, or poster or anything you want it to be for NDP 2012 decorations or props. 🙂

Christmas Craft: Make your own Christmas tree

We started making our own family Christmas tree from recycled materials about three years back, and it’s becoming somewhat of an annual tradition. It’s a lot of fun, especially now that the kids are older and more involved in the process. 🙂

If you’d like to try this too, you will need the following materials:-
An assortment of old magazines, scissors, four artblock sheets, brown acrylic paint, blu-tack, craft glue.

1. Cut out various green leaf shapes from the pages of the old magazines. The more variety of shades of green you can amass, the more interesting your tree will be.

2. Paint the artblock sheets completely brown. We use acrylic paint because it produces an interesting textured look.  Otherwise, regular poster paint will do just fine.

3. Once the paint has dried, cut up the artblock sheets to form the trunk and branches of the tree. Using blu-tack, paste the trunk and branches on to a wall.

4. Next, paste the leaves onto the branches using craft glue.

You’re now ready to decorate your own homemade woodsy Christmas tree.

We’re going to be decorating ours with ornaments and crafts the kids have been making in Sunday school, in the run up to Christmas, and items from our Advent calendar as well. 🙂

For more ideas, click here and here for our 2009 tree. 🙂  Have fun!

Bookmark Monday: My heart is like a zoo

“My heart is like a zoo- eager as a beaver, steady as a yak… ”

A colourful picture book of twenty zoo animals, each of the brief descriptions of an animal is linked to a primary emotion – eager, steady, hopeful, silly, happy, snappy, angry, bothered, gloomy, peaceful…

Written in simple and clear text accompanied by neat and colourful pictures, this book provides a useful base to talk to our children about feelings and emotions and how we can use words as a effective way of expressing both positive and negative feelings.

As an English language teaching tool, you could also talk about the adjectives and how they can be used to describe an emotion in deeper detail, e.g. crafty as a fox…frightened as a rabbit…jumpy as a frog…quiet as a caterpillar wearing knitted socks…happy as a herd of hippos drinking apple juice!

Using digital graphics, Michael Hall creates illustrations that incorporate layers of heart shapes to make each animal.  Which also inspires us to think of pulling out our craft supplies to go cut and make some heart shaped animals of our own. 🙂

Click here to view the official website and trailer.

Preschooler Craft: Dinosaurs

Inspired by their visit to the Science Centre, when we got home, DS asked to make dinosaur pictures. So we did.

Here’s DS’s flying bronto and exploding volcano.

And DD’s fierce stegosaurus vs. the hungry rex.

DD cut out her own stegosaurus freehand, and the plates and spikes for both her brother’s and her stegosauruses.  Considering I had to sketch the outlines of the ones I cut for DS’s sheet, it’s no mystery where the artistic tendencies lie in the family! 😀

Preschooler Craft: Family art time

We hadn’t done art and craft in such a long while that when DD suggested we get out the craft foam and scissors on Monday evening, everyone ran immediately to fetch the supplies and piled onto the carpet in a matter of seconds!

Cutting. Pasting.
Foreground. Background. Grass. Road.

Fire engine. Road divider. Speed bumps.
Pond. Big duck. One-wheeled truck!

Orange water. No, sand. Blue water. Green hills. Tou-tou-tou, tou-can.

Farm. Birds. Rooster. Hen. Chick.
Yellow bird with blue triangles. Many many triangles (except on the wings)!

A carpetful of snips and pieces.
Peace. Warmth. Family.