DD drew up this activity sheet for her brother the other night. In her own words, “it has a ‘Find the Differences’ section, a ‘Trace the Dotted Lines’ section and the below is for Di Di to colour”.
And she sat with him patiently, explaining the sections, keeping an energetic younger brother quietly occupied as her father and I leaned back to catch a breather from the long day.
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.
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.
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
“Could we have some butter for
The Royal slice of bread?”
The Queen asked
I’ll go and tell
Before she goes to bed.”
And went and told
“Don’t forget the butter for
The Royal slice of bread.”
“You’d better tell
That many people nowadays
And went to
She curtsied to the Queen, and
She turned a little red:
For taking of
But marmalade is tasty, if
The Queen said
And went to
“Talking of the butter for
The Royal slice of bread,
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.
“Could call me
A fussy man;
I only want
A little bit
Of butter for
The Queen said,
And went to
Said, “There, there!”
And went to the shed.
The cow said,
I didn’t really
Here’s milk for his porringer
And butter for his bread.”
The Queen took
And brought it to
The King said,
And bounced out of bed.
“Nobody,” he said,
As he kissed her
“Nobody,” he said,
As he slid down
Could call me
A fussy man—
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!”
Each year, the number of planes and models used for the aerial flypast varies. This year, nine fighter jets will execute the enhanced aerial flypast.
We chose to make five airplanes in our craft to represent the five stars on the Singapore flag, which stand for the nation’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
That was the plan. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😛
The plain truth is that was all we could wrangle from the kids, the rest they wanted to fly all over the room. Sigh.
But I digress. What I really wanted to say is that this craft allows you the flexibility to make as many planes as you like and arrange them in any formation you choose. 🙂
You will need the following materials: Artblock sheets, blue watercolour paint, paintbrush and palette, water, cotton wool/pads, old magazines, craft glue.
1. In the palette, mix the blue watercolour paint until you achieve a very watery consistency. This is to create a watery watercolour wash to cover the artblock in light sky blue.
2. Apply the watercolour wash to the entire artblock sheet. Leave to dry.
3. In the meantime, tear the old magazine sheets into little rectangles, and fold tiny paper airplanes.
4. Paste the paper airplanes in whatever formation you desire, we did this in a fan out formation. (Tip: When you paste the airplanes down, hold it down for a short moment, pinning the centre flap of the paper plane between two fingers, so that the wings don’t spread when drying)
5. Tear up the cotton wool/pads and paste a cloud trail pattern of your choosing.
And you’re done!
I had wanted to allocate one Bookmark Monday segment for covering Singapore history and its road to independence. However there aren’t any books (I haven’t found them and I’ve asked the librarians but if you know of any, please drop me a note!) for young readers, and the most elementary that I have found is in the Primary Four level Social Studies syllabus. But that’s for another post…
For this week’s post, as an alternative to the printed page, I thought I would list a couple of events that have been organised in celebration of Singapore’s 47th National Day, that we ourselves are thinking of checking out.
- TimeOut has published a short article listing four activities for kids in Singapore this month. Click on this link to find out more. Among the listed activities, is free entry to the Istana on 5 August, art and craft activities at the Arts and Heritage Village and complimentary entry into the Istana Building (otherwise priced at $2) if your child participates in the On-the-Spot Art competition.
- The National Museum of Singapore, in a collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore is displaying an exhibition titled 45-65: Liberation, Unrest…a New Nation at its Stamford Gallery on Level 1. This is a free admission exhibition running till 18 November. It’s free, it runs for some time, I don’t have to be asked twice. 🙂
- And for the entire month of August 2012, the National Heritage Board is offering free entry for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents to the permanent galleries of the following museums – Asian Civilisations Museum, Memories at Old Ford Factory, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum.
To all our Singaporean readers, Happy 47th National Day!
I don’t know about you but my favourite segments of the National Day Parade are without a doubt, the fly past and military defence showcase. And with this year’s theme – Salute to 45 Years of National Service in Singapore, I am anticipating an even more impressive show.
Last Saturday evening, I happened to be attending a wedding dinner at the Fullerton Hotel. When I heard the deafening roar of the jet engines as I entered the lift on the first floor, it was all I could do to hurry on to the fifth floor roof garden…only to find that the Fullerton’s roof garden is enclosed. Bummer! So much for hoping to be able to catch a free glimpse.
I found 20 craft sticks in our art bureau, and decided we would do a little “Fly our Flag” craft.
You will need the following materials: 10 plain craft sticks (for each child), craft glue, red and white acrylic paints, brushes and palette, twine or string, toy helicopter.
1. Take 8 craft sticks and line them up in in a single column. Apply craft glue down the left and right hand side of the column, and paste one craft stick on each side perpendicular to the rows. Leave to dry.
2. When dry, paint the top 4 rows with red acrylic paint, and the bottom 4 rows with white. Leave to dry.
3. Paint on a crescent moon and five stars. (We tried this both with a skinny paintbrush and a Q-tip, both seem to work fairly well, very good for testing fine motor dexterity). Again, leave to dry.
4. When dry, using twine or string, tie the flag to the helicopter and you’ll have your own little fly past model ready for when the aerial segment comes on.
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. 🙂
She draws a flower and colours it in on the sheet of paper.
“Very nice, dear. Um, how about doing some writing? You’ve been drawing a lot and we’ve not touched writing for some days.”
A messy sheaf of recycled paper full of her brother’s and her drawings is stacked loosely on the blue table in the room, teasing me cheekily with its precarious tipping over the table’s edge.
“No…I don’t want to write”.
“Just a little? Shall I pick a short verse or phrase?”
Silently, thoughtfully, she fingers the markers in the box.
“Mummy, how do you spell ‘Jesus’”?
“J E S U S”.
“J E S U S. Okay.” I can hear the light scratching of the marker against paper as she prints each letter out.
“And this is the bread, and this is the blood, and a heart, ‘cos God loves us and Jesus died on the cross.”
“Very nice. Pretty much the gospel in a nutshell! Are you drawing anything else?”
Nevermind the writing practice, I tell myself it can wait another day.
“I’ll draw…a little girl standing here, and a little boy…”
The marker continues etching out a busy little trail.
“…when we sin…Jesus is sad…but when we are good…He is happy…right?”
“So this is wrong…” she marks an X beside the sad face, “and this is right!”, she finishes off with a tick beside the happy face.
She goes on to finish a few more details on the sheet, before handing it to me as a present, and running off to join her brother in play.
Leaving me here holding on to this precious piece of paper. I’m not adding this one to the stack. 🙂
I don’t know that we’d done writing practice as I would have envisioned it to be…
but I’m pretty sure we’ve just had a very good session of Word practice!
All your children will be taught by the Lord,
and great will be their peace. – Isaiah 54:13
Jan Brett is an author and illustrator we have just discovered. She has a distinctive style of illustration, and you cannot, must not, rush through reading the book.
I did the first time and missed out on the sidebar and surrounding border margin illustrations, which are anything but sidebar or marginal.
The mini illustrations on the side accompanying the main illustration are positioned to provide a complementary view to the words in the main storyline, gently inviting the reader to stop, look, and listen. 🙂
For example, in her book, “The Umbrella”,
the small picture on the left provides a view of what Carlos, the owner of the umbrella is doing, unaware of all the ongoing action in the umbrella itself, while the small picture to the right of the main provides a precursor to what happens next.
In “Annie and the Wild Animals”,
it is the mini images in the border surrounding the main picture that provide the background to what is happening concurrently as Annie goes about leaving her corn cakes at the edge of the wood.
Beautifully detailed to the nth degree, these books are marvellous for spending a quiet afternoon admiring and enjoying.