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DIY mini Christmas tree

DIY mini Christmas tree

We collected a bag of pinecones last year when we were at Cameron Highlands. We made a few DIY crafts with our pinecones – a little girl and also hedgehogs. This December holiday, we decided to make some Christmas trees using them. Items we used : Pinecones Acrylic paints – yellow and green Glitter glue...
Dot's puppet show at the Animal circus

Dot’s puppet show at the Animal circus

Dot skipped school and was home for two days last week. She was coughing away especially night so it would be better to give her more rest and away from her classmates. After she woke up in the morning, she requested to do art and craft. She brought out our craft books, spread all the...
be*U - our bespoke leather shoes

be*U – our bespoke leather shoes

Dot and I have watched different variations of the Elves and the Shoemaker at different occasions. And I’m always impressed with the skillful hands that made the leather shoes – be it the elves or the shoemaker. One day, I thought I could try to make a pair of sandals for Dot from the un-used...
Dot is on Cardboard TV!

Dot is on Cardboard TV!

Inspired by the huge television in Explore room of PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore, Dot and I create our own cardboard TV. And guess who’s the news presenter of Cardboard TV? Of course, it’s none other than Dot herself. Related posts on Cardboard crafts: Cardboard giraffe How to make a fluffy sheep Think out...
Cardboard Giraffe

Cardboard Giraffe

3 May 2014 Dot woke up in the morning and came to me. She said,’I want to make a giraffe like that one I saw at Mat Yo Yo.’ Sometimes, the first thing she wants to do in the morning is to doodle and draw. This was one of those days. There are still a...
NParks heART for Nature workshop

NParks heART for Nature workshop

26 April 2014 It was weekend morning. What a great start of the day at the Bukit Batok Nature Park. Dot and I were there for picnic more than one year ago and we really like this park. This time, we were there to learn more about the birds living there in the NParks heART...
Sgraffito using oil pastels

Sgraffito using oil pastels

I was reading a book on Pastels and Sgraffito technique caught my attention. Sgraffito comes from the Italian word sgraffiare (“to scratch”). Sgraffito is a very old painting technique, which was used for wall decoration and ceramics in Europe since the classical times and was very common in Italy in the 16th century.  A variety of tools...
Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

How can we nurture a sense of wonder in our preschool child? As parents, it’s important to understand why the sense of wonder is so critical and important in a child’s life; and to revive the delight in the mysteries and beauty of nature. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of...
Wild Safari INbox

Wild Safari INbox

We received our first iNbox. The theme for this month is “Wild Safari” and there are five activities in the box where parents and child can do together. We have fun playing the boardgame; painting the animals; building the jeep; exploring, observing and drawing the animals when we were at the zoo, and the nights...
Dot went chalk doodling

Dot went chalk doodling

27 Jan 2014 Dot’s dad brought her out to the corridors after dinner at Dot’s grandma’s place. He gave her a few colored chalks and she started to doodle on the floor. I like the focused-look on her face when she is doing something that she likes. How I love her final artwork on the...
How to make a fluffy sheep

How to make a fluffy sheep

Dot and I spent some of our time during her year-end holiday preparing for her January birthday party. She prepared her birthday invites and we also made this cute this fluffy sheep together, after we looked through Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids. Our finished work is then hung under our ceiling fan in our...
Christmas Crackers at The Little Harvard International Preschool

Christmas Crackers at The Little Harvard International Preschool

Dot asked me to record this song that she learnt at the Christmas Cracker holiday programme at The Little Harvard International Preschool. This speech and drama programme was held from 4 -7 December 2013, designed for children aged 3 to 5 years old. It was facilitated by Daniel Jenkins, one of the directors of The...
Think out of the box

Think out of the box

A humble cardboard that is used primarily to keep goods and produce has the potential to be anything you can think of. We have created several crafts and activities using cardboard. These are our latest additions, mostly initiated by my daughter, who will be turning four in three months time. Cardboard car 1 Nov 2013...
Raising awareness of print

Raising awareness of print

I was contemplating buying Montessori “moveable alphabets” but I was not willing to part with my dollars for two set of capital and small letters. Then an idea came. I will create my own version of “moveable alphabets” using alphabets cut out off the magazines and flyers. As there are 26 alphabets, I went in...
Doodle of friendship

Doodle of friendship

Dot is blessed to have children in the neighbourhood to play with. She has a special affinity with nine-year-old Joey. Though the age gap is like six year apart, Joey is a big sister to Dot and they can play for hours together. During the June holiday, I brought Joey and Dot to Art Garden...