Thursday, 13 October 2011

Ocean themed crafts!

We spent the last few days creating crafts relating to our ocean theme as computer is down, so no printables. Some were borrowed ideas while some others were self-inspired. 

Tissue roll Anemone
This idea was borrowed. 

Self-inspired. Used a clear cake container and painted it with Artzooka's not-so-secret paint recipe for plastic. They dry clear.

Self-inspired. Bunch up newspapers, cover with masking tape, paint then stick in pipe cleaners! Easy!

Ocean diorama

Fish out of bowl
I actually remembered this craft was done by my tutor when I was in my primary school. Ages ago! But he did a bird on one side and a cage in the other. So I just changed this to an empty bowl on one side, and a fish on the other. Stick the pictures face out together with a stick, we used a disposable chopstick. The trick is to spin the stick between your palm as fast as you can, and you can see that during the spinning it will look as if the fish is in the bowl! 

And we also did sensory tub!  
This was played during bath time. Once.
Some real shells, miniature ocean creatures erasers, stingray and lobster wind-up toys that swim, blue water, and some water beads. Note: There was an article in the paper that Malaysia has banned these water beads, as there were cases reported of kids swallowing them and had to undergo surgery! Be extra careful with them.
Of course I had to keep my eyes peeled, Adik was already getting ready to pop everything in her mouth!   

And when I got tired of keeping vigilant in the toilet, I tossed all the creatures in a big ziplock bag, squirted in lots of hair gel, and tadaa, a safer sensory bag! This idea was inspired by another mommy, but I'm truly sorry I coudn't find which. Chanced upon it quite some time ago. 
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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A for angelfish

Current theme: Ocean!

Letter of the week: A 

Craft: Angelfish

From the letter 'a'

With her art supply and googled images of real angelfishes

Pasting fins and tail

Painted and done!

The paper plate fish was done much earlier. Now instead of pasting them on walls, which drove me crazy as they fell to the floor all time,  I hang them up as a mobile with fish line and clothespins. Makes the room look more interesting too! Don't you think?
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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Scoot scoot makeover!

There was this particular day we went to a relative's house and Kakak saw this scooter outside and started playing with it. It was in a truly wasted-looking condition but works alright. The grandma said she could take it home since they wanted to throw it away anyway. 

It was quite sad actually seeing her scooting happily with it. She didn't mind a bit that it wasn't new, as a matter of fact, it was so worn out! As much as it saddened me, I did not plan to get a new one for her, because I still stood firm in my beliefs that my children will not be getting ALL the things they want as easy as they thought, material things that is (books are different story). Some will have to wait, while others may have to be earned even if we have the means. I hope by this way they will learn to value more of what they owned and not be spoiled senselessly by materialistic wealth.   

So what I did was to promise her that one day I will make her scooter pretty and pink! That was just what we did last weekend. With cans of spray paint, some fabrics and mod podge, we started our project. After about several hours of spray and mod podging later, I was honestly elated upon seeing the transformation of the scooter! Kakak was beaming too!

Now, all it need is just a change of tyres! And maybe a bell and some ribbons. 

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