Aluminium Canvas!

My budding artist has been doodling and drawing everywhere everyday! She has often requested for blank paper, and she will engage herself for an interrupted hour just engrossed in penning her thoughts into pictures, and even drafting her own storybook with illustrations. Besides running out of spare paper for her indulgent interest, I thought of giving her another medium to work with, and to spark some alternative way of working with other materials.

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I saw this idea online, and thought I should it out with my enthusiastic artist! The steps are pretty easy, and the results stunning!

First, recycle a paper board, and tape a thick string to form lines/compartments on the board. That way, you create a little matrix pattern on it. Make sure to tape them down securely on the back of the board.

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Next, you place the aluminium foil over the patterned board, and press down where the lines are. This will make the dividing lines more visible.

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The last part is the most fun segment for my little one. She could not wait to start doodling and drawing with the permanent pens of different colours. She created circular patterns, and also drew figurines and characters on her ‘storyboard’. She was so captivated by the new experience of using different surface to draw on!

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The end product is really stunning, and the aluminium canvas makes for a wonderful window display for my child’s playroom!

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Chinese Fan Painting

I love these Chinese fans on sale in Daiso or any Chinese culture-themed shops. They are great canvas material for painting Chinese motifs, and creating awareness of the Chinese Culture.

First off, I showed my daughter some images of Chinese painted fans from the web, and asked her some questions like:

1. What objects do you see on the fans? (flowers, phoenix, peacocks, butterflies, goldfish, etc)

2. What are some of the colours you can see? (red, pink, yellow, blue)

3. Are the colours dull or vibrant?

4, Are the objects outlined with black? Do you see some Chinese characters written on the fan? What do you think it says?

5. If you can paint on a Chinese fan, what will you like to draw?

Once I tickled my girl’s interest in Chinese fans, she was eager to start working on it.
Given her fetish with flowers and butterflies, she readily shared her ideas with me about painting this motif on the fan.

First, she drew out the outline of the flowers and butterflies using simply a pencil.

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With these lovely paint pots, she was presented with an array of subtle colours from which she could choose the colour from.

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What I love about this project is observing how she focuses on filling the objects with colours, and training her fine motor skills of the pencil grip through holding the paintbrush.

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While painting, she was also narrating her own imaginative scripts of how the butterflies first met each other among the flowers, and soon became good friends and played as they fluttered in the sky. I love just being present through the art process and hearing out her own thoughts and ideas on the subject matter. It allows me a glimpse into her thinking process and creates a great opportunity for me to encourage her to express her ideas into words. The process of art includes not just visual, but also verbal expression of ideas. I could think along with her, and ask her leading questions to help her deepen and develop her ideas, and in turn add complexity and depth to her artwork.

 

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After a process of concentration and focus, my girl thoroughly enjoyed the creative process, and loved her end product. That’s the unspeakable joy of art-making! And it makes a perfect artpiece for display!

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Creating Aboriginal Art using Pom Poms

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We have been reading my all-time favourite book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. The endearing story is about a boy who turned from a reluctant learner to an inspired artist! My girl was so captured by the story that she said she wanted to make dots and create art. My mind somehow wandered to the art method of aboriginal art, where I remembered the aboriginal artwork I saw during my time living in Sydney, Australia.

1. Samples Of Aboriginal Art

As a tuning-in activity, I showed her some aboriginal art and we talked about the dots of different sizes and colours that make up the image.

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2. Materials

I thought about how to make dots on paper, and the idea of using poms poms and pegs struck me. So this simple setup consist of:

1. pom poms

2. Clothes pegs

3. paint

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4. Dot painting templates

(examples: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/bf/7d/0a/bf7d0a8d49706fbec33075857ffc2267.jpg)

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Since my little girl’s interest is in princesses, I sourced out these templates online of Belle and Cinderella. With all the materials set up, she knew at one glance that we were going to make dots.

3. Demonstration

Showing her how to use the clothes pegs to secure the pom pom, and dipping into the paint was my favourite part. My little artist wore  the look of wonder on her face.

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This activity is so great in developing fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. The array of colours allow for choice and the child gets to learn how to focus and complete the dot painting independently.

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If you have this little paint pots, it is also great for this art process, and less messy! Just dip the pom poms in!!

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4. Creating her own aboriginal art!

Once she has gained confidence and developed mastery on how to make the dot prints, we then proceeded to creating our own aboriginal artpiece.

She wanted to make a fish, and with the outline I drew out, she traced the lines with dots, and filling in the spaces with more dots! Very soon, the picture of the fish emerged.

It was so rewarding seeing whole art process of her exercising her own autonomy of the choice of colours, the intrinsic motivation of seeing her project completed!

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Why not try this simple and beautiful way of creating and appreciating art forms with your little one? 🙂

10 Frozen Fun Activities!

 10 Frozen Fun Activities!

The insane popularity of this Disney movie has gotten kids singing the theme songs in the malls, classrooms and kids’ playdates.

Tapping on my little girl’s interest in the movie hit Frozen, I have decided to capitalise on that to come up with 10 different sensorial and learning activities!

1. Pretend Play

My 3 year old has been so captivated by the characters in Frozen movie, that she does all kinds of pretend play with her princess dolls.

I enjoy watching and being amused by the play scripts my girl comes up with whenever she is engaged in pretend, dramatic play. The latest being the conversations and songs between the Frozen sister, Elsa and Anna

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2. Making a Snowflake!

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Tying in with the Frozen Movie craze, my gal has been fascinated with the idea of snow despite our hot humid weather all year round.

I thought why not let her experience deeper with the concept of snow by making a snowflake ornament, with the colour theme blue, so as to add to her Frozen props for role-play!

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 3. Frozen Ice!

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I thought to make the play scene more elaborate and sensorial, why not create some frozen fun for her with some ice blocks and ice cubes?

To make the ice blocks, simply recycle your plastic containers, add some blue food colouring and freeze it overnight! And you are ready to enact the play scene!

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4. Frozen Snow Globe!

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One of my favourite activities is to come up with a snow globe, based on the theme of snow and winter throughout.

The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether s it winter or not for your season.

These globes allow your child to create a wintry scene straight out of their own imagination.

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5. Storytelling with the books!

Nothing like retelling this heartwarming plot through the use of books! Allow your child to experience the depth of the characters and seeing the story come alive through the use of beautiful illustrations!

6. Olaf Marshmallow!

Kids will love this food making activity! Just get marshmallows, chocolate chips, raisins and some orange icing and they are ready to make the adorable snowman that is also edible!

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7. Olaf Sushi!

Thanks to my sister-in-law who ingeniously created this incredible Olaf Sushi! This is too cute to be eaten, but my girl gobbled it all up in no time!

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8. Stickers

Why not add some magnetic tape on the Frozen character stickers and create props for the children to enact scenes from the story on magnetic whiteboards?

9. Making an Olaf Snowman!

You can create a Olaf tray where the child has to assemble the different Olaf snowman body parts together!

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10. Colouring & Drawing

For some quiet seat work, colouring is great for them to focus and fill the pages of their favourite characters with colour! Drawing the characters out also stretches their imagination and builds their attention to details. We were at a play date when the kids started drawing the characters on white sheets and even on paper plates!

For colouring pages, just google Frozen Colouring Pages

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Have an icy blast with the kids with these activities! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Printing Circles to Make Lollipop!

To make the circle prints, I decided to recycle some of the plastic cups and toy cups lying around in the house. I intentionally chose cups of different sizes to create learning opportunity of comparing size for my preschooler. After the art materials were set up, my curious 3-year old girl was raring to do some creative printing!

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Exploring Shapes and Sizes

While doing the printing of the circles, she used adjectives like, ” big”, “small”, “colourful” to describe the circles. She also realised that the smaller circle will always fit inside the bigger circle, which is part of her picking up concepts of spatial awareness. As for the bottle cap, she instinctively placed it inside the smaller circle. and she almost immediately exclaimed, “Look Mummy! The circles are big, bigger. biggest!” I was gleaming with pride!

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Upon seeing the complete circles artwork, she was reminded of lollipops! She excitedly requested for a paintbrush because she wanted to create a lollipop! With a stroke of a brush, she transformed the circle prints into something of her own imagination. I was awed once again at the spontaneity and creativity from a little child!

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Why not try exploring this simple art activity with your own little artist at home and see what they can come up with!

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Rolling Balls

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Materials needed:

1. Marbles or balls
2. Plastic or disposable container
3. Paints
4. Box or Photocopying paper box cover
5. Paper

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How to create the art piece!

1. Put paints of different colours in the container.
2. Put the balls in and roll them around so they are coated with paint.
3. Position the paper in the box.
4. Place the balls in, tilt the box up and down and roll the balls on the paper in different directions to create the artwork!

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My little girl was so fascinated by the colour prints the balls created on the paper, with streaks of different colours running through. She also learned to manipulate the box like tilting it to get the balls rolling from left to right, top to bottom. Exploring with balls of different sizes has also got her making a discovery of different patterns and how the thickness of the lines correlated with the size of the balls.

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This activity is easy and fun and is sure to spellbound your child!
Go and let your child have a ball of a time!

Using blocks to make Shape Art

Continuing our series this week on teaching shapes, we decided to make print art using wooden blocks from our toy collection!

I put together the art materials comprising of a carton box, some wooden blocks with different shapes as the base, as well as some colour paints.

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Identifying shapes on the blocks

Art has always been my girl’s favourite learning activity. Upon seeing the materials, she was excited to get started! First, I brought her attention to the wooden blocks and asked her what shapes she could recognize. She identified different shapes for various blocks, and for some, she could pin point more than one shape in one single block. One example was the prism. She could say out the square and the triangle shapes for the prism. This simple process sharpens her awareness of different shape surfaces for three-dimensional objects.

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Printing of the shapes

To demonstrate, I placed a block on some paint, and showed my girl the base of the block. She immediately pointed out the circle shape to me. Then I made the circle print on the carton box by pressing on it. She was intrigued by the shape created, and couldn’t wait to make some more of her own.                            IMG_7735

She printed many circles with different colours and the experience of sensory art was amazing for her! She experimented with the other blocks, and gradually learned to recognise and predict the shape that would be printed with the block she has chosen! All this while, she was using her visual descrimination to ascertain which shape print would be made.

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My little artist was so engrossed with making the shape prints, that she filled the spaces on the carton box with colourful shape prints in no time! Check out her little masterpiece.. She requested for me to put it up for us to admire. I couldn’t feel any prouder of her little art achievement!

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Artwork as visual reinforcement

Now, everytime she encounters her little print artwork, she will without fail point to it and say out the names of the shapes. There is no better way of reinforcing the new concepts than letting her create something she can take pride in and motivate her to internalise the learning on her own!