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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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! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Crayon Rocks!

Have you seen these crayon rocks before? When my sister in law brought these back from an overseas trip for my girl, I was smitten with its vibrant colours, how child-friendly it is and its uniqueness! It makes any curious child want to grip one of these rocks and start drawing!

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Do you know that these crayon rocks are all natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and colored with mineral pigments?

There are many reasons why these crayon rocks make great colouring tools for your child:
1.The colours are attractive and vibrant, and can be used on almost any colouring surface such as paper and canvas.

2. They are designed to develop fine motor skills, in particular the tripod grip muscles, and prepare your child’s fingers for writing

3. The shape allows small fingers to color in large, wide strokes creating rich colours and textures.

4. It is nicely packaged in a recycled paper box which makes it handy for you to bring it along for any drawing activity.

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Rae’s drawing experience with the crayon rocks

She started with the red crayon rock and her fingers fitted into the groove without much effort or coaching from me. She drew broad, bold lines across the canvas, creating rich colours on the canvas material. The colours don’t smudge at all, which also makes it mess-free and easy to use. After experimenting with the use of the rocks, she enthusiastically played with the other crayon rocks to add colour to her creation. I asked her what she was drawing, she said, ” The cross.” Almost symbolically, she added red strokes to the blue cross, which symbolises God’s sacrifice to me.

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Without much hesitation after finishing the cross, she continued with a rainbow in the sky. I thought maybe the array of bright colours in the crayons reminded her of the colours in the rainbow! I helped her recall the sequence of colours in the rainbow, and it also incidentally turned into a teachable moment to teach her colour recognition.

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Look at Rae’s masterpiece! Prefect for a birthday gift for an Aunty! I titled it ” The Cross and God’s rainbow!”

These crayon rocks ROCK!!!

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Where to get the Crayon rocks

Motherswork, Great World City

Note to readers: This product review is strictly my personal opinion and I am not paid in any way to write this review.

Drawing on Pebbles!

Did I tell you that my girl loves pebbles? Eversince she was a toddler, in our garden walks, she always picks up pebbles and without fail starts to meddle with them. She will sometimes stack them up and see which one will topple the stack, lay them out in a straight line, throw them onto different surfaces to hear the sounds made, or pretend to use them as ingredients to cook a meal for me. These pebbles are just the right size for their small palms to grasp, and it is round edged so it is not dangerous. Her obsession with these pebbles always had me brewing up different ideas of using these pebbles for play and explorative activities.

One of the ideas that came up is using markers to draw on the pebbles. I presented the pebbles in a basket, and some chalk markers (from Daiso). Chalk markers are water-based markers which makes the ink washable. It becomes an open-ended art activity that allows Rae to use her imagination and creativity to make marks on the pebbles. You can also use these beautifully drawn pebbles as paper weights in your office!

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Learning Points from this Art Activity

Making marks on the pebbles was an extremely engaging activity for Rae. She started choosing different coloured markers and labeled them as ‘orange’, ‘purple’,’pink’ and so on. Feeling the different shapes & sizes of the pebbles with her fingers, she also used comparative terms like “big”, “small” and adjectives like ” smooth”, “dirty” to describe the pebbles. It is so evident to me that when a child’s senses are stimulated, discovery learning takes place naturally. Drawing on concrete objects like pebbles was a different sensory experience compared to her usual activity of drawing on paper. It is a different level of mastery when making marks on three-dimensional objects like pebbles. She has to exercise tighter finger grip, and with more intense concentration to prevent the markers from slipping off the surface, and the lines from deviating. While drawing, she will probably derive simple conclusions that it is easier to draw on flat, and not curved surfaces. This can also be a pre-writing activity for children to learn mark-making.

Check out Rae’s mark-making on the pebbles.. From extreme left, she drew a snake, and the middle pebble is a bird who tries to eat up the snake! The pebble on the extreme right is the flower that is the bird’s favourite hiding place. From this little open-ended activity, I can clearly see Rae’s imagination at work, and drawing becomes her medium of expressing her ideas and creativity.

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Such open-ended activities allow your child to be free with her art expressions. Its perfectly alright for the child to draw the way she likes it, and use her markings to symbolise her ideas. Encourage her to expand her thoughts by prompting her with questions. Ask her to express and describe what she is drawing. Value her artwork and show interest in what she is drawing. Remember that the process of creating is more important than the finished product to a child.

Great Art Activity for Playdates!

For one of the playdates, I decided to let some children try this activity together! They were so engrossed in drawing on the pebbles, that I ran out of pebbles in no time! Try it out sometime, if you need a filler activity to occupy the children!

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Have fun drawing on pebbles, we did!! 🙂

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