This week, we learn how to make beads. Hannah loves dressing up. The girly girl in her enjoys wearing necklaces and bracelets. So when Jessica from Education.com shared this idea with me, I just had to try them with my girl!
Education.com provides parents,homeschoolers and teachers with fun learning resources e.g. worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more. Over to Jessica:
Stringing beads is a fun way to give boredom the boot. And most preschoolers, both girls and boys, enjoy taking a crack at it.
Beyond fueling creativity, beading also has another trick up its sleeve: it helps young kids practice patterning, or sequencing, which lays the groundwork for math, reading, and science. You can buy a sack of beads at any craft store. But here are 3 inexpensive ways for kids to make their own beads, from scratch.
The weather has been so unpredictable these days. One minute, it pours. The next, it’s bright and cheery. So while you wait for the weather to clear, here are seven DIY activities you can dish out to your kids in minutes!
The heat is on! On Wednesday (13 Apr 2016), Singapore recorded its highest temperature in a decade this month: 36.7 deg C.
With the scorching weather refusing to let up, we hide ourselves indoors from the blazing afternoon sun. Keeping the children entertained isn’t an easy feat especially when I have to prepare dinner and do laundry.
Recently, I’ve found crayon etchings to be a useful activity to keep their little hands busy and burn those energy.
You will need:
Bright coloured crayons
Toothpick or end of paintbrush
Small sheet of paper
Start by colouring the bright coloured crayons all over your paper. You have to press firmly to create a thick layer of colouring. (That’s how you expand their energy!)
Place a pad of newspaper under the sheet of paper. Cover the layer of crayon with black crayon. The newspaper will allows the black crayon to coat evenly. Again, you need to press firmly to coat a thick layer.
Now, lay newspapers all over the table before you etch. This makes clean-up easier. Remove the pad of newspaper before etching.
Design your picture by scraping the black layer with a toothpick or end of paintbrush.
I’m sure your children will feel hungry after all that colouring! Just in time for dinner. 😉
“Lava” is Pixar’s latest short film; accompanying the release of “Inside Out”. My Facebook page was flooded with positive comments about both films when “Inside Out” was released in Singapore on 27 August. It was certainly very different from the other mainstream animation. No villains, no good vs. evil fight scenes, no charming prince rescuing damsel in distress.
Hmmm…it piqued my curiosity and so I decided to check this movie out together with Hannah. Our inaugural movie date!
All in all, we definitely enjoyed both films. The movie left us teary-eyed as we left the cinema. My 4-year old related more so to the two singing volcanoes than Riley and her adorable emotion characters.
More than just an emotional roller-coaster, we found a great topic to study on – Volcanoes!
Layers of the Earth
To start off, we needed to understand what lies beneath the Earth. These free printable were a great resource for us, particularly the one by Free Montessori.
A fellow homeschool mom shared with us a wonderful Science curriculum, “Mystery Science”. I used their videos and activities (e.g. mark out the Ring of Fire on the map) to discuss questions such as, “Could a volcano pop up in your background?” and “Why do some volcanoes explode?”.
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The haze is back… 😦 As we stay home, we’ve found an enjoyable activity to occupy our afternoon.
Our recent read, “Love You When…” by Linda Kranz has inspired us to start pebble painting! Every page we flipped, we admired the beautifully painted rocks and its heartwarming message.
It’s hardly possible to collect pebbles in urban Singapore (those at hotel/mall fountains aren’t for picking!) so I’ve decided to buy a pack of pebbles from Far East Flora Garden Centre.
Then, Hannah painted the stones with Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint. Since it washes out easily, I can safely let her paint while doing housework. If you want a glossy finish for your pebbles, try acrylic paint.
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This week, we visited Chinatown to enjoy the sights and sounds of this Spring festival. During this time, you would find many set-up stalls selling Chinese New Year decorations and yummy-licious food. As we walk along the streets, we hear the traditional Chinese New Year music, hanging red lanterns and the tantalising smell of bak kwa (savoury sweet BBQ meat). Yum!
Hannah came across a paper dragon toy and wanted to have it, but it cost more than I expect. She went home feeling disappointed and even tried to convince her father to let her buy it. Sadly, it was also a no-no from Daddy too.
Play: Paper Dragon Craft
To cheer Hannah up, I tried to google around for a similar craft. Thanks to the Internet, we managed to find one! You can download a template of a dragon head and tail here. It’s fairly easy to do. Grab a pair of chopsticks or skewers and coloured paper to make your paper dragon craft. 🙂
Eat: Dried Persimmons and 年糕 “Nian Gao” (Sticky Rice Cakes)
We came across dried persimmons and “nian gao” in Chinatown, and decided to get them for New Year. Hannah isn’t adventurous when trying new food; but was game enough to try both. Final verdict: she’s not a fan of these festive snacks.
And for the remaining days of Lunar New Year (15 days), we’ll be busy visiting our relatives, counting our “hong pow” (red packets) and recycling the used packets to make firecrackers.