DIY Activities in Minutes!

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!

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Paint Scrape Art

This art project was inspired by persialou.com. The finishing piece will look good no matter what! You’ll need:

  • Paint (we’ve used Crayola)
  • Cardboard or canvas
  • Old credit cards or reward cards

Steps:

  1. Drip drops of paint along one side of your cardboard/canvas.
  2. Place your credit/reward card above your paint drops. Pull down firmly to the bottom of your cardboard/canvas.

Note: The children scraped various directions to create different patterns and texture. It looked just as good!

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DIY Popsicle Stick Harmonica

We love creating music. This DIY Popsicle Stick Harmonica by housingaforest.com was simply something we had to test out! You’ll need:

  • 2 wide popsicle sticks
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 1 strip of paper (same size as popsicle stick)
  • 1 toothpick

Steps:

  1. Place a strip of paper between the popsicle sticks.
  2. Wrap one rubber band around the end of the sticks tightly.
  3. Cut toothpick into two. Both sticks must be the same width as popsicle stick.
  4. Slide one stick to the inside of the popsicle stick. It should be below the paper.
  5. Sandwich the other stick to the other end of popsicle stick. It should be above the paper.
  6. Secure with rubber band.

When Hannah blew her harmonica, it sounded like a duck. What about yours?

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DIY “Rocket”

This idea came to us spontaneously. We were all ready to head out. Then we were greeted by a sudden downpour. 😦

To create your “rocket”, you’ll need:

  • a strip of paper
  • a straw
  • cellophane tape or stapler

Steps: 

  1. Using a short thin strip of paper, fold the paper into a cone. Somewhat like a tip of an aeroplane.
  2. Secure with cellophane tape or stapler.

To play, place the cone to the end of the straw. Give a good blow and see your “rocket” fly!

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“Ang Pow” Red Packet Butterfly

With the leftover “ang pows” or red packets, we made butterflies to go along with the Chinese New Year decorations. To create one butterfly, you’ll need:

  • 8 red packets (longer in size)
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • Stapler
  • Cellophane tape
  • Scissors

Steps: 

  1. Fold short sides of the red packets in half (only at the ends). This will serve as a marking.
  2. Fold corners of the red packet as if you’re folding a paper plane (tip). Use marking as your center. Do this for both ends. One red packet should have 2 tips.
  3. Staple the corners of 4 red packets together to make one side of the butterfly. It should resemble as “X”. Make two sides.
  4. Staple both sides of the butterfly together.
  5. Bend your pipe cleaner and tape to the center of your butterfly.

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Create a Maze

Hannah tried creating her maze out of recycled items. As you can see, it’s still work in progress. 🙂 For younger children, they might require some help from you. You’ll need:

  • Straws (quantity depends on the complicity of your maze)
  • Markers
  • Coloured paper
  • Rectangular plastic lid
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Cut coloured paper the same width and length as your plastic lid.
  2. Glue coloured paper on the lid.
  3. Cut the straws and stick on the coloured paper to create maze.
  4. Decorate the maze with markers.

To play, scrunch up the scrap pieces of coloured paper into a ball. Roll it along the maze.

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DIY Kite

This is one of the easiest craft ever! Yet this DIY kite brought hours of fun for us. 🙂
You’ll need:

  • Plastic bag Raffia string, any thick string or ribbon

Steps:

  1. Tie Raffia string to the ends of the plastic bag. You’re done!

Run with your plastic bag kite and watch it dance in the sky. We love how easy it is to make and how compact it is to bring it around.

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DIY Catapult

The children were amazed how everyday items could transform into “machines”. You’ll need:

  • Pompom
  • Teaspoon
  • 1 rubber band
  • 1 plastic cup

Steps:

  1. Wrap the rubber band around a plastic cup twice. Make sure it’s snug.
  2. Place teaspoon under one of the rubber band and place head of spoon on top of cup (as shown).
  3. Place pompom on teaspoon.

Watch your catapult spring into action by hitting the end of your teaspoon!

Do you have a favourite easy-to-do craft too? Share your ideas with me.

Fabulous Daiso Finds for the Kids

Singapore Daiso Fabulous Finds for the Kids

Last week, I shared five fabulous Daiso finds for the home.  I’m glad to have received many replies from you and how you love Daiso!  THANK YOU!

A quick summary for those who may not be familiar with Daiso: this brand started off as a 100-yen shop in Japan.  Now, you can find Daiso in many countries, like Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Canada and the U.S.  Most of the items are often tagged at a fixed amount.  For Singapore at least, everything cost $2.

This week, I’ll be sharing five great finds for our children!

1. Play Dough and Modelling Clay

You might have already known the benefits of allowing your child play with dough. Besides improving their fine motor skills, playing with dough helps with the child’s creativity and imagination.  It’s a great tool to develop their mathematical and language skills too!   My daughter seems very calm whenever she plays dough. Ohm…

Daiso sells play dough and modelling clay.  They come in a variety of colours and are non-toxic.  You could get a set with the dough cutters or just a bucketful of colourful play dough. As they come wrapped in plastic packaging, you’ll need to store the dough in air-tight containers to prevent them from drying out.

For play dough ideas: The Carrot Seed activities, Learning the Alphabet, Making Animal Tracks, Moses Bible Activity

 

2. Musical Instruments

Jing-jang! Cling-clang! If you’re looking for simple musical instruments like triangle,recorders, tambourine, castanets or bells, Daiso has them all!  While we often make our music instruments, I’m clueless as to how I could make a triangle without scrap metal parts or a bell without jingle bells.  So you could imagine my excitement when I saw these musical instruments!

Fabulous finds at Daiso Singapore for the kids

3. Jigsaw Puzzles

The first set of jigsaw puzzle bought for Hannah came in a pack of four; each set of varied degree of complexity. The first set comprises six pieces and gradually increases until the last set with 20 pieces. Then, we progressed to a 36-piece jigsaw puzzle (shown in the picture).  Your children could even create their own jigsaw by purchasing Daiso’s 25-piece blank jigsaw pieces. These make great, unique gifts for family and friends.

 

4. Fishing Game

The grandmother bought this fishing game last year and it has always been Hannah’s go-to game from time to time.  I’d spread the sea animals around the “sea” and have her fish them.  For each successful catch, she names each sea creature and its colour in Mandarin (Mama’s subtle way of getting Hannah to speak Mandarin more often).  You could also play this game as part of the “Ten Little Fish” extension activity.

 

5. Beach and Sand Toys

Hannah loves the beach and sandbox play! She could spend hours digging in the sand, building sand castles and creating sand aircrafts with the moulds.  These beach and sand toys make ideal companions for any beach or sandbox play.  Because they don’t cost much, I don’t feel too bad if her toys get lost in the sand, or when she had forgotten to whom she lent the toy too.

 

I know many of us would agree that a list five finds is never enough!  There are many other great buys for kids waiting for me to discover. 🙂

Let’s make music!

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Hannah loves music and hums along to some of her Sunday school songs. On days when I’m unable to prepare lesson materials, we’ll just make music.

She has a xylophone and tambourine. We DIY the maracas (using toilet roll and beans), and the drums are plain metal plates or plastic basins taken from the kitchen. We’ll form a duo and sing along to whatever song she wants.

This easy-to-prepare activity is perfect for in-between major activities; before her bath or meals.

At 22 months, Hannah requests for her hat before her drumming session.
Hannah’s must-have before drumming: her hat!

Making music!

We made a ukulele with an empty tissue box, rubber bands and a toilet paper roll. Hannah enjoyed it and even took out her xylophone as an accompanying instrument!

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