Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Egg Carton Flowers

A few Sundays ago, 23 April 2017 Lia and I decided to make another craft from Mother Goose Club. We made Egg Carton Flowers! 

This craft was very easy to make and you'll only be needing an egg carton tray, assorted paints, and sticks. Here are the instructions:

1) Paint the egg carton tray with whatever color you want.
2) Paint the back of the egg carton tray too.
3) Leave the paint to dry.
4) When the paint is dry, cut out the egg carton pods into flower petal shapes.
5) Get some barbecue sticks and poke it into the egg carton pod to make a stem. Be careful and ask help from your parents because the stick has a pointed end.

There you have it, beautiful egg carton flowers! Perfect for pictures and it makes a beautiful bouquet! Try it out! It's fun to make and it never dies!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Homemade Play Dough

Last Saturday, 22 April 2017 Lia and I made our very own play dough. Mommy prepared the ingredients for us. Daddy took pictures.

These are the ingredients:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of salt
2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Food coloring (10 drops or more)

The play dough was so much fun to make. We used blue food coloring. Lia and I took turns in mixing the dough. After we mixed it, the dough mixture does not look like play dough at all because it is not yet cooked. Mommy cooked the dough for us. She lets us see what was happening in the pot.

After the play dough was cooked Mommy kneads it. It was very hot. When it was warm and safe to touch, Mommy let us try kneading the dough. Then we put some glitter in the play dough.  Then the fun part, playing with the finished product!

We learned how to make play dough from Mother Goose Club: Show Me How. We watched many of their craft videos. They were so much fun to make, so we made two of their crafts. One is homemade play dough the other one is egg carton flowers which will be our next blog post.


Thank you Ashrie for the article. Here's Daddy's verdict on your Homemade Play Dough:

I personally think that MyGirls did very well. I have checked the play dough's consistency and it felt smooth and very pliable, the glitters did not stick to the hands or the work surface, and it smells even better than store-bought PLAYDOH! Plus, you can have more dough to play with at a given time.

The only factor that PLAYDOH has over this homemade version is for sure, having longer shelf life.

Until next time! Happy Midweek!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ashrie and Lia’s Paintings

Ashrie is now on her Primary 2 and is doing more writing compositions for her English class in school. Both Jane and I were impressed by her articles and stories so I asked her to be a contributor to this blog. Here is her debut article written just this morning about their painting session at home yesterday. Read on.

Yesterday, 19 April 2017, Lia and I did a painting. Lia’s painting was a card and my painting was a cake picture. I used paints, a pencil, a paintbrush and a bottom of a Peck Chye. Lia used a bottom of a Peck Chye, paints and a paintbrush.

I started by drawing a picture. It was a birthday cake. Lia started by dipping the Peck Chye in the paint and stamping it onto her card. When I started painting my birthday cake, I saw Lia had mixed the colors because she put too many colors in the same place! Silly Lia! My cake was yellow but because my paper was pink, it turned orange! I did not know that yellow and pink make orange. I thought red and yellow make orange.

I saw that Lia mixed the colors so much that it was starting to turn black! I said, "Wow!"

Mommy was taking a video of Lia. She asked Lia some questions but Lia was focusing on her card and she did not reply. As for finishing touches, Lia was doing the back of her card I was doing the fireworks and the heart-shaped balloons. Lia and I were done.

Then we cleaned ourselves and let our paintings dry. Lia’s card was for Daddy. My picture was for Daddy as well! We both had a wonderful time painting together. We hope to do this again.

Thank you Ashrie! I guess there will be more entries from you in the coming days.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lia and The Tale of Mr. Rabbit

Lia loves her rabbits. Soft toy rabbits, that is.

Once she has Mr. Frog (IKEA Tosig) and he's been with her wherever she goes. We went for a stroll one time and she lost him, so when they went for a month-long vacation to the Philippines she had to settle with Mr. Rabbit's (IKEA Piphare) company. I looked for a replacement for Mr. Frog and brought it to the Philippines. But at the time, her fondness of Mr. Frog was now transferred over to Mr. Rabbit. When we're back in Singapore it was and always is Mr. Rabbit for her.

Almost all of her photos are with Mr. Rabbit. Even her Ate's Show and Tell in school was about Lia and Mr. Rabbit. It was her soother when she woke in the middle of the night. Just give it to her and most of the time, she will go back to sleep instantly after seeing him. He was her constant companion everywhere she goes.

Before last Christmas, we went to Ang Mo Kio to meet our friend. It was the family with Mr. Rabbit, of course.  Before me head home we stopped by AMK Hub FairPrice to buy some groceries and when we're done and about to head home, Mr. Rabbit is missing!

It was almost closing time but we still had the time to go back and trace our steps. We asked the Information Counter if somebody might have surrendered it, but none. We searched every section we've been to but to no avail. We went home that night, sadly and without Mr. Rabbit.

We searched high and low for a replacement and even contacted IKEA if they have a piece left as it was already a discontinued item). There wasn't any. The only Carouseller who sells a Piphare already sold it. There was a display in a restaurant in Sembawang Shopping Center that has it but they never gave us a call back when they say they will ask the owner if he wants to sell it. Our search was futile.

Meanwhile, Jane bought a pink Jelly Cat Rabbit in lieu, and I printed a Piphare for Lia. Jane is also planning to make a printed pillow of Mr. Rabbit in case we couldn't find a replacement.

Fortunately, there were sellers on eBay. We purchased one and got it more than a month later. Our generous seller even bought from another seller because the first one traveled around the world but never reached our mailbox because of address issues. But the second one reached us in a few days after everything has been rectified.

We're so happy Mr. Rabbit is back! Needless to say, He is still Lia's favorite until now.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Me&MyGirls at the Singapore Zoo

We stayed in Singapore this year for the 2017 Chinese New Year holidays. It was a four-day for me and a five-day break for Ashrie.

We spent the first day spring cleaning, the second at Singapore Zoo, the third in a friend's birthday dinner and the fourth at IKEA. We basically took mostly Uber, Taxis and Grab which ultimately reduced our traveling time and at the same time our stress in public commuting with the kids had we opted to take buses and trains.

Singapore Zoo was packed to the brim. It was the first day of CNY and a Saturday when we visited. We reached the gates around 11, Having our online tickets printed as we reached, we were inside the zoo right after Lia watched the Lion Dance and had this photo taken.

It was Lia's first visit to the SG Zoo and quite a number of visits for the rest of us. There were a lot of improvements in the zoo premises and actually, as soon as you enter the Mandai area, you can see the developments to look forward to as early as 2020. (I think Jurong Bird Park will be transferred in the area plus there will be a new attraction, the Rainforest Park, so all parks can be accessible to each other and possibly be visited by tourists in a day. Tiring to think about it but awesome idea.)

We did not managed to view all of the animals because we saved precious time for water play. We can always visit next time for Lia to see the other animal enclosures.

At this age, she quickly loses interest in the animals. She enjoyed the fragile forest though, where we are literally face to face with a lemur, the bats, and a sloth! And of course, she had a great time at the play area, on their carousel rides, the rabbits, and the water play.

We definitely have to visit again but hopefully on a day with less crowd. :)

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