Monday, May 19, 2014

Kid's game - Motor and observant skills using washi tapes

I was packing and organising my craft room to make way for more stuff and to allow my two kids to be able to play with a bigger space on the floor last weekend. They no longer like to play at their toy room anymore. Guess my craft room is more fun to be around and besides I am always inside this room.

I used to have two mahjong-sized tables in the middle of the room, against the two sides of the wall, opposite each other. So we left the centre small area to walk. Plus my cupboards and shelves and 2 more long tables against one side of the wall. I decided to keep one mahjong table (which serves as our dining table these days) and clear one side table for Big E to do her stamping, colouring and homework.

The room is now more spacious to walk in, play and laze around. (I can even lie down and relax! Those friends who have visited this room can relate.)

I cleared up lots of containers and baskets and a game idea just popped my mind this morning. I told Big E to try to toss a washi tape into each container based on their colours from a distance.

Playing tossing game with washi tapes
First few tries were out of the containers and they simply rolled to the other side. (I had to pick them up from the "dark" corners of the room as they rolled.) Then I taught her a simple way and she managed to throw into the correct basket. She was grinned with joy.

Baskets from Daiso
I can also teach Small E some motor skills by placing the tapes into the basket. Or even transferring from one basket to another.

Motor skills for a toddler
We just simply loves washi tapes game.

Monday, May 12, 2014

April Artistic Trading Cards

I was the hostess for the April Artistic Trading Card. I love hosting as I can be the last person to finish the design since I did not have to factor in the posting days. The theme I gave was buttons. I have lots and lots of buttons in my drawers for my sewing. What a great method to use for the cards, don't you think so?

Here is my simple card. Love using washi tapes.

April ATC
Here are the ones from the group.

April Group ATC designs
Which are your favorites?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

SAHM Survival Tips - What to do when we are sick

Happy Mother's Day to all mummies out there! Be it you are a stay-at-home-mum or a full-time-working-mum, your child/children must have showered you with lots of love and their handmade gifts for you.

For me, I just want my children to recover from their sickness (including myself who is recovering from cough and running nose.) It is extremely heartbreaking to see my children coughing and sneezing for 2 weeks despite visiting the doctors 3 times and more and a visit to the hospital A&E last night. The virus seem to stay in the house and could not break out sooner. (Luckily the man in the house is ok.)

I never looked back at my decision to quit my Marketing job 4 years ago. Yes, we have to sacrifice on some luxuries like overseas trips, eating at restaurants, buying clothes, toys and gadgets. However, in turn, I will be with them 24/7 and involve in their growing up days and get to experience their first milestones. I don't want to miss any of those. I am a sticky mum. :)

So how did I survive during our sickly days?

1. Remember to wear masks.

Mask on
It is very important so that we don't spread the virus to each other again. In fact, it is not our culture to wear masks in Singapore unfortunately. I couldn't stand it as each of us were attacked again the minute we recovered. I had to wear a mask to protect myself even thou I recovered. I found one for Big E but still a bit too loose for her. So I had to tie a knot on the elastic band on one side.

2. Drink lots of water
We always take for granted even though water is readily available. If we don't drink enough, the phlegm thickened and it is even harder to recover.

3. Sub out housechore


I find that it is extremely important to train Big E some simple housechores from young so that she can help me in times like this. We do not have a helper. Hubby will take over the harder chores if I am unwell. We will also sub-out the cooking by either buying from the foodcourt or eating at my parents' place. I will portion Small E's food into small containers and freeze them up and heat up the next day.

4. Stay near our parents (either one side)
Super convenient if we had to separate the kids for awhile. Sometimes, when I was drowsy with the medication, my father could help look after when I took a quick nap.

5. Planning of inhouse kid's activities
It is useful to have some inhouse kid's actitivies for them to do especially we could not go outside. Things like DVDs, colouring, scrapbooking, homemade toys are good.

6. Vitamin C
Eat your vitamin C pills at the very least.

7. Lastly, please go and apply for the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)
If your family is eligible for this, please apply soon as it take a long time to process. This will help fray some of the doctor's fee. Extremely good for single-income family. Click the link above to find out if you qualify.

I hope my tips could help you tide over during the sickly days.

Linking up with:

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Gingerbreadmum where 31 stay-at-home mums share their survival tips. We hope that you'll find our tips useful and remember that you're not alone!

The next mom on the blog train is Mabel. She is a stay-at-home mother of two, and has been for the past 4 years. Between balancing her children's attention and household chores, Mabel threw work into the mix as well to generate some income for her single-income family.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekend painting - Doodling

I love to read about kid's crafts activities on blogs, not so much on books thou. Especially from our Singapore Mom Bloggers website.

I have not enrolled Big E to any art classes yet. I wanted to because I can't draw well. I also have no idea how to teach her. Or maybe I never put in any effort to teach her and draw simple things, like cars, trees, houses, clouds, birds, flowers, etc. Please recommend me any good books on drawings if you know of any. :)

Yesterday, we were up before 8am. I decided we should doodled on our dining table. Big space and inaccessible to Small E, so that she will not disturb her sister and got herself in a mess. I searched for mahjong paper but could not find in our house. So I used the brown paper instead. I also bought her some rollers and sponges to explore.

Tools I used

Which colour should I used?
This was what she doodled. She did not have the patience to paint for long. Just 10 mins. I asked her why she stopped. She said that she wanted to watch My Little Pony in okto. The other reason was she did not like brown paper. She preferred white. 0-0 |||

Final artwork
Till then! Will share more on doodling on mahjong white paper.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Prima Doll Stamps - Fun colouring for Kids

As a SAHM, my pockets are tighter, especially when it comes to scrapbooking materials. I have to justify with many reasons why I need that particular die cut, stamp, paper, ink or tools before I bought them. It is a very tedious process as there are too many things on my wishlists and too many attractive goodies that each brand offered. I also love to watch youtube videos and the stuff they demonstrated were too good and cute. It was hard to resist most of the time. Sometimes, I wish I can work again to have some income. But then again, some things were bought and treated like a white elephant. This is very bad as it was a bad judgement. I will try to minimise that.

One of the best way to minimise the cold status is to integrate the scrapbooking materials and tools into my kid's art and craft. I have lots of wooden and clear stamps which I could stamp on white paper for her to colour with her colour pencils or crayons. Big E loves to stamp and play with the inks.

Recently, I bought some Prima Doll Stamps, designed by Julie Nutting from the local scrapbook store. They are so cute and pretty. Big E picked the designs and I must admit she has great taste. I like other dolls too but decided to trust her judgement in the end.

Prima Doll Stamps
I stamped the dolls onto a plain sheet of paper last night to give her a surprise this morning so that she could start colouring while I handled Small E.

At first, she used my copic markers to colour. The effect was not that fantastic as she did not know how to control the markers. Her hands were stained with the alcohol inks and hard to wash off. I suggested her to use her colour pencils and you know what she told me? She said there are not enough colours for her to colour the dolls. I guess I have to buy her a bigger range of colours to use soon.

This was what she did.

Colouring piece
Not bad, right?

At least, she knew that the face, neck, arms and legs should be of the same colour. The hair and the dress can be of different colours. (In the past, she coloured everything in ONE colour.)

I could see that she tried not to colour out of the lines.

I ought to give her more practice in colouring. I have not sent her to additional art classes other than in school and I don't restrict her by forcing her to use certain colours on certain areas. Eg, the hair must be black and face must be beige, etc. In fact she preferred the bigger dolls than the smaller ones. Guess it is not enough for her to colour. My next job will be to cut the dolls out for her to play. Maybe I should also prepared more dresses for her to interchange. Or even have a doll house?

After finishing her colourings, she asked me why their legs are so thin towards the ends. I explained that they are just cartoons.