Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: February 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

3 Little Pigs Paper Bag Puppets

Everyone loves a good story. Even better, if it is an interactive experience with adorable characters we can work on. Here's sharing a little activity we did at home some time back - Paper Bag Puppets. 

I took them out a couple of days ago to take some photos of them for a kids craft workshop proposal I was working on. It's done and sent to the client, and I am pinning much hopes on it. Boy, I really want to conduct classes there! Fingers-crossed, if all works out well, I'll be able to share more about it on the blog in the coming months. But for now, let's go back to the puppets...

Though the puppets were made last year, Nat seem to remember them and was excited to play pretend with me. And so, we cleared the dinning table and had some fun reenacting the story.

Oopps, I think the wolf just ate the pig...

And now, the vengeance of the little pigs! ROAR!

Here's a little more on the puppets. They made their first public appearence last September at the Mama Bazaar 2013. The children and I made them with together and put up a little show at the bazaar. It was lots of fun and a little scary for me as I... erm... was... erm... rather nervous. Thank God it turned out quite well ;)

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY 2-in-1 Fish Decor Clips & Magnetic Fishing Game

"Mummy, daddy's car... Veve's house... fishing game!"
It's been a while since we brought Little Nat to visit my sister's. But the little boy certainly hasn't got over the fishing game he played with his little cousin then.

I had it at the back of my mind to get him a set, but I've yet to see the toy on sale in any toy stores todate. It is a battery operated plastic platform with little fishing popping up and down while it turns round and round. The mouths of the fishes open and shut as the players try to 'fish' them up with a stick. While it might be an easy game, it has proven to be challenging for toddlers- the little boy wasn't very good at it (yet).

Having given up looking for the fishing toy, I've decided to make something easier to handle for Little Nat to get his hands on some 'fishing'. I would have did what Summer (of had done for a fishing game, if not for Shanice's recent interest to learn how to sew. To kill 2 birds with one arrow, I got some felts and made this 2-in-1 fish decor clips and fishing game with Shanice. Here's sharing how it's done...

Step 1: Cut felts into desired shape. 
Fold down a flap of felt
Cut out the desired shape on the fold so that you have 2 similar pieces.
Step 2: Sew the sides together, leaving a little opening. 
Leave an opening for stuffing of fluffs. 

Shanice was very excited to try making loop stitches, but it didn't work out as well as she would like it to be (exactly, they are quite good for first-timers)... and so she self-declared to be in charge of decorations. :)

Step 3: Stuff fluffs into the opening and sew up the gap.

Step 4: Decorate 

Step 5: Sew on small bull lock clips to the back of the fish.

Ta-dahh! And we are done with the decorated fish clips. Great for keeping sheets of papers together and excellent for magnetic fishing game too! Simply attach a magnet to one end of a lenght of ribbon and tie the other end to a stick and voila! time for some fishing fun!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Game Card

DIY Couple Game Card
So Valentine's day came and left. And here I am, relishing the nitty gritties even as I blog down this post into our story together. I had no problem remembering the day amidst the CNY celebrations, thanks to the good old advertisers spamming my mailboxes, TV and phone. It was everywhere! Even the girls been bringing home little notes and gifts from their classmates! Kinda too young and too soon for this mama to digest. Lolx

To celebrate the day, i made a mystery gift for the husband - something that would be useful for him (and me). It was meant to be a secret so, although the cards were really before V day, I've delayed posting bout them till now.

I came up with a little card game for him. A simple one - it consists of 6 cards(with redeemable) and a dice. Most of the cards are to his benefit except for 1 - the trump card (my trump card). He will get this card if he rolls '6' on the dice.

Front view of all 6 cards. The trump card is in pink. 
close-up of one of the cards
Back view of the trump card.
Hum, 45 mins... good enough for him to pack the store room ;p
Here are some of the other redeemable. Kinda lame, I know, but i like it this way ;p
Where are the other redeemable? They are classified information. Don't ask, cos I'm not telling ya ;) lolx

Card No. 1
Card No. 2
Card No. 3
I was looking forward to seeing his reaction and it was really hard keeping a secret...
Then it was valentine's, finally. But really, v day for us on started after the kids' bedtime - the plan was to drive in to JB for  a nice supper together. So there wasn't much time to spare for a good game. I passed him his pressie in the morning and that was pretty much it.

We drove in right after the kids' bedtime. Hubby had asked around for an alternative to our usual Ramly burger fix at the Zon and was pretty excited to explore new routes. But we couldn't find it after a good 30 mins drive round Taman Sentosa, and I was feeling bored. Just when we decided to head back to the cause way, we bumped into a little Ramly stall by a quiet street. Horray! We ordered 3 burgers to go and waited by the roadside. I must say, I have never appreciated Ramly the way i did last night. Step by step and layer by layer the guy made the burgers with such dedication. And naturally it took a while for the burgers to be ready. Thanks to that, we managed to catch a view of the fireworks over at the other end of the street!

There in a quiet and windy street,  the air was filled with promises of a good treat. My man and I, standing by the roadside together, watching fireworks darting into the sky from afar... that was our V day, one akin to my Ramly burger, nothing too glamorous, yet nothing short of it - simple, dedicated, delectable and best of all, it was ours. And he is mine.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New look for the kids' wardrobe

I've been toying with the idea to replace the girls' wardrobe for a while. I got it about 2 years ago from Ikea. A steal really, it was on sale and I got it at under $200. It was a practical solution then, and after 2 years, it still serves us well, except the girls have outgrown it's plain white finishing and random cartoon stickers decor (which they had wanted to paste them all over the wardrobe when there were just a little younger). 

It would be a waste to discard it, and honestly speaking, we ain't in the best financial shape as a family to spend on unnecessary furnishing. Hence, I did my maths and revamped our good old wardrobe at under 20 bucks. The result was satisfactory, and the girls were thrilled with their good-as-new pretty wardrobe. Here's sharing how it was done...

Cost break-down
2.5 meters of Pink Table Plastic Cover - $5.90 per meter
1 pack small nails - $0.80 per pack
3M Wall Tapes - spare ones that came with the hooks we purchased previously

Total Damage = $15.55

Recycle Materials
1 small mirror (stand was broken)
Stings of beads (from my mother-in-law, used to be cake decorations from i-dunno-how-long-ago)

Step 1:
Remove door panels then wrap door them with table covers and secure with nails. 

Step 2:
Fix back the panels.

Step 3:
Tie the beaded strings in place to make the door handles. 

Step 4:
Secure the small mirror on the last panel of the wardrobe with 3M Wall Tape.

 And we are done! All in a day's work :)

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Monday, February 3, 2014

My Cup Runneth Over...

Today's a public holiday! The girls are happy to be home on a weekday morning (no school today! Hip hip horray!) and Baby Nat is in a good mood. Seems like a perfect day...o well, generally, apart from the toy snatching dramas and tv channels debates... yup, nothing out of the norm :x

To keep all 3 kids happy and busy, we bake...

And I can't help wondering how a bowl of flour and a couple measuring cups can be so amusing to a child.

I see Nat scooping up and pouring down, over and over again. While the girls decide who does what and what happens next, Nat's happy and contented, minding his own business, always keeping a eye on the cup and watching it keenly- It seems always full, either with flour or wonder, or perhaps both.

And I wonder, how big are my worries, how big are they exactly. Perhaps I need to be little-er to be bigger than them. After all, the cup is indeed always full - even when it seems empty, there is still either worry or wonder. I choose the latter. And hope you choose it too :)

Have a lovely monday!

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