This is a really fun craft that doesnt require any fancy materials. You’ll most likely have everything already at home. It’s also ‘magical’ and I’m sure your kids will love it!
Amazing Balancing Butterfly Craft
Coloured Paper Card board from cereal boxes (or any other box) Glue Coins
Fold a coloured paper half. Draw one half of a butterfly making sure the top wings are way above the butterfly head to enable it to balance. This is also a good time to teach your child about the centre of gravity.
Cut and paste onto the card board. Cut again.
Decorate the butterfly.
Paste a coin each on the back of the top wings.
The butterfly should be able to balance itself now.
It can balance almost anywhere.
Your kids will have a whole lot of fun balancing the butterfly everywhere!
You can also make a balancing bird instead of a butterfly.
It’s just as beautiful and fun to play with. This is a great craft to make at any parties 🙂
It’s the school holidays now so let’s make an origami whale.
OK so it’s the school holidays and I just wanted to do something different with my entry. Hehe. This is not my usual entry. There is no step-by-step instructions but just comic of my two kids because I’ve posted a step-by-step instructions on how to fold an origami whale back in 2009. If you need the full instructions, click here.
I was a pre-school teacher when I was expecting my little artist Ethan. It was always my intention to continue teaching and remain in the working force. All that changed the moment I laid hand on my baby in the Operating Theatre. I submitted my resignation and vowed to be the best mother a mom can be to my son. I live with this mantra in my head – “A parent is a child’s first teacher”.
My love for art and crafts helps create that special bond between Ethan and I. We started crafting together when he was 12 months old and it helps in his motor and fine skills development tremendously. Initially we’ll hang up his masterpieces in the Art Room in the house. Overtime, we ran out of walls.
That is when crafty-crafted.com was born; to immortalize his artwork and also to share our ideas with other mommies out there. That was 3 years ago.
A week ago, we finally got ourselves a colour printer. We chose a HP colour inkjet printer. I need not limit his creativity to only water paint and crayons anymore. He can now print out stuffs that he created online.
For a start, with the Chinese New Year around the corner Ethan did his first printing craftwork.
Personalised Ang Pow Packet
He personalised his very own red packets to be given to his grandparents. Let’s have a look at how he does it 😀
A+ #1 – First, choose a picture of the person you are giving the Ang Pow to. This is easily done by stalking their Facebook account 😛 I helped Ethan to get the pictures of my nieces from my sisters’ FB account and saved them in my PC.
A+ #2 – Ethan chose the pictures that he likes best and starts printing. Mind you, he did it all by himself as shown in the video at the end of this post!
A+ #3 – Quickly and silently, our new HP printer did the job. Excellent!
A+ #4 – Take an old Ang Pow packet and tear it open to be used as a template. Trace the outline according to the template.
A+ #5 – The personalised Ang Pow is slowly taking shape.
A+ #6 – Cut accordingly. Please assist your child if he has yet to master the art of cutting with a pair of scissors.
A+ #7 – The personalised Ang Pow cut out.
A+ #8 – Fold accordingly and paste.
A+ #9 – The personalised Ang Pow is done!
A+ #10 – Ethan personalised Ang Pows for all his cousin sisters and even did some of himself to be given to his grandparents 😀
Lovely isn’t it? We are highly impressed with the printout. It looked so natural and beautiful, we are definitely going to do more print art in the future!
I am an A+ mom and so can you!
Watch the video of Ethan printing his very own personalized Ang Pow.
He came home from his Mandarin class the other day with this jellyfish craft. It was a very cute craft indeed but when I asked him, he said most of the work was done by the teachers. He got to paste the tentacles though…
Since he did not get to do it entirely by himself in school, I let him do it in the Studio today.
Paint a jellyfish and let it dry
Cut. He can cut perfectly now 😀
Paste the eyes
Paste the tentacles
Tah-dah! Equally cute and 100% his own effort! *thanx to his teachers for the idea though* 😀