Stamping Activity: Spider, Lollipop and a Goldfish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Toilet Paper Roll, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 25-10-2016 | 4,653 views

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My youngest boyย is now 3 years old. It is important to work on his soft motor skills. At this age, I pay more attention to his finger muscles and hand strengthening as it is crucial in helping him to hold the pencil when he starts going to school.

Stamping is one of the best activity to work those finger muscles as he will be utilising all four fingers and his thumb to hold the stamp. It helps in his coordination and when I make it a little more challenging by getting him to draw something out of the circle he stamped, it becomes a bilateral activity that activates the non-dominant hand (to hold the paper) as well as his creativity in painting his thoughts on paper.

Watch this video on how heย started by stamping random circles and proceeded to paint a spider, lollipop as well as a goldfish from just a circle.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts | Posted on 17-01-2011 | 19,605 views

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This Chinese New Year, let’s have beautiful goldfish accompanying us ๐Ÿ˜€ We’ll need only 6 red packets, oops, in this case, gold packets.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

We’ll only need two folding methods. 3 packets for each fold.

Fold both edges, leaving a small gap in the middle.

On the opposite end, fold both edges, leaving no gap in the middle.

You’ll need to fold 3 packets according to the above folding method.

Pick the part with the gap and staple so all three are attached to each other.

It should look like this.

Turn them out

See the fold line? You’ll need to cut the triangle out but do not cut on the line. Leave a little space.

Cut only one side. Leave the other untouched. Do not throw away the small triangle as you’ll need it later for the fins.

Cut the second packet. Cut only on one side too.

Cut the third packet. This time, cut both sides. You’ll now have 4 little triangles.

Fold the remaining 3 packets into half

Fold as shown above

Fold again as shown above and repeat on the other side

Fold all three packets using the above folding method.

Staple them side by side together

Place the tail in between the two packets.

Staple on one side

Staple on the other side too

Take 2 triangles

And staple as the fin

Staple the body shut

Staple as shown above

Insert your finger to puff up the fish

Take another small triangle and staple

Repeat on the other side

Staple it totally shut

Open up the tail

Cut two eyes out of white paper and draw the black eye and paste

I like to use this glass stone purchased from IKEA for the ‘fish eye’ effect.

Simply glue the glass stone onto the eyes and you are done ๐Ÿ˜€

You may also use red packets (ang bao) if you do not have gold packets ๐Ÿ™‚

Still don’t get it? Watch this video ๐Ÿ˜€

Origami Goldfish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fish, Origami, Paper Crafts | Posted on 19-01-2010 | 13,311 views

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I love anything marine ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s do an origami goldfish today.

Origami Goldfish

You'll need a square paper.

Fold half with the white side facing out.

Fold a flip down.

Fold the other side too.

Fold down a flap for the tail.

Make a small fold for the mouth.

Draw the eyes and your goldfish is done ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any origami you want to share with us, submit it here and we’ll link it back to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Fingerprint Goldfish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Art Crafts, Fingerprint Art, Fish | Posted on 03-08-2009 | 9,345 views

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Let’s make a cute fingerprint goldfish for luck.
First, put your orange thumb print as the body of the fish.
Then use your fingertips as the fins (both upper and lower) and tail.
Use markers to draw the eyes and line the fins and tails. Your fingerprint goldfish is ready!