The Three Elves

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s finally December! Our favourite month of the year, and we hope it’s yours too.

As always, since a few years back, I got inspired by some online blogs and decided to create the advent calendar for the kids, in the form of a storyline. This year is no difference, and so here comes, THE THREE ELVES!

But first, we have got to make it! Here’s what we use: yarns, wooden balls, small beads, felt cloth, cotton wool, craft glue and last but not least, the tools required to make pom pom.

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This activity is definitely too difficult for a 3 years old, so after attempting to go round the pom pom tool for a few minutes, I ended up helping little milo for the rest of it.

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Even little milkie took a while…

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But eventually she got the hang of it, and finished her pom pom ball.

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There we go, all 3 of them. One for the mommy, one for little milkie, and one for little milo. Can you guess who choses which colour?

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What’s the next step? Using the wooden bead, put some glue on it and stick it to the pom pom ball. Press and hold for a while, then let it dry so that it doesn’t drop off.

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Then stick the nose to the wooden ball (a.k.a. the head) and again, let it dry for a while.

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Gently stick some cotton wool (the beard) and draw the eyes.

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Cut out a shape of a quadrant and rolled it to a cone shape (the hat). Stick it and let dry.

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Lastly, stick the hat to the head!

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Our elves for 2018!

Look out for some other activities that we will be doing soon!

A Good Long Weekend

I’m guilty and I’m guilty. I’m guilty for not spending enough time with the children. And I am really thankful for this Good Friday, a long weekend.

Ever since I made the decision to take up a 6 months course that burns most of my Fridays and weekends, our usual routine totally went chaotic. Things were mostly done at the last minute and there were hardly any activities created for little milkie and milo. Thus, when this long weekend came, we decided to spend some quality time with the children and so we did!

They were ecstatic! Waiting impatiently for us to pick them up last Thursday evening to celebrate their daddy’s birthday. We ended up at Swensen’s for dinner and ice-cream, something for them to indulge in.

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And then on Good Friday, we finally use the oven for the first time to bake some cupcakes! She had fun sifting the flour and I took the chance to explain how to mix those ingredients together as they watched the mixer do its job.

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We went out that day to run some errands and she was so happy when she won, for the first time, in our ‘Who decides our dinner?’ game which we always play in the car. Basically little milkie will choose a category, e.g. children’s songs, contains numbers or colours etc., and then we each (excluding milo who usually just hums along) will take turns to sing 2 sentences of a song without repetition. And do you know why she won? She told me that she had been secretly practising and learning new songs from a CD that we bought a long time ago!

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Oh yes! Shocking indeed! But I’m happy that she took the initiative to learn something on her own.

Well, Friday ended and we went for our morning walk the next day. That was my New Year’s resolution – to bring them for more outdoor activities. And so whenever I don’t have my Saturday class, I will bring them for a walk at the nearby park.

Of course it comes with perks for this Saturday! I brought them to the other side of the park and I told little milkie that if she manages to lead us to the McDonald’s, then we will have that for breakfast!

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Yes, she did, but after going in circles for quite a while. I had to give her some hints so that she can get us out of the hot sun! (At 9am)

Milkie then went for her class in the afternoon before we went to the Toy ‘r’ Us to search for milo’s birthday present. But they ended up just playing only…

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… and in the end, it was the sister that gotten sonething! Yes, the dad is going to teach her how to ride a bicycle!

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Saturday’s gone and Sunday came, where we dress up to meet the family for some dim sum at Yum Cha @ Changi Biz eHub. Then we shopped at Changi City Point for a while. Both of them fell asleep before we reached the car.

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And then we ended our long weekends with a treasure hunt! Love these icons from freepik.com! Really comes in handy when you need it.

For the treasure hunt, I simply cut it into small pieces and hid around the living room using blu tac. Then each of them takes one full sheet and paste those that they found on the respective icons!

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Had fun? They sure did! But the time flies and it was back to school and work.

Life can get really busy and tired at times but once in a while, you need to slow down and spend time with your children. They grow up really fast… and a lot of times, they really like you to accompany them…

Milkie: Mommy, can you don’t go to work?

*something to ponder…*

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…

That’s the song that had been playing on TV recently, and little milkie has been singing and repeating all day long, especially when she’s doing her advent calendar activities!

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So far so good. This year seems better than the last as we managed to do most of it albeit with some failures. Here’s what we’ve done last week, doing up the Christmas tree in our house! In case you were wondering why there are 2 trees, well, one is at their grandparent’s house (the advent calendar) and this is at our own. (o^.^o)

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Other than just hanging up the Christmas ball ornaments, I got little milkie to fold the origami stars. It’s a tad difficult so I simply had to help a little here and there. But I’ve always like the idea of exposing them to origami. Little milo is there too to join in the fun, crumpling up his paper! Still, he seems excited to be part of it!

Here’s what it looks like after it’s complete.

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And we hung them on the tree…

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Went round with the lights…

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And our not so big Christmas tree is up!

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The Lazy Way to Decorate a Christmas Wreath

It’s Thursday! How are you feeling today? I sure hope yours is better than mine!

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It had been a tough week. From little milo being sick, till it spread to the grandmother, and then now it’s my turn. What’s even worse was when the lappie decided to call it quits at such timing!

I’ve been cracking my head to think of means and ways to prevent any delay in our activities. So let’s hope I manage to get a new computer up and running asap!

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Anyhow, this is the first time where I bought a Christmas wreath. Instead of getting one that was decorated, I chose to decorate it in the easiest and fastest way!

So here’s what I bought from Daiso. A Christmas wreath and a pack of decorated pegs (8 in a pack).

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Simply clip it all around, spreading it out evenly. For young children like little milo, there might be some difficulty in opening the pegs. Good for training motorskills.

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Within minutes, it’s done! Our Day 2 activity.

Little Santa’s Here!

It’s our favourite time of the year again! So how have you been? Yup, we took a loooooong hiatus due to our schedules and now that we are (more or less) settled down, let’s hope we can continue where we left off. And what better time to restart again than during the Christmas season!

And YES! Mommy had planned out the countdown to Christmas, bringing little Santa (bought from Daiso) to join in the fun!

To start it off, we need to build our advent calendar and Christmas tree. I’ve decided to use these nice coloured paper with different designs on both side (which I bought from Daiso again!) and fold it into triangular pyramids to form the tree.

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Here’s the simple instructions:

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Fold the square paper into half, and then the other side half again to get the “lines”. Then fold one of the diagonal into half. Do note that the folding of the diagonals and the rectangle half is in OPPOSITE direction. All these “lines” will make the following steps easier.

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Next, fold the 4 corners towards the middle (top left picture). Open it up and as shown in the top right picture, fold the paper in half and fold down the diagonal line in it. For the 3 flaps, simply fold it in.

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To note, there isn’t any base for this pyramid. You can stack them up and it does looks a bit like Christmas tree too!

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Little milkie helped to fold some of the pyramids as well as write out the numbers too!

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And then we pasted the pyramids onto the wall, at 2 edges, so that I can slot the ‘instructions’ of each day at the other side of the triangle. As the paper is very light, I only use normal scotch tape.

After some simple decorations and we are done!

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Say HELLO! Let’s start counting down!

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