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.

Colourful Hot Air Balloon

It’s not easy being parents nowadays. Not only do you have to care about their academic results, food that they eat, who to look after them, and what not, you have to also (and quite importantly) take note of their emotions! That’s the kind of things that some of those I know and I had been experiencing. It feels so much easier to be a parent at my parent’s generation, at least it feels like it. Not that they don’t do any of those but somewhat it just ain’t like what we are doing now… (parent volunteer, tuitions, and more tuitions)

Well, remember the last vehicle that I did for little Milo? That sister of his insisted that I do one with her too.

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(Aw… … …)

And me, trying to be as fair as possible towards my M&M, simply had to oblige. So I told her that I will agree to it provided that she does most of the work and think of what she wants to make, since she is older.

She agreed and so here it is… A not-so-hot hot air balloon!

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She picked out 12 pieces of coloured papers, with no repeating colours, while I grab the last piece of plastic cup (*phew*) and a thread.

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There she goes, folding the paper into half. Then I cut out the shape of a half balloon and she proceeded to cut and paste the double sided tape on each piece and stick it together.

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Meanwhile, I cut an equal length of thread and paste it around the inside of the cup in equal distance from each other.

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Little milo was very busy too! He was busy tearing up those papers that we didn’t want. Oh, and tearing papers can actually improve motor skills!

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After a loooong while, she’s finally done! Not really perfect but she tried her best and that’s more than enough.

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There you go, care bear! Enjoy your trip!

Vehicles using Recycled Materials

I admit, I have definitely neglected little milo compared to his elder sister. As I looked through the photos the day before, it suddenly dawned on me that I’ve started doing handicrafts with little milkie even when she wasn’t 2. But now with little milo, he is already 2 and coming 3 years old in another 6 months, and this is the first time I am doing it with him. What’s worse? It’s because he had to hand up to the school tomorrow. Tomorrow! >.<

I needed something quick and easy, and I didn’t have much things that I can recycle, and so, I decided to make a REAL simple bus, which got him equally excited too! (Since he’s favourite vehicles seem to be the bus for now)

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So there I go, digging out my mask so that I can have a box. And then grabbed some coloured papers and proceeded to wrap it up in red.

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Thankfully I’ve got this great little helper for this last minute craft work!

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The grandmother commented that the windows ain’t supposed to be tilted but hey! It’s done by a 2 years old boy!

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Little milkie did help to guide him too. Soooo sweet…

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I used the toilet rolls as the wheels. A tad fragile but thats the only recycled item I can find.

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Nonetheless, little milo seems happy and proud of HIS bus! That’s the nice and wonderful thing about children. They get satisfied really easily…

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Here’s the small little bus no. 25? He wanted that number when I asked him.

First craft for him. Shall try and do more! It’s never too late!

Tsum Tsum Keychains!

It’s perler beads again! And this time we are making keychains for Teachers’ Day! Had wanted to make the coin bank but it proves to be too much work.

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This time round, we use the circle template as the mommy insisted on making the Disney Tsum Tsum version.

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I took more photos this time round to show how it was done. As per mentioned on the previous blog, put the beads at the respective place. Then place a wax paper over it and iron across till the beads melt and stick together. Then remove the wax paper.

Take note not to over melt the beads.

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The picture on top shows the 2 different sides. Once cooled, punch a hole using those small screwdrivers, and hook to a keychain.

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Here’s part of my trash after burning 2 days of midnight oil! (Little M&M has got quite a number of teachers… -.-”)

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It’s fun playing with these. Little milkie continues to enjoy it too. She even refused to follow the designs I found on the Internet and create her own designs! Good time to unleash that little bit of creativity!