DIY/Crafts Posts

Paper Plate Toucan Craft with my Preschooler

I always love arts and crafts with my kid. We enjoy our time together in such activities when we don’t play outside or when we don’t read books together. Last week was preschool holiday for our kid. On his last day to school term, teacher gave a pack of crafty material to each child asking to make a bird.

The material pack included paper plates, bottle caps and papers to use for making a bird. It sounded interesting for us.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper Plate Toucan

However we had a busy week last few days and it was the last minute that I came up with this idea of creating a toucan using paper plates. I found this idea while searching for paper plate crafts images on Google and loved the idea.(Actually my kid selected the toucan from the different paper plate bird crafts I showed to him)

So, here is how we made this paper plate bird.

Materials:

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper plates

Colouring pencils/crayon

Colour papers

Glue

Pair of scissors

How we made this Toucan paper plate craft:

Simply we placed the paper plates as in below picture. Cut plates into halves and shapes that make a toucan.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

I asked my kid to colour the plates. He used his own imaginations and coloured the plates.

Finally we used glue to stick the paper plates together.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper Plate Toucan

Our toucan is live now! My kid loved it and he was happy to take it with him to preschool on the first day of new preschool term!

 

 

DIY Cake Bunting Topper for Birthdays

I made this DIY cake bunting topper for my son’s first birthday party.Though we ordered a cake for his first birthday,I also baked and decorated a simple cake as a smash cake.To make it more beautiful I made this cake bunting topper  and it was super easy.

DIY cake bunting topper

Here is how I made this DIY cake bunting topper.It’s really easy.

Supplies:

Cardstock of your choice of color
-Letter Stickers to say ‘Happy Birthday’ or printed letters (I used letters stickers)
-A beautiful Ribbon
– Glue
-2 Straws or wooden skewers

How to do:

Sketch out a flag bunting shape in a card. This will be used as a template.
Once the flag is sketched out, cut the template.

DIY cake bunting topper
Using this template cut flags for the cake bunting using the cards stock. Cut 13 flags to say ‘Happy Birthday’. If you want to add the name of the baby, cut few more flags.
Now glue the letter s and stick those to each flag. Or use letter stickers.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon. Make sure to cut it longer than required, so you have some length to tie etc.
Using a small dot of glue on the back top of each flag, stick all flags to the ribbon.
Because the cake is small and space is limited, make 2 strings of the banner. One for the word ‘Happy’ and the other for ‘Birthday’.
Now banner is ready.

DIY cake bunting topper
Attach the banners using glue to the top end of straws or wooden skewers.
Now it is ready.
Insert this Cake topper to your Birthday cake.
A simple,beautiful and a customized cake is ready! 🙂

Do you like such DIY crafts to personalize your birthday parties?

Other than this DIY cake bunting topper,I also made a DIY animal themed birthday banner and a door banner too.These crafts made our birthday party beautiful!

3 Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

It is September school holidays in Singapore. Although it is a short holiday, keeping the kid busy without getting bored is not so easy. While I plan different activities to engage him during the day time, here are some of the ideas which we did before. These can be helpful for you if you look for activities to do with a preschooler. Even these activities are good for toddlers to keep them happy!

A Balloon drum

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

This is a noisy idea. But my kid loves to have a balloon drum whenever there is a burst balloon skin. To make this drum, you don’t need many skills. Just wrap the balloon skin over a cup or an empty tin using a rubber band. Your kid will have a new toy to enjoy at least for few hours!

Check the post about how to make this DIY Balloon Drum with a Balloon Skin

DIY Recycling bin

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Recycling is a great cause to teach the kids from their younger age. By having a recycling bin at home, they will learn the value of recycling and treasure the earth. We made a recycling bin using an empty cardboard box. It was a lovely idea and my kid knows that we can recycle certain items.

Check how we made our DIY recycling bin

A cute party hat

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Kids don’t want a special reason to party! I know that with experience of my kid. These days he loves pretend playing. So, a party hat is an easy way to help him to play with his toys creating a pretend party at home.

Check this easy DIY party hat. You will only need some colour papers and a band only!

Above are really simple and easy projects to do with a kid. I am sure you will have great time with your kid if you try these fun projects!

DIY Birthday Party Hats for a Themed Birthday Party

Themed birthday parties with everything matching with the theme are really a great way to entertain a kid. But, sometimes it is not easy to find all the party items to match with the theme. It was same with me when my kid was turning three.

I couldn’t find party hats that are perfect for Pororo themed birthday. Although there were birthday party hats with different prints on it, I didn’t want to mix such designs with our theme.

Pororo themed Birthday Party

So, here is what I did. It is really simple.

How to make DIY birthday party hats for a themed birthday party?

I ordered DIY birthday party hats set which comes as a set of materials that are necessary for making the hats.

DIY Birthday Party Hats

You can easily find a template for party hats if you like to do it completely DIY. Also check this post for how to make a party hat easily.

Using the cardstock, I made the party hats without any decorations. Then I glued the pom poms on top of the hats to make those beautiful!

DIY birthday party hats

To add the touch of party theme, I ordered stickers of our theme. That time it was a Pororo Birthday party. If you have a different theme, try to find stickers related to your theme.

Using colorful papers and stickers, I made these circles. Finally I pasted those on the party hats.

DIY birthday party hats

Aren’t these cute and match with our theme?

With Blurb’s New Feature in BookWright Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

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I always like to create photo books for our memorable moments. Blurb is another company I use for creating photo books and other books. Last year I published my own cookbook using Blurb. It was a cool project which I completed in few days using the book creating software.

Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

Hearty Salads & Sweet Treats – My cookbook

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With the new blog import tool, you can easily import the text and images to your new book making it easier to create a beautiful book. So, I am excited. Because I can use this tool to create my next book using the blog posts which I shared during the last years.

 

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Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

It can be for a playgroup kid or a preschool kid. Preserving playgroup memories or even preschool memories is a challenge as there are lots of different ideas around. I faced the same and finally started my project with creating a photobook to preserve his playgroup memories.

Finally another year passed. Our kid is a preschooler now. In 2016 He had a great and precious year in his playgroup with different activities. Although our first intention of sending him for a playgroup was just to learn social skills and to interact with other similar aged kids, we noticed how they learn day by day with different activities such as arts and crafts, singing, reading and even writing.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Cover page of our photo book

Each day my kid came out with a craft or art work in hand. At first, I started collecting all such art pieces in a file folder. So, most of his art works are organized and he can see those when he is a grown up adult. (Hopefully) I also keep his workbooks and activity books safe and we still refer those time to time.

Other than that I started a big project! It is a photobook with my kid’s artworks and some special moments during his playgroup year. This is really exciting and I am working on this photobook these days.Before reading further,check this Arts & Crafts book for an inspiration!

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Here is how I preserve our kid’s playgroup memories in a photobook!

As always I selected my favorite photobook company for this photo album too.

From the collection of photo book ideas for kids, I selected the design of Arts & Crafts photo book design as it is more suitable for my purpose of creating a photo book for playgroup memories.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Adding and arranging photos are really easy!

I have loads of memories and photos from his playgroup activities together with his arts and crafts. So, I selected the best photos in to one folder and started creating the book.

Creating this photobook is really easy and it only takes few minutes. However, you will not only own a printed photo book but also a digital photo book which you can print again if needed. I love this idea because of my experience of losing my childhood photos due to a recent flood.

Check: How to create a photo book

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

We celebrated his 3rd birthday with the playgroup friends

Anyway our photo book with our kid’s playgroup memories and activities are almost done. Once finalized and checked again, I can easily order it.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

This is one of the pages which I added his arts and crafts at the Playgroup

Isn’t it a great idea to preserve childhood memories? They will cherish and really appreciate these photo books once they are grown up!

Check the Arts and Crafts photo book just for an inspiration. You can also subscribe with Mixbook and receive the latest details including promotions up to 50% off!

Importance of Colouring Pages for Kids + Free Coloring Book

Do you introduce colouring pages for kids from their younger age of life? I actually introduced lot of colouring pages, coloring pictures, coloring books and even empty sheets with colours to my son when he was just few months old and able to sit on his own. At first he just drew lines with colours. And later on I could see he improved his skills on colring and he also focus and concentrate on what he does when he colour any picture. Now as a toddler and nearly 3 years old, he colors his coloring sheets with different matching colors and for me it is a great development milestone as I was watching his progress throughout the years.

Now,my toddler uses different colours to create his beautiful art pieces 🙂

If you think colouring is just a skill for kids, it is wrong. Actually when I searched for benefits of coloring for kids, I was amazed with lot of benefits to raise happy and healthy kids by using colouring activities from their early days of life. Here are some of the benefits which you can expect from such colouring activities.

Imaginations of a butterfly with different colours

It is a therapy and helpful for stress relief

It is obvious, same as for adults; colouring is a way of expression for kids too. They can calm down and express their emotions through engaging with a colouring activity.

Improves Motor Skills

Colouring can help improving fine motor skills while development of muscles of the fingers and hands with activities related to colouring.

Improve Focus, attention and Hand to Eye Coordination

Little ones are with really short attention span. They usually don’t concentrate in any work for long hours. Colouring can be a great activity to develop their attention span together with focus and hand to eye Coordination.

Self-Expression

Colouring activities are a great way to express inner thoughts and ideas. So that it is same with young kids too. By introducing coloring pages from their early age of life, you are helping your kid to express his ideas and thoughts in way of beautiful art pieces.

Prepares kids for School

We can’t forget about the educational background we create by starting colouring pages. Young kids start their writing skills with colouring pages. When they know how to grab colour pencils, they also learn how to grab pencils to write. Colouring can be the start of writing, creativity, organizing, and use of papers, books and activities which prepares them for future education.

So don’t wait till it is late. Allow your toddler or infant to express their thoughts and enter into the world by giving beautiful and creative colouring pages with some colours. They will create beautiful pieces of art that you never think! They love colouring and you as a parent will have better time too.

Free Printable Coloring Pages

It is always easier when you have printable colouring pages, so you can print again and again when you need new colouring activity books. Collaborating with Kidloland, we have a free colouring book which you can easily print and share with your kids.

This free colouring book comes with 13 coloring pages which not only allow your kid to learn colouring, but also to improve the skills of word recognition. Each page comes with colouring object name and the illustrations are really attractive and cheerful.

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Some sample pages from the free colouring book for kids

 

 So,why wait?

Download your free printable coloring book here

Also don’t forget to read our review and experience about Kidloland educational app which is really helpful for my kid to engage with activities such as singing, learning alphabet, colours, numbers and many more. It also comes with engaging activities such as puzzles, sorting and matching activities which are really beneficial for kids.

 

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A Noisy DIY Balloon Drum for Kids with a Balloon Skin

Balloon drum is a fun project I do with my son. It is really easy and a great way to keep a toddler busy for few minutes. I usually use burst balloons to create drums, but a new balloons are good too. If the burst balloon is suitable and large enough to stretch over a tin or cup, then I use those to create a drum for him.

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Balloon drum

For the balloon drums, I always use plastic cups, so I don’t have to worry about sharp edges of the tins. But, I guess it gives good sound with an empty tin than with a plastic cup.

Here is what we did to create this balloon drum.

Things that you will need:

A balloon

Empty can or a plastic cup

Elastic band/rubber band

Sticks (pencils are fine too)

How to make a balloon drum?

Making a balloon drum is really easy and it is a no brain task.

Simply cut the end of the balloon. Stretch the balloon over the tin or cup.

Use the elastic band to secure the balloon over the cup.

A balloon drum is done. Give it to your kid with a pair of sticks.

This is great as an earth day activity too as this project involve a burst balloon skin and an empty tin.

 

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids + Tzu Chi Recycling Day

Teaching kids about value of recycling is really important. I think we don’t have to wait till kids grow to teach them the value of recycling and caring for our mother nature.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

After I received a leaflet about Tzu Chi Recycling Day, I decided not to collect recyclable items only by myself; instead I wanted to join my toddler with the cause. As a start we made this DIY Recycling Bin which is a funful and educational activity to do with toddlers or even with grown up kids.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids

Here is what we did. You can add some more ideas to this DIY Recycling Bin and make it more beautiful.

We used,

  •  A cardboard box (Actually what we used is an empty cake box which is supposed to throw)
  • Crepe paper for decoration
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

First we removed the lid of the cardboard box. Then I used sellotape on edges to make the box stronger.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Using the green colour crepe paper we made recycle symbol and we also pasted another purple colour crepe paper on top of the box just to make it beautiful.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Finally, it is done!

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

We have a beautiful Recycling Bin.

Now we can collect recyclable materials in this box till the next collection date. Last few days I collected few yogurt cups and milk bottles, so we put those into our recycle box.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Remember to wash and clean all items before collecting.After collecting recyclables,it is time to send those to a recycling point in your neighborhood!

Tzu Chi Recycling Day

In Singapore, every second Sunday of each month is Tzu Chi Recycling Day. Few days ago Tzu Chi Volunteers visited our neighborhood including our home to encourage residents to collect recyclable items. I missed joining with the April Tzu Chi Recycling Day, but I am preparing to join with the next Recycling Day together with my toddler.

Hope I will be able to teach him the value of preserving earth from his young age!

 

Train Birthday Party for Our Son’s 2nd Birthday

Few months ago our son celebrated his 2nd birthday. Actually he celebrated his 2nd birthday on last year October and still I couldn’t post any details of it. My blog is called ‘Diary of a New Mom’, but my diary is always outdated. 🙂 Anyway, late is better than never. So, this post will still have some value when he is grown up.

Train Birthday Party

Sanu is Two!

He celebrated his 2nd birthday in October last year. It was really busy and stressful period at our home. My mother arrived here from Sri Lanka and helped me on weaning. We started weaning him from breastfeeding, but my son was not happy. 🙁 He tried his best to get his favourite ‘breast milk’.

Although his actual birthday was on October, we had to celebrate it few days before as we had plans to visit Sri Lanka for a holiday. I wanted to have a small celebration as I was not sure on how our days would be in Sri Lanka. Visiting Sri Lanka is always enjoyable as we can stay with family members. But, on the other way it is really tiresome. We travel from one place to another. No proper stay at any home. So, I planned to have a birthday celebration in Singapore before we leave as I can’t predict how it would be in Sri Lanka.

Train Birthday Party in Singapore Home

This time our birthday theme was train birthday. My son loves Bob the Train songs YouTube channel (Kids TV), so we could easily select the theme.

Train Birthday Party

DIY Train Birthday Party for 2 Year old

I love DIY birthday parties. So, most of the banners were done by me and I always involved my son with me when I was doing those crafts.One of the best ways to teach arts and crafts for toddlers! 🙂

Below is the Birthday banner for this train themed Birthday party.This DIY Train birthday banner is really easy to make when you have beautiful and colourful papers.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Train Birthday Party Banner

I also printed photos of his 2nd year and made a photo banner which features a train.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

I have a plan of making a photo album for our son using his 5 years photos,so I capture a photo each month and I guess birthday is a good reason to print all the monthly photos.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

Below is a simple birthday cake done by me.Actually I bought few decorated pieces of cakes from a nearby bakery shop and made this train birthday cake.A toy train engine completed the look of the birthday cake.

Actually this was just a family celebration which we didn’t have any guests.So,we didn’t want a big Birthday cake.

Here is the tutorial for this easy train Birthday Cake.

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Train Birthday Cake

Anyway,I still bought another small cake for the sake of cutting as I wanted to keep the Train Birthday cake few more minutes just to admire its beauty. 🙂

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Train Birthday Cake

We are ready to cut the cake.But,the train cake engine (train toy) is in our son’s hand 🙂

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My mother was the only guest for this Train Birthday party!

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Sanu with his Grand Mother

Lunch was served for the train birthday party and we arranged it as a train using colourful containers.This colourful train toy helped a lot to create our lunch train.

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Train Birthday Party Food

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An easy food garnishing for the train birthday party

He looks bit tired as few days before the celebration,he fell down on the floor and ended up with four stitches on his chin. 🙁 In these photos,he is still with his stitches.

Anyway,our train birthday party is not yet over.We visited Sri Lanka at the end of September and we were there on his actual date of birth.(His birthday falls on the first week of October) My mother arranged a Birthday party at home inviting few kids in our neighborhood.It was a great opportunity for our son to play and mingle with some kids in Sri Lanka.My mother,as she left Singapore just before few days of our flight took some of the banners from the party saying she doesn’t have enough time to shop for birthday party supplies.On the other way,we could use most of the birthday supplies twice!

So here are some moments from the Train Birthday Party we had in Sri Lanka.Sadly,photos are not so clear and most of the photos with the kids are shaky.I could pick few photos anyhow.

Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

We used different candy,chocolates and sweets for the party.

Train Birthday Party

Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka with candy and sweets

Kids always love these types of candy parties than other food 🙂

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For us it was easy to organize as we were on a holiday and with limited time.

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Below are some of the decorations.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Party favours for the train birthday

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Train Birthday Party Door banner

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Sanu with his cousin sister

Most of the photos are shaky.But I could find few photos with some of the kids who came to our birthday party.They all are so sweet and enjoyed the day with our son.

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Some of the sweet kids

Below is a train! 🙂 Kids were playing.

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Its games time.Kids enjoyed a choo choo train! 🙂

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Some of the kids for our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Although we celebrate his birthdays with a party,we don’t forget to join with good causes.

This time we visited an elderly home near to our home (Sri Lanka) with some donations.We also offered tea party for the elders who reside there.It was a good time for us to spend time with them.

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My son is almost 2 and half years now and we are waiting for his 3rd Birthday celebration.

How about you?Do you celebrate kids birthdays at home?If so,how do you celebrate?

Also please share your photo stories from the past week.

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