Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sun prints (science experiments)

Its really hot this summer in Singapore.. everyone says that but I think it is a bit too exaggerated .. So I said to Avaneesh lets find out for ourselves if Singapore is really that hot? 

Its a fun science experiment for hot weather!!
 All you need is bright colored construction paper or card stock , some coins and a place where you get direct sunlight for most times..


We found a bright red cardstock.. Avaneesh collected different sized coins and we placed it a place on our balcony which gets direct sunlight most.I explained to Avaneesh how this experiment works. 


Sunlight will fade the whole paper except the places where the coins are placed. Like a umbrella or roof the coins will protect the paper from fading. This will also help us to compare the results and we will get a nice design on the paper!! 

We talked about how Sun's heat is strong enough to melt ice, evaporate water, fade colors... I told him that we will check this every day.We checked it every day. Our balcony gets sunlight only few hours of a day.. so it took us a 5 days to see the change. 

It is interesting to see the results .. This explains how harmful or strong sun's UV rays are, how staying in shade or putting a sunscreen can help you stay safe!!!



Friday, July 31, 2015

Marbleized art print ( science experiment )


Sunny boy loves doing science experiment... I love them too- they are educational, fun and have a element of mystery, suspense and climax  to it which is so cool..I started science eperiments with him since he was 2.5 years old .. Then he just used to watch them ..now he can do them and is curious to know how and why this happened...All the science experiments that we have done have a lovely surprising result to it!!

So with this science experiment we made these cool looking glossy marbleized art prints!!! 

This project like our other projects has more than one benefit- educational, art and use of expired milk. 
A milk and food coloring experiment!!

Ingredients you will need are:
Milk - full cream ( I used expired milk but otherwise is also ok)
Cooking oil ( I use canola)
Food colors
Dropper
Toothpicks



I took a shallow dish( dhokla plate) I always ask Avaneesh to help me collect and arrange the material for the experiments. Once we had all the things required we were good to start. 
I poured milk in the dish. Then poured a thin layer of oil over it. Notice that both the liquids don't mix !! We discussed for a few moments about density of liquids.. why oil is floating over milk. 
Sunny boy was excited and impatient to use colors on the milk..I asked him which colors he wants to use.. He choose orange so he poured orange food color with a dropper. The color drops float on the oil..With a toothpick he popped the milk drops/bubbles to see the color explosion.. Swirl them around with toothpick making beautiful patterns !!!

After he had played for a while I put a square piece of paper on the milk and he gently pulled it out. We made many such prints. I kept them out for drying. 
We repeated the same experiment a couple of times with fresh milk  and other colors till
Sunny boy was satisfied!!

Once the color had dried I wrapped the prints in tissue paper for a day to absorb all the extra oil. Super cool prints are ready to be framed.. I framed them and hung in sunny boy's room!!




Monday, July 27, 2015

Fossils wall hanging on air dry clay


Like any other kid Avaneesh is also very interested in dinosaurs.. I suppose we all are to an extent...We are totally loving the nature and greenery in Singapore. When we are outside I make it a point to let sunny boy connect, explore and enjoy nature.. Avaneesh collects sticks, leaves and flowers of various sizes and shapes..we stop and admire the bugs, leaves , fruits and flowers!!!!

   So I thought of combining a two activities and making one project...Nature finds + Craft + Fossil prints!!

We collected some flowers and leaves from the garden.. Then pressed these in pages of a book and kept it under some heavy books for a day or two.  We checked every day to see if it has become dry and crispy .. Once satisfied we started with the work on fossil making!!


I asked him to roll out the air dry clay.. He noticed that it is of different in texture, thickness as compared to his play dough..  Once rolled out I gave him a tin to cut the circles out. Then he pressed the flowers on it. I did apply little glue to fix the flowers while sunny boy was not watching!! For the leaves I asked him to press firmly on the clay and then pull it out to see the print.. He was excited to see the prints.. He did many prints with different leaves .. Some leaves made good prints while some were very faint.. We used only the ones which made good visible prints. I asked him to make a hole in the top part of some of the circles. 



We let it dry overnight.. Next day I passed a twine through it and made a wall hanging/bunting with it !! 



Friday, July 24, 2015

Space inspired craft : Pluto


We did this project a day after the spacecraft New horizon reached planet Pluto. We were so excited and my  little one enjoyed watching the pictures of Pluto send by the spacecraft. Sunny boy(3yrs) is total planetary science enthusiastic... So he wanted to do some Pluto inspired art /craft. 

For this project, you will need:
Paper and colors(black and white)
Flour
Water 
Lid 

we started by making the background space first. Sunny boy painted the paper black. We kept it for drying while we made the mixture for making Pluto. I kept the ingredients on the table and  he had to scoop flour into a bowl, added water , some glue and squeezed some white color from the  color tube. He mixed it with a spoon till it formed a sticky dough. This activity helps in fine motor skills.
This dough was pressed on a lid. We discussed about the features of Pluto and its surface. We made craters, bumps and texture with hand...

The flour dough gave out a pungent smell the next morning.. so it went to the dustbin.. 



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Art and Plant science : Recycling wine bottles


Me and sunny boy(3yrs) do lot of recycling art and craft activities in the afternoon. I strongly believing in recycling. I have been doing it since I was a kid ... I want to infuse the similar ideas about recycling in his mind.. The another thing is that it does save a lot of money which I would be spending if I have to buy new stuff for toddler activities..

This project is a Recycling + Kids craft activity + Bathroom decor.

I had these two empty wines bottles. These look perfect to put a money plant in it.
My son gets very excited for a painting activity. We started first by putting sticky tape on it. Sunny boy found circle stickers which he put on one bottle. He kept on asking why are we putting sticky tape?I told him to wait and watch. He decided to paint it blue. 
 I was a bit apprehensive about letting him hold a glass bottle so I held on it all the time while he painted. The next one I choose to paint it golden. So he did paint it.

We kept it for drying for a day or two. I pulled the tape to reveal the design. The effect is Wow..It does look pretty.. 

We put the creeper in the bottle..discussing about plant science- what and why plant need - sunlight and water, also we are observing the growth of roots and how the plant turns itself towards the sunlight .. Who knew a simple project could teach a toddler so much!!

Similar designs can be made on mason jars to convert them into tealight candle holders!!





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cookie for two



After baking almost 50 cakes in last 1.5 years my little baker is bored of baking cakes..He doesn't even want to eat them anymore ..So he as ventured into baking cookies..These cookies were baked yesterday.. I found a super easy recipe for two cookies.. I melted the butter, read the instructions and kept the cookies in the oven to bake..Sunny boy measured the ingredients and mixed them together..made a dough and flattened in out to make the cookies.. The outcome was superb..We didn't put any cocoa or choco chips and the sugar was less but then he does not like sugar and chocolate (strange) so it worked well for us..You can find this recipe here: in Katrina's Kitchen

On a other note, I know I have been writing after November 14...
I have been on a beautiful creative project of my own- raising a child.. It is a most rewarding and satisfying job I have ever done.. Its my joy of my life.. I spend every week day doing creative projects with my son. My son is now 3 years old. My sunny boy is a bundle of energy full of curiosity and inquisitiveness.. I have been doing a variety of creative projects with him in all areas he is interested in...I am discovering myself through this journey..I love my job as his mom and I don't think or read about anything other than creative projects .. These include art and craft, science, baking, planetary science, construction, writing and reading skills, reading and books, sports ..

We have moved to Singapore a few months back and my house just like all  my previous homes is pretty and elegant..but interiors and decorating  is just a small tiny part of my personality now.. 

I intend to start to write about my creative projects with my son..I need someplace to document these and hopefully this information is useful for some mom somewhere ..

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hello beautiful!! - Freebies- free Printable Quote, wall art printable, wall art quote



 I created this uplifting wall art print for my room... something I would love to read first thing in the morning... something which will give me that quick start. 
It is a daily greeting for yourself or a loved one! It would make a lovely greeting card as well. 

♥ "Hello Beautiful" Printable Quote, wall art printable, wall art quote. You can download this lovely print in pdf from here. As you know Pdf has lot of features, you can make greeting cards or tags with it!!
It is for personal use only. 
Share a picture if you use it, I would love to see your creation with this. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Be Thankful for the beautful thing for life- free printable- Art print

                                                                         
  I love the idea behind the celebration of Thanksgiving and think every one should make it a point to be remember the important things in their life for which they are or should be thankful for.. Things that we take for granted!! Although it would be nice if we could remind ourselves this all year round but we do forget that in midst daily chaos .. I made a digital art print for my desk which will remind me to be thankful about life..

                                     So thankful for the beautiful thing called LIFE..



You can download the pdf print from here. The print has a border for framing. PDF as you know has variety of options which lets you make smaller prints which can be used as gift tags or cards. Go ahead, use your creativity and imagination. I would love to see and feature your creation if you make something from this print. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let us continue the festivities..


Last week this day ,the house was filled with the fragrance of flowers and incense sticks. In the evening, warm glow from the tiny diyas spread happiness and love in every corner .Their flames danced in the cool breeze. Akashkandil -paper lantern, diyas and the twinkling string of led lights dazzled the outdoors. Rangoli designs were made by sprinkling the white powder all over and making designs in a heap of powder with 2 year old insisting on 'helping' me. My son's eyes gleamed with joy to see the shapes we made with the sparklers.   


After day 3 of Diwali, some flowers in the garlands began to dry.. became dull, brownish. It is then when you realize that the festival will soon be over. How we wish that it would last a bit longer, isn't it? The festival won't but what I would like very much is for the decorations and euphoria of the festivities to continue a bit longer. I hate to remove the decorations down so early but then I had to save the ones which are still so much alive and happy.. 


Let them spread the love and joy.. So I took down all the garlands, cut the string and sort out the better ones. You can make this with fresh flowers as well. 
Take a slightly deep dish and fill it with just enough water to dip the stem of the flower. This helps to keep them fresh for many days even week(s) additionally it looks good from aesthetic point of view. This vase is a heirloom .. Belonged to my grandparents.. I was so happy when my father gave it to me.


 As for now I am happy that I get to enjoy the flowers , cherish the memories and continue the festivities. They make a good centerpiece as well!! This centerpiece can be good for India themed party or Indian wedding. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween DIY treat bag ideas

Halloween is just around the corner - just a few days away. Here are some last minute , easy to make DIY ideas with free printable and a tutorial as well. Halloween treat bags are a must. Instead of just handing out the candies or cookies , lets personalize them, make it extra special for the little ones- something different ..something unique..something thoughtful !!! My son is invited to a Halloween party and we are super excited. I really want to make a treat bag which they will remember and say" That lady is so amazingly  creative"..Hahhaaa.
Avaneesh's mom is so cool..LoL

So lets look at the round up of ideas.. 

This is a  Halloween party invitation but I think it will look good as a treat box. You can see the tutorial and download the printable from do-it-yourselves invitations. Instead of "You're invited ", print BOO or happy Halloween label.


Another cute Halloween treat bag idea !! These are mummy, pumpkin, Frankenstein and vampire free printable. Just print on paper and have to roll into cones. So simple and so adorable!! Free printable and tutorial can be found on like a pretty putinia.


Something homemade creative to fill the treat bag ..... If you have time on hand and if you find these cute little knifes, give bleeding red velvet truffles a try. Get the recipe from Cookies and cups.


My son loves gingerbread man. This ginger bread skeleton is a new twist to the traditional story. Make the gingerbread man cookie and make the skeleton on it with royal icing !! 
This is from Martha Stewart


Some last minute decorations for your front door. These Lanterns are super easy to make with paper cups and led lights. See Australian baby blog for the tutorial.



If you want to make a family dinner Halloween menu, this is tomato and mascarpone soup with witches broom dippers are perfect starter. I found it in a local grocery shop - Spinneys.  
You can get the recipe here.




This one is also from the same store's website. The orange is scooped out and carved. It is then filled with orange and hazelnut salad. You find the easy and quick recipe here



Some fun games for toddlers. This 'I spy' print is too cute!! I am thinking of putting it with the Halloween treat bags. These free printable can be downloaded from pleasantest thing.


You can see the Halloween ideas I have shared earlier here

So what I am planning to make.. well the plan is to carve a watermelon, cutify some healthy treats like raisin - boxes which are so popular among toddlers, coconut and chocolate truffles, customized to the theme treat bags and some more. 

Wish me luck..:)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Diwali!!


The Festival of Lights is the time when we think of the triumph of good over evil, of light over dark. May this Deepavali bring you lots and lots of happiness in your life and fulfill all your dreams !! 



A very happy Diwali to everybody!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diwali centerpiece- Flowers, colors and candles



Every year I make it a point to do a different Diwali centerpiece on all five days. The time of Diwali makes me all charged up to do something new.. dress up the center table and the dining table in different style. Flowers, lanterns, lights, diya, colors ..wow so many beautiful things you can decorate the house with and all of them together.. and the quantity does not matter.. more the merrier!! I have used flowers, colors and candles - a few of the aspects of decorating for Diwali - in this centerpiece today! 


Today's centerpiece has these three aspects..In the center is Urli with floating flowers from the garden .. surrounded by tea lights floating in brass diyas. On both sides I kept devdas samai using them as a flower pot this time !! 



Tomorrow is the big day and I still have to make gujiyas so I need to run to the kitchen:))

Happy Diwali to you all !! 


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