Bento #13 : Dr. Seuss’ Green Egg and Ham

Winter vacation is finally over and the kids are going back to school today.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday (actually I don’t really care much! LOL), I made the girl a “Green Egg and Ham” bento. She was so excited when she saw the lunch box this morning that she started planning who she wants to share her bento with during lunch time. 🙂

For the snack box, initially I wanted to carve a “Cat in the Hat” apple slices, but laziness got the better of me. Oops. So, I looked around for some crackers as bento fillers, and I found the last pack of Pepperidge Farm’s Cheese Goldfish crackers! Woo Hoo!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, whatever Fish. I think they are good enough to swim into the snack box! HAHA! I know it is very lame. 😛 The girl probably won’t care too much about these crackers. I think she would love that Ferrero Rocher chocolate more than anything else in that box! LOL.

Dr. Seuss Green Egg and Ham Bento
Content in the lunch box:
Sunny side up Green Quail Egg (naturally colored using Spinach juice), Ham, Carrots and Sausage mini Farfalle pasta.

Contents in the snackbox:
Strawberries, Blueberries, Goldfish crackers, Ferrero Rocher chocolate.

Total time to prepare this bento: 30mins

simple chocolate rice puff treats

We had some individual packed Kellog’s rice krispies that noone wants to eat. So, instead of throwing them away, which would be such a waste of food, I transformed them into a simple chocolate rice puffs treat that both kids would enjoy eating.

chocolate rice puff treats

Rice puff/krispies
Chocolate (melted)
Sugar Sprinkles (optional)

1. Melt some milk chocolates.
2. Pour chocolate over the rice puffs and give a good stir until the rice puffs are coated with chocolate.
3. Scoop a tablespoonful of chocolate rice puffs onto a paper cup.
4. Finally, decorate the rice puff treats with colorful sugar if you like.
As the chocolate harden pretty fast, you can enjoy the treats almost immediately. 🙂

That’s all!

This treat is so easy to make that even my preschooler can make it. So, if you have some rice puffs that you can’t wait to get rid, try this simple recipe!

Art & Craft for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

It is the kids holidays week so we had friends over for a play date.

After playing for some time, the kids began to show signs of restlessness. Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is approaching (he was born on 2 Mar 1904), I took out a stack of his books for the kids to read and then asked them to pick their favorite to use as an inspiration for their Dr. Seuss art & craft projects. 🙂

The book that the boy picked was “The Cat in the Hat”.

His artwork is of Thing 1 & Thing 2 flying kites. He particularly loved the “Thing 1” & “Thing 2” characters in the book. According to him, they had the “funniest hair”! LOL.

Dr. Seuss craft : Thing 1 and Thing 2

Don’t you just love how he drew their hair? They look so crazily cute!!

For D, he picked the book “Ten Apples Up on Top”.

He wanted to make a picture of a dog carrying 2 apples on its top. So, I helped him to trace his foot and finger prints and drew the apple shapes on the construction papers. Then he cut them out and assembled them by himself. 🙂

Dr. Seuss craft: Ten apples up on top
(Dog’s face was created using D’s foot print, Dog’s ears were created using D’s finger prints.)

Look at his dog! It even had teeth!! So cute, isn’t it?

The girls chose the title “The Tooth Book”.

Both wanted to do so something about tooth, but they needed some ideas. So, I showed them my favorite “Tooth” site – “My Milk Toof” for some inspirations.

These are what they came out with – their own “Milk Toof” illustrations!

The girl’s illustration is about the “toofs” going to a carnival. Can you spot a popcorn vendor station and a Ferris wheel in the picture? 😉

Dr. Seuss craft The tooth book

E’s illustration also about the “toofs” going to a park. On the last segment, she even made the blue balloon popped! HAHA!!

Dr. Seuss craft The tooth book

I love that both girls made their “toofs” wear the Dr. Seuss’ signature “White & Red” hats so that their illustrations are in line with the “Dr. Seuss” theme. 🙂

ABC宝宝学中文(2) – 口, 头, 牙, 手, 人

Oops… It has been a long while since I updated about the boy’s Chinese learning progress. I guess i better start updating them again.

Not sure if it is a boy’s thing, the boy is still not showing any interest in learning the Chinese language. Initially, it wasn’t my plan to start teaching the boy to recognize Chinese characters so early. But after exhausting all the possible methods that I can think of to get him to speak more Chinese to me, I decided to go the “boring” route – i.e. force feed him with Chinese characters! We are progressing very slowly but it seems to work a little better.

For the human parts characters (口, 头, 牙, 手, 人), I worked with him to make a set of 识字卡. He drew the pictures, and I made the Chinese characters.

Chinese Homeschool activity

He was to use his pictures to match the Chinese characters when we do our revisions.
Chinese Homeschool activity

Chinese Homeschool activity

I’m happy to say that this method worked for these lessons.
By the end of the week, he was able to recognize all 5 characters. 🙂

President’s Day craft (2011)

President Day craft

I was actually planning to make some president’s day crafts with the kids these two days, but my mood was fouled by someone irresponsible and utterly selfish. Luckily, the girl brought back this President’s Day craft home from school today. So, I could still share it with you. I like the fact that besides making the craft, she also gets to learn something about the Presidents of USA. 🙂

Hmm… maybe I should still do the craft with them next week. I’m pretty sure we can slot in some craft time since it is the school vacation week for both kids.

Bento #12: Overloaded with Love

This was the bento that I made specially for my Valentine.

Valentine Bento - Loaded with Love

It was overloaded with LOVE!

Valentine Bento - Loaded with Love

Heart-shaped apples, slices of mandarin oranges, heart-shaped sweet potatoes, heart-shaped carrot sushi, Ham-Broccoli-Egg sushi.

Time to make this bento : 1hr

My Comical Family #18 : Happy Valentine’s Day

The Comical Family #18

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To all,

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Linky love : Valentine’s crafts for kids

There are many lovely Valentine’s Day craft ideas out there in the blogosphere, but these caught my eyes because I think they are easy enough for the kids to make by themselves. I do think that Valentines should be made by the kids since they are the ones who are doing the valentine exchanges. We moms should just sit back and help only when needed. 🙂

1. Heart hand stamps

Hands print Heart

From Little Lovely via Blosesem Kids.

2. Lollipop Valentines

by Skip to My Lou.

3. Beaded Heart

by Naturally Educational.

4. Cupcake Liner Valentine’s Card
VDay Cupcake Liner Card Craft

by Urban Comfort.

5. Valentine Cards

From Family Fun.

6. Hand prints heart

by Roots And Wings Co.

My Comical Family #17 – Snot Eating Girl

my comical family #17

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Homemade Valentines (2011)

It’s the time of the year again… both kids will be exchanging valentines with their classmates next Monday. Since we had to wait for their daddy to come back home from work, the kids and I made these simple Valentines to kill time.

Homemade Valentine cards

Materials Used:
Red tempera/poster paint
Card stock/heavy construction paper
Pencil with round, flat eraser tip
Decorative ribbons (optional)


1. Dip the rubber end of a pencil into some red tempera/poster paint and make some heart prints on a thick construction paper card. Put aside to let the paint dry.

Homemade Valentine cards

2. Write your own Valentine message on the card or do what we did for our cards – use free printable Valentine’s cards. We found our cute V-Day message cards from the 🙂

Homemade Valentine cards

3. Attach Valentine favor (pencil in our case) to the card.

Homemade Valentine cards

4. Finally, add some finishing touches and the Valentines are done! 🙂

Homemade Valentine cards

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Other VDay crafts See our other Valentine’s Day crafts here