Bento #36 & #37: Easter themed – Rabbit & Chick!

Simple Easter themed bentos that I made for the girl last week…

#36: Easter Rabbit

Easter Rabbit themed bento

Snack box: Rabbit shaped nutella sandwich, grapes and blackberries.
Lunchbox: Roti Prata with Egg and blackberries
Time to prepare: <15mins

#37: Easter Chick
Easter Chick themed bento

Snack box: Chick shaped cheese sandwich, kiwi and blackberries.
Lunch box: Egg and Ham pinwheel sandwich, grapes, blackberries and mandarin orange.
Time to prepare: <15mins

Albert Einstein craft

The girl was doing a biography unit at school a few weeks ago. As part of her biography study, she had to make an oatmeal can people that she was researching on, i.e. Albert Einstein. She wanted to base her craft on this famous Einstein stick out tongue picture…

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/86/Einstein_tongue.jpg

and so, we created the oatmeal can Einstein like this. πŸ˜‰

Einstein Craft

Not bad, right? πŸ˜‰

Materials used:
Oatmeal container
Recycled T-shirt yarn (for hair)
Googly eyes
Felt (Black, Red and White)
Hot glue gun

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Besides making the oatmeal can Einstein, the girl also had to do some writing about the things she learned from the biography reference books. Here’s one of her works that she wrote. :)

Albert Einstein
In biography lessons I am reading about Albert Einstein one of the smartest people. When Albert was a boy he asked a lot of questions. Albert was born in the year 1879. Albert was kicked out of school when he was ten because he asked too many questions the teacher couldn’t answer. Some of the teachers said he was daydreaming all of the class and not focusing. Albert got low marks when he was a boy. Albert had a sister, Maja. When Maja was born the first question Albert asked was “Where are its wheels?” Albert asked that question because he thought Maja was a toy. Albert liked to play his violin. Whenever Albert traveled he would bring a suitcase and his violin. When Albert was older he moved to Sweden. The schools in Sweden were much better than the schools in Germany. Albert was supposed to ask a lot of questions. He was very happy.

I never know biography study can be this fun, maybe we should find some time doing biography study on Chinese famous people too! LOL!

Bento#35 : Teasing

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This morning as I was packing the glutinous sticky rice lunch for the family, I casually told the girl that I will be making sandwich lunch for her instead because I was worried that the Chinese sticky rice kind of smells and may cause her embarrassment or make her a target of teasing at lunch. Upon hearing what I said, she told me,”Mama, It’s ok for people to say whatever they want to. I love sticky rice and I do not think it smells. If anyone says anything about my food smells, I will tell them that my food smells good and it is nutritious and very yummy and that they are just being rude.” Wah…. U can’t imagine how happy I was and how proud I am of my daughter! Seriously, i never expected those words from her!

I never mentioned it before here, but since beginning of the school year, my little second grader has been a target of bully at school. A girl from school always give her unexpected hostile or mean treatment. There are many instances where the girl just walked up to my daughter with a very crossed look (when my daughter did not do anything to/with her) and said to her something along the line “I’m so angry with you now but I don’t know why. Go away. ” And of course, my sensitive girl who sees friendship as a very important part of her life, would often come home crying about it.

We have been working with the teachers and also taking the opportunity to teach the girl how to deal with such kind of situations. For a while, the bullying did stop but these few weeks, we started to hear stories about that girl, passing teasing remarks about my daughter’s bento smells at lunch time. Like the recent case, she complained about my girl’s lunch smells when all my girl had was just plain chicken nuggets with fruits. -_-” Sigh.

As we know, kids typically don’t discover their self-identity until much older, they would simply want to blend in with groups, well… my daughter is no different too. Because of that, I try to make a conscious effort in packing food that do not smell too strong so that she will not be teased at lunch time. I also try to encourage my girl to be more confident in speaking up for what she believes.

That’s why when she said those things to me this morning, I feel so happy and proud of her because she has finally learn to stand up for herself! :) Ah… Just by typing this post, I feel so good again. Maybe I should go and look at the recipes in “MyDish” and find something to bake for her tomorrow! πŸ˜‰

Bento #34: Dr. Seuss – The Lorax

Today is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, the girl requested a special Dr. Seuss’ snack box, so I made this simple “The Lorax” bento for her.

The Lorax Bento

Content: Cream Cheese and Strawberry Jam sandwich, Grapes

This bento only took me less than 15mins to make. The sandwich is just plain old strawberry cream cheese sandwich. I used two toned american cheese for the lorax cutout and applied more cream cheese to “glue” it to the sandwich. Since I don’t have any other materials (except the grapes) that I could use to make the pretty truffula trees, I added some flowers (using Picnik software) around the border of this bento.
Now this bento look more “The Lorax”-like, right? πŸ˜‰

Homemade Valentines – Heart-y friends!

Easy, Simple & Super Cute Valentines made by my girl!
*Proud mama alert! :P*

Homemade Valentines - Heart-y Friends

Ain’t they lovely? :)

Bento #32-33: Valentine’s Day themed

Woo hoo!! I just realized that I can actually use some of my old craft ideas on my bento too!! This is such a great time saver for a lazy person like me who do not like to plan ahead of time. :)

#32: Froggy Love! Idea from thumb print froggy craft (I really love how happy those froggies looked!! :) )

Valentines day themed Bento

Content: Cream cheese & Ham sandwich with Strawberries
Time used to make this bento: <15mins

#33: Heart-y Mice! Idea from the Heart-y Animals (2010) craft

Valentine's day themed Bento

Content: Cream cheese & Ham sandwich with Strawberries
Time used to make this bento: <15mins

Valentine’s Day craft: Homemade Thumb print animals VD cards

It’s that time of the year again! This year we made animals thumbprints Valentine’s Day cards for the boy’s classmates. I got my ideas from here. These cards are really easy to create, and what I love most about this craft is that it is almost mess-free and most importantly, takes very little time to make. It only took both the boy and I less than 45mins to make all 22 cards.

The boy’s contributions are the thumb printing and name writing, while I did the rest of the stuff, i.e. cutting the paper to size, writing the greetings and adding details to the animals. I would say, it was rather fun creating these cards! So fun that I may offer my service to help the girl create her VD cards tomorrow too! LOL *:^)

Materials used
Construction papers (or any heavy paper) for the card
Ink pads (any colors)
Markers

Here are some of our creations…
Homemade Valentine's Day card (Thumb print animals)

I really love how the froggy one turned out. Both frogs look so cute and happy. So, I went ahead to create more froggy ones!
Homemade Valentine's Day card (Thumb print animals)

Ain’t they cute? πŸ˜‰

Super bowl craft: Go Patriots!!

Cute footballer craft that the girl did at school for today’s Super Bowl XLVI game. :)
Superbowl craft: GO Patriots!!

As you can see, she has chosen her team to support!

GO PATRIOTS!!!!

Chinese New Year – Dragon Craft (2012)

I meant to make some new crafts with the kids for this year’s Chinese New Year, but I had to return back to Singapore in a very short notice and only to return home on CNY eve; hence I could only recycled last year’s dragon craft ideas and created these different versions of the dragon puppets with the kids and their friends.

Last year’s handprints dragon craft:
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This year’s finger prints dragon puppet…
finger prints dragon craft

chinese new year dragon craft

Another version, done by the girl…
CNY dragon craft

I just have to share this picture…
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This week I was invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with the boy’s class. It is such a joy to see that the kids had so much fun making this craft and doing the dragon dance parade in the class. :)

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!!

Christmas Origami Crafts links

HO! HO! HO!

Here’s some cute Christmas Origami crafts that I hope to make with the kids this weekend! πŸ˜‰

1. Santa origami from a Japanese nursery teacher (Link)
Santa Origami

2. Simpler Santa from Marcel’s Kids craft (Link
Santa Origami

3. 8-pointed star from Origami Instructions(Link)

8 pointed star

4. Christmas tree from Origami Make (Link)
Xmas Tree origami

5. Christmas stocking from Connecting It (Link)

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6. Christmas hat from Art Platter (Link)
Christmas Hat