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Tammy over at Daisy Yellow has put together a fantastic post on art journaling with kids/tweens. She interviewed Jaylene, art journaler extrodinaire ;)

Jayden is quickly following in her footsteps. I’ll show you some of the mini “art books” he’s been making like mad in my next post.

So, I joined Twitter. I had considered it before but couldn’t justify it. No one I know (that I know of) is a twitterer (twit?) and the crazy names are a bit annoying. But wordpress found a way to encorporate the tweets into my blog. What does that mean?

Well, when I want to share something that I don’t think is worth an actual blog post, then I’ll add it to my tweets (comments left on Twitter) and it will show up in the sidebar on my blog. For example, Monday I could have written: Home sick from work with a terrible ear infection.

How does this affect you? Well, I’m not sure if it will show up in any blog readers but if you come directly to the site, you’ll know why I missed wordless wednesday. Because on Wednesday I’d have written something like: Still dizzy and now sad that I have to miss Mom’s night out in order to refill my antibiotic prescription.

Basically the Twitter application is a way for me to add more information to my blog, in a less permanent way. I’ll try to put cute kid sayings up there and maybe funny observations of life in Taiwan. Along with my whining about dizzy spells.  Oh, and I’ll let you know when I upload pictures to Flickr or scrapbook layouts.  Or find a cool link I think is worth sharing.  Hmmm, this could be fun.

Family

We’ve been busy building castles out of pink lego.
Lego Castle

Legocastle

A few valentines have been constructed but they need to be kept in secrecy as the recipients haven’t received them yet. If you want some fun freebies to make your valentines with, check out The Original Printables Holiday Countdown.

Lots of movies have been watched (it’s the holidays after all!) Do you recognize these lines?

1. I love Kung Fuuuuuuuuu.
2. Maternity leave? You’re all male!
3. It only works if the kids say it!
4. Well, what does a star do?

Jaylene is definitely more crafty than technical. She was at a complete loss about how to start this week’s think! project.

materials

Materials: 4 pieces of paper, two markers, two pencils and some tape
Instructions: create a car (no scissors!) and roll it down a ramp.

I suggested that she use some of her origami paper folding techniques and she brightened up some. After all, we know how to make a box and a ball, so a car should be fairly easy. I assumed that she would make four balls for wheels, but when I came back, she’d used a ball for the cab of the car and was working on rolling tiny wheels. She kept saying, “They must be smaller!”

the car

So, she made an origami box and ball for the main part of the car, and rolled up four teeny tiny wheels, taping them securely to the bottom of the car. Then she used the markers and pencils to decorate, paying close attention to details like windshield wipers and door handles. Apparently wheels capable of actually rolling were a low priority to her design, but her cute pink car was able to slide down the ramp, as long as it was on a steep incline.

in motion

I thought that was the end of this project but later, when she was playing with real cars with Jayden as he can’t be trusted with paper ones, I heard her exclaim, “OH! The wheels are on the outside, that’s why they roll.” Perhaps she’ll figure out a more workable design in the future.

Friday was Double Ten Day, which is Taiwan’s National Day. What better way to celebrate than having friends over for a get together? And what better way to feed them than to make them make their own food. Ha!

Dumpling

We’re very fond of having friends over for a DIY Dumpling party. We chopped up the fillings and provided (store-bought) wrappers and put our guests to work. The kids even took time out from their play and music merriment to make a few dumplings of their own.

piano

And all three members of the under 2 crew managed to sneak a dumpling into their mouth before it was boiled. They agreed that they’re much more delicious after being cooked.

If you want to try your hand at making your own, there are detailed instructions with photos here. Why not throw a party while you’re at it?

The theme for toddlers over at Teaching Tiny Tots is leaves. We’re working on a counting book but I don’t know that it will be finished in time for Thursday. So I thought I’d share some pictures of Jayden’s classmates playing with leaves during music class. Jayden managed to evade the camera, he’s sneaky that way.

The kids had lots of fun in music class with leaves and scarves. First they threw the leaves up in the air, in time with music and then gathered them all up.
gathering

Then they carried them around, two by two on scarves, again to music. I think they also had a wind sound and when they heard the wind (or made wind sounds themselves) they bounced the scarf in the air, scattering the leaves.
carrying

When they tired of gathering and carrying, they sprinkled the leaves on each other. What tickley, giggley fun!
tickling

For more leafy ideas keep an eye out for Tiny Tot’s leaf round up. Also check out the layered leaf activity at Art Projects for kids, Maya Made’s wonderful fall leaves craft activity and My Montessori Journey has some fall decorations up and will be sharing some leaf songs in the near future.  I have plans for collecting some leaves for paint prints this weekend.  What do you like to do with leaves?

Hope you’re loving robots as much as we are! This weeks unplugged challenge is insect, and while we have a project done that we’ll post later, we noticed these robot bugs during our museum visit and Jaylene wanted pictures.

robot bugs

At least she didn’t ask me to buy some!

metal robot bugs

I’m not a big bug person. Right now we’re waging war on ants. They like to live in cardboard boxes you know. Have you ever opened up a box and found it swarming with ants? Very gross.

hex bugs

Okay, so the metal ones are kinda cool and these ones are kinda cute. But I won’t admit that in public!

robot control

We had a little conversation with our guide about how it’s important to encourage girls to maintain an interest in math and science after the age of ten. I suggested that they try to develop a camp with that demographic in mind. He disagreed, mainly because he couldn’t figure out how to encorporate robotics with barbies.

robot girls

These girls don’t need Barbies to be interested in something! So, please share your favorite Kids Science or Math sites. I recommend Cool Math 4 Kids but I don’t know of any young girl science sites. We get the Science News For Kids enewsletter, but they don’t provide hands on projects. I hope you can lead us in the right direction.

We were very thrilled when we discovered authentic Mexican food in Tamshui. It was a little stand in the Old Street Market and we got food from them once before they shut down. Actually they relocated to a larger location with an expanded menu. And expanded prices so we’ve only been to the new place twice. But the food is yummy and the atmosphere rocks and we hope they stick around for a good while. Check out Eddie’s Cantina for details.

Eddie's Cantina 1

These were taken last month before Jayden’s parents banned him from accompanying them to any sort of decent restaurant. He’s been getting second chances though (and third, and fourth and more…) . He found many ways to amuse himself, including using the soccer ball (ahem, football) as a basketball, playing around with the placemats and watching TV from the comfy couch. However, he still managed to run around and keep his parents alternating between eating and chasing.

Eddie's Cantina 3

Jaylene was busily occupied playing with Amanda and Mr. Playdough (his English name is really Clay, but Jaylene found a new nickname for him).  She hardly found time to eat, but settled down once the ice cream arrived.

Eddie's Cantina 2

I had to work today, even though it’s Saturday! Jaylene enjoyed her first piano test without me. I’m under the impression it was a “Show up to pass” kind of thing, which is always good. Ahji survived being alone with the kids for most of the day, although there were a few hours where his momma helped him out. No idea what’s on the agenda for tomorrow.  What are your plans for the weekend?

Now, if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ll notice that I don’t usually mention what I receive in the mail. My reasoning is that, when life gets overwhelming (and it often does) my computer time is the first to go. And I’d hate for someone to think I didn’t appreciate what they sent me because I didn’t mention it publically.  (I try to always thank privately). However, Cassi from the Crafty Crow sent me my Funny Food prize and it’s amazing.

crafty crow funny food prize

A printed tote with matching button pin and oodles of great supplies inside. Including freezer paper… now I can do freezer paper stencils! I am super excited about that. If I’ve ever posted a comment of admiration for your freezer stencil artwork that was filled with longing and perhaps a wee bit of whining… I’m sorry, but now look what I have! My own stash! yay. I digress.

The reason why I wanted to publically thank Crafty Crow, was because I promised (several times) to send a pack of asian collage items to donate to the totes. And I forgot (several times). I’m terrible at mailing things out in a timely manner! I’m very sorry, and so if you were a funny food winner and you want a collage pack, leave a comment and I’ll send you one (making sure to do so before Christmas!)

While I’m talking about fun packages, I might as well mention that Sycamore Stirrings sent me these lovely headbands, just in time for my new, too short hairstyle that begs to be worn in a headband!

Oh, and Brenda Marks, amazing Oregon artist extrodinaire, has been destashing and sent me a thoughtful package full of card making goodies.

I know I’ve forgotten something, which is why I don’t usually do these sorts of posts, and it’s reminded me of a whole slew of other things I need to do (like mail Rachael her giveaway prize). I need an assistant, lol!

Oh, oh, there’s still time to sign up for Kiddio’s Kid Stationary/Mail Kit swap. Looks like fun!
swap button

Jaylene and I have started a new project where she plans to read 100 books in the upcoming school year. Yeah, we started a bit early but I head back to the classroom on Friday and it fit into our discussion at the time. I’m a bit worried that she’ll finish 100 books before she even sets foot in her grade one classroom, lol.  The prize will be a book that I was given by my first grade teacher for accomplishing the same feat.  I’ll be annotating our selections HERE if you’re interested in following along.

Supertwins and Tooth Trouble

Have you heard of the Supertwins series? Jaylene and I just discovered it. I bought a couple of the readers at the rummage sale as I’m always on the lookout for things to feed her superhero interest and help downplay the princess obsession. Jaylene has fallen in absolute love with the 2 books we have and has read them at least once a day since we read them on Friday. She even used them as inspiration for this week’s unplugged challenge (which we’ll share once Mr. Linky goes up). We tried to find some more copies at Page One on Saturday but with no luck. We’ll have to check out Cherry Hill Bookstore, as that’s who had the sale originally.

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