Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For these I got
- wooden blocks from a thrift store
- a cute book ( in some foreign language... that sure made it easy to cut )
Then sand the blocks smooth,cut images to fit the side and glue and you are good to play or gift wrap them
To play !!
You need two or more participants. The first one rolls the block and starts a story with the picture that comes on top, then the next one rolls it again and adds a sentence or two using the picture that comes on top. and so on.
Baba, and I had to play the game in front of M for the first few times to give her the Idea. Next she started rolled the dice for me and baba. And eventually after a few games she was totally into it. Now she makes stories better than ours :) I feel writing them down sometimesWhy I love this game !!!
Because each time you come up with a different story and the creativity of the simple block never ends
Try rolling two blocks together and try to come up with a sentence that has both the things in it.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
2. pencil/crayons or markers or anything to draw with
Friday, October 30, 2009
And now the drum rolls please for our very first Sunday Surprise !!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
And No matter how much I am enjoying this crazyness I am missing my Matto Janiya and our cute lil "ac-tiv-ties".It makes me so so happy when I think about going back home and my lil one will hug me with "I missed U Mommy" and that's why today's post is straight from my office. NO MORE COMPTEER TIME at home from now on, all of that would be Matoo's time!! what do you say to new mom unplugged ? well partially unplugged.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
so for now we are just relishing our discovery... its amazing to see how everyone at our home is loving it (the poems NOT the book)
Need to find the old version, The one that we had in our personal collection... anyone any Idea
Saturday, October 17, 2009
To do it I measure and cut a piece of paper that fits in our cookie sheet, place the paper in then M put the ball on it.(yes we didn't have the marble so I used a small ball and it worked ) then I poured some paint on the ball and gave the cookie sheet to M to shake and move around. kept pouring more color as required and the results .....ammm really nice.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Irfan saw it in college junk yard and brought home thinking I might be able to use it for model making, little he knew it would become his daughters all time fav. It is her beach , it is her gate its her home and its her window a road for her cars and what not.
You need to see it hehehe its a funny pink frame with an 11 X 8 inches cut out from the center Ya our design major teacher Sir Ghanni was more than right when he said that kids prefer the boxes over expensive toys. Ever wonder why?
yup because their simplicity makes them versatile... just let a child look at it and it could be anything!!!
thats what we call free art :) Its just that I dont know whats her poor Art teacher gonna do this winter when she starts school.
Besides painting with hands, feet and brushes today she also enjoyed painting with her toy cars though we had a little phadda over using small nesting blocks or a rectangular plate to use as a pallet for the cars, she wanted to paint every thing including herself after all she got her hands on " paints" after a long long time...
pictures comming soon....
Monday, September 14, 2009
2:30 - 14 sept
Just came back from shopy shop, have almost ya almost all the stuff we need for making gifts
Still waiting for the print of silhouette
Dress top pattern finalized after quite an effort finally had to go to my tailor master to get it right ... hah i forgot how to cut an armhole and arm for a toddler :( any way now its done . even the embroidery pattern is stamped on it
Got blocks for the block puzzle and story blocks
Also found very nice zippers in funky colors for the busy book.
Finally got the print of silhouette, but guess its too small book.
Got it enlarged .Irfan did it free hand will sure put up the pic its really nice.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
come again to check how it goes
1:54 pm - 12 sept.
Silhouette created for the Bag ..... hahaha i know its a year old pic but cant help it , had to find and use an old one as the camera is still not fixed . If it were a recent picture she would have a pony tail and her chin is slightly thinner
By the way I had decided on the color combo and fabric even before putting up the list
5:50-ish pm - 12 sept
Fabric selected and purchased for bag ... ya cant show now :)
3:25 am - 13 sept
pattern finalized for the bag , even tried out
working on a pattern for her dress think it will be a short sleeved A-line shirt with capris ... hmm nothing much traditional this time
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Those were the funny few minuets that I sure want to tell you about. When your baba with an amused expression asked me quietly to look at what you are doing for a a split second I was like what the HELL... "sofa too gaya" and what's next!! You never draw on walls or furniture and it seemed to me like a beginning of a habit i always dreaded and he wanted me to stop you. But as soon as I opened my mouth he was like " kya krr rahi ho cant you see she is learning about the SURFACE" shhhhh (aaH the artist!!)
And you know what ? for a moment the artist Mom in me skipped a beat that Oh I was about to keep you from such a "healthy " activity but thank God my logical/ not so arty/ tiered from keeping the house tidy/sick of your toys everywhere, side of mom took over... other wise you were planing to learn about your tables surface next ...hahaha no I didn't beat you or something just gave you a black sheet to draw on. And I assured my self that I might have stopped you from learning about more surfaces in our home with chalk there are plenty other ways you can learn about them.
Hmm now I have to think about those ways...................
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Yup that's what we are practicing these days never thought it would be that a great challenge for little toddler fingers. And Its adorable to see her putting so much effort and concentrate so much to hold her little finger with thumb to raise the rest of three fingers to point number three :)
we have started practicing in the sequence from index finger to thumb like index finger is 1 , index and the next one is 2 , index and next two make 3 all fingers raised together 4 and the whole hand with all fingers spread makes five But now i am also thinking to start from the little finger as well
I am sure its a nice exercise for her hand muscles that will help in her small motor skills But its lots and lots of fun as well , as for every number we do the high five style clap and it gives her a special pleasure :)Try it with your lil ones and do tell us about it !!
but this time the hopes are very high as M decided herself that she doesn't want to wear her diapers any more ( even the extra large size gets too tight)
The reward chart is really working and lot of credit also goes to "Learning to potty with Pee Wee Potamus" its about a little girl Kidzie who wants to grow up... though M still prefers to be a BAiBEE she still like her potty pals
and though we had a few accidents ... still our hopes are very very high this time :)
fingers crossed 0x0x0x0x
Will sure put up a pic of our potty chart as soon as I get my camera fixed.M gets to color a box and put a sticker of her choice in the box whenever she manages to do it in the "cAmmot". Otherwise mom just wrights the time and date in the box, it sure is turning out great!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The empty fun nugget pack in waste bin, half Kg boneless chicken in fridge and an urge to make something fun for M' dinner were the reasons behind this cutie... and it was appreciated to the point of satisfaction :)
Search the recipe and found one on videojug.com it is supper easy,
all you need is
chicken boneless ( half kg makes about 14 of this size)
salt and pepper
all purpose flour
and an Egg (beaten)
Blend in the boneless chicken some salt and Black pepper (I used 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp pepper) in a blender /food processor, give shape (don't try too hard at this stage, just determine the thickness), dip in flour, then egg and finally in crumbs.
Now is the time to shape your nuggets, I had nothing particular at this stage so thought to go for basic shapes as it was my first tryIt was only after frying the first one I started with a round one to make a face. Then thought of the rest, the picture tells it all so think no need to describe much. I make dolls with triangular bodies when M asks me to make a girl it looks like a dress, next time for boy I am planing to use the square one.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here comes the first costume I made for M's dress up chest ... its simple and fabulous .... and its a great delight to see how my lil one loved her Ballerina Tutu
Here is how to make your own
Elastic tape (about 20" long)
Net /organza fabric 4 meters ( I used 2 colors so 2 Meters each)
1. Just measure around your lil one's tummy, and cut an elastic tape 1 1/2 -2 inches less than that2. Stitch the ends and check if it fits3. Fold the fabric till desired length (mine was 18")
4. cut strips 5" wide so that each strip is 36" x 5" . Round the ends if u like
5. Now hold one strip from the middle, slide it under the elastic and loop the ends through it and pull it down .6. Keep going with alternative color strips
7. Put on some Nice music and have fun!!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
So for fathers day what could be better than something made from my collection of her art and some originals works especially for baba. here is what we did
we made two cards for Baba. I don't remember where did I see this idea first but any way here it is ....I took a small box, cut 6 colored papers that fit into it,(one for each letter) then I cut out bold letters F-A-T-H-E-R, punched and thread them with matching ribbons into a book form and Tadaaaa its ready for M to draw something special for Baba (that's my addition to the original idea that had 6 attributes one for each letter) then we did some collage on the box to match !!!
The second one gave her more freedom as it was a big D and she did some sticker collage, (especially wanted " fish" sticker for her baba that says be mine:) ) some drawings ....have you noticed the OH SO SPECIAL heart on top left...."oh so special" is a new character/stuffed bear on Disney and as we were to make something "special " for baba here it is .... (its kind of funny that it looks more like a heart shape with eyes than the stuffed bear :)
For the gift we made these two way book marks. For this I cut 4 rectangular out of card boards I used 2 different colors that complemented her work. Cut out windows in them leaving 1/2 inch on 3 sides and about 2 inches on one side.Then mounted her artwork between the two pieces. To add the string I punched one hole on top of each one and then using the loop knot added the matching ribbons.
A tool Box (that's still under construction) all painted by M so far.He could also use it to keep the Gifts that he'll receive from her in future....now thats an Idea baba!!!
And M's hand cast it came out nicer than my expectations
anyway while putting M to bed last night I thought of preserving the day with a cast of her Little hand with baba's bigger one I think that would come out real nice It will deserve a new post I believe
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This is our second number recognition game by the way, made the first one for valentines with hearts and chocolate beans and missed introducing ZERO. Now I realize it is as important as any other number :)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thought it would be nice to share as well :)
DADDY I LOVE YOU
Daddy I love you
for all that you do
i'll kiss you and hug you
'cause you love me,too
you feed me and need me
to teach you to play
so smile'cause I love you
on this fathers day (we've changed it to ....Every day)
by nicholas gordon
More fun I deas comming soon :)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Yesterday while beading these tiny miny beads M started making geometric shapes with them. First of all she surprised me with a diamond shape that she made with 4 beads (I never made any shapes with such stuff ....and a diamond certainly "NOT". Then came circle by adding some more (damn don't have camera all the time....) When I came back with the camera a few min later she was working on this one... any guesses what it is going to be....
Yo its a "tYiangul"that looks like a house :)
any suggestions on the above issue???
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
M is 27 months old and every now and then I find my self wondering if the delay is on my part or hers. Every day I promised my self that this is her last day in diapers and every day I came up with a new excuse I couldn't get myself to take her diapers off for good.So today was the BIG DAY..... 9 accidents and no luck in 10 hours but my hopes are really very high coz after her third or may be forth accident she tried to tell me "mommy washroom mommy washroom" I missed her clue coz and I thought she was looking for me n thinking that I was in washroom :)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
See u can even walk on it :)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This is our second attempt on collage so far and not really bad if we compare the above collage to this... But it was not easy at all to get M to make one even after eight months.We really had to put in" efforts" to make this work attractive to her. I am glad though that at least she was interested in putting on glue to the paper (it was a bit difficult to take that away actually) and then she just pasted the leaf and she was done to finish the thing I had to place the pieces one by one asking my self "Were will it look good ?" "where should I put it?" REAL LOUD and then M would suggest a place and that's how we get here.
I didn't suggest the overlapping of pictures at any point and I am totally exited that it was purely her Idea
we'll try the recycled/junk collage in the morning... so do come back and check it out :)
The cry of a loon on a lake in the night
The dreams that are born in the dawn's early light
The laughter that sings in the heart of a child
The freedom that flies at the call of the wild
The stars that appear in the loss of the son
whispering winds," we are one ...we are one"
Celebrate Earth day, every day
Celebrate Earth day , every day
Celebrate land and sea
Celebrate you and me
Celebrate Earth day, every day
words and music by John Denver
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
yup!!! M's latest obsession with Dr. Seuss 's "Green Eggs and ham" lead us to this green treat :) she loved it so much that i know it by heart by now and after reading it for 20 or so times this morning she wanted to eat Green eggs and ham..... Hmmmmmmmmmm ... what to do? what to do?
make green eggs what else !!!
To make 2-3 green eggs
3-4 bread slices
3-4 tbs Milk
3-4 tsp Sugar
a few drops of Blue food color
oil for shallow frying
1. Beat eggs, add milk and sugar.
2.Make two toasts by dipping one slice in the batter at a time, turn over covering the other side then fry in pan with 2 Tbsp oil.
3.Add 2 drops of blue food color it will turn the yellow better into green (u can also use green if blue is not available) repeat the above process to make one green toast.
4.Now using a Cookie cutter cut a hole in each yellow bread. Using the same cutter cut 2 circles from green bread now place two green pieces in each hole you can also switch the circles and your green eggs are ready. Yummmy.....Enjoy !!!
My lil one loved them and I would love to hear if you try them :)